Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Information Sessions

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Vol State is offering a new RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program. It starts in June and the application is available now. We have scheduled information sessions to answer your questions. Everyone is invited to attend.

For those who have finished all pre-requisites and intend to apply for this first summer 2019 nursing program cohort, attending one of these sessions is mandatory as part of the application requirements. All others who are interested in the program for a future admission cycle are also welcome to attend.Gallatin Campus – 3/25 12:45 p.m.  Wood Campus Center Room 309Gallatin Campus – 3/25 5:30 p.m.    Caudill Hall Room 102Cookeville CHEC Campus – 3/26 10 a.m.  – Room 223Livingston Campus – 3/26 12:45 p.m.   – Room 102Livingston Campus 4/15 10 a.m.  – Room 155Cookeville CHEC Campus – 4/15 12:45 p.m. – Large Conference RoomGallatin Campus – 4/16 – 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Wood Campus  Room 309There are general education classes required to be taken before application. The program is competitive and there are GPA requirements. The students most likely ready to apply for the summer start are current pre-nursing students. However, everyone is welcome to attend the info meetings.To apply and for more information about the program please visit program is subject to SACSCOC approval.

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WVCP Wants You!

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Want to learn to DJ for free? WVCP wants you too. 
WVCP has been going strong for 40 years. It’s ran by students and community volunteers, overseen by long time manager, Howard Espravnik.

Want to get involved? There are a few ways to do so.

If you’re seeking credit, check out COMM 291P. It’s a hands on practicum available as a 1, 2, or 3 hour credit. Additionally, there’s an internship available, COMM 285, through Work Based Learning. Both of these prepare students for entry-level positions at local radio stations. For more information on both of these, click here.

“Students learn a number of skills. They learn skills on how to present themselves, skills on communicating information from the college to the public, as well as motor and coordination skills," said Howard Espravnik.

Let’s say you aren’t a Communication major and just want to host your show for fun, you can do that! WVCP is always looking for volunteers. Are you on TN Promise? You can fulfill your community service hours as a WVCP volunteer as well.

Check out WVCP online; visit
-By Rachel Keyes
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Get Help with Final Papers at the Learning Commons

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Final papers and projects will be due soon. Getting feedback now could help you get a better grade. Bring your papers and assignments to the Vol State Learning Commons. A tutor will work with you on everything from getting started to final editing. They provide the insight from an instructor perspective and you do the work to make it great. Vol State also offers online essay drop off in eLearn. See your course eLearn page for details. That free service is available to all students. There are Learning Commons locations on each Vol State campus. Those services are also free. Good luck with your finals!

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Body Image and Social Media: The Double-Edged Sword

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Living in this digital age, most of us are well connected on social media platforms. But how do all of these hours spent behind the screens influence our own self-image? How much of a correlation is there between social media usage and mental health?

Recently, the office of Student Engagement and Support hosted an event to address various body image issues featuring speaker Mackenzie Fox from Renewed, an eating disorder support system in Davidson County.

“We are faced with a lot of media … We are seeing a very narrow point of view of what people look like … On the flipside, social media can also be used for good, to create a supportive community … I think it can work both ways. It’s quite the double-edged sword,” Mackenzie said.

I personally quit social media a few years ago because I became consumed by it. I allowed my self-esteem to plummet as I was constantly comparing myself to others online. It really seemed to worsen my depression; I wasn’t using it to my advantage. This is ironic now considering that I work as the social media writer for Vol State. I plan to return to it soon for various reasons, but with a new mindset.  

Social media can be a place to build a sense of belonging and community, and that’s how it should be used. It’s an essential tool for networking, but it’s important to keep in mind that social media isn’t reality.

“I’ve struggled with my body image my entire life, I’ve had multiple eating disorders and it caused long term health problems for me … Maybe it’s just the people that I follow on social media, but for me it’s really empowering to see so many different body types on social media,” said a student who wished to remain unnamed.

“I think as a society, we tend to focus on the negative more than the positive, so we look at it like, ‘oh social media is tearing down women,’ but I think women tear down women in general, social media is just a tool to exacerbate it quicker,” said student and model Charika White.

So, if you’re struggling with your own body image when you log onto social media, perhaps those whom you choose to follow are not in alignment with your own best interest. Try following people who inspire you instead. It’s up to us to be conscious consumers, follow wisely.

-By Rachel Keyes

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Events this Week at Vol State

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This week at Vol State:March 18 TN Tech University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pm
March 19 Middle Tennessee State University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 1 pm
March 20 Trevecca University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 1 pm
March 20 Not Yet a Woman, author talk, Nichols Dining Room B, 11:15am
March 21 Health and Wellness Fair, resources for students, Nichols Dining Room B, 10am-2pm
March 21 Sophomore Vocal Recital, Harlequine Clay, mezzo-soprano; and Kaleb Keller, baritone, SRB 151, 7pm
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How To Get The Most Of Your Advising Appointment

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Priority registration is coming up; you need to get ready. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your advising appointment.

