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COVID vaccinations are getting easier and reaching more people.

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At the Vol State campus in Gallatin, vaccinations are on a drive-up basis next week, May 17-21, no appointment needed. Starting May 24, the clinic will move inside the Pickel Field House for walk-ups, no appointments needed. And a reminder that vaccines have been authorized for 12-15 year-olds, as well. Kids under age 14 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. A non-parent or guardian bringing the child to Vol State must have signed note allowing for the child to receive the vaccine.

The Vol State clinic hours are 7am – 1pm on Friday, May 14 and 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, starting Monday, May 17.

A reminder that the vaccine clinic at Vol State is run by the Sumner County Health Department. For updates visit this site.

If you live in another area, you can visit this website to the find the vaccine location closest to you.

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Vol State Graduation Livestream on May 8

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We're looking forward to in-person graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 8. They will happen at 10am and 2pm. Just a reminder that guests are not allowed. Both ceremonies will be streamed live and recorded for viewing later at www.volstate.edu/graduation We also have a virtual graduation video for those students who could not attend and for others who wished to participate that way. It will be part of each ceremony stream.

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

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April 27                 Student Government Association meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/326397332#success

April 29                 Black Student Association meeting, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92892334847#success

April 29            Student Government Association (SGA) Forum-Rescheduled, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/96493090786

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Get Ahead in College with Vol State Summer Classes

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Summer online classes at Volunteer State Community College are a way for students to get ahead in their college career. University students, home for the summer, can take general education courses at Vol State to meet university requirements. Current Vol State students can take classes to speed-up their path to graduation. Summer classes will be held primarily online this summer.

Vol State Summer courses come in four different versions, designed to fit around family holidays and other summer events. -The first option is full-term summer classes. They start on May 17 and finish on August 6.-The second option is nine-week session classes. They start on May 17 and June 7.-The third option is six week classes. They start on May 17 and on June 28.-The fourth option is an intensive three-week session class. There will be four of those sessions during the summer. The first starts May 17. Check the schedule for the other dates.The college also offers online courses through TN eCampus. They start on May 24.For the full summer schedule visit www.volstate.edu/scheduleNew and readmit students will need to apply to the college. That can be done online at www.volstate.edu/apply. Students can also visit the Admissions Office in-person at the campus of their choice. A mask and screening form are required. Visit www.volstate.edu for details. The phone number for Admissions in Gallatin is 615-230-3688.
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Current Students - Register Now for Summer and Fall Classes

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Current Vol State students – there is still time to register for summer online classes and fall classes both in-person and online. But you should get going now before the times and formats you want book up. Summer classes will be primarily online.
The college will be increasing the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses this fall: Springfield, Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. The college will also be expanding opportunities for students to engage in campus activities while still maintaining safety measures.
Vol State online courses will continue to be offered in three versions. Online asynchronous classes don’t have regular class meetings, allowing students to set their own schedule during the week, with due dates for assignments. Virtual synchronous classes have regularly scheduled online class meetings with instructors live via Zoom or other video platforms. The third type, hybrid classes, offer limited in-person class sessions, combined with online coursework. The course schedules for summer and fall semesters are available now.
Register now on My Vol State! If you need help call the Advising Center at 615-230-3702.
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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

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April 20                       Fit Club Meeting, 1-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success

April 22                       Between the World and Me • Group Zoom Viewing
12:30 – 2:00 PM, Zoom Link: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu-sqTkrHNK5s8w77LpeiJdf8HQQw2_N

April 23                       Between the World and Me • Campus-Wide Discussion
Facilitated by faculty members Oneil Wright and Doug Williams • 1:00 - 2:30 PM Zoom Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceiqqD8uH9dSuYv-VxzCfX5lq0Wwmzm8

It’s that time of the semester- Vol State students are sharing their research work in various science classes this week. This semester the poster sessions are being held online. Everyone is encouraged to drop in, take a look, and ask some questions of the students.

April 22                    ISCI 1030 (Science, Society and Sustainability) Poster Session from 3:00-5:00 PM

Poster topics include: Hidden Cost of Food Production, Causes of Food Insecurity, How to Meet Future Food Demands, Coal as an Energy Production, ABCs and 123s, not DDTs, Large Scale Conservation Efforts in the Tropical Rainforest, The Future of Nuclear Power in a Carbon-Conscious World, The Future of GMOs, Improving Global Food Security, Climate Change and the Effects on the Polar Ice Caps, Residential Solar Energy, Desalination into Potable Water. Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/93138416372

April 23                   Virtual Wellness Fair 2021 presents service learning projects on different health issues presented by Girija Shinde’s Anatomy and Physiology II students. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Topics include: COPD, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease and disorders, Asthma, Thyroidism, Ovarian Cancer, Diabetes, Types of Leukemias, Endometriosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Pneumonia, Obesity, Lupus, Congestive Heart Failure, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/91547107561

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Campus Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

1 month ago

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." — Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Watch the documentary based on the book and then join us for discussion.

