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The Vol State at Livingston expansion project is complete

Submitted on January 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM

The Vol State at Livingston expansion project is complete, and more than a hundred people turned out Thursday for an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion. The college facility is a partnership between Volunteer State Community College, the City of Livingston, Overton County, and the generous donors who realized the importance of expanding student facilities and opportunities in the Upper Cumberland area.

Vol State at Livingston is a degree granting center, offering a variety of classes and degree concentrations. Donors, civic leaders, educators and the public had the opportunity to view the new facility, which in total includes: 15 classrooms with the latest teaching technology; ITV interactive television classroom, science-biology lab, NewSkills computer lab, library, 18 faculty offices, administration offices, outdoor and indoor study areas, and a new parking lot. Several of the classrooms are prepared for Allied Health classes.

Vol State classes started in Livingston in 1991. By 1994, increasing enrollment led to discussions about a new facility. The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the plan in 2004. Construction began in July of 2005. The $5 million project was finished this year. It was funded by donations to the Livingston Campus Campaign, and those donations were matched by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The total amount raised by the community was $2,286,516.

Vol State offers day, evening, video, online and hybrid classes in Livingston. More than 50 courses are scheduled this spring.

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Photo: A ribbon cutting marked the completion of the four and a half-year expansion project at Vol State in Livingston. Front row left to right: Greg McDonald, Director of Business Development, Livingston-Overton Chamber of Commerce; State Senator Diane Black; Rita Reagan, Director of Marketing and Tourism, Livingston-Overton Chamber of Commerce; Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes; Dr. Warren Nichols, President of Volunteer State Community College; J.J. Oakley, major donor; Julia Bishop and Budd Bishop, major donors. Back row: David Gregory, Vice-Chancellor of Administration and Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents; Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland; Dr. Steve Copeland, Regent; Michael Powell, Director of Vol State at Livingston.

Fact sheet:

Student Enrollment

Fall of 2004: 486

Fall of 2009: 738

Time line for Vol State at Livingston

August 1991: Volunteer State Community College classes are offered in Livingston for the first time.

March 1994: Enrollment growth spurs plans for a new facility.

August 2004: The Tennessee Board of Regents approves Livingston expansion plans.

January 2005: The fundraising campaign kicks off.

July 26, 2005: Groundbreaking

August 17, 2006: The Millard and J.J. Oakley Administration Building, the first phase of the project, opens to the public.

January 2010: Both phases of the construction project are complete.

Total Facilities

-15 classrooms with the latest teaching technology

-Several of the classrooms are prepared for Allied Health classes.

-ITV interactive television classroom

-Science-biology lab

-NewSkills developmental support computer lab

-Library

-18 faculty offices

-Administration offices

-Outdoor study areas

-New parking lot

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