2014-2015 Catalog 
    Feb 03, 2023  
2014-2015 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, and the Upper Cumberland region.

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. In Waverly, the Humphreys County Center of Higher Education serves students in Humphreys and surrounding counties. In Putnam County, the Cookeville campus of Nashville State serves the upper Cumberland region. 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 new campus recently opened its doors to educate 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 foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in 1994. 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 for students and the communities it serves. Each semester, approximately 10,000 individuals learn new skills or find a new life direction through the college’s broad range of learning opportunities. However, the increased cost of higher education makes it difficult for many individuals to afford college tuition and fees. Private support of this institution ensures that sufficient scholarship funds are available to help students fund their dream of a college education.

Making a Gift

Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference for the students at Nashville State. 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 www.nscc.edu.

Foundation Board of Trustees 2014

Vic Alexander

Ryan Cain
Universal Medical Solutions

Christopher Cardwell
Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, PLLC

Bob Clement
Clement & Associates

Chad Custer
Nelson Mazda

Jolene Dressel
Trojan Labor

Jason Dobbs
Avenue Bank

Nancy Eisenbrandt
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Stephen P. Francescon, Jr.
Piedmont Natural Gas

Ben Freeland
Freeland Superstore

William H. Freeman
Freeman Webb, Inc.

Bob Grohovsky

Joey Hatch
Skanska USA

Clay Hickerson

Jamal Hipps
MPYER Marketing & Advertising

Bryan Huddleston
Nashville Technology Council

Chef Max Knoepfel
Music City Center

Ebie McFarland
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

Randy Rayburn
Sunset Grill & Midtown Café

Jason Ritchason (Chair)
Skyline Business Consulting, LLC

Nick Taras
Sysco Nashville

Jeremy Yeagle
Avenue Bank

Caroline Young
Nashville Health Care Council

Dr. Ellen Weed
Nashville State Community College

Ex Officio Members:

George H. Van Allen, President
Nashville State Community College

Keith Ferguson, Executive Director of Development and Public Affairs
Nashville State Community College Foundation

Lauren Bell, Director of Development
Nashville State Community College Foundation