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Tennessee State University held the annual Metro Nashville Public Schools College Fair at the Gentry Complex Sept. 21st, with over 8,000 middle and high school students and their parents and relatives in attendance.

According to TSU News Service, Dr. Sito Narcisse, Metro Nashville Public Schools chief, said the school system “wanted to sign Tennessee State University teachers early, even as they are in their courses, to ensure jobs for them as they come out.”

Recently, Tennessee State University earned HBCU Lifestyle recognition as the top producer of teachers with concentrations in biology, chemistry and elementary education.

More than 170 colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions from across the nation took part in the fair.

“We are ecstatic to be the first university to host the Metro Nashville Public School College Fair,” said Dr. Gregory Clark, TSU director of High School Relations and National Collegiate Athletic Association certification.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, and individuals.

TSU hosting of the college fair is the result of a long relationship between the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and the Metro Nashville Public Schools Guidance Counselors’ Office, TSU News Service said.

The fair offered students the opportunity to review information on admissions, financial aid, costs, college life and programs to help them decide their choice of college or university. For the last seven years, TSU has also hosted the mandatory annual high school guidance counselors’ training for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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