LEAP Grant


The second LEAP grant, in the amount of $135,918.00, is a partnership between Columbia State Community College, Public School Systems (Lawrence, Maury, and Williamson counties), Homeland LLC, Lawrenceburg Utility System, neXperia, Williamson Medical Center, Wiremasters, and the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance.

This grant will be used to create a new academic program at Columbia State Community College for mobile application development. The program will be housed as a concentration within the Information Systems Technology (IST) Associate in Applied Science degree program. The students will be trained in the three major systems (Android, iOS (Apple) and Windows) to ensure their compatibility with the needs of the marketplace.

“With mobile technology steadily growing, we strive to offer programs that are in line with the needs of our region’s employers” said Dr. Margaret D. Smith, Columbia State executive vice president and provost of academic and student programs and services. “By creating this new academic concentration, Columbia State provides educational programs that prepare students for emerging IT careers and give them direct access to IT professionals in their area.”