Cybersecurity Webinar October 21

4 days ago

The Volunteer State Community College Computer Information Technology Department is presenting a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Webinar on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics will include: If You Connect It, Protect It; Securing Devices at Home and Work; The Future of Connected Devices; and Volunteer State Community College Internet of Things (IOT)/Connected devices. The free virtual event is open to the public. Attendees will need to download Zoom software if they don’t already have it. Visit: . For more information call 615-230-3301.
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Spring Schedule of Classes Now Available

1 week ago

The spring schedule of classes is now available on My Vol State. Degree Works is also up and running again. There are some new features in Degree Works. See your student email for details. Priority registration starts the week of November 2. Contact your advisor to get ready.

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Cultural Connections Week and Fall Festival/Food Day

1 week ago

Cultural Connections Week/Fall Festival and Food Day 

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with ESL and English faculty, plan a week of fun programs to hopefully help us understand and learn about our different cultures and history.


Monday, October 19, 2020 
Immigration Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?   
James Cobb (Cobb Law Group)  
Presenters:  Attorneys James Cobb and Abigail Mabry  
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the Cobb Law Group. Attorneys James Cobb and Abigal Mabry will help the community understand immigration law, the recent Supreme Court decision, and what may be in the future after the elections. Experienced immigration attorneys with extensive experience will help answer questions and hopefully unravel the often-confusing nature of U.S. Immigration policies and practices.  
Open to students, faculty, and staff. 

Time: 12:30 PM –1:30 PM  
Zoom Registration Link: 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 
Let’s Get to Know Each Other 
Presenter:  Prof. Shirley Gomez 

To celebrate the growing diversity in our Vol State community, we will host a 90 minutes event geared toward providing opportunities for the students on our campus to get to know each other. Let’s Get to Know Each Other will consist of 3 interactive, online activities which will hopefully help open lines of communication among the diverse student groups.  

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 PM 
Zoom Registration Link  


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 
American Stew: A Brief History of American Cuisine 
Presenter:  Professor Melanie Cochran, History Dept. 

One area in which Americans have lived up to the "melting pot" idea is with our food. In this talk, we'll examine how imperialism, slavery, immigration, technology, politics and popular culture have shaped a uniquely American cuisine. 

Time:  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
Zoom Registration Link  


Thursday, October 22, 2020 
Discussing Politics and the Elections – Part 2 
Panelists:  Profs. Melva Black, Nancy Blomgren, Len Assante, Scott McMillan, and Carole Bucy. 
As we are now less than two weeks from perhaps the most pivotal elections of our lifetime, where do we stand as a nation?  What did the debates accomplish?  Will we have a free and fair election and a possible peaceful transfer of power?  Join us for another riveting discussion with our panel of experts.  This discussion will be respectful, civil, and a safe place for differences of opinions. 
Open to students, faculty, and staff.   

Time:  12:30 – 2:00 PM 
Zoom Registration Link  


Friday, October 23, 2020 
Fall Festival featuring Food Day, Celebrating the 
75th Anniversary of World Food Day 
The Annual Fall Festival and World Food Day celebrates Fall Semester with help from Student Organizations and info stations coordinated by Student Engagement and Support.  World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization through the United Nations.   The day is celebrated widely by many organizations and on college campuses concerned with food security. 
Outside, Wood Parking Lot 

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Livingston and Springfield Campuses Closing Until October 16 - Classes Will Continue

2 weeks 1 day ago

Volunteer State Community College will be closing two satellite campuses, in Livingston and Springfield, temporarily, to handle staffing issues tied to COVID-19. A Gallatin staff member tested positive for COVID-19, in an exposure not thought to be connected to the campus. However, staffing issues came about when the college put into place the usual quarantine protocols on the Gallatin campus. To handle that staffing loss, Vol State is pulling in staff from the Livingston and Springfield campuses, temporarily, to cover shifts on the main campus. The Livingston and Springfield campuses will be closed until October 16. 

The majority of Vol State classes are online this semester and all classes have the ability to do online work, so classes will be able to continue. There may be changes to on-site classes for Livingston and Springfield. Students should see their email for details. Classes and normal business operations at the main campus in Gallatin, and campus in Cookeville, will continue as usual. Students are being informed via text messaging 

Vol State is committed to keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during this pandemic. The college has tight COVID-19 restrictions on campus, including mask requirements and extensive contact tracing. 