 In his book, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. This documentary draws directly from the book through dramatic readings interwoven with wonderful and celebratory archival pictures and videos of the African American experience. However, it also exposes an America that has built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. This documentary describes Coates' journey from Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder.

As the Vol State community and communities all across the nation attempt some reconciliation of this reckless hate and most recent acts of madness and violence impacting minority communities, this documentary demands much more than the usual platitudes and empty rhetoric before assuming a "business as usual" posture.

The VSCC departments co-sponsoring this screening and discussion urge our Vol State community to participate by watching the documentary, joining the dialogue, and asking the question, “How can Vol State better serve as leaders in our community as it pertains to race, equality, and inclusion?” These seminal opportunities for discussion can help move the needle towards a more just and equitable community if we are willing to confront our past and present and work towards a more positive future.  Please see this film and help us in the reckoning of mindsets built on division towards a community "doing the work" of moving us towards a better understanding of each other. Without question, this is our charge as an educational community.  

Please see the instructions below to view the documentary and join the campus-wide discussion.  

Between the World and Me • Individual Documentary Viewing Week

Wednesday, April 14 - Friday, April 23

Vol State students, faculty, and staff may view this film anytime using their own devices through the Thigpen Library.

Running time: 79 minutes.

Viewing Instructions:
The URL to view the documentary click on this link https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=17150&xtid=237721 
This link authenticates that the user is eligible to use our subscription. On campus the authentication is seamless but from off-campus the user will be directed to a login page for library resources that automatically redirects the user to the video. The login page for library resources uses the standard Vol State username / password.

Between the World and Me • Group Zoom Viewing

Thursday, April 22nd • 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu-sqTkrHNK5s8w77LpeiJdf8HQQw2_N

Meeting ID: 969 1647 2166

During this group screening you may encounter technical issues on some viewing devices and platforms due to individual bandwidth limitations and other compatibility issues.  Some language may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

Between the World and Me • Campus-Wide Discussion

Facilitated by VSCC Profs Oneil Wright and Doug Williams.

Friday, April 23 • 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Zoom Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceiqqD8uH9dSuYv-VxzCfX5lq0Wwmzm8

Sponsors

Thigpen Library

The Teaching and Learning Center

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Black Student Association (BSA)

Men of Color Achieving Success (MOCAS)

Student Government Association (SGA)

Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

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April 12                 Fit Club Presents: Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success
April 13                 Student Government Association meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/326397332#success
April 15                 Black Student Association meeting, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99544837049#success
April 15           Student Showcase: High Impact Practices, students discuss extracurricular and academic activities that have enhanced their college experience, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97626443294
Between the World and Me • Individual Documentary Viewing WeekWednesday, April 14 - Friday, April 23Vol State students, faculty, and staff may view this film anytime using their own devices through the Thigpen Library.Running time: 79 minutes.Viewing Instructions:The URL to view the documentary click on this link https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=17150&xtid=237721 This link authenticates that the user is eligible to use our subscription. On campus the authentication is seamless but from off-campus the user will be directed to a login page for library resources that automatically redirects the user to the video. The login page for library resources uses the standard Vol State username / password.
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Graduate Profile: Daniel Castillo

1 month ago

 April is Community College Awareness Month. The best way to celebrate is to share the accomplishments of our graduates. This week we profile Daniel Castillo.

Imagine what it would feel like to arrive in a foreign country on your own, not for a visit, but as an immigrant. That was the case for Daniel Castillo.

“I came to the United States from Venezuela in June of 2017. I came to this country not knowing any English. I couldn’t even say ‘how are you?”

He arrived with a goal and survived by sheer determination.

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I started to learn English by myself online, doing videos, and then by talking to people. I like talking to people. If I’m going to talk to people, I’m going to learn English. I worked specifically anywhere I had to speak English for the job.”

Daniel’s family was struggling with the massive economic downturn in Venezuela. They spread out to other countries, such as Chile and Spain.

Daniel kept pushing on his own in the United States.

“I started ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Vol State. There are five levels and I started at two. I did so well, I skipped up to level four. My professors were great. They helped me to understand that even though I would have an accent, I could be a doctor or lawyer. They said- ‘It’s not going to be easy, Daniel, but you can do it.”

Then came COVID-19 and Vol State switched to primarily online courses.

“In-person classes were great for me.” He pauses and you can hear the anxiety in his voice. “Here at home, I’m not talking to anyone, just the walls. It’s like a jail. It’s been really hard for me to focus with my classes online. I normally go to the library and study for five or six hours. Studying at home has been really hard.”

