Why Consider Attending College?
If you’re considering college, you’ve already taken the first step to your future. The Office of Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners is here to help you on your path to success.
Who are Adult Learners?
- Adult learners typically start college later in life, often after starting work or a family.
- Many adult students pursue college on a part-time basis so they can maintain work and family responsibilities which can make college intimidating.
- Adult learners are often anxious about returning to school because of a long gap between the last-time they were in school.
- Adult learners often need refresher courses to prepare for college-level work.
- Military veterans are often adult learners.
Many Adult Learners Often Return to School:
- To develop skills to stay competitive in the workplace
- To improve their employability
- To prepare for a career change
- To increase their earning power
Adult learners may experience some challenges making the transition to college seem insurmountable. These challenges may be their current career, family, and financial responsibilities. There may be limited time to attend college due to rigid schedules. Sometimes adults have tight budgets and lack of funding to attend college.
You may be worried at first that you won’t fit in on campus. After just a few classes, you’ll discover everyone is welcome at Vol State. Our younger students appreciate the experiences our adults and veterans bring to the classroom. Our adult and veteran learners enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of our younger students. At Vol State we have had students ranging in ages from 17 to 101 enrolled in our programs, and many are pursuing one or more of our degree or certificate programs. We strive to make your educational experience as smooth as possible.
Your First Steps
We have three basic categories that include most students. See which one fits for you and then after you finish reading this page, click on the category to take the next steps.
This program can help students who have some college credits already.
We have special programs for military veterans and help in using your benefits.
We have many adult learners starting college for the first time. These are the steps you’ll need to get going.
The office of Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners is available during normal business hours. When classes are in session, the office remains open until 6:30 PM from Monday through Thursday. We offer advising services by appointment from Monday through Thursday, 4:30 PM through 6:30 PM in Suite 217 Wood Campus Center. Call (615) 230-3494 for an appointment.
Our office also coordinates services with various state and federal agencies to help students who qualify for financial assistance with job retraining and employment programs. We coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs for GI Bill® and other veterans’ educational benefits. We also process federal tuition assistance administered by the individual military services of the Department of Defense. We can also refer you to Financial Aid for other sources of educational funding.
We have a full range of free tutoring and support services on campus in many subjects. You can find help with writing papers, math homework, study groups, and research tips and sources. We call these services collectively “The College Success Zone”. Visit our web page for a full list of what we offer. www.volstate.edu/CollegeSuccess
You can get started by applying to the college. Visit www.volstate.edu/apply For questions you can call our Admissions office at (615) 230-3688.
Check out our blog especially for adult learners. We have information about new programs and academic degrees that appeal to adults. We also have adult students telling their stories. It’s a great place to go if you need reassurance that you can do this. http://volstateadults.blogspot.com
We also have updates and information available via email. You can sign up here (Emma sign up box, from the original page)
Office locations Wood Campus Center-Gallatin Campus:
Director Veterans Affairs and Adult Learners: Suite 217
Phone: (615) 230-3494