Coal Creek Scholars visit
Middle Tennessee State University
15 April 2006

See photos below

Each year, we offer to take the high school scholars to visit a college campus of their choice so they can learn more about what life is like on a college campus.  For 2006, we toured the campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  MTSU is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee about a three hour drive from Coal Creek.  Coal Creek Scholar Andy Harness who is a student at MTSU was our very informative host and tour guide.  Andy showed us the campus, dormitories, class rooms and campus buildings so the scholars could get an idea of what college life is like at MTSU. 

James Union Building on the
campus of MTSU

Coal Creek Scholars lean against
one of the giant Oak trees on campus

In 1909, the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee moved “to provide for the improvement of the system of Public Education of the State of Tennessee, that is to say, to establish a General Education Fund.”   MTSU has an academic city of over 500 acres, more than 22,000 student, and a faculty of over 800.  For more on the history of MTSU visit their history page.

Tour guide Andy Harness showed us classrooms inside the school's Aeronautic, Business, Communications, and other programs.  We visited the impressive library and computer labs. The students got to step inside the hands-on classroom where MTSU students learn to become airline pilots. 

Students in front of one of the cockpits
used to simulate flying jets

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Scholars taking advantage of the tour were:

April Golden
Cassie Phillips
Jacob Phillips
Jennie Phillips
Phillip Smith

Tour Guide: 
Andy Harness, Coal Creek Scholar attending MTSU

Accompanying the scholars:
Carol Moore
Barry Thacker, PE

Andy Braden (Andy Harness' roommate) accompanied us on the first half of the tour and joined us for lunch in the cafeteria before leaving for his MTSU baseball game.

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