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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Motlow State rides momentum crest heading into spring 2016 semester

Jan. 12, 2016

The 2015 fall semester will go down as one of the most prolific time frames in Motlow State Community College history. By accomplishing multiple significant milestones, Motlow has stepped to the forefront of higher education institutions, not only statewide, but nationwide as well.

From leading all colleges in the state in percentage enrollment increase to the Smyrna campus being the second-fastest growing college campus in America, and from having the National Honors Council Student of the Year to being the home of the nation's leading junior college men's basketball scorer; the Motlow community has a lot to be proud of.

Every successful team needs dynamic leadership. Prior to the beginning of the term, Motlow welcomed the college's sixth president, Dr. Anthony G. Kinkel. Dr. Kinkel has brought a renewed energy to all four Motlow campuses through his innovative ideas and creative concepts.

At the top of the list of achievements is the astonishing growth of the student population, fueled by the inaugural semester of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program. Compared to the same period in 2014, Motlow led all public universities in Tennessee with an enrollment (headcount) increase of 10.5 percent and a Full Time Equivalency (FTE) increase of 21.9 percent. This amazing increase qualified Motlow as the fastest-growing college in the state of Tennessee, and placed it among the fastest in the nation.

The Smyrna campus led the way in student growth with an impressive 26.2 percent enrollment increase and 42.1 percent FTE increase over the same period in 2014, followed by the Moore County campus with 9.8 percent enrollment increase and 8.7 percent FTE increase. The McMinnville campus was next with 8.7 percent enrollment increase and 14.5 percent FTE increase, and the Fayetteville campus had a 7.7 percent enrollment increase and a 9.2 percent FTE increase.

As a result of the student population growth, eight completion coaches were added to the Motlow staff, more than any other college in the state. These completion coaches will be essential in guiding Motlow students to graduation.

Continuing to set the Tennessee Promise pace for all community colleges in the state, 88 percent of students who used the Promise in fall 2015 have met the qualifications to continue using the Promise for the spring 2016 semester. That is the highest percentage of any community college in Tennessee. Motlow also had the highest number of Tennessee Promise employee mentors per capita, with a total of 91 volunteers signing up for this important support position, a significant increase over the 22 who volunteered a year ago.

Two Motlow programs achieved critical accreditation during the fall semester. The nursing program was granted continuing accreditation through the spring of 2023 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The Motlow Mechatronics program received the prestigious Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering accreditation after five years of hard work. Both accreditations are the marks of excellence in education within their respective fields.

Motlow student recognition abounded in the fall semester. One hundred percent of the 2015 nursing program graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination, yet another Motlow best-in-state performance. Caitlin Tripp, a sophomore from Tullahoma, was recognized as the National Collegiate Honors Council Student of the Year at the national conference in November. This singular award recognizes an outstanding honors student selected from two-year colleges nationwide, and a Motlow student has now won the award two consecutive years.

Jaylen Barford, a sophomore student-athlete from Jackson, Tenn., has followed up his All-American freshman basketball season by leading the nation in scoring and being named by multiple organizations as the top junior college player in the country. Barford recently signed a letter of intent to the University of Arkansas to continue his basketball and academic career.

The Motlow Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program graduated its inaugural class, consisting of 10 Paramedic and 12 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician graduates, all coming from the immediate service area of the college.

The 2015 Motlow College Foundation golf tournament, held at The Bear Trace at Tims Ford State Park in September, was the most successful tournament in the Foundation's history. Over $15,000 was raised to support Motlow students through the Foundation.

Major facility renovations are another highlight of the fall semester at Motlow, led by the completion of a comprehensive upgrade to Simon Hall, the primary classroom building on the Moore County campus. Powers Auditorium in Eoff Hall also received a much needed facelift and technical upgrade, including new seating and a new sound system. The baseball and softball fields were upgraded with new field turf, fencing, and dugout improvements, and the McMinnville campus parking lot was repaired and regenerated. In all, the College spent more than 2.2 million dollars on major capital improvements.

These impressive accomplishments underscore the resurgence of Motlow State Community College as one of the leading higher education institutions in the state of Tennessee. As the spring semester begins, Motlow is poised to continue its momentum in better serving its students and communities.