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Nashville State to host TN Promise Scholarship Saturday Sept. 20

Nashville State to host Scholarship Saturday, Sept. 20, to encourage students to sign up for Tennessee Promise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. September 15, 2014 – Nashville State Community College will open up its computer labs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday. The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, the state’s new program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school. It includes a mentoring component, as well as a last-dollar scholarship to cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. The Class of 2015 will be the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

During Scholarship Saturday, students may come to the Student Services Building on Nashville State’s White Bridge Road campus, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive assistance in the application process. The college’s usual application fee of $20 will be waived for any student who also completes his or her college application during the event. “Tennessee Promise will give future high school graduates another incentive for preparing for a career through higher education,” according to George H. Van Allen, President of Nashville State. “We want to make the application process clear and convenient for the high school senior and their parents, while encouraging participation in the program.”

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would attend the event nearest them. “The Nov. 1 deadline to register for Tennessee Promise will be here soon, so we encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “The Scholarship Saturday event is a great opportunity for students to sign up at tnpromise.gov and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.”

About Tennessee’s Community Colleges
Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Supplemental Dual Enrollment Funding for Middle College Students

Nashville State to Provide Supplemental Dual Enrollment Funding for Middle College Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 11, 2014 – Nashville State Community College and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) have reached an agreement that will provide supplemental dual enrollment funding for students attending the high school located on Nashville State’s White Bridge Road campus. The contract will allow students who have exhausted lottery funding earmarked for dual enrollment to continue receiving college credit at Nashville State.

Dr. George Van Allen, President of Nashville State, initiated the program after learning that Middle College High School students seeking to take additional college level courses, were unable to do so due to funding issues. According to Dr. Van Allen, “It is important that these students have the opportunity of continue their pursuit of college credits at Middle College. Currently, lottery funding stipulates a certain number of credit hours a student may accumulate while in high school that lottery proceeds will fund. Nashville State has agreed to provide access that will allow these students to continue accumulating additional hours free of charge.”

The agreement was welcome news for Roderick Manuel, principal at Middle College. “Many of our students were faced with difficult choices due to limited available financial resources,” Manual said. “Some of the choices involved returning to their zoned high school due to funding issues. This agreement will provide the necessary money that will allow our students to excel in college level courses, thus accumulating a significant number of college credits while still in high school. We appreciate the commitment of the college and President Van Allen to our program and the students we serve.”

MNPS Middle College High School at Nashville State Community College serves 10th through 12th grade students who want to earn college credit hours while attending high school. Embedded within the NSCC host campus, Middle College offers dual enrollment—the opportunity to earn part or all of an Associate's Degree while also earning their high school diploma. To find out more about Middle College High School, please contact Roderick Manuel at 615-353-3742.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

$4,000 NSCC Financial Aid for Career Training to Military Spouses

Nashville State Community College Offers up to $4,000 of Financial Aid for Career Training to Military Spouses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 4, 2014 – Nashville State Community College is pleased to announce the introduction of the MyCAA program—a program that provides up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in Portable Career Fields.

Spouses of Department of Defense Active Duty members and federally activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components are eligible for the My CAA program. MyCAA Financial Assistance pays for education and training programs, and licensing/credentialing fees. Through a partnership with ed2go eligible military spouses can enroll in online Career Training Programs with Nashville State Community College through the department of Workforce and Community Development.

Well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with the instructor and other students will allow military spouses to gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. In-demand programs include: Pharmacy Technician, Medical Transcriptionist, Certified Wedding Planner, Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist, and many more. The programs can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Upon acceptance into the MyCAA program, military spouses can begin their Career Training Program anytime. Programs are generally six months, and many offer an extension period if necessary. Check individual programs for internship or externship opportunities.

For more information, contact the Military Education Office at: ed2go.military@cengage.com or speak to a representative at Nashville State Community College at (615) 353-3766.

Nashville State Contact
Tracy Kortuem
Nashville State Community College
Workforce and Communtiy Development
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Office: 615-353-3766
E-mail: workforcetraining@nscc.edu

NSCC Foundation Scholarship Program Targets Adult Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 7, 2014 – The Nashville State Community College Foundation announced today that it will provide up to $250,000 in scholarship funding for adults 25 and over seeking degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concentrations as well as those seeking a degree in Culinary Arts. In addition, the college will provide up to $250,000 in tuition discounts for a total fund of $500,000. Funding for the program is provided by a number of individual, corporate, and private foundation donors.

