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The 2012 Swine Ball will be held on August 11 at the Silver Dollar Saloon on 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville.
This is the Nashville State Foundation's first year of a partnership with the Music City Festival and BBQ Championship who are the promoters of the Swine Ball. The Nashville State Foundation would like to encourage everyone interested to purchase tickets for the event and support our Culinary Arts Scholarship Program through this effort.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.musiccitybbqfestival.com. $44 of the $65 ticket price is tax deductible. Thanks for all of your help supporting the Nashville State Foundation.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 9, 2012 – Nashville State Community College, recently ranked one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation by Community College Week magazine, has finalized the purchase of the former Dillard’s space at Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch. According to Dr. George H. Van Allen, President of Nashville State, “The acquisition of the space affords the college the opportunity to increase our presence in southeastern Davidson County and better serve students in the area. Nashville State views this expansion as a huge step forward in providing quality, affordable education opportunities for Metro Nashville and the surrounding communities.” Nashville State hopes to begin classes in the fall of 2012 at the new satellite location, which will include 200,000-square-feet of space.
Growth at Nashville State Community College over the past ten years has been significant, with the college now serving almost 10,000 students per semester. During the past five years alone, Nashville State has experienced a thirty-seven percent increase in enrollment. To accommodate the growth, Nashville State was allocated $7,078,000 from the State of Tennessee for the purpose of expansion, provided the college could provide $1.25 million in matching funds. Due to the commitment of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council to higher education, Nashville State received a $1 million grant from Metro government. An additional $250,000 was provided by the Nashville State Community College Foundation. “I am pleased that Nashville State is another step closer to its expansion in Southeast Davidson County, one of the fastest-growing areas in Nashville,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Metro Nashville was proud to be a partner in providing the required matching funds for the project. A new campus in the Hickory Hollow area will be the perfect complement to the city’s own investment in a new public facility there that will include an expanded library, new regional community center and park space. Additionally, increasing the number of college graduates in Nashville is important to me, and Nashville State’s expansion means more students will have an opportunity to earn degrees.”
According to Eileen Crane, Executive Assistant to President Van Allen, whose responsibilities include oversight of locations in Cookeville, Dickson, Nashville, and Waverly, the solid growth has presented challenges at both the main campus on White Bridge road, as well as the extended campuses. “We have a significant number of students who attend our current southeast campus on Foster Avenue and many from the area who commute to our main campus,” Crane said. “Our new 200,000-square-foot facility will provide ample space to accommodate our existing students as well as room to expand program offerings.”
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. January 12, 2012 – A group of students majoring in multimedia design at Nashville State Community College, a couple of faculty, and some friends, recently received city-wide recognition for their entry in the 2011 48-hr Film Project. Out of 54 films produced by teams from regional film schools, professional production houses, and hobbyists, their film, The C-List, won Best in Genre, Best Graphics, and Best Sound Effects. You can view their film here. You can find more information about the 48-hr Film Project at: www.48hourfilm.com.
In addition, two students majoring in multimedia design at Nashville State Community College recently received national recognition for their creative abilities. Brandon Roaten and Joe Carroll collaborated on a Phoenix commercial, a new line of fragrance by Keith Urban. The video was one of ten finalists and can be viewed here.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. January 9, 2012 – Students in the Visual Communications Program at Nashville State Community College (NSCC) are helping local non-profits achieve their mission and getting course credit too. Using a teaching method called Problem-based Case Learning (PBCL), the students are engaging with local organizations to create design assets: Graphic Design, Photography, Multimedia, and Web Design. The students work as a team, under faculty supervision, to produce media that solves a real-time business problem as a course project. In the 2011 spring semester, the Multimedia and Web Design Capstone class students designed and produced a marketing DVD for Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity. The PBCL teaching method was developed under a series of grants from the National Science Foundation, a national coalition of educators, and NSCC leadership. For more information about Problem-based Case Learning in general, visit www.makinglearningreal.org. To learn how your organization can partner with NSCC Visual Communication students, contact Assistant Professor Dale Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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January 6, 2012, Overland Park, KS — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Associate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Nashville State Community College in Nashville, Tenn., reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.
ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school at Nashville State Community College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. “Nashville State Community College has shown their continued commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., on June 17, 2012.” “This accreditation is evidence that Nashville State Community College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the past 10 years and for the next 10 years,” said Parscale.
“Nashville State Community College is pleased to have received our re-accreditation from the ACBSP,” stated Dr. Kimberly Estep, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Nashville State. “We strive to bring the highest level of quality education to our students and this recognition further demonstrates that commitment to our students and the communities we serve.”
ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation council for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its 10th region to better serve member institutions in South Asia. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,051 member campuses, 157 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 541 have achieved accreditation and more than 415 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 9,500.
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Dean, Business, Applied Arts & Technologies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Date, 2011 – Two students majoring in graphic design at Nashville State Community College and a third majoring in photography recently received national recognition for their creative abilities.
Charlie Daniels, a graphic design major at Nashville State, received a Silver Student ADDY award from district 7 of the American Advertising Federation along with a Silver regional award for his work on an organic coffee campaign. In addition, Charlie designed a greeting card for the National Hallmark Greeting Card contest and his card was chosen as an online and in-store winner and is now being sold nationwide. Click here to view Charlie’s card online.
Tom Kozlowski also submitted a humorous birthday card design that was chosen as an online winner in the National Hallmark Greeting Card contest. Tom is a graphic and web design student at Nashville State and his card can be viewed here.
Ann Richardson, a photography major at Nashville State, received honorable mention by placing in the Top 11 of the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk Contest. Ann's participation in the Photowalk was part of an activity planned by the NSCC Society of Photography Students. Her image was chosen as the local winning image, and then went on to compete with over 1,000 international entries. Ann’s photo of a vintage Fleetwood Cadillac taken on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville can be viewed here.
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Nashville, Tennessee, October 28, 2011 --- The Regents Online Campus Collaborative celebrated its 10 year anniversary with an awards ceremony and luncheon at the TBR central office in Nashville on Friday, October 28. Campus educators, administrators, and staff members from across Tennessee gathered to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the collaborative and to celebrate the program's success in providing educational access to over 200,000 Tennesseans.
Five individuals were recognized for their work to make post-secondary education accessible online for all Tennesseans. In the span of one year, these individuals set into motion major decisions on a degree framework, course development plan, articulation, a revenue sharing model, a new Learning Management System, SACS substantive change notification, credit transferability among institutions, financial aid eligibility, a common calendar, critical student support services, faculty development, and a marketing plan. As a result the Regents Online Degree Program successfully launched in September 2001.
The Catalyst Award winners are:
R. Jack Fishman
former Board of Regents member
Dr. Sidney McPhee
President, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Dan Lattimore
Vice Provost, University of Memphis
Dr. Ellen Weed
Vice President, Nashville State Community College (retired)
Dr. Robbie Melton
Associate Vice Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents
Other campus educators and administrators were recognized for their contributions to the collaborative during its 10 year history after the program launch. Nominations were submitted by the campuses and award winner selections were made by a committee comprised of peers and ROCC staff members.
The Award Winners of the Decade are:
RODP Faculty Member of the Decade
Director of Distance Learning/Associate Professor of Communication
Volunteer State Community College
Tennessee Technology Center Faculty Member of the Decade
Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Decade
Dr. George Meghabghab
Course Developer of the Decade
Professor of Computer Science
Roane State Community College
Dr. Andrea Sanders
Faculty Mentor of the Decade
Professor of English and Humanities
Chattanooga State Community College
Campus Contact of the Decade
Coordinator of Online Learning
Nashville State Community College
A video which documents the Catalyst Award winners’ roles in the startup and launch of the Regents Online Degree Program can be viewed here.
In addition to receiving individual recognition, each winner’s institution receives a monetary award that can be applied to educational technology, course development or professional development.
The Regents Online Campus Collaborative is an award-winning program that brings together postsecondary educational resources from the 6 state universities, 13 community colleges, and 27 technology centers located across the state of Tennessee. Through Regents Online, students can earn Associates, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees or diplomas and certificates from institutions in the collaborative.
Launched in fall 2011, the Regents Online Campus Collaborative has grown from 1,048 students to over 14,500 students in 2011. This unique program was developed under the direction of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the sixth largest system of public higher education in the United States with a combined annual enrollment of over 190,000 students. The Board of Regents annually awards academic credentials to approximately 22,000 students.
Jennifer L. Thompson
Tennessee Board of Regents
Regents Online Campus Collaborative
1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 682
Nashville, TN 37217
Nashville State Community College was recently recognized as the Best College or University in the Tennessean’s Toast of Music City 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. 2011 Winners.
In second and third place were Vanderbilt University and Belmont University respectively. This win was the second year in a row for Nashville State in this category. Nashville State was also recognized in the category for Best Employer in the Nashville area. More than 80,000 readers voted in the fourth annual contest, which ranked nearly 90 categories.
The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching – MERLOT (www.merlot.org) Announces the 2011 Editorial Board House Cup
The MERLOT House Cup is an award to recognize the level of contributions made to the MERLOT collection during an academic year. Contributions include Materials Triaged, Individual Peer Reviews, Composite Peer Reviews, Member Comments and Learning Materials contributed to the collection.
