Fountainhead College Moving Campus to West Knoxville
Richard Rackley, CEO of Fountainhead College of Technology, has announced that the college will move its campus west to a site in Knoxville's technology corridor, near Interstate 40/75 and Pellissippi Parkway.
After nearly 30 years of holding classes at their Tazewell Pike campus, the college will begin its spring term on January 7 in a 30,000 square foot building formerly occupied by Knoxville's ITT Technical Institute at 10208 Technology Drive.
This move reflects growth for Fountainhead College and the local technology industry, and the institution's mission of connecting students and graduates with employers, many of whom are located in west Knoxville.
The new campus is situated in the epicenter of a technology corridor which is home to over 500 technology companies and 75,000 college and university students. An Open House will be announced early spring.
A Short History
Fountainhead College was established as the Tennessee Radio Service School in 1947 at 422 Gay Street and is East Tennessee’s original technical college. The school changed its name to Tennessee Institute of Electronics the following year. In 2003, the college changed its name again to Fountainhead College of Technology.
After its early beginnings on Gay Street, the college has had campuses at 637 ½ Broadway near Central and then at 4711 Old Kingston Pike from 1963-1974, currently the site of WIVK, NewsTalk and the Sports Animal radio stations. The college moved to 3121 North Broadway in 1974 before moving to its 33,000 square-foot Tazewell Pike building where it has been since 1984.
The college has made dramatic renovations to the Tazewell Pike campus, including converting the 285-seat auditorium into a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a large stage, concert sound system and theater-style LED lighting. Mr. Rackley owns the Tazewell Pike property and will continue to use it for Fountainhead College-related events and other business ventures yet to be announced.
Fountainhead College is one of only 11 Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CyberSecurity) Education (CAEIAE) nationwide that grant all six certifications that meet standards from the National Security Agency's (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). This program is the only cybersecurity bachelor's degree offered by a CAEIAE in Tennessee, and the only college in East Tennessee that offers all six national certifications offered by the NSA.
Fountainhead College will move to its new campus the first week of January 2013 in time for spring term.