The tnAchieves Podcast

The tnAchieves Podcast
A student success podcast.

Leadership with Randy Boyd, Mike Ragsdale and Krissy DeAlejandro
Apr 20 • 51 min
Becoming a great leader requires hard work, trying a lot of things and learning from failure. Hear from tnAchieves Board Members Randy Boyd and Mike Ragsdale and Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro as they discuss what it takes to become a great leader!…
On a Mission with Graham Thomas and Krissy DeAlejandro
Mar 23 • 40 min
More than a decade has passed since knoxAchieves was launched from a whiteboard in the Knox County Mayor's office, but Executive Director Krissy DeAlejandro's commitment to student success has not wavered. Since 2008, tnAchieves has grown, innovated and…
Promise Programs with Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams and Dr. Celeste Carruthers
Mar 9 • 48 min
Tennessee provides each high school senior the opportunity to earn a post-secondary credential tuition and mandatory-fee free through a first-of-its-kind Promise scholarship. Communities, cities, colleges and even other states have looked to Tennessee for…
The Power of a Resource with Janice Bettis and John Cagle
Feb 24 • 41 min
The fifth episode of the tnAchieves podcast features two longtime mentors, Janice Bettis and John Cagle. Joining us in 2011, Janice and John share what brought them to tnAchieves, what keeps them engaged and how tnAchieves has impacted their communities.
A Great Idea with Randy Boyd
Feb 4 • 44 min
A conversation between Randy Boyd and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale became an idea in 2008. Their idea was a program that would result in more low-income, first-generation students enrolling in college. With Randy's support, Knox Achieves launched with…
Thriving (Surviving?) First Semester with Emma and Timari
Jan 21 • 37 min
The third installment of the tnAchieves Podcast features two current TN Promise students, Timari and Emma, as they discuss the ups and downs of their first semester of college. Timari and Emma share different perspectives and experiences, offering…
College Presidents Aren’t That Scary with Dr. Anthony Wise
Dec 17, 2019 • 44 min
The second episode of the tnAchieves Podcast features Dr. Anthony Wise, President of Pellissippi State Community College. For more than a decade, Pellissippi State has welcomed new programs and been a vital partner to our work. Dr. Wise’s leadership has…
Being Brave with Ben Sterling
Nov 20, 2019 • 26 min
Our very first episode welcomes Ben Sterling, a graduate of the first knoxAchieves class and a current member of the tnAchieves team. Navigating the transition as a first generation student, Ben discusses his journey from high school student to college…