Local restaurant owner and foundation board member Randy Rayburn, who serves as chairman of the fundraising effort, was ecstatic with the result stating “The Nashville State Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement this program and raise the necessary dollars to provide the funding. According to Governor Haslam, the ‘Drive to 55’ initiative cannot succeed without adult students given the program relies largely on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of adults. This program serves as an adult alternative to the governor’s Tennessee Promise, in that it provides scholarship funding for adult students who seek skills in occupations suffering from critical talent shortages in Middle Tennessee. The foundation is pleased to partner with President George Van Allen and the college to serve this segment of the Nashville State student population and hopes to expand the program to other academic programs in the future.”

The scholarship program will begin in the Fall 2014 semester with current or new students encouraged to apply by August 1, 2014. Students currently enrolled in a STEM or Culinary Arts program at the college can go to www.nscc.edu/content/resources/adult.pdf (PDF) for more information. New students should go to www.nscc.edu/admissions/apply-to-nscc/ to find out how to apply for admission to the college or call 615-353-3215. Enrollment in the program will be on a first-come-first-served basis and like Nashville Achieves, will provide last dollar funding.

Inmate College Program Expands to Turney Center Industrial Complex

NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 19, 2014 – On Thursday, May 15, 2014, twenty-five inmates at the Turney Center in Only, Tennessee, began taking college-level credit courses offered through Nashville State Community College. The program is funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEInitiative), a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Julie L. Doochin. The program began in January 2012 at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex with over sixty incarcerated students having earned college credits to date.

When first approached about this program, Nashville State President, George H. Van Allen, saw an opportunity to assist the community with a difficult situation. Dr. Van Allen stated that “the problem of people returning to prison after serving sentences is generally known, as is the fact that the better educated of those are less likely to reoffend. The college is uniquely equipped to work with the inmate population. We intend to offer a college level program which will open and, in some cases, reopen the doors to higher education to the inmate population. We anticipate a long, successful program which will reduce recidivism and brighter futures for those leaving our classrooms.”

According to Dr. Doochin, the mission of THEInitiative is “to provide access to quality post-secondary education in correctional facilities in Tennessee in order to help individuals lead productive lives in and outside of prison, reduce recidivism, and contribute to the security and wellbeing of our communities.” In order to be accepted into the program, the inmates must first have a high school diploma or GED, write a college essay, take a college placement exam, and pay a $20 administrative fee per semester. The requirements to continue include maintain a 3.0 GPA along with a clean disciplinary record. For more information, please contact Dr. Julie Doochin at (615) 400-7811 or e-mail THEInitiativeTN@gmail.com.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Glenncliff High School grads head for NSCC

News Channel 5 • Nashville, TN • 2014-05-14 5:51 PM
Signing day is no longer just for athletes. In Metro Nashville, schools have been using similar ceremonies to celebrate students who are going to college. Glencliff High School's college signing day ceremony includes many students heading for Nashville State.
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Nashville State expands with new building

WSMV Channel 4 • Nashville, TN • 2014-05-13 7:35 AM
Students at Nashville State Community College should have a little more room with the construction of a new building on the north end of campus.
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NSCC student at the Olympics

NSCC student at the Olympics
2014-02-20 12:15 PM
NSCC student Karlis Zirnis is in Sochi serving as coach for the Latvia Hockey Team. Read the story about Zirnis in The Tennessean (PDF).

Former NSCC student publishes book

Former NSCC student publishes book
2014-02-06 03:50 PM
Former NSCC student Nhial T. Tutlam has published a history of his father, Dr. Timothy Tutlam, who was a major player in the efforts to liberate South Sudan. Liberating South Sudan One Patient at a Time

MAC-On-Campus features Photography Program at Nashville State

MAC-On-Campus features Photography Program at Nashville State
2013-11-25 09:45 AM
Associate Professor Emily Naff talks with MAC-On-Campus about Nashville State's Photography program.
Read the article

Southeast Campus Culinary Arts grand opening

Southeast Campus Culinary Arts grand opening
2013-11-25 09:40 AM
Nashville State Community College’s Southeast Campus is celebrating the construction of two new kitchens that will double the culinary arts program’s capacity. (more)

Nursing Program granted accreditation

Nursing Program granted accreditation
2013-09-30 12:30 PM
Nashville State's Nursing Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Visit www.nscc.edu/nursing.

