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Cookeville Higher Education Campus Ready to Help More Students Go to College

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 12, 2015)—There’s no need to hesitate any longer if you have questions about going to college but just don’t know how to get started.

The Cookeville Higher Education Campus is ready to make it easier for students to earn job training and college degrees in the Upper Cumberland.

Earlier this spring the Tennessee Board of Regents announced an unprecedented partnership among Nashville State Community College, Volunteer State Community College and Tennessee Tech University to help more students take the first step toward education beyond high school.

With the new name for the campus that formerly housed only one college—Cookeville Higher Education Campus—it’s time for anyone in the Upper Cumberland to call and find out how starting at CHEC will help them.

“The Cookeville Higher Education Campus will provide more opportunities for students in the region to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise,” said TBR Chancellor John Morgan. “As partners, these institutions are sharing the promise to help students get started and earn a certificate or degree in a location that’s convenient for them.”

CHEC, located in the former Nashville State Cookeville campus at 1000 Neal Street, soon will start becoming more familiar to people in the region as new signage, a website, printed information and other communication become available.

“We also want the skills and knowledge students gain to match up with the job opportunities in the region, sharing the promise to businesses to help increase workforce development,” TBR board member Johnny Stites said.

It is not too soon for students to ask questions and enroll for Fall 2015.  Volunteer State, Nashville State and Tennessee Tech all will offer classes in the fall.

CHEC’s location is convenient because students can enroll at the Neal Street building to any of the three schools. While there, students still will apply for admission to the college or university that offers their program of study. Each institution will offer all the necessary course work for students to complete their intended degrees at the center or within Cookeville city limits.

Current Nashville State students will be able to complete the programs in which they are enrolled with no interruption in classes or services.

Employers can start contacting CHEC about potential short training classes to meet specific workforce needs. All partners are committed to targeted training for industry and economic development.

More information will become available during the spring and summer.

Students and employers alike are encouraged to call CHEC at 931-520-0551. Campus Director Becky Hull and staff can provide more information.