COOKEVILLE – Student registration at Volunteer State Community College Cookeville has reached a record high for all community college enrollment at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC).
A total of 1,031 students enrolled for the fall semester – a 14 percent increase over the previous high of 903 in fall 2015. Vol State attributes the increase to the addition of courses like microbiology, emergency medical services (EMS) and mechatronics.
Classes started Monday, Aug. 22.
“Things are going exceedingly well (and) it’s because of the help of civic organizations, education partners and workforce partners in getting the word out,” Michael Torrence, assistant vice president for academic affairs, said. “They have been behind us. It’s why our enrollment has spiked. It’s pretty exciting,”
More students means the need for more classes. Vol State has added multiple sections of courses, including more in the evening, Torrence added.
Vol State offers classes at CHEC through a partnership with Tennessee Tech University that officials announced last May, a collaborative effort to expand education opportunities in the Upper Cumberland. The campus is located at 1000 Neal St. in Cookeville. For more information, visit www.volstate.edu/cookeville or call (615) 372-5540.