2016-2017 Catalog 
    Mar 28, 2020  
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Nashville State

The Mission

The mission of Nashville State Community College is to provide comprehensive educational programs and partnerships, exemplary services, an accessible, progressive learning environment, and responsible leadership to improve the quality of life for the community it serves. The college serves a broad geographic area comprised of Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, and Stewart Counties.

Nashville State offers associate degrees and certificates that prepare students to think and perform well whether entering the workforce or transferring to a university upon graduation.

History of Nashville State Community College

Our Past: Building a Solid Reputation

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 degree programs. 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. In 2002, the Tennessee General Assembly and the Governor expanded the mission of Nashville State to a comprehensive community college. As a community college, Nashville State offers the Associate of Applied Science technical and career degrees, and the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Fine Arts, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Science in Teaching transfer degrees.

Our Present: Bringing Higher Education to Middle Tennessee

In order to better serve middle Tennessee, additional campus sites have been established. Nashville State offers classes at locations throughout the area. In Waverly, the Humphreys County Center of Higher Education serves students in Humphreys and surrounding counties. In Nashville, the Southeast Campus provides learning opportunities for all of southeastern Davidson County. Students can also take classes in Dickson at the Renaissance Center. In Clarksville, a campus provides educational opportunities for residents in Montgomery County.

Our Future: Continuing to Serve Our Students

In the future, Nashville State will continue to build upon its solid reputation as a technical college. By expanding and adapting course and program offerings, and instructional delivery methods at all of its campus locations, Nashville State will stay in step with the educational needs and work force demands of Nashville and the surrounding middle Tennessee area.

Nashville State Community College Foundation

The Nashville State Community College Foundation was established in 1994 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. It is designated to receive gifts for the College from individuals, corporations, and foundations.


The Nashville State Community College Foundation operates for the support and benefit of Nashville State Community College. The Foundation, with utmost integrity and respect, works to expand access to higher education and further regional workforce and economic development by:

  • Raising funds to provide scholarships to students as well as to enhance programs at the College.
  • Advocating for the welfare of the College.
  • Engaging in other activities to benefit the College.

Investing in Nashville’s Future

Nashville State Community College makes a difference in the lives of students and their communities. Each semester, approximately 10,000 individuals learn new skills or explore new life pursuits through the College’s broad range of learning opportunities. However, the increased cost of higher education can create barriers to these opportunities, and many individuals find it difficult to afford tuition and fees. Private support of Nashville State through the Foundation ensures that sufficient scholarship funds are available to help students fund their dreams of a college education.

Making a Gift

Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference for our students. Opportunities to strengthen the College abound at all levels. For more information on how to make a gift to Nashville State Community College, please contact the Foundation Development Office at 615-353-3222 or visit us online at nsccf.org.

Foundation Board of Trustees 2016

Vic Alexander

Ryan Cain
Aegis Health Groups

Bob Clement
Clement & Associates

Kathy Cloninger
Girl Scouts of the USA, Emeritus

J. Dell Crosslin
Crosslin and Associates

Chad Custer
Nelson Mazda

Jolene Dressel
Trojan Labor

Nancy Eisenbrandt
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Stephen P. Francescon, Jr.
Piedmont Natural Gas

Bob Grohovsky (Chair)

Joey Hatch (Chair-Elect)
Skanska USA

Clay Hickerson

Jamal Hipps
MPYER Marketing & Advertising

Bryan Huddleston
Nashville Technology Council

Chef Max Knoepfel
Music City Center

Randy Rayburn
Midtown Café

Alma Sanford
Crossings Nashville Action Partnership

Nick Taras
Sysco Nashville, Retired

Kim Totzke
The Turnip Truck Natural Markets

Jeremy Yeagle
Avenue Bank

Ex Officio Members:

George H. Van Allen, President
Nashville State Community College

Lauren Bell, Director of Development
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Michelle Joyner, Director of Development
Nashville State Community College Foundation