National Search Underway for Vol State at Highland Crest Director

Submitted on September 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Bricks are going up on the walls and a national search is underway for the person who will manage the new Volunteer State Community College at Highland Crest facility in Springfield. Vol State President Dr. Warren Nichols updated community members during a town hall meeting at Springfield City Hall on Monday. Thirty people attended the event.

"We want to make sure the new director has a background in management," said Dr. Nichols. "This person will be handling the day-to-day operations of the College."

Many of the attendees had questions about what Vol State classes will be offered at Highland Crest. Dr. Bruce Scism, vice president of academic affairs, explained that it will be a mix of developmental coursework, general education classes and specific programs.

"We're completely redesigning our developmental education," he said. "We're going to substantially streamline it so that a student can complete it in one semester."

Dr. Scism said that many specific programs are under consideration including: logistics, criminal justice, office management technology, general business administration, computer information systems; and allied health programs such as sleep diagnostic technology and EMT/paramedic.

Vol State at Highland Crest will begin offering classes in the fall of 2011. The course schedule will be set in the spring. Current Vol State students will be able to register for classes in April and new students in June.

Austin Peay State University will also be offering courses at Highland Crest. Vol State has several partnerships with APSU and is exploring new possibilities. A current dual admissions agreement allows students to start with Vol State courses, acquire a two-year degree and then easily transfer to Austin Peay for a four-year degree. The Highland Crest site will offer courses that can apply to such a program, however other classes may have to be taken online or at the main campus locations for degree completion.

The Highland Crest building is located on William A. Batson Parkway, off of Highway 431, and just south of NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield. The superstructure for the building is in place and the brickwork underway for the exterior. Vol State at Highland Crest will be a 25,000 square foot, two-story building including: four classrooms; a multi-purpose room; a science lab; an interactive television classroom; a bookstore; a library; a learning support center; and ten faculty offices. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2011.

Information about the Highland Crest director position can be found by visiting https://jobs.volstate.edu/ For artist renderings of the completed building and more information visit www.volstate.edu/HighlandCrest

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