Oasis College Connection (OCC) is Nashville’s largest college access program dedicated to making college a reality for low-income, New American, and first-generation college students. Our mission is to provide comprehensive admissions and financial aid expertise to support and increase students’ college acceptance rates, retention, and successful degree completion.
We work with teens from start to finish providing assistance with college and career selection, financial aid, entrance testing, application assistance and support once enrolled in college—all free of charge.
Since 2009, OCC has helped more than 6,500 students across Metro Nashville prepare for post-secondary success.
In-School College Access
Our mentors work in 10 MNPS high schools and 2 middle schools. Last year, we reached over 1,500 students through 1-on-1 college counseling and classroom workshops.
After school, our mentors are stationed at three public library branches to work with youth and their families. We also offer year-round ACT Prep courses and workshops to help families navigate the college-going process.
Getting to college is just one part of the equation. Our Resource Center at Nashville State Community College works to help students stay in college. At the Resource Center, students find a relaxing environment to do homework, receive tutoring, and build a network of support.
Afterschool lessons typically at an off-site library branch. Days and times vary each semester.
Summer enrollment to start in the fall
Nashville State Resource Center
Flexible scheduling weekdays 9 - 5 pm
Summer enrollment to start in the fall and late fall enrollment to start in the spring
Who We Need
Volunteers who are confident in their math, science, and English skills and aren’t scared off by high school calculus. Volunteers teach ACT prep and tutor students at the Oasis Resource Center at Nashville State.