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 (tnpromise.gov) or adult without a degree (tnreconnect.gov) 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 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
Center of Excellence Designation by the NSA
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.
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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.
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Valid for one year following graduation, TCAT will retrain at no cost to graduate and employer
in Tennessee with 25 career
and technical certification pathways
in Tennessee with STEM and STEAM schools
25% of all Sumner Co. schools
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.
Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee