Nashville State Community College established its Cookeville campus in 1990 with a dozen students. After moving to several locations in town, the school found a permanent home on Neal Street.
When the campus was constructed in 2002, Nashville State's Cookeville campus had 179 students. In 2015, Nashville State joined forces with Tennessee Tech University and Volunteer State Community College to offer a wider array of programs to Cookeville's students and to expand student access and opportunities to advance their educations and careers. The current partners at Cookeville Higher Education Campus are Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston, Volunteer State Community College, and Tennessee Tech University.
The most prominent feature of the building is a tall tower. It was built to remind students of a radio tower with a flashing light near a portable building across town that once housed Nashville State's classes. Students at the time called it the "tower of learning" or "tower of knowledge."
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