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Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College is a publicly supported two-year community college located in Gallatin, Tennessee and operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents.


1480 Nashville Pike

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The establishment of a state community college at Gallatin involved the cooperative work of many civic leaders and citizens of Sumner County as well as State officials. A unified proposal for a college was presented to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in Nashville on September 11, 1967. Upon the recommendation of State Education Commissioner J. H. Warf, Governor Buford Ellington presented the college legislation to the 1969 General Assembly, and it was adopted. Following this action, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission on June 2, 1969 authorized the State Board of Education to establish a community college in Sumner County. A 100-acre tract of land on Nashville Pike was chosen for the new campus. The property was deeded to the State on December 4, 1969. Dr. Ramer with the original charter during groundbreaking ceremonies.The new college was named Volunteer State Community College, and this was approved by the board on July 2, 1970. Ground breaking ceremonies for the first four buildings were held on November 5, 1970. Pending completion and occupancy of the initial campus facilities in early 1972, temporary operations were located in the Cordell Hull Hotel building in Gallatin. Utilizing the hotel and the educational facilities of several Gallatin churches, the College began instruction in the fall of 1971 with 581 students. In 1972, the General Assembly established the Tennessee Board of Regents as the governing board for the State University and Community College System, at which time the central control of the College transferred from the State Board of Education to the Regents System. GraduationVolunteer State has experienced phenomenal growth in enrollment, curricula, staff, program, public service, facilities, and quality, into this, the thirty-fourth year of its operation. The main campus of Volunteer State now comprises sixteen buildings, and the Volunteer State campus at Livingston continues to grow in every aspect as well. Numerous off-campus operations extend the College's instruction and public service roles throughout its multi-county area. Since its 1971 inception through academic year 2010-2011 more than 134,000 people have attended the College.

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Volunteer State Community College was established in 1970 to satisfy the educational and training needs of the urban, suburban, and rural residents of northern Middle Tennessee. The College is a public, two-year, open-access, comprehensive community college governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The institution's primary focus is on effectively providing quality education relevant to all. The College grants associate degrees and technical certificates of credit and is committed to excellence in � Disseminating knowledge and skills necessary in achieving lifelong goals; � Providing undergraduate, technical, and continuing education; � Providing community services and promoting cultural and economic development; and � Preparing a diverse student population for successful careers, university transfer programs, and meaningful civic participation. Volunteer State Community College provides quality educational offerings and services in a safe, secure, and clean environment that inspires lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional goals. The College provides and promotes innovative learning systems to respond to the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community and developing workforce. Volunteer State maintains articulation, collaboration, and partnerships with educational entities, business and industry, and other agencies to enhance student learning. The College supports equal opportunities, rights, access, and treatment of students, faculty, and staff. Through a mutual, cohesive working environment, Volunteer State fosters the enhancement of teaching and learning through the professional development of its faculty and staff and other educators to achieve institutional and academic excellence. Volunteer State encourages students to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, to develop leadership and ethical standards, and compete effectively in the global community. This is achieved through a responsive curriculum, effective student and institutional support services, and a strong community partnership. The College enables the community to access education and training by offering instruction at multiple sites, on flexible schedules, and through technological delivery systems. The institution is committed to institutional effectiveness and broad-based planning in order to ensure accountability to all constituents of the College and the community.