"Athens of the South"—Nashville Class!

Nashville has been filled with families this month which arrived to celebrate graduations of loved ones. When reviewing the various announcements and invitations and reviewing the lengthy list of colleges, universities and educational institutions locally, it is truly beyond one’s wildest imagination when considering the humble beginnings of Music City. When I moved to Nashville years ago, I distinctly remember learning our town had about 17 colleges and universities. The recent boom, however, has been mirrored in the sophisticated expansion of our education space. Today it’s almost impossible to keep up with the myriad of educational opportunities here offering vocational, secondary and graduate degrees. It’s no secret, too, people under 30 are relocating here in droves. Having chosen our fair city as their landing place, they will begin looking to expand their careers and drive their vision to the next level. Clearly, they recognize Nashville as a wonderful place to live, play, work and invest. As newcomers investigate the many ways in which Nashville provides entrepreneurial opportunities to grow, they will find options including music management, law, art, healthcare, government, pharmaceuticals, IT, fashion, culinary and more.

An exciting example of new educational horizons available is Belmont University recently acquiring O'More School of Design in Franklin, which will provide opportunities to launch students from both institutions into Nashville's growing design and fashion industries. Lipscomb has invested in a forward thinking unique sector downtown, Spark, which is a meeting place for connectivity leadership development and collaboration as well as other career-advancing measures. Vanderbilt obviously is constantly continuing its very diversified curriculum and is in high demand with applications of high school juniors and seniors. Additionally, Trevecca in Franklin has risen to the top in adult education. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Community has tapped into the massive economy that is the art world as it continues to expand. Harpeth Hall’s Winterim for Adults Program offers unique opportunities while those looking to attend school at night might enjoy University School of Nashville’s Evening Class Program. MBA’s popular summer enrichment camps for students expand annually. No matter what your style, interest or need, Music City continues to shine and will not be outdone. We look forward to the bright future of education in our beloved city! — Lydia

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