On July 18, state and local officials, community members and Columbia State faculty and staff will gather to celebrate and break ground on Phase I of the new Columbia State Community College Williamson campus. This event will begin at 10 a.m., and the community is invited to attend.

The new campus is projected to open mid-spring 2016. Phase I will accommodate approximately 2,200 students, and construction will include an arts and humanities building; a science, technology, engineering and mathematics building; and an administration and student services building.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

The event will be held rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

General event parking will be at Centennial High School in the north side parking lot, near the baseball field, located at 5050 Mallory Lane in Franklin. Shuttle service to the new Williamson campus property will be available from 9 a.m. until 9:50 a.m.

Accessible parking will be available on-site at 1228 Liberty Pike in Franklin for persons with disabilities.