Central Office Location:
Old Roberts School Building
534 East First North St.
Morristown, TN 37814
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1218
Morristown, TN 37816
Toll-Free Phone:
Educational Services

The Educational Opportunity Center

EOC is a U.S. Department of Education Federal TRiO program designed to serve 1,000 low-income, first generation college clients. Its primary goal is to assist those without a high school diploma to earn a GED and to enable those with diplomas or the equivalent to enroll in college or technical programs. EOC provides assistance in completing admissions and financial aid applications. The project also provides additional services including GED pre-testing, tutoring, career assessment, college loan default help, referrals for basic computer skills and other pertinent educational topics.

Counties Served: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, and Monroe in Tennesee.

Clients Eligible:

  • U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Low-Income individuals (according to U.S. DOE poverty guidelines)
  • First-generation college participants (neither parent has a 4-year college degree)
  • Veterans
  • Disabled citizens
Office Staff/Site Contacts
Terri Hall, Director
Cocke County, 423-318-6916
Jamie Susong, Educational Specialist
Hamblen & Jefferson Counties
423-748-4635 & 423-318-6929
Shannon Collins, Educational Specialist
Claiborne, Grainger & Hancock Counties
Wayne Williams, Educational Specialist
Monroe County
423-884-2400 & 423-884-2192
Lisa Winstead, TRiO Data Specialist

The Education Center

The Douglas-Cherokee Education Center incorporates state, federal, and private educational funding in its programs designed to give students and adults more resources to become successful. Current funding for educational programs included 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Abstinence Education Program totals more than $2,000,000. In-school and after-school programs give an extra boost to academically and behaviorally at-risk students through homework help, individual and small group tutoring sessions, character education programs, computer-based and hands-on enrichment activities. Services available to parents and family members include free computer classes, English language instruction, and parent involvement programs. Education Center projects are listed below.

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers-Funded by TN Dept of Education

DCEA currently receives funding for two21st CCLC projects consisting of 11 sites within Grainger, Hamblen and Union Counties. Each site is staffed by a lead tutor/parent training specialist and at minimum three additional tutors who provide intensive afterschool tutoring, counseling and academic enrichment activities to underachieving students enrolled in target schools. The Hamblen County project primarily targets at-risk, Hispanic ESL students and their families; each site is staffed with at least one bilingual tutor, fluent in both English and Spanish. Other activities at all sites include arts and music programs, character education, and recreational activities for students as well as parent involvement and family literacy programs, job search, and employment-based computer workshops for family members. Volunteers are recruited to assist with program activities at each site and include parents, local high school Beta Club members, Girl Scout service learners, college students, and teacher. All 21st CCLC programs and services are conducted free of charge.

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)-Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

The project is designed to lead students away from at-risk behaviors which often lead to adolescent sexual activity and adolescent pregnancy. Wyman Institute’s evidence-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) is utilized in this effort and offers both curriculum and community service learning.

  • Abstinence Education (AE)-Funded by the State of Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Adolescent Health

This project is designed to promote abstinence until marriage for students in 7th and 8th grade at Madisonville Middle. Wyman Institute’s evidence-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) is utilized in this effort and provides both curriculum and community service learning.

Appalachian Educational Talent Search

Talent Search is a TRIO Program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee. The primary purpose is to identify qualified students with potential for education at the postsecondary level (students who are low-income and potential first-generation college are given first priority for services). Talent Search encourages students to compete high school and to undertake a program of postsecondary education as well as encourage students who have not completed high school or postsecondary education but who have the ability to re-enter such programs to re-enter. Services offered by the program include: assistance with study skills, ACT test prep, financial aid including FAFSA, college application process, social skills, tutoring, mentoring, motivation and encouragement for students, and assistance in helping to overcome anything that may be a barrier to student success.

Service Area-Campbell (Campbell County High & Jellico High), Claiborne (Claiborne High) & Scott (Scott High & Robbins Elementary) Counties in TN, Bell (Middlesboro & Pineville High) & Harlan (Harlan Co. High) Counties in KY

Office Staff/Site Contacts
Jenny Collins-King, Director
Lisa Boshears, TS Adviser
Campbell County High School
Jellico High School

Alicia Daniels, TS Adviser
Claiborne High School

Middlesboro Middle
Middlesboro High School

Jared Adkins, TS Adviser
Robbins Elementary
Courtney Abraham, TS Adviser
Harlan County High School
Pineville High School
Lisa Winstead, TRiO Data Specialist

Appalachian Upward Bound I & II

Upward Bound is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee. The primary purpose of the Upward Bound program is to identify low-income and first-generation students with potential for education at post-secondary level, and encourage them to complete high school as well as undertake a program at the post secondary level.

Service Area: Grainger (Grainger High School), Hawkins (Cherokee High School), Morgan (Central, Coalfield and Sunbright High Schools) and Scott (Scott High and Oneida Independent High School).

Office Staff/Site Contacts

David Alvis, Director


Sandra Harris, UB Adviser
Central High School
Ashley Lowe, UB Adviser
Robbins Elementary Schooll
Amy Young Brown, UB Adviser
Coalfield High School
Abigail Tackett, UB Adviser
Cherokee High School

Sandy Lewis, UB Adviser
Grainger High School


Lisa Winstead, TRiO Data Specialist