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Columbia State is the Community College of the Year!

The Tennessee Board of Regents established the SOAR Awards in 2019 to recognize and honor the outstanding students, faculty and staff members; the major accomplishments of the colleges, and the philanthropists, volunteers and partners who support them.

“On behalf of Columbia State, we are deeply honored,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “I think every community college across the state deserves this award. We have had such a challenging year, so to be selected from among our group of sister colleges is more than an honor; it is something we are extremely proud of.”

“I can’t say enough about the faculty and staff of Columbia State. We have five campuses and this staff and faculty work as a team, caring about students, finding new ways to work with the students and obtain successes for them, regardless of where that student comes from, what their background is and what they walk in the door with, from academic skills or social skills,” Smith said.

View the SOAR Awards Ceremony