High School Students

Tennessee’s Community Colleges can help you get a jump on your future, whether you wish to pursue an advanced degree or enter the workforce as quickly as possible.

Associate’s Degrees
Earn your Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in a wide variety of fields, such as criminal justice, mass communication, nursing, manufacturing technology and many, many more. You can complete your degree in as little as two years as a full-time student (sometimes less with a Finish Faster program). With your degree, you may choose to transfer to a university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree or pursue your career immediately.

Certificate Programs
Tennessee’s Community Colleges also offer certificate programs for careers in automotive services, medical transcription, machine tool operations, HVAC and other skills training. Certificates typically require fewer credit hours than an Associate’s Degree and may be earned in as little as a year.  

Dual Enrollment
We can also help you get a head start on your college education while you’re still in high school. Earn college credit before graduating from high school through our dual enrollment, dual credit, early college and middle college programs.



Beginning with the Class of 2015, all high school graduates of Tennessee high schools are eligible to attend community college for two years, tuition-free. Tennessee students can take advantage of this program to either become career-ready with a two-year degree or complete their core studies before transferring on to a university to complete a bachelor's degree.  


Even if you know you want a four-year degree, community college can still be an excellent choice with the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program. With a transfer pathway, you select your major and complete your first two years of study at the community college. After graduation, you are guaranteed to have all your credits transfer on to any participating university, which includes all public universities as well as many private. Combined with the Tennessee Promise, this is an excellent opportunity to cut the cost of a bachelor's degree dramatically.