Commencement exercise with graduates, faculty, and guests


Since 1970, Nashville State Community College has provided quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to Middle Tennessee. Today, Nashville State continues to prepare students for success with several campuses around the middle Tennessee area. Our supportive community is what makes us one of the best community colleges in Nashville and across Tennessee. Learn more about us and where you fit in.

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Why Nashville State

Nashville State is Just the Beginning

Nashville State Community College Profiles
Kathleen Akers
Clarksville Campus Director

At Nashville State, you can start here and go anywhere, meaning a degree or certification will be a gateway to an exciting career or, after graduation, you can transfer to a four-year institution to continue your education…Nashville State is here to support students from admissions to graduation and beyond.

Kathleen Akers is the director of the Nashville State Clarksville campus. With Kathleen’s collaborative leadership, Nashville State has become an important higher education and workforce solution partner to local residents, employers, the local school systems, and agencies.

Who is Nashville State? We are.

Learn more about Nashville State and the unique opportunities we provide.
We have a long history of serving students and the community. Our mission includes providing an accessible, equitable, and progressive learning environment that focuses on success in the classroom and beyond. Learn more about who we’ve been, who we are, and who we strive to be.
Our foundation is here to support students throughout their education with everyday needs, technology requirements, and funding. Focus on your studies. We’ll help with the rest.

We are proud to partner with the local community through partnerships and initiatives like Achieving the Dream and Better Together. Collectively, we are creating a better environment across the greater Nashville area.

All Walks of Life

Our diverse community is for everyone of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Found your place at Nashville State.

Data based on Fall 2023 enrollment.

of students receive some sort of financial aid
average age of Nashville State students
of all students are part-time