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COACHING TO COMPLETION

Half of high school graduates in the U.S. receive a postsecondary degree or credential.

For Metro Nashville Public Schools students, that number is just one in four.

Persist was founded by two Nashville educators who knew that this statistic didn’t reflect the potential they saw in their classrooms. Those educators knew that with the right support and technology, first-generation college students would achieve postsecondary success.

They were right. Since launching in 2019, Persist students have had an 87% success rate. Now Persist is on a mission to double the rate of MNPS graduates who earn a postsecondary degree or credential.

Persist empowers college students across their postsecondary journey with targeted programs that support enrollment, retention, and career transition.

Enrollment coaching pairs students with a professional coach who helps them navigate major enrollment milestones, including registration, orientation, and financial aid–all via text.

Persist empowers college students across their postsecondary journey with targeted programs that support enrollment, retention, and career transition.

Enrollment coaching pairs students with a professional coach who helps them navigate major enrollment milestones, including registration, orientation, and financial aid–all via text.

Professional coaches support students’ social-emotional needs, help them connect to campus resources and prompt them around campus-specific deadlines. Students can also access emergency grants to ensure that any unexpected financial expenses that arise do not become a barrier to postsecondary persistence.

Professional coaches support students’ social-emotional needs, help them connect to campus resources and prompt them around campus-specific deadlines. Students can also access emergency grants to ensure that any unexpected financial expenses that arise do not become a barrier to postsecondary persistence.

As students near postsecondary completion, Persist supports them in finding internships, applying for jobs, and even pursuing a graduate degree.

As students near postsecondary completion, Persist supports them in finding internships, applying for jobs, and even pursuing a graduate degree.

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