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Contributed photo / Chattanooga State and Unum representatives gather to display a $225,000 check in support of tutoring at the college. From left: Rachel Hargis, corporate social responsibility, and Wendy Gibson, senior vice president, corporate services, Unum; Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president, Chattanooga State; Mark Monterosso, student, Chattanooga State; Tom White, senior vice president, investor relations, Unum; Dr. Beth Norton, vice president, academic affairs, Chattanooga State; and Jeana Lee, program manager, corporate social responsibility, Unum.

Chattanooga State's Lucky 7 Celebration, a monthly event celebrating the upcoming premiere of its seven-week classes on Aug. 16, took a "lucky" turn on July 7 for students, faculty, staff and Chattanooga State's tutoring program. Community partners at Unum presented the college with a check for $225,000 to expand Chattanooga State's tutoring services, "offered to any and every student free of charge," shared Dr. Rebecca Ashford, Chattanooga State president.

Recent studies found that tutored students outperformed in both retention and graduation rates those students who had not participated in a tutoring experience.

"Unum is proud to partner with Chattanooga State and invest $225,000 to support expanded tutoring to help more students at Chattanooga State improve their grades, complete their degrees and achieve their dreams," said Tom White, a regent with TBR — The College System of Tennessee, a Chattanooga State Foundation board member, and UNUM's senior vice president of investor relations.

Betty A. Proctor

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