There were many dark days and yet Daniel kept going. Now there is light at the end of the tunnel: graduation with an associate of science degree.

“I am super, super happy. I won’t be able to invite anyone to attend in-person, but I have family in Venezuela, Chile, and Spain that will be watching.”

And Daniel is not on his own anymore. He has a new responsibility. “My brother Angelo is here now and he sees what I have done. He’s going to Vol State for ESOL now. I help him a lot.”

His original dream still stands. “I’m transferring to MTSU to do forensic science. My goal is to be a doctor.”

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Get Help with Research Papers and Other Big Assignments

1 month ago

It's that time of the semester. You probably have some research papers and longer written assignments coming due. You can get free academic help as a Vol State student and that early feedback can help you get a better grade. Here are some of the things we offer online this semester.

The eLearn essay drop-off service provides feedback from faculty members for drafts of your work, before you turn them in. That can help you get a better grade. Look for essay drop-off info on your main eLearn page.

If you have research assignments to complete this semester, remember there is plenty of help from Thigpen Library. They can provide research assistance and answer questions. And check out these Zoom sessions with more tools to help you in your research. A research paper can be a lot easier if you use some of these tools.







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Graduate Profile: Savannah Stover

1 month 1 week ago

April is Community College Awareness Month! Join us as we celebrate our upcoming graduates this month:
It is often said that college for an adult student is a team effort. For Savannah Stover that team is seven strong- her children who have been at her side every step of the way.

“I had been a stay at home mom,” she said. “We had seven babies in ten years. I home schooled them and raised them. Three years ago my husband tragically passed away. He was the breadwinner for the family. We had Social Security death benefits, which saved us. But I knew I had to go back to school to get a good job to support us. By spring of 2019 I was enrolled in classes at Vol State.”

College for an adult student can be daunting enough, but for a single mom with so many kids it was a tremendous challenge.

“It was a lot. But I was eager and motivated by wanting to do whatever I needed to do for my children and show my husband that we were going to be okay.”

Savannah said one system she and her husband started in the family early, really saved her later.

“When they were little we instituted a buddy system. So, each older got a younger. The kids are so supportive with my school. They have never questioned or complained. My olders take care of the littles.”

Savannah found herself blossoming at Vol State.

“I’ve always enjoyed writing. Going through such tragedy and trauma gave me a new voice. My classes allowed me to stretch my wings. My goal is to get my bachelor’s degree in communication. Then I’m considering graduate school. I want to use my story to help others.” She recently won two awards for her writing in a national Phi Theta Kappa honors society contest.

Stover is disappointed that she won’t be able to have her kids join her at the graduation ceremony, but knows her seven person support system will still be there.

“I know that they will be there front and center virtually watching me graduate. I’m very excited. It’s surreal. I want to show my children endurance, strength, and hope.”

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Summer and Fall Priority Class Registration for Current Students Starts April 5 and 6

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Vol State Priority Registration for current students for summer and fall classes starts this week. It will remain open for the next few months. However, you are advised to register now in order to get the class format and times that you want.

April 5                    Summer and Fall Priority course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am

April 6                    Summer and Fall Priority course registration current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) starts at 8am.


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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

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April 5                    Summer and Fall Priority course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am
April 6                    Summer and Fall Priority course registration current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on April 6 at 8am.

April 6                   Communications Week: Vol State graduate Lamide Akintobi, freelance producer for CNN International, career discussion. 1 p.m. Everyone invited. Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98350100463

April 6                   Nashville Bombing Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning, webinar by the Vol State Cyber Security Club, 1:30-2:45pm via Zoom: https://volstate.zoom/us/j/96635343250

April 6                   Fit Club Meeting, 1-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success

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Contact Advising If You Are Having Problems Reaching Your Advisor

1 month 1 week ago


Priority registration for summer and fall classes starts next week on April 5 and 6 for current students. If you don’t have an assigned advisor to help you get ready or can’t reach your assigned advisor, the Office of Advising can help. Make an appointment:  https://go.oncehub.com/vsccadvising.

Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want before registration opens to the public. Vol State will have more in-person classes this fall!

The schedules for Summer and Fall 2021 classes are available now on My Vol State and in Degree Works. The college will be expanding the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses for the fall semester while also offering online classes for students who still want that format. As classes in each format fill, we will add additional sections, as possible. This is our way of trying to give students classes in the format they want in the fall. That also makes it more important for students to REGISTER IN APRIL for fall classes because it will be harder for us to add new classes in August. Summer classes will be primarily online.

 

Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal at https://portal.volstate.edu and clicking on Degree Works on the left under Quick Links. Check to see what classes you need for your degree path. Then click on assigned advisor in Degree Works and click on the envelope icon at the top to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major.

