Established in 1970, Walters State Community College is a comprehensive higher education institution serving around 5,900 credit students and over 4,000 students enrolled in job-training courses. In addition to its Morristown campus, the college offers classes at its Sevier County Campus and centers for higher education in Greeneville and New Tazewell as well as various off-campus facilities. Walters State also has a comprehensive public safety training facility and provides public service and agribusiness activities through the WSCC Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center.
Volunteer State Community College is located in Gallatin, Tennessee, which is 30 miles northeast of Nashville. The college also has degree granting centers at McGavock High School in Nashville and Vol State at Livingston in Overton County. Numerous off-campus operations extend the college’s instruction and public service roles throughout its 12-county service area. Popularly known as Vol State, the college was founded in 1971. A 100 acre tract of land on Nashville Pike was chosen for the new campus. The property was deeded to the State on December 4, 1969.
Roane State Community College is a two-year college providing transfer curricula, career-preparation programs, and non-credit education. Founded in 1971, Roane State serves a diverse eight-county service area that includes Roane, Anderson, Loudon, Campbell, Scott, Cumberland, Morgan, and Fentress counties. The college provides health sciences education in Knox and Blount counties. In addition to its main campus in Harriman, Roane State also has campuses in Crossville, Huntsville, Jamestown, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Wartburg.
Pellissippi State Community College was founded in 1974 as State Technical Institute at Knoxville. Enrollment has grown from 45 students that first year to more than 8,600 credit students today. With four comprehensive campuses, the college serves Knox and Blount counties, which are located in East Tennessee. However, the college’s students come from around the world. In the fall 2007 semester, for example, 128 students from 51 different countries were enrolled at the college.
Northeast State Community College is a public comprehensive community college with technical education and college transfer programs. The school strives to tailor its programs and services to meet the special needs of a diverse student body numbering more than 5,100. Northeast State offers associate degrees in more than 50 programs of study, which can be transferred to a number of local and regional four-year colleges and universities.
Since it first opened in 1970, Nashville State Community College has been a vital part of Nashville. Initially named Nashville State Technical Institute, the college had 398 students, and offered only five associate's degrees. Graduation was held in the parking lot. White Bridge Road, where the main campus is still located, had only two lanes and very few businesses. As the White Bridge Road area grew over the years, so did the college. In 1984, Nashville State joined the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system of state universities and community colleges.
Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college offering associate degrees, certificates and flexible learning pathways. For over 45 years, Motlow has proved to be a student-centered institution that promotes academic excellence as well as personal and professional growth. The main campus is located in Moore County with learning centers in Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna, a teaching site in Sparta and a partnership in Shelbyville at the Middle Tennessee Education Center. The College serves more than 540,000 citizens in its 11-county service area.
Established in 1967, Jackson State (JSCC) was the first community college in West Tennessee and remains the only publicly funded college in Jackson. The college provides accessible learning opportunities and services to a diverse student population and community. Serving a 14-county area, in addition to its main campus in Jackson, the school has full-service centers located in Humboldt, Lexington, and Savannah. In partnership with the Tennessee Technology Centers, the college offers classes in Brownsville, Paris, McKenzie, and Whiteville. Video and online classes also are available.
Established in 1969, Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) is a growing and dynamic institution charged by the Tennessee Board of Regents to serve the educational needs of a seven-county area of northwest Tennessee. The Dyersburg campus is centrally located in the College’s seven-county area and is spread over more than 115 acres. Additional locations include the DSCC Gibson County Center, located adjacent from Peabody High School in Trenton, and the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County in Covington, Tennessee.
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the one of the largest higher education systems in the nation.