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Talent & Education

your talent pipeline
begins here.

From our community's elementary schools to our college graduates, gallatin's pipeline of talent continues to expand.

Businesses that choose Gallatin will find the support of a highly-skilled workforce supported by nationally-recognized workforce development programs and top-rated schools. Here’s a preview:


Sumner County K-12 School System has the most STEM/STEAM Schools and High School tech certifications in the state – with a 95.4% graduation rate which is 10% higher than the national average


28 colleges & post-secondary institutions within 50 miles, including Vanderbilt University #13 among Best National Universities and Fisk University #11 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities


Tennessee helps residents access free college with TN Promise and TN Reconnect at our community colleges and any of the 24 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT)

a cyber Defense
center of excellence

Volunteer State Community college – ranking in the top 18% of the nation – received NSA designation as an Academic Center of Excellence for its Cyber Defense Program – and #1 online tech degree in nation


Tennessee Promise & Tennessee Reconnect

Tennessee was the first state in the nation to offer 2 years of free community college with the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs. Any graduating Tennessee high school student ( or adult without a degree ( can attend two years, tuition-free at any of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges, including Volunteer State in Gallatin, or 24 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

Since its inception in 2015, more than 108,000 students have enrolled in Tennessee Promise. The program has helped Tennessee students cover over $129 million in college costs.

Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin is a 2-year public community college with over 100 academic programs, and robust workforce and professional development initiatives.

Vol State is committed to building partnerships, strengthening internal and external community engagement, and promoting diversity, cultural awareness, and economic development to prepare students for successful careers, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation.


Largest College in Nashville MSA




Online computer information tech degree in Nation

cyber Defense

Center of Excellence Designation by the NSA

Welch College

With more than 50 academic programs of study, Welch College is a 4-year residential college in Gallatin that prepares its graduates to make an impact in nearly any field, including education, business, Christian ministry, the arts, healthcare and more. 

Students from 24 States

& Foreign Countries


Best Regional Colleges-South


Graduation rate among Best Regional Colleges-South


Community Service Hours Completed by Students Annually

Education and Talent in Gallatin, TN

tcat Provides Premier Technical Training

Tennessee's 27 Colleges of Applied Technology are the premier provider of state-of-the-art technical training for workers to learn skills for advancement in today's job market.

TCAT campuses in Portland, Hartsville, Lebanon, and Nashville enroll nearly 700 adult students and provide Gallatin with a steady steam of highly-qualified candidates. Nearly all TCAT students graduate with zero student loan debt.


Student loan debt at graduation


Licensure Pass Rate


Valid for one year following graduation, TCAT will retrain at no cost to graduate and employer

sumner county k-12

Gallatin is part of the Sumner County School system – among the top 10% of all schools in Tennessee – receiving the highest rating possible in the state.


Elementary Schools


Middle Schools


High Schools




in Tennessee with 25 career
and technical certification pathways


in Tennessee with STEM and STEAM schools
25% of all Sumner Co. schools

workforce development


Volunteer State Community College, the local Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, and the Greater Nashville Technology Council work with our office to develop customized and expedited workforce development and training. One example is the Go Tech program to upskill people with no prior technical experience. Another example is the VSCC Mechatronics program. Both were initiatives of this office accomplished with collaboration among the education partners.

Gallatin Economic Development Agency in Gallatin, TN
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee discusses Gallatin Economic Development Agency in Gallatin, TN

As Governor, I want to see our high schools look a lot more like Sumner County high schools all across Tennessee.

Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee

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Gallatin Economic Development Agency
132 West Main Street
Gallatin, TN 37066
Rosemary Bates
Interim Executive Director
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