2021-2022 Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2021-2022 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 degree programs. Graduation was held in the parking lot. White Bridge Road, where the west Nashville 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 comprehensive 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 campuses have been established. Nashville State offers classes at locations throughout the area. In Waverly, the Humphreys County Center of Higher Education (Humphreys County campus) serves students in Humphreys and surrounding counties. In Antioch, 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. Fall 2017 marked the opening of the East Davidson campus in the Donelson community of Nashville. The North Davidson campus, 1520 Gallatin Pike N., Madison, TN 37115, will be home to a three-story complex that will provide a civic and community asset, bridging the connection between commercial development on Gallatin Pike and the adjacent residential community. The North Davidson campus is expected to open in spring 2022. The campus name was decided upon to reflect the diverse geographic territory that the College will be serving. Nashville State has more than 8o program offerings with flexible online options, where students can earn an associate degree or career ready credential, or transfer credits to a four-year institution.

Our Future: Continuing to Serve Our Students

As Nashville State celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks toward the future, it will continue to build upon its solid reputation as a comprehensive community 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 an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and operates for the sole benefit and support of Nashville State Community College. The Foundation accepts and administers all gifts for the benefit of the College.


The Nashville Sate Community College Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all those involved with Nashville State by providing a quality education, removing financial barriers, and empowering students at Nashville State to achieve their dreams for a brighter future.

Investing in Nashville’s Future

Nashville State Community College makes a difference in the lives of students and their communities. Each semester, over 8,000 individuals learn new skills or explore new life pursuits through the College’s broad range of learning opportunities, opening doors that will transform their futures. Programs like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect lift the tuition barrier to higher education, but the “hidden” costs of attending college—expenses like transportation, textbooks, child care, and so on—make the journey toward graduation an uphill climb for many students. Private support of Nashville State through the Foundation ensures that sufficient funds are available to help students stay on course to graduate and enter the workforce sooner.

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 the Nashville State Community College Foundation, please contact the Foundation’s Development Office at 615-353-3222 or visit online at nsccf.org.

Foundation Board of Trustees 2019-2020

Vic Alexander

Scott Brisson

Ginna Burrell
Gullett Sanford Robinson and Martin, PLLC

Kathy Cloninger
Girl Scouts of the USA, Emeritus

Chad Custer
Nelson Mazda

Ashlee Davis

Nancy Eisenbrandt
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Troy Edwards
FreshPoint Nashville

Lisa Ferrelli
Bank of America

Stephen P. Francescon, Jr.
Piedmont Natural Gas

Paula Harris
Barge Design Solutions

Joey Hatch (Chair)
Community Volunteer

Chef Max Knoepfel
Music City Center

Andy Marshall
A. Marshall Hospitality

Greg Martz
Community Volunteer

Jovonna Palmer
Community Volunteer

Sharon Reynolds
Dev-Mar Products

Rich Rhoda
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Emeritus

Robert Sherrill
Imperial Cleaning Systems

Laquita Stribling
Randstad USA

Deb Varallo
Varallo Public Relations

Kelly West
Dell EMC

Rod West
Dollar General Corporation

Ex Officio Members:

Brittaney Baker
Young Leadership Council Intern

Shanna L. Jackson, President
Nashville State Community College

Mary Cross, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Lauren Bell, Executive Director of Development & Public Affairs
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Michelle Joyner, Director of Development
Nashville State Community College Foundation