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Welcome to Motlow College!

Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college offering certificates, associate degrees, and flexible learning pathways in southern Middle Tennessee. For over 40 years, Motlow has proven to be a student-centered institution that promotes academic excellence as well as personal and professional growth.

In addition to the main campus in Moore County, the College boasts three learning centers in Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna. The College serves over 540,000 citizens in Motlow's 11-county service area including: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Rutherford, Van Buren, Warren and White.

The wide range of quality academic programs offered at Motlow results from the steady expansion of degree programs to provide alternatives for changing educational needs. In addition to general education courses, students may choose from two-year degree programs in over forty disciplines.

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Motlow Reveals a Fresh Look

Motlow College began over 40 years ago in rural Moore County and since that first groundbreaking the growth and changes have been phenomenal. The College now has centers in Fayetteville, McMinnville and a soon-to-be expanded center in Smyrna. To continue to meet the needs of a growing enrollment and help attract new students, Motlow is putting on a new face for the 21st century.

The Fresh Look Project began in spring 2011 with a request to students, staff and faculty soliciting ideas for a new college logo and tagline. The goal was to create a new look that would sum up the essence of Motlow College, its programs and services.

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My Motlow Story

The Dohrmann Sisters

Sintayehu, Elsabeth and Kasanesh Dohrmann
Making the journey from Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, to Motlow College in Lynchburg, Tennessee is quite extraordinary; as are the young women who experienced the trip. A little over six years ago, Clark and Rachel Dohrmann of Tullahoma adopted four little girls from Ethiopia. Three of the sisters, Sintayehu, Elsabeth and Kasanesh are now students at Motlow College and the fourth, Yeshie, attends another Tennessee college.

"Anybody who speaks the English language can attend college and earn a degree. You are doing it to better yourself, not for anyone else. Remain positive, don't stress and don't let anybody hold you down."

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Emily Rivers

Emily Rivers
When Emily Rivers played the final game of her senior year in high school she thought that was the end of her basketball career. Having played in an organized sport since she was 5 years old, she decided it was time to move on. Her decision lasted for about three weeks. Realizing how much she missed the game and wanting to play in college is what led Rivers to Motlow.

Rivers is from Bolivar, in west Tennessee. Even though she's not too far from home, she feels fortunate to share her first college experience with cousin, Ricky Tisdale.

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Kurt Krause

Kurt Krause
Kurt enrolled at Motlow after graduating from high school almost 40 years ago. His plan of taking a few art classes turned into full class schedules. With no college background after high school, Kurt became a full-time, degree-seeking student.

Kurt's goal is to open an art studio. Although he has been selling his work online, he enrolled at Motlow College because he wanted validation for his art. He said, "I needed some history and background to apply to my work. I had never taken any formal art classes and I wanted to know what art is all about.

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Jesica Childers

Jesica Childers
There are various reasons why young people continue their education after high school. Some go to college seeking a degree for a specific career while others attend because it is what their parents expect of them. Jesica Childers' reason for attending Motlow is the driving force in her life. "I know that if I don't get a college education, I will end up in a nursing home."

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