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Local Community Colleges in Tennessee

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Offers a list of all two-year community colleges and technical schools within Tennessee, including brief introduction and official website address.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the largest city and capital of the state one Tennessee in the United States. The city has 692,587 residents (U.S. Census, 2018) and is the core of a major metropolitan area, comprising 14 counties (counties) with around 1.93 million residents. The city is considered the country music capital, is famous for its music industry and is often called ‘Music City, USA’.

Nashville is located on the Cumberland River in central and northern Tennessee. Much of the city lies on and at a height (117-354 meters above sea level). The downtown area is characterized by many tall buildings. The city has a number of parks.

The name is after Francis Nash (c. 1742–1777), a general in the Continental Army during the American War of Independence.


65.3 percent are white, African-Americans make up 27.7 percent, 10.4 percent are Hispanics and Latinos, 3.9 percent are Asians and 0.5 percent are from North American Indigenous peoples.

The population is steadily increasing except for a small decline of 2 per cent between 1950 and 1960. Between 1960 and 1970 the increase in the number of residents was greatest with 162.2 per cent.

Economics and culture

The health care system is the largest employer with about 200,000 jobs in the Nashville area. Other important business avenues are finance, insurance, education, music industry, publishing and printing, transport and tourism.

Many large companies are headquartered in Nashville, including Ernst & Young, Bridgestone Americas, Deloitte and Dell. United Methodist Publishing House is one of the world’s largest publishers of religious literature.

Nashville is a university and college town with Fisk University (founded 1867), Vanderbilt University (founded 1873), Belmont University (founded 1890) and Tennessee State University (founded 1912).

There are several museums including Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee State Museum, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Johnny Cash Museum (with Patsy Cline Museum on the second floor), Historic RCA Studio B, National Museum of African American Museum, a full-size copy of the Athens Parthenon in Centennial Park as well as The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s residence and burial ground a few miles outside the city.

The most famous country music radio program, Grand Ole Opry (from 1925), is broadcast all over the United States. Also located in the Music Valley district is the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum Showcase. Other well-known places for country music are the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theater and Ryman Auditorium. The latter was the abode of the Grand Old Opry until 1974, when it moved to the Grand Old Opry House 14 kilometers east of downtown. The Schmererhorn Symphony Center Concert Hall (opened in 2006) has been the Nashville Symphony’s venue since 2006.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is home to the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Bugle Corps, Music City Drum and Nashville Repertory Theater. Other well-known theaters are Bridgetown Arena, Andrew Jackson Hall and James K Polk Theater.

Significant annual events include Nashville Fashion Week in March or April, Nashville Film Festival in April, Rock n’Roll Nashville Marathon in April, CMA Music Festival in June, Let Freedom Sing 4, July, Tennesse State Fair in September, Nashville Oktoberfest in October and the Country Music Association Awards in November.


The strategically located Nashville Village was founded on the Cumberland River and near Fort Nashborough in 1779. Nashville had 345 residents in 1800 and gained city status in 1806. As a port of commerce and transportation on the Cumberland River, the city developed and became the state’s political center. Wealthy businessmen and plantation owners built large houses, and in 1843 Nashville became the capital of Tennessee. The town was hit by a cholera epidemic in 1849-1850.

In the 1850s, the city’s importance also increased as a railway junction, and it grew rapidly. The Tennessee State Capitol Building was erected at the city’s highest point in 1845–1859.

During the American Civil War, Nashville was occupied by Union troops in February 1862. The last major battle of the Civil War was fought outside the city in December 1864.

In 1873, a new cholera epidemic ravaged Nashville and claimed about a thousand lives there.

Towards the end of the 19th century, shipping and trade brought new wealth and growth to Nashville.

The city was characterized by rage. In 1892, African-American Ephraim Grizzard was lynched in front of ten thousand white spectators.

A full-scale copy of the Parthenon in Athens was built in Centennial Park as part of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exhibition.

In the 1920s, Nashville developed into a central country for country music. After World War II, several suburbs grew up outside the city limits and Nashville received reduced tax revenues. The first skyscraper, Life & Casualty Tower, was completed in 1957 and was followed by several others in the downtown area. In 1963, Nashville was merged with the Davidson County. Since the 1970s, the city and surrounding area has experienced strong economic growth.

In 2010, much of Nashville was hit by a major flood that took 11 lives and caused major material damage. In 2016, Nashville passed Memphis as the largest city in Tennessee.

Chattanooga State Technical Community College

Tech school features online classes. Academic divisions range from allied health to math and science.

Cleveland State Community College

Community college enrolls close to 3,500 credit students and 1,500 noncredit students. Check out its transfer and career-oriented programs.

Columbia State Community College

First community college in the state offers info on enrolling, programs of study, computer services and financial assistance.

Dyersburg State Community College

College with three locations provides campus news, a weekly calendar, a list of online courses and campus maps. Includes related links.

Jackson State Community College

Details its academic, financial and administrative affairs. Learn about career studies and continuing education at this college in Jackson.

John A. Gupton College

Provides a basic liberal arts education as well as a professional curriculum in funeral arts and sciences. Includes a list of course offerings.

Motlow State Community College

Discover this school located in Tullahoma, including an events calendar, a workforce development newsletter and a class schedule.

Nashville State Technical Institute

College offers two-year programs in business mgt, computer accounting, culinary science and office admin. Find out about certificate programs.

Northeast State Technical Community College

Two-year community college in Blountville also has campuses in Elizabethton and Gray. Provides transfer and career programs, and continuing ed.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Located in Knoxville, this community college features career and technical associate’s degrees and certificate programs.

Roane State Community College

In addition to Roane, this college serves the counties of Anderson, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon and Scott. Find out about Web classes.

Walters State Community College

Besides its Morristown campus, the community college has centers in Greeneville, and Sevier and Claiborne counties. Peruse its academic programs.

Walters State Community College