SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- Starting tomorrow, folks in Bedford County are going to have more options for education. Educators at Middle Tennessee State University are expanding their Agriculture Education program to Shelbyville, giving people there a closer choice to take college courses.
But Professor Warren Anderson at Middle Tennessee State University hopes the new program run by the Middle Tennessee Education Center will help get people focused on farming and agriculture.
"There's a lot of interest in farming in the Shelbyville area and what were trying to do is open up some opportunities for the university," said Anderson.
Before this semester, students in the southern part of Middle Tennessee had to travel to Murfreesboro -- on campus at MTSU -- to take Agriculture classes.
But now Professor Anderson is putting finishing touches on his syllabus for his class taught for the first time in Shelbyville, through a partnership with the Middle Tennessee Education Center.
"For a lot of students these days, time is of the essence," Anderson said. "If there's a shorter commute, you don't have to spend as much money on gas or anything else."
Anderson admits it takes time to build interest in a program like the one he's a part of, But he says he hopes the new classes can help expand the focus from just MTSU, to other educational options in smaller communities.