By SAMANTHA HEARN

The Brentwood Rotary Club will hear guest speaker Randy Dowell at this Friday’s meeting as he speaks to the club about KIPP Nashville, part of a national network of college-preparatory and public charter schools that serve children of all ages.

KIPP Nashville’s focus is to make sure every student in the Nashville area will have access to a high-quality, college-preparatory seat in a public school. When students enroll in KIPP, they become part of a college-going culture that teaches and reinforces the scholarly skills and habits needed for success in college and in life.

By 2020, KIPP Nashville is expected to have a full Kindergarten through College network of schools and programs, supporting almost 3,000 students and over 500 graduates in college and beyond. Their long-term goal is for 79 percent of their students to graduate from college.

Dowell is the executive director of KIPP Nashville, and will speak to the club at 11:45 a.m. The meeting will take place at the FiftyForward Martin Center, located at 960 Heritage Way.

Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @samanthahearn.