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APSU celebrates opening of Highland Crest Campus

Several dignitaries from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Austin Peay State University, Volunteer State Community College and Robertson County celebrate the opening of the new Highland Crest Campus on June 22 in Springfield. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

To help students earn degrees, sometimes a college or university has to go beyond its campus map and take education to where the students are.

Several dignitaries from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Austin Peay State University, Volunteer State Community College and Robertson County celebrate the opening of the new Highland Crest Campus on June 22 in Springfield. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

To help students earn degrees, sometimes a college or university has to go beyond its campus map and take education to where the students are.

That is what Austin Peay State University is doing at the new Highland Crest Campus in Springfield.

“The future belongs to learners,” APSU President Tim Hall told a standing-room-only crowd June 22 at the grand opening of Highland Crest Campus, Robertson County’s first higher education facility. “We are helping students to manufacture income factories of their own. Those earnings will be going to the life of this area.”

In addition to Hall, other guest speakers were John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and Dr. Warren Nichols, president of Volunteer State Community College. Both APSU and Vol State will offer classes and degree programs at Highland Crest.

Morgan said Highland Crest “represents the best of local government and the private sector,” while Nichols said Highland Crest “is a true college that is here to stay.”

Highland Crest, located off William Batson Parkway one mile south of NorthCrest Medical Center, was the result of a contentious referendum in 2009 in which voters approved the construction of the facility. Landowners Billy and Jean Batson donated the property for the campus.

The celebration, sponsored by the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, also served as an opportunity for new students to apply for admission and register.

APSU will offer bachelor's degree programs in professional studies and criminal justice/homeland security at Highland Crest. Courses will follow an eight-week term schedule. Courses at the new campus this fall include Organizational Team Building, Constitutional Law, Management of Organizations, Organizational Ethics, Criminal Law and Terrorism and the Law.

Vol State will have 55 courses at Highland Crest in the fall semester, including general education requirement courses.

In addition, Vol State participates in a relatively new dual admissions agreement program with APSU. Called the Austin Peay Guarantee, the dual admissions agreement is applicable for Vol State students wanting to pursue any academic discipline at APSU.

To view APSU classes offered for Fall I and Fall II at Highland Crest, visit http://www.apsu.edu/springfield. For a list of Vol State classes, visit http://www.volstate.edu/schedule. -- Melony Shemberger