School History

School History

History of Nashville State Community College

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.

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. Nashville State offers classes at locations throughout the area. In Waverly, the Humphreys County Center of Higher Education serves students in Humphreys and surrounding counties. 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 campus provides educational opportunities for 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.