Come prepared.
First and foremost, check out Degree Works; get familiar with your program and who your advisor is. You’ll then have a better understanding of which courses are required for you and if there are pre-existing transfer pathways beyond Vol State. “We’ll go over Degree Works with them anyway, but if they’ve already reviewed it, they will be more prepared and can come with deeper questions and make better use of their time,” said Lindsay Guenther of the Advising Center.
Plan ahead; begin with the end in mind.
“They need to be thinking about where they’re headed. They may need guidance through that process, and that’s what we’re here for. They don’t have to have answers yet, but they should start thinking about it … I tell a lot of students ‘begin with the end in mind’ that’s actually from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Lindsay said.
Do you want to transfer on to a university? If so, which school and program? Does your field require a graduate degree for entry level jobs? Maybe you are just burnt out by college and want to get into the workforce? By bringing this type of information to your advisor, you are helping them help you make the best decisions based on your specific plans. If you have no idea what you want to do, check the next tip.

List your interests; analyze the commonalities.
If you already know what you want to do, then skip this tip. If you’re clueless about your future career, start here. “Even if you play video games or like hanging out with friends, there are things that can be extracted from that … Like, if you enjoy videogames, to me that says you like strategy. So, you might excel in a job that involves some type of strategic thinking,” she said.

Additionally, there are many personal inventory and career assessment tests available through the Advising Center; an advisor can help you analyze your results.

Make an appointment.
This may seem like common sense, yet many students too often rely on walk-ins. Scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure that your advisor is available. Go ahead and pick up the phone or shoot an email to your advisor to lock in your appointment. “This time of year, in the middle of the semester, they need to be making an appointment with their assigned advisor versus just walking in. During the summer and in between semesters they can just walk in because we see everybody,” Lindsay added.

By the way, it is now mandatory for all TN Promise students to meet with an advisor at least once and all incoming freshmen must attend orientation, take note! Here the some dates for summer/fall priority registration:

April 1: Sophomores
April 2: Freshmen
April 15: New and returning students

For more information on all things advising, visit:

-By Rachel Keyes
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Sophomore Music Recitals at Vol State

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Student singers at Volunteer State Community College will perform in sophomore recitals at the college in March and April. Faculty member Nicholas Reynolds will accompany several of the performances on piano. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. They will be held in room 151 of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. 7pm performance time.March 14: Hannah Parker, soprano; and Alex Hopkins, baritone.March 21: Harlequine Clay, mezzo-soprano; and Kaleb Keller, baritone.March 25: Jenna Lieseke, mezzo-soprano; and Victory Folsom, pianoApril 4: Kara Crabtree, soprano.
April 8: Danielle Sharp, mezzo-soprano; and Livy Blizzard, mezzo-soprano.
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This Week at Vol State

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Ongoing Landon Crowell art exhibit, Vol State Arts Gallery, SRB first floorMarch 11 Lipscomb University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmMarch 12 Student Veterans of America Game Day, students invited to play games, bring items for care packages for service members, Nichols Dining Room B, 11am-2pmMarch 12 King University, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmMarch 13 UT Knoxville, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmMarch 14 Tennessee State Univ. representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pmMarch 14 Sumner County Elementary Art Exhibition, through April 27, Ramer Building LobbyMarch 14 Sophomore Vocal Recital, Hannah Parker, soprano; and Alex Hopkins, baritone, SRB 151, 7pmMarch 16 WVCP 40th Anniversary Celebration, studios in the Ramer Building, 11am to 3pm. Lunch at noon.
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Vol State Student to Disney for Work-Based Learning

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College graduates face challenges if they try to enter the workforce without experience. The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program at Volunteer State Community sets up partnerships with area businesses to provide students with work opportunities while they are still in college.“Work-Based Learning is a high-impact practice,” said administrator of Work-Based Learning, Rick Parrent. “It’s a college course-based, for-credit experience. Many of the students in WBL courses are compensated financially by the employers.”Currently, the majority of WBL courses are in Business and Technology, Education, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, and Mechatronics. Other options include Communication, English, and Music. New courses are added each year.“The WBL and the reserves led to me being hired as full time police officer,” said Vol State graduate, Perry Foxx.  “I gained real-world experience and training during WBL, which goes hand in hand with what I’m currently learning at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. It put me ahead of the learning curve.”Students can also use WBL experience to enhance their future career skills, even if the company is quite different from their path. Courtney McQuiston is taking classes at Vol State to be a pediatric nurse someday. Her WBL experience is at Walt Disney World Resort. That may sound like an odd match, until you hear her explain it.“Every day I meet different people from different cultures, and different countries,” McQuiston said. “I need to have that experience to work with kids from different backgrounds in my career. I’m also taking Disney Leadership courses.”McQuiston takes classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). Sherrie Cannon, CHEC coordinator of Student Services, helped her get started. “She has helped me so much. She had to push me to do this. She’s helped me all the way,” McQuiston said.Businesses can achieve a ready-made training and recruitment program that involves Vol State faculty, which can in turn help the academic programs grow to meet industry needs.“Employers receive talented individuals who want to grow individually and professionally,” Parrent said. “Businesses also gain a valuable connection to the college and a network for new employees.”Interested students can talk to their course instructor. Businesses interested in establishing a partnership can contact rick.parrent@volstate.eduor call 615-230-3321.

