Nashville State Plays Big Part in Hickory Hollow Revitalization
By Janet Kim
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No longer a retail space though, the community is hoping it's a step in the right direction. Nashville State Community College is playing a big part in that revitalization as enrollment is up 30 percent at its new Southeast Campus.
Student Chrissi Johnson takes courses at Nashville State's Southeast Campus.
"I actually work in Nashville, and I hated the drive so when I found out that Southeast was available for all of the classes I wanted to take, I made sure I got all the classes here," said Johnson.
In only its second semester, the school has added on the new location it's seeing exponential growth.
"We ballooned up to 850 this fall and this spring we have 1134 students registered to take classes on this campus," said Nashville State Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs Kimberly Estep.
It's a 30 percent increase school leaders are taking seriously.
"I think this is the fundamental beginning of this mall coming back into its own," said Estep.
They are numbers that the community knows will mean a lot more.
"That signals that even greater days are ahead," said Metro Council Member Karen Johnson. "We're going to see additional investments being made in this area and that is very encouraging and exciting."
Nashville State's proposal to the state building commission was just approved Thursday.
This means the school can finish renovating the first floor of the old Dillard's, which will give the campus an additional 35,000 square feet of space.