The MERLOT House Cup is a perpetual award that is passed to new winners at the MERLOT/Sloan-C Emerging Technologies Conference each year. Editorial Board Members will take turns in displaying the award in their offices.
This year’s winner is:
The Business Editorial Board contributed the following numbers of materials compared to other board members:
The winners of the 2011 MERLOT Awards were honored with a ceremony and trophy at the 2011 MERLOT/Sloan-C Emerging Technologies Conference, on July 12th in San Jose, California.
MERLOT (www.merlot.org) is an international initiative enabling faculty to integrate technology into higher education. It is an online community of faculty and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high quality web-based, interactive teaching and learning materials. The MERLOT website is a free “gateway” for these web-based materials. Finding web-based materials to incorporate into one’s course is just the first step for faculty; faculty must also decide if the materials are correct, effective teaching-learning tools, and easy to use. A continually growing collection of high quality online teaching and learning materials is realized through MERLOT’s peer review process. MERLOT conducts the peer review of online materials and ensures reliable and valid reviews through the selection and training of the editorial board members as well as on-going support for the review process. The MERLOT Community offers additional services to both instructors and students that help improve the learning process.
For more information about the MERLOT Awards Program, contact Cathy Swift, email@example.com", (972) 363-2350.
Nashville State Community College had received approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing to add an associate degree program in nursing.
The two-year program, which will admit 50 students in the fall of 2010, will help accommodate some of Nashville State's pre-nursing students who currently must transfer to a degree-granting program to complete their education.
"We have a partnership with Tennessee State University and Belmont University, but this past semester, we had over 900 students in that (pre-nursing) program," said Brent Young, Executive Director for the Nashville State Community College Foundation. "We thought that there was a need to have our own."
Nashville State will continue to partner with TSU and Belmont, Newman said, for students seeking a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing.
According to Young, this is the first new program approved by the Board of Nursing in 15 years. The program will help the health care sector battle a national nursing shortage that – while it has eased somewhat during this recession – is expected to reach 260,000 by 2025.
Nashville State Community College Provides Adult Education to Davidson County
NASHVILLE – Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley today announced Nashville State Community College has been awarded a contract to provide adult education services for Davidson County.
"Every dollar invested in adult education impacts unemployment and the earning potential for adults," said Commissioner James Neeley. "We're committed to providing quality adult education programs, and Nashville State Community College brings the ability to expand opportunities to students in all areas of Davidson County."
Nashville State Community College President Dr. Van Allen stated, "The college is prepared to offer a quality program open and accessible to all residents of the county. Where facilities are now lacking, they will be developed." Dr. Van Allen's experience with GED programs began in the 70s and is where he had his last teaching assignment. He said, "I enjoyed teaching political science at the college and university levels, but helping adults acquire basic academic skills was much more rewarding."
Adult Education programs include GED preparation, Adult Basic Literacy, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Nashville State Community College will expand to offer services to every part of Davidson County including Antioch, Bordeaux, Goodlettsville, Madison and other areas identified based on need.
Tennessee's Adult Education program is recognized second in the nation for adult education performance measures set by the federal government. Last year, the State of Tennessee spent $93 per Adult Education student. Together with federal funds, approximately $301 was spent to educate one adult.
Registration for classes began October 1st. For more information about the Nashville State Community College AE Program, visit NSCC’s Website at www.nscc.edu or contact Brent Young, Executive Director of Development and Public Affairs at (615) 353-3604 or Paula.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Adult Education programs, call 1-800-531-1515 or 615-353-3255 or find information at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/AE/.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A tough economy is sending more people back to school and keeping admissions at one local community college slammed.
Nashville State Community College could see a fall enrollment of more than 8,000 students.
"We had an idea that we would have larger numbers this fall, but [they] has surpassed all of our expectations," Director of Admissions Laura Potter told News 2. "Through the summer, it’s just snow balled and we’ve seen such a huge growth."
On July 31, Potter said enrollment was up 89% compared to July 2008.
It's the largest increase the school has ever seen.
A typical yearly increase in enrolled students is only between about 6% and 10%.
On top of that, financial aid applications are up 40% from a year ago, and applications for admission have increased 25%.
As impressive as these numbers are, Potter expects the growth to continue through August 31, the first day of classes.
Melissa Laster is helping students register for classes and says foot traffic has been noticeably higher.
"It's going to get busier as the weeks go on, and it gets closer to class time," she said.
Joey Molteni is interested in music production.
"I'm coming here to save a couple semesters worth of money and transfer to MTSU," the 19-year-old student said. "That's what a lot of people are doing, they don't want to have to pay for housing and tuition and dig themselves out of a hole full of debt."
