Volunteer State Community College's Springfield campus receives approval to offer degree programs

Vol State Springfield science lab

Volunteer State Community College's Springfield campus has received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Higher Education Commission to offer complete college degree programs in Robertson County starting this fall semester 2020. The college has offered classes at the Springfield campus since 2011 but until now, students have had to combine the courses offered in Springfield with other courses held online or on the Vol State Gallatin campus to obtain a degree.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved a request to designate the Springfield campus as a “Center.” That means degrees can be awarded there and all classes needed for certain degree programs can be held on the campus.

“The offering of degrees in Springfield has been a high priority for both Vol State and the community. The work with city and county leaders in growing the campus has paid-off with this approval. We’re excited to expand our offerings in Robertson County. This is a solid base to build on for many years to come,” said Vol State President Jerry Faulkner.

Beginning with fall classes in August, Vol State Springfield will provide all the coursework for the completion of an Associate of Science Degree in Teaching and the University Parallel Major. These majors are designed for transfer to a four-year institution. Associate of Applied Science Degrees, A.A.S, will also be offered for students planning to enter the job market immediately upon graduation from Vol State. Examples of A.A.S. programming are Computer Information Technology courses, including Cyber Defense, Programming, and Logic.

Anne-Marie McKee, who was named director of Vol State Springfield, has been associated with Vol State Community College for more than 20 years and brings many years of higher education experience to the campus.

“I have been meeting with community and business leaders and everyone has made me feel so welcome,” said McKee. “I look forward to building those relationships and working directly with Vol State students in Springfield as we provide a high-quality education that can lead to so many careers and further educational opportunities.”

Students can use both the TN Promise program for graduating high school seniors and the TN Reconnect program for adults who do not already have a college degree, to receive free tuition at Vol State Springfield. The college has many Springfield and online classes available to university students who are taking a semester off from their campuses. They are general education courses that can count for credit at many universities. New students should apply now at www.volstate.edu/apply

The Vol State Springfield campus is located at 150 Laureate Avenue, just south of NorthCrest Medical Center, off Highway 431 and William Batson Parkway. The campus offices currently are staffed remotely, with staff assisting people online and over the phone. For more information visit www.volstate.edu/springfield or call (615) 433-7030.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.