Columbia State Community College

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Columbia State Community College
Motto Get The Tassel
Established 1966
Type State-funded two-year
Endowment $707,627[1]
President Janet Smith
Academic staff 257 (38% full-time)[1]
Students 4,613
Location Columbia, Tennessee, USA United States
Colors Green and White         
Mascot Chargers
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association
Website columbiastate.edu

Columbia State Community College is a two-year college located in Columbia, Tennessee. Founded in 1966, it serves nine counties in middle Tennessee through five campuses. Columbia State is notable as the first of Tennessee's community colleges.

Columbia State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

History[edit]

On June 22, 1965, the State Board of Education approved Columbia as the site of Tennessee’s first community college. The Maury County Quarterly Court approved a resolution to purchase the 204-acre (83 ha) Hickman farm and pledged $250,000 to aid in the construction of the college. The first students enrolled in 1966 and attended classes in temporary sites throughout the city prior to completion of the administration, gymnasium, library, maintenance, student center, and science buildings in 1967. The new campus was dedicated on March 15, 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson and the first class graduated in June 1968.

In January 1988, Columbia State began offering courses in the Yates Vocational Center in Franklin. In 1994, the facility was transferred to the Tennessee Board of Regents, providing a permanent location for the college’s Franklin campus. Three additional semi-permanent sites have since been established in leased facilities: the Lawrenceburg campus, opened in 1988; the Lewisburg campus, opened in 1996; and the Clifton campus, opened in 1997.

Today around 10,000 students per year matriculate from Columbia State. It awards more than $10 million in financial aid. It has more than 50 programs and an opportunity for students to earn an associate of art, associate of science or associate of applied science degree.

Costs[edit]

The tuition to enroll at Columbia State is low compared to many four-year colleges. Instate tuition for Columbia State is $139 per semester hour, and out of state tuition costs $574 per semester hour.

Organization[edit]

Columbia State grants Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees in addition to vocational certificates. Degrees are organized into these divisions: Health Sciences, Science, Technology & Mathematics, and Humanities & Social Sciences. To obtain a degree, specific courses are required to be taken. List of Program All courses are offered at least one of the campus.

Columbia State has partnerships with several universities to offer bachelor's and master's programs to its students. The schools and programs offered are:

Tennessee Board of Regents recently raised tuition.[when?]

Students and faculty[edit]

The average student age is 27 years old. There is a 2:1 ratio of female to male students. The number of students enrolled at Columbia State Community College is increasingly growing. The amount of students enrolled is around 5000,[2] with around 250 faculty.

Demographics[edit]

  • 88% Caucasian
  • 7% African-American
  • 2% Hispanic
  • 0.7% Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • 0.4% Native American[1]

Sports, clubs, and traditions[edit]

The school is an NJCAA member and fields baseball, softball and men's and women's basketball teams in intercollegiate competition. Scholarships are offered for those sports. Basketball, softball, table tennis, and volleyball are offered for both genders in intramural competition.[1]

Student groups include the Charger Student Radiographer Organization, Circle K, drama/theater group, North American Veterinary Technician Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Pulmonary Pit Crew, Student Government Association, Student Nursing Association, Student Tennessee Education Association, Student Video Gaming Club, the Anime Club, and Students in Free Enterprise.

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