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 Columbia State Community College 

Name: Columbia State Community College
President: Janet F. Smith
City: Columbia
State: TN
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Town, Distant
Year Established: 1966

Columbia State Community College


Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 5,592
Part Time: 53.3%
Full Time: 46.7%

Male: 36.3%
Female: 63.7%

African-American: 7.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.1%
Hispanic: 3.4%
Native American: 0.4%
White: 84.9%
Other: 2.6%


 Columbia State Community College President

Janet F. Smith

Quote from the President

“Columbia State was the first community college established in Tennessee. During our nearly 50 years, we have grown into a multi-campus college that is noted for the quality education that we provide to the citizens of our surrounding communities. For Columbia State, it’s all about student success. We are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals and providing a solid educational experience. When students leave here, they are prepared to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university.”

Interesting Facts

  • The film crew technology program is one of only three of its kind in the nation. Students are trained in motion-picture lighting, grip, art department, HD cinematography, sound and post-production (editing). The program uses the latest technology and techniques used in the professional motion-picture industry and is the only program in Tennessee with a professional working grip/electric production vehicle.
  • The commercial entertainment program is designed for students who want to enter the entertainment field. Students learn all aspects of the performance industry including commercial voice, dance, studio recording, songwriting, acting and stagecraft. The program takes a well-balanced approach to helping student’s fully develop their talent and teaches them the skills needed to turn that talent into a career.
  • The new advanced integrated industrial technology program is scheduled to begin in fall 2012. Students will be trained in high-tech manufacturing with courses in electricity, hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics. The program features state-of-the-art equipment that focuses on technology in manufacturing, as well as developing students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • The President’s Leadership Society encourages students to develop their knowledge and become active in campus life by attending lectures, workshops, community service and other events. The goal of the society is to foster students’ leadership skills and create engaged, responsible citizens who understand the value of giving back. The Society began in spring 2011 and has more than 100 active participants.
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