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Letter to the Editor: New Columbia State campus will serve state well

It is a new day for higher education in Tennessee. Governor Haslam’s announcement of his education initiatives are right on target for Tennessee and Williamson County’s future population and job growth. 
Governor Haslam’s February 3, 2014 State of the State address was an important event for supporters of a new Williamson County Campus for Columbia State Community College. In his speech, he announced the funding for the long anticipated and needed new campus. 
For years, momentum has grown in the community based upon the inefficiencies of the old campus, the need for work force training, and the growing needs of our students. A new campus will allow expansion of already successful programs, additional job training opportunities, and an increase in the degreed work force. There will be increased opportunities for non-traditional students, expansion of dual enrollment, and partnerships for obtaining a four year degree on campus.
When the first class steps on campus in the spring of 2016 it will be a monumental event in Williamson County and an opportunity to showcase a new campus built from the ground up.
 Williamson County has been recognized as a center of educational excellence and boasts a highly educated work force with over seventy percent having some college experience and over fifty percent having college degrees. The Governor’s “Drive for 55” will add to these statistics along with the effort to help adults complete their degrees. Creating the opportunity for two years of tuition free community college will only increase the awareness of the role and importance of community colleges to job creation and an educated workforce.
It is truly a new day for higher education and a brighter future for our students and economic development.
Ken Moore, MD
Mayor of Franklin
109 Third Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064

Posted on: 2/20/2014


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