Cookeville students named to class of Tennessee Tech Trailblazers

Cookeville – Local students have been selected to be part of Tennessee Tech University’s Trailblazers class, bringing together top students at Tech to take campus visits and student recruitment to a personal level. 

Guadalupe Hernandez, a professional studies major with an international organizational leadership concentration, Dev Patel, an accounting major and Griffin Hawkins, a mechanical engineering major, are all from Cookeville, and are among the new class of Trailblazers. 

The three will be offering personal, one-on-one campus tours to prospective students and their families while also fostering genuine connections between current Trailblazer students and future Golden Eagles. 

“Trailblazers are special. They are bold thinkers, fearless students, confident leaders and kind classmates. Being a Tennessee Tech Trailblazer means using your skills and knowledge to lead other students to connect with their journey to campus,” said Karen Lykins, interim vice president for enrollment management and career placement.

“At Tennessee Tech, we put students first and what better way to foster personal connections than by pairing prospective students with some of our top current students who have experiences and insight to share about what the college experience at Tech is really like,” said Lykins.

Griffen Hawkins

Trailblazers now play an integral part in the admissions process and new student recruitment at Tech. Prospective students and their families planning a visit to campus will be paired with a Trailblazer to lead their personal tour of campus. With the diverse group of students who make up Trailblazers, the university’s goal is to personalize the visit experience for each prospective student by focusing on their interests and intended major. 

In addition to leading one-on-one campus tours, Trailblazers also interact with prospective students at various campus events throughout the year. Prospective students also interact with Trailblazers through social media, @tntechtrailblazers on Instagram.

Dev Patel

Prospective students interested in connecting with Trailblazers can visit to see profiles for the student tour guides.

To schedule a tour, go to; email or call (931) 372-6104. 

Tennessee Tech is ranked as the number one public university in the state, according to Money Magazine, as well as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & Report. The university offers more than 200-plus programs of study and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.

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