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Nashville State Community College Opens New Antioch Campus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville State Community College celebrated the grand opening of its new Southeast Campus, located in the former Dillard's store at Hickory Hollow Mall.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning, and was followed by open house including walking tours, refreshments, and entertainment.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was on hand for the dedication, along with other community leaders and residents who got a tour of the new facilities.

Antioch business leaders have been trying to revitalize the area around Hickory Hollow Mall. NSCC Southeast Campus director Ladonna Yarborough said she believes the college will bring the area back to life.

"It's going to bring more restaurants back, more retail stores, and the students will be able to help be a part of that – not just as a customer, but there a lot of them that want to open their own businesses," said Yarborough.

In addition to the NSCC campus, Metro government has drawn up plans to convert the old JC Penney's into a recreation center and new branch for the Nashville Public Library system. Healthcare giant HCA has proposed to build a multi-million dollar data center nearby that will employee around 70 people.

The Hickory Hollow campus was just the latest expansion for NSCC. Nashville State opened the doors to a new Clarksville campus last Thursday.

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