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Saasha Jones is usually the first point of contact with students that come to SSS. She is a SSS alumna, a first generation college student and is from  Chattanooga. Her involvement with TRIO began in 2004 as an Upward Bound student. Her acceptance into SSS in 2008 developed her passion for working with underrepresented students. During her undergraduate career, she worked in SSS as a peer mentor and an administrative assistant. She also tutored, mentored and volunteered with GEAR UP, Girls Inc., The Hamilton County Department of Education and many other organizations serving disadvantaged students. She continues her work in SSS at the graduate level where she enjoys coaching SSS students who are interested in attending graduate school.

 Saasha earned a B.S. degree in Business from UTC, graduating cum laude in May 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UTC.