ARCHES: Adults Reaching Career Heights & Educational Success


What is ARCHES?

A federally funded TRIO program aimed at first-generation college students in an effort to increase retention, participation, and overall success of these students.

Who is eligible?

Any Tusculum Online Student who is one of the following:  first-generation (meaning neither parent has a four-year degree), low-income, or disabled.

Why should YOU be in ARCHES?

At no cost, you can take advantage of the following benefits and services:

  • Financial advice
  • Academic advising
  • Career exploration
  • Personality types and leadership development
  • Graduate school information

  • Workshops in…
    • Job readiness
    • Study skills
    • Graduate school readiness
    • Stress reduction
    • Financial literacy



Scholly (  is a personalized scholarship search platform that allows you to search, save, and apply to thousands of scholarships all in one spot.  Scholly is typically costly for individual students, so the SSS program has purchased codes for you to use the service for FREE!  If you would like to receive an access code to use Scholly, please contact Meagan Stark,

Handshake ( focuses on helping students find the jobs they’re looking for and makes it easy for employers to recruit you. Handshake partners with schools and employers—bringing their best opportunities to campus and onto our platform just for you. The top employers—including all the Fortune 500—recruit students through Handshake, giving you access to jobs and internships not available anywhere else. By creating your Handshake profile, the platform will show you jobs that are a good fit for you. You can filter and search through job roles based on your interests, and discover new career possibilities. Best of all, recruiters will message you directly with event invites and job opportunities.


 To access academic support or tutoring, please visit the TU Tutoring website, or email 



240 Tutoring study guides are comprehensive reviews of the ideas and concepts of each Praxis exam. They provide a quality, easy-to-use study guide that is proven to help anyone pass their Praxis exams. SSS students can request an access code by contacting the Assistant Director of Tutoring Services, Lisa Chiapputo, at



SSS can also provide 50% off vouchers for the graduate school admissions test(GRE) and the GRE subject tests.  Contact the Rachael Barnett,


Financial Advice

As a student enrolled in SSS, you will have select, FREE access to an incredible online financial literacy program called LIT. LIT offers over 70 interactive videos, calculators, and helpful resources on a huge variety of money topics to help you get control of your finances and feel empowered to make good decisions! LIT will help you get your money mindset right and put smart systems in place so you can achieve even your wildest financial goals.


Mentoring Program: Pioneering Connections

While mentoring relationships develop naturally among participants, staff, and tutors, the Student Support Services program will provide opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with other individuals.

SSS Mentors are program participants who have been actively involved with the program for at least one year.  Mentors will serve on a voluntary basis, and they will be selected through an Pioneering Connections Mentor Application process. 

Successful mentors applicants will have demonstrated leadership ability so they can successfully interact with and guide first-year participants. Mentors will help facilitate SSS-sponsored events and activities as well.

For more information, please contact Rose Webb at




Fax: (865)691-6391

Rachael Barnett

Student Support Services Director
(423)636-7300 ext. 5206
Niswonger Commons, 417



Rose Webb

Associate Director of ARCHES
(423)636-7300 ext. 5901
Niswonger Commons, 415

ARCHES Administrative Assistant
(865) 539-7003
Pellissippi State Community College Campus


Andrew Myers
Academic Advisor ARCHES Program
(865)539-7403 ext. 7403
Pellissippi State CC, Lamar Alexander Building #214