The Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment (CLEE), established in 1988, supports and advances literacy education across the lifespan. The center works with providers of literacy education to strengthen their capacity to help individuals build knowledge and improve skills needed to be lifelong learners and active members of families, communities, and workplaces. To advance literacy education, CLEE links theory, research, and practice by working with diverse stakeholders to support creative and innovative ways to address literacy issues, providing professional development opportunities, developing and fostering partnerships, adapting new and existing technologies, sharing the knowledge of the field through professional networking, technology, technical assistance and publications, conducting research and evaluation, and providing analysis, statistical support, and accountability services.
The FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program is a two- or three-year course of study which empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community.
FUTURE helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with career counseling and developing their academic, vocational, and decision making skills.
With the Grief Outreach Initiative, graduate students in the college who are training to become school psychologists, mental health counselors, school counselors, nutritionists, and college student personnel administrators complete training to work as mentors with children suffering from grief or loss. Once training is complete, the students provide support, acceptance, and a safe place for the expression of thoughts and feelings about grief and loss.
The Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center, founded in 2008, focuses on identifying, preventing, and remedying academic and social skills deficits in children, adolescents, and young adults. The KLASS Center provides outreach through instructional support services and interventions for teachers and students in several elementary school classrooms in Knox County, as well as several systems in the surrounding counties. Additionally, the KLASS Center has a working relationship with Cherokee Health Systems to assist with the evaluation and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. The center also facilitates some tutoring services at the Thornton Athletic Center and works to serve UT students with disabilities. The KLASS Center has opened an in-house clinic that currently provides psychoeducational evaluations for school-age children, adolescents, and adults. The center anticipates the development of treatment services in the near future. Along with the outreach and clinical services, the center is involved in ongoing research in area school systems and is actively pursuing federal grant funding.
PIPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education and Science is a five-year project made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that seeks to make a positive difference in East Tennessee by providing opportunities for tenth- and eleventh-grade students in Campbell and Union counties to explore STEMM careers (science, technology, engineering, math, and medical science) and to promote college awareness.
The University-Assisted Community School pilot project is designed to address the unmet social, academic, and economic needs of the students and community of Knoxville. The UACS project is a full-service community school based on the belief that children cannot learn or apply themselves fully to their studies if they are abused, need medical attention, or need counseling for emotional problems. For children with these needs, schools can become the best place to deliver the support and services. UACS is currently represented at Pond Gap Elementary and Inskip Elementary.
Mission: We will create challenging, learning opportunities for students to excel by providing a nurturing environment supported by the family, community, staff, and students.