2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Mar 08, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

President's Welcome

Dear Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to Columbia State Community College - Tennessee's first community college!  We are excited you have chosen Columbia State as your college of choice and are committed to assisting you in meeting your education and career goals. We are committed to your success!

You will find that Columbia State is a student-centered College that is dedicated to providing a learning environment that is challenging, yet supportive.  The 2019-2020 Academic Catalog has been prepared to assist you in applying for admission to the College, registering for classes, applying for financial aid, and for mapping your academic plan - the path that will guide you on your journey.

Education is a lifelong journey.  Columbia State is the foundation upon which you build your future.  Our goal is to help you succeed by providing an educational environment that nurtures your development for a well-prepared life and work beyond Columbia State.  You will find the committed and dedicated faculty and staff of C-State to be helpful, and available to assist you with any questions you may have. Admissions, Financial Aid, other college offices, and your assigned advisor are here to work with you and to provide you with a rich college experience.

While you are here at Columbia State, we hope that you will become involved - participate in and/or attend many of the extracurricular activities that will enhance your learning and personal growth. We offer the complete college experience through our campus life activities: plays, art exhibits, concerts, athletic events, competitions, curriculum/academic societies, and Student Government Association (SGA) to name a few. Through the college app, as well as the many video displays throughout the campus, you can keep up with happenings and events so that you do not miss out on any opportunities.

For leadership opportunities, we offer membership in the President's Leadership Society (PLS), Student Government Association (SGA), or other College clubs. By participating in leadership activities, your college and academic experiences will be enhanced through workshops, fieldtrips, teambuilding/leadership activities, and much more. PLS is an organization in which I am personally involved, and one that I hope you will consider joining. 

Your employer and/or the college you transfer to will take notice of your accomplishments and the certificate/degree you achieve from C-State - it shows commitment, follow through, and achievement of your goals. 

I am honored to be your President and to extend a heartfelt welcome to you on behalf of everyone at Columbia State. I hope to have an opportunity to meet you and become acquainted during your time at C-State.  And most of all, I look forward to the opportunity to say "Congratulations" as you walk across the stage at graduation!!

Have an awesome and rewarding academic year!

Janet F. Smith, Ph.D.
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