Community Involvement

In addition to providing exceptional educational opportunities, Tennessee’s Community Colleges are incredible assets to the people in surrounding communities in many other areas. 

Cultural and Athletic events – Tennessee Community Colleges often become a central location for the arts in a community, with an extensive calendar of events featuring live concerts, theater, lectures, art exhibits and more available to the general public. Plus, exciting collegiate sporting events give fans plenty to cheer.

Community classes – For those not in pursuit of degree, but possessing a desire to learn or need help mastering personal life skills, Tennessee’s Community Colleges offer an ongoing variety of non-credit classes in topics as varied as personal finance, computer skills, interior design, creating low-fat meals and more.

Community Partnerships – Community Colleges regularly work with business, government or other community leaders to meet specific needs or provide unique services.  Colleges have worked with local school systems to provide professional development for teachers, hosted summer enrichment and leadership programs for youth and begun programs to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in rural schools.

Service Learning and Internships – Tennessee’s Community Colleges encourage their students to perform special projects in the community through internships, volunteer work and often as part of their coursework.