Sizzle Magazine features Chef Marylou Tate and student Susan Boase

Sizzle Magazine features Chef Marylou Tate and Culinary Arts student Susan Boase
2013-03-25 08:00 AM
Nashville State Chef Marylou Tate and Culinary Arts student Susan Boase are featured in the spring issue of Sizzle, the American Culinary Federation nationwide magazine for culinary students. Read the article (PDF)

Culinary Student Wins National Competition

Culinary Student Wins National Competition
2013-04-15 08:45 AM
Nashville State culinary student Alex Hartfelder has won first place in a national competition sponsored by Emmi Roth USA, a manufacturer of high-end specialty cheeses. Alex worked with Chef Marylou Tate and developed Pistachio Crisps with Spicy Red Pepper Jelly utilizing Emmi Roth’s Grand Cru Gruyere Cheese (See the recipe).

CNN Money article features NSCC graduate

CNN Money article features NSCC graduate
2013-02-26 06:23 AM
NSCC graduate Berevan Omer is featured in one of a series of reports about workforce development and higher education: Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders
By Jon Marcus at The Hechinger Institute @CNNMoney

Cisco Class Featured on Local News

10,000 Enrollment on Local News

10,000 Enrollment on Local News
2013-02-20 10:00 AM
Nashville State sets attendance record
By Staff Reports, The Tennessean
Nashville State reaches student enrollment milestone
By Kevin Young, News Channel 4

NSCC Recognized as Best

NSCC Recognized as Best
2012-10-17 09:15 AM
In the Nashville Scene's 2012 Best of Nashville Readers Poll, Nashville State placed 2nd as Best Place for Continuing Education: 2012 Winners. Thanks to all for your support.

Swine Ball to Benefit Nashville State Culinary Arts Program

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.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Nashville State Hickory Hollow Mall Dillard’s Space Purchase Finalized

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.”

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Nashville State Students Receive Local and National Recognition

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.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Nashville State Visual Communication Students Help Local Non-profits

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, dale.rogers@nscc.edu.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Nashville State Business Programs Receive ACBSP Reaccreditation

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.

For more information, contact:

Melinda Dorning
ACBSP Communications Coordinator
E-mail: mdorning@acbsp.org

Karen Stevenson
Dean, Business, Applied Arts & Technologies
E-mail: karen.stevenson@nscc.edu

Nashville State Students Receive National Recognition

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.

For more information, contact:

Keith Ferguson
NSCC Public Affairs
Office: 615-353-3604
E-mail: keith.ferguson@nscc.edu

Regents Online Campus Collaborative Celebrates 10 Years of Success

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.

Catalyst Award Winners

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

Award Winners of the Decade

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:

Skip Sparkman
RODP Faculty Member of the Decade

Director of Distance Learning/Associate Professor of Communication
Volunteer State Community College

Richard Woodward
Tennessee Technology Center Faculty Member of the Decade

Debbie Green
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

Doug Jameson
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
PH: 615-366-3924
Email: jennifer.thompson@tbr.edu

Nashville State Named Best College

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.

Merlot House Cup Awarded to Editorial Board Member Patty Feller

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 which consists of the following permanent members:
    • Theresa Clarke – James Madison University
    • Patty Feller – Nashville State Community College
    • Jackie Gilbert – Middle Tennessee University
    • Michelle Kunz – Morehead State University
    • Susan Moncada – Indiana State University
    • Ron Purser – San Francisco State University
    • Bob Sproule – University of Waterloo
    • Cathy Swift – California State University

The Business Editorial Board contributed the following numbers of materials compared to other board members:

  • 17% of the materials Triaged (first stage of review) by the 23 Editorial Boards
  • 26% of the Individual Peer Reviews written by the 23 Editorial Boards
  • 26% of the Composite Peer Reviews written by the 23 Editorial Boards
  • 10% of the Learning Materials added to the MERLOT collection by the 23 Editorial Boards
  • A total of 18% of the Total Contributions to MERLOT by the 23 Editorial Boards.

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, cswift@calstate.edu", (972) 363-2350.

Nursing Program Approved for NSCC

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.

Labor Contract to Expand Adult Education Classes

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.gray@nscc.edu

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 Community College Sees Record Enrollment

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.

Nashville State May Place Satellite Campus at Local Mall

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.

Goodwill and NSCC Partnership Gets Retail Employees Ready to Work

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.

Humphreys County Center Expansion Opens

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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