Nashville State Community College looks to expand
Into new areas of Davidson County. Promise is probably driving the growth. I did learn that Nashville State is the largest community college in Tennessee, a position Southwest used to hold, I believe. From The Tennessean.
Nashville State looking to open new satellite locations
Nashville State is looking to open the northern satellite location in the Madison, Whites Creek or Goodlettsville areas, according to the documents. Officials are considering an eastern satellite location in the Donelson, Hermitage or Old Hickory areas.
According to the documents, Nashville State is looking for land that could support a 24,000-square-foot building and 300 parking spaces at each satellite location. Property owners have until June 29 to submit their land, and a proposed price, for consideration.
It is unclear when the college might select locations or open either campus.
State lawmakers representing northern and eastern Davidson County released a statement Tuesday cheering the progress of the two satellite projects. Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Republican who represents northern and eastern parts of Davidson County, pointed to the success of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program and climbing enrollment numbers at community colleges as evidence that the demand is there for more locations to pursue higher education.
“This is something that we have been working towards and could not be more pleased to see the site selection process moving forward,” Dickerson said in the statement. “This will help a lot of students by providing convenient access to community college.”
Rep. Bill Beck, a Democrat who represents the Madison area, and Rep. Darren Jernigan, a Democrat who represents the Old Hickory area, also praised the move.
Nashville State is the biggest community college in the state, with 10,701 enrolled in fall 2015, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The college's main campus is on White Bridge Road in West Nashville, and there are existing satellite campuses in Antioch and Clarksville.