Nashville State Community College is opening a satellite campus in Clarksville, officials announced Wednesday.
The executive subcommittee of the State Building Commission this week approved the first step by approving plans for Nashville State to acquire the former Saturn dealership on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville.
“One of the best ways we can increase job opportunities in our community is through increased access to higher education,” state Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville, said in a release. “Nashville State will add another lane to the higher education bridge in Clarksville and Montgomery County.”
A designer for the campus is scheduled to be selected by October, and Nashville State President George Van Allen said he expects the school to start accepting applications a year from now. Van Allen expects an enrollment of 3,000 students.
“We have been looking at a satellite campus for Clarksville since the mid-‘90s, when the Chamber of Commerce told us that a community college was at the top of their wish list,” Van Allen said in the release. “Today, we’re closer to making that wish come true.”
Clarksville-based Austin Peay State University will accept students from the Nashville State campus as they work toward four-year degrees, officials said.