Great things are happening in Robertson County!  With a 21% growth rate over the last ten years, the 66,000+ people in Robertson County know it’s a great place to live and work.

One of the most exciting ventures is the opportunity for citizens to pursue higher education in Springfield!  This fall, both Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University will offer classes and degree programs at the new Highland Crest Campus in Springfield.

To get new students started, the two schools will hold an Open House Celebration and College Day from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22.  A ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at noon.  Lunch and bluegrass music will be provided for future students, guests, and the public.

Currently Robertson County has one of the lowest percentages of individuals with college degrees in the region so the new Center, a partnership with North Crest Medical Center, will give area residents a local option for higher education.  The Robertson County Career Center has been promoting education with a recent College Fair at the Career Center.  The staff is currently recruiting WIA eligible youth for fall scholarships.

Also contributing to the educational attainment in Robertson County is Workforce Essentials’ Adult Education program.  Currently, 110 individuals have received their GED this fiscal year.  In addition, Workforce Essentials and the Robertson County Board of Education are teaming up to offer an early educational opportunity to English as a second language learners and their families.  Beginning last week, limited English speaking adults and their 4 or 5 year old children are getting a jump start on their indoctrination to the public school system.  Parents are learning as their children learn too!  Darin Montgomery is spearheading this pilot project!

It is projects like these that will continue to build a strong workforce in Robertson County and allow for future economic development opportunities.