Nashville State Expands Offering to Waverly Central High School


To create more pathways into a good-paying job or to continue education after graduating, Nashville State Community College Humphreys County campus is now offering Waverly Central High School students a new dual enrollment opportunity.

Much like at McEwen High School, students can earn college credit while still in high school, with a particular focus on Industrial Process Control Technology.

Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn an industry-recognized certificate, college degree, or college credits, while at the same time working towards their diploma.

“We want our local students to get ahead so they are prepared to start working in a high-demand, well-paying industry, or so they can continue their studies after high school,” said Nashville State Humphreys County campus Director, Kim Zills. “We value this partnership with Waverly Central and remain committed to providing quality training in this field and all classes offered through our Humphreys County campus.”

This arrangement will impact eligible junior and senior students seeking entry-level employment in the high workforce need area of advanced manufacturing. Because of the nature of the industry, courses will be delivered through traditional face-to-face training.

“Offering the IPCT program to juniors and seniors gives our students a jump-start on obtaining high-skilled, high-wage, and high-demand job opportunities not only in our area but throughout the U.S.,” said Humphreys County School System CTE Director Lori W. Dell. “Students need to take advantage of what is being offered to them.”

Instruction for the certificate program will be conducted in a designated classroom, computer lab, and shop space at Waverly Central.

In commenting about the new program at Waverly Central, Principal Shawn Stookey said, “We are pleased to collaborate with Nashville State in providing a concrete pathway for our students to a good-paying career that is in high demand.”

“This is a great opportunity for our local students as well as providing support for our local industry,” said Danny Sensing, program coordinator, Nashville State Industrial Process Control Technology. “Nashville State is proud to call Humphreys County home.”

Nashville State’s IPCT program is accredited through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). It is designed to train technically skilled students in the trade crafts such as Welding, Electrical, Instrumentation, Programmable Logic Control, Pipefitting, and Millwright.

Nearly every industry needs process control technicians and maintenance technicians including chemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, power generation, pulp and paper, refining, and wastewater treatment.

The 2020 median pay for an industrial technician is $57,320, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Interested in learning more about this, please call Danny Sensing at 931-296-1739, or email For additional questions or information about Nashville State, please call 931-296-1739, or email

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