Roane State’s vision is to enhance individual lives and the economic development of the region by serving as the higher education center of choice for its communities, bringing the highest standards of educational quality within the reach of students wherever they live and work.
Roane State Community College is a comprehensive, public, two-year postsecondary institution and a member of the State University and Community College System governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Roane State serves the higher education needs of a widely diverse eight-county service area which includes Roane, Anderson, Loudon, Campbell, Scott, Cumberland, Morgan, and Fentress counties and expands to include Knox and Blount counties for the delivery of health technologies. At multiple staffed teaching locations and with a wide range of distance-learning offerings, Roane State brings the benefits of higher education within the reach of all who live and work in these different communities.
Roane State awards the associate of arts and associate of science degrees to students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. For those students seeking immediate career opportunities, licensure, or professional skill upgrading, Roane State awards the associate of applied science degree as well as technical certificates of credit. The college offers career programs for the 21st century workplace and has achieved regional and national distinction for the diversity and quality of its programs in the field of health care. To meet the needs of students who must balance multiple career and family priorities in the pursuit of their educational goals, Roane State offers programs in flexible and convenient instructional formats and has developed cooperative partnerships with area K-12 schools, the Tennessee Technology Centers, and four-year institutions to facilitate a seamless transition through all stages of the educational process.
Roane State provides a challenging and nurturing learning environment which encourages and inspires students to meet the high expectations and standards needed for responsible citizenship and to embrace the concept of learning as a lifelong endeavor. Regardless of their program of study, Roane State students are provided a sound foundation in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills and exposed to a curriculum which broadens their understanding and respect for wellness, diverse ideas and cultures, and a sense of the global community.
Through the various divisions which support its continuing education and community service mission, Roane State offers a wide array of specialized courses, programs, and services. These range from rigorous customized training for business, industry, and public service providers to offerings for cultural, aesthetic, and recreational awareness and enjoyment.
Just as Roane State values lifelong learning as the key to thriving in a complex and rapidly changing world, so too the college embraces technology as the driver which will power those changes and is committed to integrating the most efficient and effective uses of technology throughout the institution for the enhancement of learning and of service. Inside and outside the classroom, Roane State students are given a foundation in the use of technology required to succeed in 21st century society.
Roane State’s success can only be measured by the success of its students and by maintaining its demonstrated reputation as a center for higher education excellence. The ongoing assessment of educational outcomes and administrative objectives and a firm commitment to the change and evolution necessary to ensure continuous improvement will enable the college to fulfill its vision for those it serves. The college community affirms as its highest values honesty and integrity, respectful communication, and a commitment to personal and professional accountability.
Roane State remains committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body and promotes diversity and access without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.