Angie Thompson is pursuing a degree in photography.
"It"s time to do it," she said. "I'm a mom, and I'm ready to have a career to back up on."
Despite the giant increase in enrolled students, Potter says the school's doors will always be open to anyone with a high school degree.
"Since we are open admissions, we will always accept students, whether classes will be open will be another option," she said.
Posted: Aug 25, 2009 10:27 PM CDT Tuesday, August 25, 2009 11:27 PM EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One day, people in Nashville could be able to shop and take college classes at a local mall.
Nashville State Community College may open a satellite campus at Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch.
Last year, the college served around 14,000 students, but this year, enrollment is up and classroom space is hard to come by.
So the college is looking to expand at the mall, where a proposed satellite campus could serve between 4,000 and 5,000 students.
"[There are] several places we're looking at, the former JC Penney building and other real estate in this area," Brent Young, spokesperson for Nashville State told News 2.
Councilman Sam Coleman represents the Antioch area.
"It's win-win for the university because I'm sure there are students in this particular area who want to take advantage and don't have to go as far," Coleman said. "It's a win for the community. As you know, we have some vacancies in the mall area."
The campus could be open to students by fall of 2010.
It would be more accessible for some students than the college's main campus on White Bridge Road.
The campus wouldn't just be an extra tenant inside the mall.
Economic planners say the thousands of students in the area could make a big impact on Antioch's economy.
Young said, "It could really revitalize this area much like Vanderbilt did at 100 Oaks Mall."
Students studying, eating and shopping in Antioch are some of the benefits of the proposed campus.
Councilman Coleman says attracting more stores to bring in sales tax to the area is still a priority.
He said, "We're hoping that the mall stays retail in nature, because we have good shops there and good shops to come."
Planners for Nashville State Community College will be looking at real estate options in the area and plan to make an announcement in the next 90 days.
There is an old saying that good help is hard to find. That’s true in most industries, including retail.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. and Nashville State Community College hope to change that with a new employee-training program.
The two organizations are developing Training for Retail Associate Certification (TRAC).
Details are still being worked out; however, TRAC will focus on teaching and developing skills to current and potential retail employees, concluding with industry-recognized certificates.
"We were at Nashville State’s Businesses Leadership Council when the subject came up," said Betty Johnson, vice president of Employment at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
"Some of the biggest problems retailers have are employees who aren’t prepared to work. We thought Goodwill could help, and the partnership grew from there."
After getting input from retail business leaders, TRAC began to take shape. TRAC 1 will focus on entry-level job skills, including job readiness, customer service, merchandising, and cash handling.
TRAC 2 will develop assistant managers and lead supervisors with more advanced lessons, including supervision, bank drops, facility maintenance, work schedules, and handling customer complaints.
"At Goodwill's Career Solutions Centers, we offer similar job readiness training to our clients. Many of them look for entry-level work in the retail industry. We thought a program like this would fall within the goals of our mission as well as be an asset to our clients and to the business community," said Johnson.
Goodwill’s mission is to provide employment and training services to people with disabilities or other challenges that may be preventing them from finding work. Goodwill has 11 Career Solutions Centers in Middle and West Tennessee where clients can receive help with resume writing, job applications, job readiness and interviewing skills.
"Nashville State Community College is excited about the partnership with Goodwill Industries. We both have a common goal to provide business and industry qualified applicants to fill entry-level positions," said Marc Starrett, assistant director of WorkForce & Community Development at Nashville State Community College.
The Humphreys County Higher Education Center opened a 10,000 square foot addition for Fall 2009. The expansion is thanks to a $1,150,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development and a $400,000 matching contribution from Humphreys County. County Executive Jaycee Rawlings said "This is a worthwhile project that is going to help so many people. It fulfills dreams that people had many years ago. This expansion is necessary and allows the county to thrive."
The Humphreys County Center is managed by Nashville State Community College. Nashville State began working with Humphreys County and industry officials several years ago to develop a program to meet the workforce needs of chemical processing plants in the Waverly/New Johnsonville area that are facing large numbers of retirements, and also to attract new industry to the area. The result was the Industrial Process Control Technology program which allows students to earn an associate degree or training certificate in safety, process control, and quality, making them eligible for highly sought after technical positions in the chemical processing industry. The expansion to the Humphreys County Center adds classrooms and laboratory space to augment the process control program.
"The Humphreys County Center's technology training is important to industry growth in the county and surrounding areas," stated Jennie Stribling, Director of the Center. Brent Young, NSCC Foundation Executive Director added, "The partnership between Nashville State and the County is a wonderful example of a local community working to develop their own higher education options."
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