Putnam County Middle College High School

Vol State is proud to announce a new program for Putnam County public high school students looking to get a head start on college!

Click here to view the PCMC Announcement Flyer

What is PCMC

The Putnam County Middle College (PCMC) is a collaboration between Putnam County Schools and Volunteer State Community College. The middle college is designed so that the middle college student can earn enough college credits to graduate with both a high school diploma and a VSCC associate degree.

Information Sessions

Interested students and their parents/guardians should attend the upcoming information session:

  • When: April 29, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Vol State’s Cookeville Campus: 1000 Neal Street, Cookeville TN, 38501
  • What will be covered:
    • Facilities Tour
    • How the middle college functions
    • Credentials offered
    • Student eligibility
    • Program costs and financial aid
    • Answers to your questions

Mission Statement

The mission for the Putnam County Middle College is to ENGAGE students in a supportive and innovative learning environment, INSPIRE students as they blend high school and college experiences, and give our students the opportunity to ACHIEVE future success in higher education and beyond.

Eligibility & Instructions

To be eligible for the Putnam County Middle College, each student must:

  • Be a rising junior in Cookeville High School, Monterey High School, Upperman High School, VITAL School, or White Plains Academy.
  • Have appropriate college-level placement scores (one of the following):
    • ACT scores: 18 English, 19 Reading, 19 Math
    • ACCUPLACER: 250 Writing, 250 Reading, 250 Math
    • High School GPA 3.6
  • Let your high school counselor know if you are interested in joining the Putnam County Middle College.
  • Have completed the Putnam County Middle College application (guidance will be provided at the information session in April)

Why Consider PCMC

  • Complete most or all of an associate degree by high school graduation.
  • Little to no cost to the students or their parents.
  • Challenging full-time college courses each semester.
  • Head-start on your college degree.
  • Start your career sooner.
  • More autonomy in the learning environment and flexible study schedules.
  • Continued connection to your high school through extracurricular activities and graduation.

Key Program Details

  • Complete most or all of an associate degree.
  • Middle college students will take courses at the Vol State Cookeville Campus from morning (earliest courses start at 8:00 a.m.) to early afternoon with students returning to their high schools in the afternoon (2:10 p.m.) for extracurricular programming.
  • Middle college students must study full-time each semester.
  • Students will remain connected and graduate with their high schools.
  • The Putnam County Middle College has its own exclusive space at the Vol State Cookeville campus dedicated to middle college students.
  • Funding is available to offset tuition costs.
  • More details at information sessions.


Email us at dualenrollment@volstate.edu