A landowner in Wilson County has agreed to donate land near Mt. Juliet for a Volunteer State Community College facility. The exact location for the campus has not been disclosed, nor have plans regarding building size and other specifics been announced; however, the community college is confident in its future Wilson campus.
The intention to build a campus location in this county comes from the college’s “Master Plan” that was prepared in 2017. Within this plan were goals that included constructing new buildings, crosswalks and parking lots for the school as well as expanding participation in the college to more counties of Tennessee.
The Master Plan Committee stated in the draft that “in order to meet the needs identified by the demographic study, this Master Plan recommends the creation of a new campus in Wilson County, either in leased or state-owned space.”
It was also made clear that the preferred location of the facility would be easily accessible from Highway 70/I-40 and near population and job centers. Though the property location has not been revealed, we can speculate that it will be close to the interstate and the most active part of Mt Juliet.
Vol State is a public two-year community college located mainly in Gallatin. The college has over 100 programs and institutions in Livingston, Springfield and Cookeville in addition to their central campus.
This development would be very beneficial for current and future students of MJHS. Our school and county have a close relationship with Vol State. A large number of high school students in Wilson County take dual enrollment courses through Vol State. The college has offered several courses through DE for many years, and a significant amount of MJ students take advantage of them.
In addition to dual enrollment, a significant number of MJ students continue their education after high school at Vol State. This path is becoming increasingly popular because of former Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise law that was passed in 2015. Tennessee Promise makes higher education more accessible through allowing Tennessee residents to attend community college with no tuition.
Building a facility closer to these students would allow more students to attend community college for free or take classes while in high school. The land which is now secured will create multiple classrooms and educational spaces that will aid the college in serving Wilson County.