Students Start University Degrees in Community College

Submitted on August 06, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Kasie Breeding of Cookeville is on a path into the medical profession. It started at a Tennessee Technology Center and continued at Volunteer State Community College in Livingston. Now she's headed to the Tennessee Tech University Upper Division Nursing Program.

"My entire family is in the medical profession," said Breeding. "I've grown up around it. I enjoy helping others."

Breeding is an example of how college students can build on their classes from one level to the next. Transfer students make up the biggest segment of the Vol State student population.

"We're about half the price of a university," said Mike Powell, director of Vol State at Livingston. "It allows students to save money and get academically prepared for university."

"I made good friends at Vol State and had some great teachers. I even made the dean's list," said Breeding.

"We have smaller class sizes," Powell said. "Students get more quality time with the instructors and that can help them academically. They also can get an associate's degree along the path to a bachelor's degree. That can help getting a better job while in college."

Breeding is excited about attending Tennessee Tech. It's just another step on the road to a lifelong career.

"I hope to be a labor and delivery nurse someday," Breeding said. "I've always loved babies."

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