Directory of Key Contacts:

Virtual Appointments:

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Get Ready for Spring Registration - Make an Appointment with Your Advisor

2 weeks 1 day ago

Spring Priority registration is coming up soon for all current Vol State students, so it is time to make an appointment to meet virtually with your advisor. They will help you decide what classes you should take for the spring semester.  Email or call your advisor to set up an appointment after fall break.  As a reminder, your assigned advisor is listed in Degree Works. Priority registration for current students will start Nov. 2 and 3. Get the classes you need at the times you want- use priority registration! New students will have a separate system to get registered. Check your email for details coming soon.
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Watch Vol State Student Compete on Netflix "Sing On!" TV Show

2 weeks 4 days ago

How far does Vol State student Seibreanna Alkinani make it on the new Netflix competition “Sing On!”? Pretty far, but you’ll need to watch to find out.

It started with a phone call. “I got a call while I was actually in class,” Seibreanna said. “She told me I was going to be on the show. I took the major here because I want to be an independent artist. It was fitting I got the call while on campus.”

It has been a whirlwind experience that took the Hendersonville singer to London, England, after a series of auditions and interviews. “It was crazy. I had never done anything like this before. For the audition I had to learn the song in two days.”

In the competition for the $60,000 jackpot, contestants had to sing well-known hits matching the original note for note. But personality was a big part of making the cut for TV. “I did a lot of goofy things and they liked it. They kept it in there.”

Seibreanna says her social media is getting busy now that the show has debuted on Netflix. That could help her decide the next step after she graduates in December with a degree in Music Business. “I’m an R and B and soul singer. My inspirations come from Gospel music. I just want to be a recording artist and travel.”

She says the Vol State Entertainment Media Production program has provided her with important tools to stake out her career. “As soon as I got to Vol State I felt relieved. Everything I have learned has been hands-on and I work well that way.”

And that’s a long way from her original views of college. “I did not plan on going to college. When TN Promise came I thought- well this is free, why not take advantage of the opportunity? The kids in the program here are so talented. It really inspires me. I’ve met great musicians and jammed at their homes.”

Her experience with EMP Director Steve Bishir has also had a big impact. “He’s super passionate about teaching. He really wants us to succeed. It’s amazing to have a teacher care about us that much.”

The six-time Grammy award winning Recording Engineer also helps his students make connections with people in the music industry. “The experience of networking has been great for me.”

In the meantime, Seibreanna is enjoying her moment in the spotlight. The show premiered in September. Tune in to Netflix to see how she does. Here's a link to the Netflix "Sing On!" web page:

For more information about the Vol State Entertainment Media Production program visit:

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Vol State Virtual Events This Week and Next Week

2 weeks 4 days ago

Oct. 5 Study Abroad Student Information Session, 4 – 5pm, Zoom,

Oct. 6 Returning Students Organization, meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom,

Oct. 7 Ending Gender Violence, discussion, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom,

Oct. 8 “Just in Time” Virtual Job Fair, 10am-1pm, To get your spot, visit October 8th RSVP Form now!

Oct. 12, 13 Fall Break: no classes, campus offices open

Oct. 15 Study Abroad Student Information Session, 10 – 11am, Zoom,

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High School Seniors - Apply for TN Promise Now

3 weeks 3 days ago

High School Seniors- it’s time to fill out the TN Promise application to give you access to your tuition-free college education next fall. You may have not made a decision on where to attend yet. Filling out the application by the deadline of Nov. 1 gives you the option to attend Vol State tuition-free. Visit our web page for a list of dates and links to apply:

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Vol State Virtual Events This Week

3 weeks 4 days ago

Sept. 29        SGA meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 326 397 332Sept. 29        Study Abroad Student Information Session, 1pm-2pm, Zoom,… Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343Why Diversity Matters to Everyone   
Presenters:  Honorable Judge Rachel Bell and Dr. Dorsha James, M.D.  
As our elections loom and peaceful protests continue around the country, activism is at an all-time high.  People from all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender, socioeconomic status, and other intersecting identities have come together to push for change.  Now, more than ever, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of this country's groundswell of change.  Dr. Dorsha James and the Honorable Judge Rachel Bell will help lead our students and campus community in discussing ways we can celebrate and support this change while fostering inclusive dialogue among all voices wanting to be heard.  Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for this critically important program.   Date: September 30, 2020   
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  
Zoom Link: 
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Emergency Drill Texts This Week

3 weeks 4 days ago

Campus police will be holding emergency drills this week on all Vol State campuses. You will receive text messages about these drills. Why are we bothering you when you are not on campus? We are demonstrating how we handle emergency notification at Vol State. Part of that notification is via text alert. You don't have to do anything if you are not on campus this week. Just be aware that we take our drills seriously, because they have helped in the past, such as when an F-3 tornado hit the Gallatin campus in 2006. If you are on campus please follow the instructions.
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Three Things to do now if you are Struggling in Your Classes

1 month ago

It’s that time of the semester- you may feel like you are underwater with your classwork and falling behind. Take a deep breath. We are here to help you do well in your classes. Here are three things to do now if you are struggling:

-Email the instructor for each class that you are having problems. Ask them what you can do to catch up and if they have ideas for how you can do better in their class.

