State officials have approved a $6 million deal to purchase a new campus for Columbia State Community College near Cool Springs. The State Building Commission signed off Monday.
Columbia State has about 1,500 students in Williamson County, a number that has been growing over the past several years.
School president Janet Smith says the building approval caps 30 years of growth.
“So today allows us to put an option on a piece of property, so that we can put a sign in the ground that says, ‘Future Home of…” And that is a great day for the citizens of Williamson County and for Columbia State Community College.”
The school’s Williamson County branch already has an emphasis on film and entertainment. Smith says she hopes to add other specialties that could benefit companies with headquarters nearby.
“We are working hard with the city and the county as well to offer more in the health care area. We have nursing and EMT there, but we’re looking to health information services and many other health care programs.”
Smith says about half of Columbia State’s graduates transfer to four-year universities. The other half go directly into the job market.