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UT Martin staff highlighted for work with ACT prep

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin had two staff members highlighted for their work with ACT prep through a joint celebration between ACT, Inc., and the Tennessee Department of Education held on Oct. 25 in Nashville. Jennifer Cooper and Alex Beene were present as the Tennessee Department of Education received the inaugural ACT State Equity and Access Champion Award.

In 2021, UT Martin partnered with the department of education to provide all Tennessee high school students and teachers with access to free, virtual workshops. Office hours and classes focused on how to succeed on the ACT are also available. The UTM ACT Prep Program is funded by a $199,950 grant from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Through the partnership, 165 workshops have been offered serving a total of 2,241 students, eight mastery classes have been offered serving a total of 169 students, and 13 teacher workshops have been offered training nearly 200 students.

Cooper and Beene were recognized for these efforts and invited to present at the Tennessee Department of Education for CTE Educators conference in Chattanooga, July 19-21.

  “Tennessee students deserve our guidance and support to achieve postsecondary and career success,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver. “The Tennessee Department of Education is an important partner in providing ACT prep and the other resources that students need to thrive in our changing economy and world.”

The ACT provides an important opportunity for Tennessee to understand students’ college and career readiness and how to prepare the next generation to transition to post-secondary opportunities. 

For questions regarding the UTM ACT Prep Program, contact Cooper, Office of University Outreach, at


Pictured left to right is Jennifer Cooper, professional within the department of research, outreach and development, Dr. Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Education Commissioner, and Alex Beene, adjunct instructor at the UT Martin Selmer Center.

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