Our Purpose

Our Story

The purpose of the Highland Enrichment Learning Programs is to help students acquire the skills they need to become sufficient in every area of development. These skill programs enable students to excel in academics, athletics and creative arts. Highland programs and services are also designed to help students meet their personal life goals.
Highland accomplishes the purpose by...
  • Praying for the students
  • Encouraging each student to develop and use their God given gifts
  • Building mentoring relationships with students
  • Developing a success plan for each individual student
  • Partnering with other organizations to ensure success
  • Providing opportunities that will enhance students academic, athletic, creative arts and life skills
 Highland University was established in 1971 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit. In 2013, Dr. W.C. Helton decided to launch Highland Enrichment Learning Programs ( H.E.L.P.), following his purchase of the old 21 Century Academy school building. Dr. Helton, also purchased the former John P. Franklin Middle School, in May 2009, which is located in the Alton Park community. Dr. Helton's vision was to renovate the buildings and give the properties back to the adjoining communities, to be utilized by the youth in Chattanooga. Dr. Helton sought the help of Lurone and Tamara Jennings II to bring this vision to fruition. As the directors, the Jennings have developed and implemented programs for Highland Enrichment Learning Programs, which are being conducted in the old John P. Franklin Middle School and the former 21st Century Academy facility.