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College Campus Opens In Robertson County

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - It was a day full of celebration after months of controversy. Highland Crest College Campus opened its doors Wednesday as people got the first look at the higher education facility.

It was truly a history making day in Robertson County, with cheerleaders and bands welcoming the newest addition to higher education.

Never before has there been a place in the county where people could take college courses leading to a degree.

Now doors are open to a gateway to success, with little room for excuses.

"We have day classes, evening classes, we'll have weekend classes, and we have online courses so there is absolutely no reason for someone to come to college if they want to do so," said Volunteer State Community College president, Dr. Warren Nichols.

Wednesday was the first time the 25,000 square foot building was open to the public and many future students.

"It feels great," says newly enroll Vol State student Kandace King. "Since I live here, it's close to home and there is no driving. This building is actually bigger than I thought it would be."

The campus didn't come without a fight, but with the city, county, colleges and a local hospital working as one, driving an hour to school is no more.

"It's going to be good because if some people don't have cars they can easily get a cab or have someone drop them off. You wouldn't have to go out of the county to further your education, it's right here in Robertson County," said King.

"Communities all across the state of Tennessee can look no farther than Robertson County and Springfield to understand what it takes for a community to propel itself forward in this market place and in this economy," Chancellor John Morgan of the Tennessee Board of Regents said.

With classrooms, instructors and opportunity education is no longer at a distance but yet an arm's reach for many working adults.

"So you can think of this place as a manufacturing plant. What is it manufacturing," said Austin Peay State University president Timothy Hall . "It is manufacturing income factories of their own (and) all around this area."

Classes start in the fall for students at both Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University. People wanting to enroll in Vol State can start right now.

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