 

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8am on April 5. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on April 6 at 8am.

 

If you have problems, you can contact the Office of Advising via email at advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702.

 

New freshmen students will register later; see your email for details in coming weeks.


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Priority Registration for Current Students Starts April 5 and 6

1 month 2 weeks ago

Fall and Summer Priority class registration will begin on April 5 and 6. Priority registration is your opportunity to get the classes you need at the times you want. You can register for fall and summer classes before the public. Vol State will have more in-person classes this fall! The schedules for Summer and Fall 2021 classes are available now on My Vol State and in Degree Works. The college will be expanding the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses for the fall semester while also offering online classes for students who still want that format. As classes in each format fill, we will add additional sections, as possible. This is our way of trying to give students classes in the format they want in the fall. That also makes it more important for students to REGISTER IN APRIL for fall classes because it will be harder for us to add new classes in August. Summer classes will be primarily online. Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal at https://portal.volstate.edu and clicking on Degree Works on the left under Quick Links. Check to see what classes you need for your degree path. Then click on assigned advisor in Degree Works and click on the envelope icon at the top to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major. Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more) starts at 8am on April 5. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours) on April 6 at 8am. If you have problems, you can contact the Advising Center via email at advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702. New freshmen students will register later, see your email for details in coming weeks.
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Vol State Increases In-Person Classes for Fall Semester

1 month 3 weeks ago


Vol State will be increasing the number of on-ground classes available this fall on all four campuses: Springfield, Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. The college will also be expanding opportunities for students to engage in campus activities while still maintaining safety measures. Vol State online offerings will continue to be offered in three versions. Online asynchronous classes don’t have regular class meetings, allowing students to set their own schedule during the week, with due dates for assignments. Virtual synchronous classes have regularly scheduled online class meetings with instructors live via Zoom or other video platforms. The third type, hybrid classes, offer limited in-person class sessions, combined with online coursework. The course schedule for summer and fall semesters is available now. Summer classes will still be primarily online.

It’s important for new and readmit students to apply to Vol State now get the process started. Students who wait until later in the summer may not have as many class options. The application is free and can be completed online at www.volstate.edu/apply.

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Vol State Statement on Atlanta Murders

1 month 3 weeks ago

 


Vol State is issuing this statement in response to recent events:

“In light of the surge of violence against Asian and Pacific Islander persons and the tragic revelation of the murders in the Atlanta metro area killing eight people, six of whom were Asians, our Vol State community must state in a clear and concise language our rejection of these horrendous acts and our support for our Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and violence against Asian and Pacific Islander persons, families, and communities has increased, especially towards women.”

“Advancing racial equity and economic inclusion for people of all races and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of everyone. Thus, Volunteer State Community College stands firm and resolute in our support of our Asian and Pacific Islander communities and will not tolerate any words or actions by any students, faculty, or staff, which may serve to denigrate these communities.” 

Vol State has always stood against racism and in support of diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion. It is one of our core values. Please read our statement on racism which can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/news/we-publicly-affirm-our-identity-anti-racist-academic-institution

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

1 month 3 weeks ago


March 23             Diversity Discussion: Words Matter! The Social Media Dialogue Dilemma, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApfuGppjspGtDGi-Z0on_UUrWcDcKNj3S3

March 23             Fit Club Meeting, 1pm-2pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98043379500#success

March 23             Cyber-Security Club Meeting, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/92457876315#success

March 23             Returning Students’ Organization Meeting, join with other adult students for discussion and support, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Zoom: https://volstate.zoom.us/j/96383764561#success

March 26             Nutrition, Exercise, Healthy Lifetstyle webinar, 8:30-9am, advanced registration required at http://bit.ly/Rujuta2021

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Fall and Summer Schedules Out Now - Get Ready for Priority Registration

1 month 3 weeks ago

Vol State is looking forward to welcoming students back with more in-person classes this fall! 

The schedules for Summer and Fall 2021 classes are available now on My Vol State and in Degree Works to help you prepare for current student Priority Registration which starts April 5 for sophomores and April 6 for freshmen.  

The college will be expanding the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses for the fall semester while also offering online classes for students who still want that format. As classes in each format fill, we will add additional sections, as possible. This is our way of trying to give students classes in the format they want in the fall. That also makes it more important for students to REGISTER IN APRIL for fall classes because it will be harder for us to add new classes in August. Summer classes will be primarily online.

It is also time to make an appointment to meet virtually with your academic advisor. They will help you decide what classes you should take for the summer and fall semesters. Email or call your advisor to set up an appointment. As a reminder, your assigned advisor is listed at the top of Degree Works.   

New freshmen students will register later with the Campus Connect orientation sessions. Keep an eye on your Vol State student email for details. 


 



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