-Make a life priority list- are there extra things you can cut or scale back on?

-If you are simply overextended, it may be time to drop a class. But that is only a last resort. You will need to check to see how that impacts your financial aid first. You are better off doing well in two classes than doing poorly in three. But do your best to keep taking at least one class. Students who drop out of all classes often have a tough time getting back.

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Computers Available for Use at All Vol State Campuses

1 month ago

A reminder that if you have wifi or computer problems at home, you are welcome to use the computer labs at any Vol State campus. You just need to wear a mask and fill out the online screening form before you arrive. You can find that at Computers are located in the Thigpen Library on the Gallatin campus. Check at the front desk at the other locations. Don't let technical problems derail you this semester.

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Free Online Support for All Students

1 month 1 week ago

The semester is underway. Now we focus on doing well in classes. We have added a bunch of extra support online this fall. It’s free and available to all students. Don’t go it alone. We have a list of support here.

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Vol State Online Events This Week

1 month 1 week ago

Sept. 17        We Rise Up, Speaker- Okturia Ross, 11:15am-12:45pm, Zoom,
Sept. 17        Study Abroad Student Information Session, 4pm – 5pm, Zoom,… Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343
Sept. 17        Drive-Thru College Fair for Sumner County high school students, attendees must wear a mask and fill out an online screening form, visit www.volstate.edu4pm-6pm, parking lot D

Constitution Day is this Thursday, September 17

The Vol State Political Science Department celebrates Constitution Day and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a special online presentation: Constitution Day 2020- The 19th Amendment and Voting Rights in the United Statesby Stella Pierce, Assistant Professor of History and Dr. Carole Bucy, Professor of History.

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First time college student? Check out these success tips from other students

1 month 1 week ago

Tisha Wells
 Even though after the first and second week of college it would be stressful with homework everyday but don't get overwhelmed about it you will get through this one day at a time trust me it will get better soon we you get used to the routine of things.

·     Julie Carter-Grubbs Utilize a planner to keep track of tasks and due dates for each class. This helps stay on track and also keeps everything down to manageable bites to keep from getting overwhelmed.

Denise Helmers Brown Julie Carter-Grubbs I was going to suggest this also. With all online classes this semester I started doing this; it has helped tremendously!

Ashley Collier Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Stay on top of your assignments. Most importantly, try your hardest!

Dawn Moore For those coming back at an older age, don’t be discouraged or feel intimidated. I have 8 children and returned 2 years ago and was terrified!!! Don’t be! There are so many others just like us! And we are so determined at this age and know we want to succeed. You got this!!

Ryan Cooper Talk to your instructors outside of class! They want you to do well in their class and they will help you if you have questions about assignments or clarification about content for upcoming tests. Even instructors who can be a little intimidating in the classroom tend to be much more relaxed in a one-on-one chat.

Michele Adelman Niec Use the Classlist in eLearn to find study partners, paper reviewers, etc. Everyone in your class is listed there and you can email them directly.

Beth Christy Webb Thoman I am a returning non traditional student, and in the past I would use this motivating study trick. When you aren't into studying and you know you need to, make yourself for five minutes. Normally after that 5 minutes most likely you will be into it and not want to stop.

Mikayla Milton Take a deep breath when you are feeling overwhelmed. Always keep a planner for your assignments. And don’t over stress about school

Vol State has plenty of free academic support available to all students, including online tutoring. Visit this web page for details.

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Vol State Online Student Events This Week

1 month 2 weeks ago

Join us for these Vol State online student events this week. Everyone is welcome!

Sept. 9             “By One Vote”, women’s right to vote movie and discussion, 12:30pm-2pm, Zoom, 

Sept. 9             Study Abroad Student Information Session, 1pm – 2pm, Zoom,

Meeting ID: 970 9910 5343

Sept. 10           “By One Vote”, women’s right to vote movie and discussion, 5pm-6:30pm, Zoom,

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Online Events This Week and This Semester

1 month 3 weeks ago

We'll be holding a variety of events online this semester from several offices, including Student Engagement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Many of these will be Zoom sessions. We'll send out a text message and post those events each week here on the blog. They will often include a direct link to the Zoom meeting. But for a few there could just be a Zoom ID, which you can enter on the Zoom web page to access the meeting. Here are the events for this week:

Sept. 2             Virtual student club recruitment fair, 3pm-4pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 965 2243 6719…

Sept. 3             Virtual student club recruitment fair, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 965 2243 6719…

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