2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Nashville State

The Mission

Nashville State connects students, employers, and communities through personalized, high-quality, innovative educational experiences.

The Vision

Nashville State leads the nation in achieving equitable outcomes for our diverse community of learners.

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. The College has a campus located on West Walnut Street in downtown Dickson. 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 new state-of-the-art North Davidson campus, 1520 Gallatin Pike N., Madison, TN 37115, opened full-time at the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester. Nashville State has more than 80 program offerings with on-campus classes along with flexible online and virtual options, where students can earn an associate degree or career ready technical credential, or transfer credits to a four-year institution.

Our Future: Continuing to Serve Our Students

The College offers 23 associate of arts degrees, 32 technical certificates, and 47 transfer programs, including nursing, music, information technology, business, engineering, and culinary arts. 

Highly qualified and credentialed faculty along with dedicated staff support student success through student-centered curricula, a strong emphasis on the first-year experience, and an array of academic and student support services. Nashville State continues to move forward in meeting the needs of our diverse community of learners through the addition of a newly construction fourth campus in Davidson County, focusing on becoming a student-ready College and placing an emphasis on completion and post-completion success, along with serving a growing English as a Second Language (ESL) population and being a workforce solution partner to local industries and non-profits.

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 2022-2023

Vic Alexander

Scott Brisson

Ginna Burrell
Gullett Sanford Robinson and Martin, PLLC

Kathy Cloninger
Girl Scouts of the USA, Emeritus

Nancy Eisenbrandt
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Troy Edwards
FreshPoint Nashville

Lisa Ferrelli
Bank of America

Clint Gray
Slim & Huskys

Paula Harris
Thrivence Group

Joey Hatch (Chair)
Community Volunteer

Chef Max Knoepfel
Music City Center

Andy Marshall
A. Marshall Hospitality

Greg Martz
Community Volunteer

Tyson Norman
Caterpillar Financial

Jovonna Palmer
Media Monks

Dee Patel
Hermitage Hotel

Randy Rayburn
Midtown Cafe

Sharon Reynolds
Dev-Mar Products

Dr. Rich Rhoda
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Emeritus

Robert Sherrill
Imperial Cleaning Systems

Dr. Laquita Stribling
Randstad USA

Deb Varallo
Varallo Public Relations

Rod West
Dollar General Corporation

Ex Officio Members:

Lacie Dunn
Young Leadership Council Intern

Cecily Freeman, Executive Director of Development 
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Shanna L. Jackson, President
Nashville State Community College

Karla MacIntyre
Young Leadership Council Intern

Ryan Parker, Development Officer
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Jennifer Rector, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services
Nashville State Community College 

Chelsea Spence, Director of Development
Nashville State Community College Foundation