About CHEC

About the Cookeville Higher Education Campus

Nashville State Community College established its Cookeville campus in 1990 with a dozen students. After moving to several locations in town, the school found a permanent home on Neal Street.

When the campus was constructed in 2002, Nashville State's Cookeville campus had 179 students. In 2015, Nashville State joined forces with Tennessee Tech University and Volunteer State Community College to offer a wider array of programs to Cookeville's students and to expand student access and opportunities to advance their educations and careers. Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, students wishing to pursue an associate degree at CHEC will enroll at Volunteer State, unless a special program not available through VSCC is offered at CHEC by another community college, including Nashville State.

The most prominent feature of the building is a tall tower. It was built to remind students of a radio tower with a flashing light near a portable building across town that once housed Nashville State's classes. Students at the time called it the "tower of learning" or "tower of knowledge."



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