Columbia State, Jackson State and Walters State community colleges win funding to implement various student success initiatives.
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.
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.
Chattanooga State Community College is a comprehensive community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents System offering associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees. The college is distinguished by its diverse service area population; its high market penetration (Fall enrollment of over 12,000 students in a service area of under 350,000); breadth of curriculum; and impact on the business-industrial-professional community of southeast Tennessee.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is the comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers, and communities in Shelby and Fayette counties and the surrounding Mid-South region. The Memphis-based college provides citizens with an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development, and enrich personal lives.
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.
Cleveland State Community College is an accredited public community college serving approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students. Committed to quality education. Situated in scenic Southeast Tennessee and surrounded by an abundance of recreational opportunities, Cleveland State couples an attractive atmosphere with a quality educational experience. The college is located between Exits 25 and 27 on Interstate 75, 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga.
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.
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.
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.