School History

School History

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 at the Dickson campus located 206 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 North Davidson campus, 1520 Gallatin Pike N., Madison, TN 37115, which opened in spring 2022, is home to a three-story complex that provides a civic and community asset, bridging the connection between commercial development on Gallatin Pike and the adjacent residential community. 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 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 workforce demands of Nashville and the surrounding middle Tennessee area.