Columbia State Community College was established in 1966 in Columbia, Tennessee as the state’s first community college. It currently hosts approximately 4,500 part- and full-time students, and around 250 faculty members. Students who successfully complete their two-year education in one of the offered programs are awarded an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree. Students interested in continuing on to pursue a four-year Bachelor’s or a Master’s program have the option of doing so at one of Columbia’s affiliate schools, which include Austin Peay State University, Athens State University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Middle Tennessee State University. Common continuation programs include Professional Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Educational Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, Math, and Management and Human Relations.