New Madison Campus
New Nashville State Campus to Open in Heart of Madison as Soon as Fall 2017
Madison, TN, November 29, 2016 – Nashville State Community College President George H. Van Allen announced today that the Madison Toyota/Lexus property at 1520 Gallatin Road will likely become the location of the Nashville State Madison Campus and could begin accepting students as early as 2017. According to Dr. Van Allen, the college has notified the owner of its interest in purchasing the property. If an agreement can be reached, the college will renovate two existing buildings on the 13-acre property, with the intent of beginning classes in Fall 2017. Dr. Van Allen said, “We fully expect to have hundreds of students as soon as we open and thousands within five years.”
Sen. Steve Dickerson, a key supporter of the project, explains why this particular campus is so important. “Expanding access to higher education is the key to helping grow opportunity for our state’s students. It is especially critical in lower-served areas and this new campus will have a direct, positive impact on both students’ lives and the community of Madison as a whole. I want to commend Nashville State for the great progress they have made in making this new campus a reality.” The Madison campus will be funded through College reserves which have taken decades to accumulate. Dr. Van Allen stated, “Few colleges in the USA and no others in Tennessee can build campuses from their reserves. Long–term planning, and the commitment and energy of the college’s faculty and staff are the only reasons we are able to build the campus. I cannot say enough about their dedication to our mission and to the Nashville Community.”
Rep. Bill Beck says, “This announcement of the Madison Campus is a realization of a goal that I have worked on since I was the President of the Rivergate-Madison Chamber of Commerce over 10 years ago. Madison has more than ten for-profit secondary schools and we are in a desperate need of a public college to educate our students. I am thrilled to welcome Nashville State to the Community, and applaud Dr. Van Allen and his staff for making this possible.”
President Van Allen agreed with Beck’s assessment. “The Madison area was selected because of the demographics. The 50-percent poverty rate of this area demands attention. The State is committed to reaching underserved populations in an attempt help them receive the education necessary to improve their economic status.” He continued, “We are grateful to all our community and elected leaders who have helped us move the project forward, especially former Mayor Karl Dean who provided the foundation for the College’s Antioch Campus and asked that Madison be given the same consideration. We are fortunate to have the same level of support from Mayor Megan Berry and look forward to working with her on opening the Madison Campus and hopefully another as well so that no region of Nashville is void of access to public, higher education.”
The business community is also supportive of Nashville State’s choice to open the new campus right in the heart of Madison-Rivergate. Nathan Massey, Chair of Economic Community Development for Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce, states, “The chamber is ecstatic to hear the news of the Nashville State Madison Campus! The strength of the community will be enhanced by the educational opportunities of higher learning. A strong education will not only generate a strong work force, but a higher quality of life for those who attend. Madison is an excellent choice for the campus with strong infrastructure, bus line ‘BRT’, prime location and amenities to support the school and the students. We are grateful to Dr. Van Allen and countless others that made this possible.”
Nashville State offers a quality affordable education through associates degrees and 1-year certificate programs for nearly 10,000 students at locations in Nashville, Antioch, Clarksville, Dickson, and Humphreys County. Information on how to apply for the new Madison Campus or any Nashville State campus is available at www.nscc.edu/apply.
For more information, contact:
Karin Fielder Weaver
Nashville State Community College Public Affairs
120 White Bridge Road ~ Nashville, TN 37209
Nashville State Community College is a two-year institution, serving Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, and Stewart Counties. Our mission 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. Nashville State Community College is a TBR institution and complies with nondiscrimination laws: TItle VI, Title IX-Section 504 and the ADA. For more information, please visit www.nscc.edu.