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Vol State Radio WVCP 40th Anniversary March 16

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Thousands of students and volunteers have worked at the Vol State radio station over the years. Now WVCP-FM is welcoming back those alumni to celebrate the 40th anniversary of 88.5 FM. An open house will be held on Saturday, March 16 at the studios in the Ramer Building on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. The tours and events run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the latest studios and have lunch at noon.People are asked to register on a web page so the college knows how many people may attend. Visit: more information about the WVCP anniversary open house call 615-230-3218.
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Summer and Fall Class Schedules Now Available

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Get ready for Priority Registration. The Summer and Fall class schedules are now available online. Current student registration starts on April 1 and 2. Visit Degree Works on My Vol State to see what classes you need and then make an appointment to see your adviser. Register early to beat the rush. Get the classes you need at the times you want.
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Application Now Available for New Vol State Nursing A.A.S. Program

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The application for the new Vol State Nursing A.A.S. Program is now available on the web page at application must be turned in by May 1. Classes will start this summer on June 10.Students must have completed the course requirements as outlined on the web page. The students most likely to have done this are current Pre-Nursing students.The completed application should be mailed or hand-delivered to: Vol State Nursing, Building 100 Suite 102A, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066.
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Recent Grad Spotlight: Gareth Laffely

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Last May, we shared ‘The Amazing Story of Vol State’s Flute Playing Graduate.’ Since then, we caught up with Gareth at an Honors Conference. We wanted to see how life has been for him since transitioning from Vol State to MTSU.

Gareth is an internationally known Native American flutist. Aside from paving his way in the music industry, Gareth stays focused on his academics which include Marketing, Business Administration, and Honors. Gareth was involved with Vol State’s Honors Program and is now one of the first Honors Ambassadors at MTSU; his duties include conducting campus tours and putting on events. His presentation at the 2019 Honors Conference covered the topic of Native American culture and music in the marketing field.

“So, it’s talking about really how every culture has power, every culture has a story, and music is the ultimate way to tell that story. Music is unlike a lot of different means of communication because music carries emotion, music isn’t what you can tell somebody, it’s what you can make somebody feel.”

Gareth continues to follow his passions and is currently devoting his energy to creating music for films. His eventual goal is to start a company solely dedicated to creating custom cultural/world music for films.

“I have filmmakers come to me and say they’re working on a particular project and need me to write the music for it. That has been one of my greatest passions … I would want to have a company devoted to creating custom music depending on what the film project is needing … I wanted to get more of a marketing background so I could really build the company and everything that it can be so I can continue to pursue what I love.”

To stay in the loop with Gareth, please visit:
Photo Credits: This is Citizen/Daniel Volland

-By Rachel Keyes
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Vol State Cop Turns Potter

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When you think of police officers, you may imagine them fighting crimes, keeping your neighborhood safe, or eating donuts at Krispy Kreme, but do you ever think of them being artists?

Phil Woodard served a total of 21 years in law enforcement, including here at Vol State, before giving up his badge for the feel of clay in his hands. Phil discovered his passion accidentally one night while securing the buildings on campus.

“Patrick Green is a professor of ceramics here, and I was fortunate enough to meet him while I was working here. I met him doing my rounds, checking the buildings, he was in there doing some pottery. I asked him about it, he showed me a little bit. I said, ‘yeah, that would be something that I’d want to try.’ So, I took the basic Intro to Ceramics and I liked it.”

Phil had already been taking classes at Vol State. “I was going to get a history degree. I wanted to eventually teach history at a university level. So I was going to go through and get a master’s degree in that and then I found pottery.”

Although not officially retired as a police officer, he doesn’t plan to return to the force. The goal for him is to make a living solely off of pottery.

“I just want to do something fun for the rest of my life and make some money off of it to pay the bills. I just want to be able to be comfortable and happy. I’m doing it because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do … I think I’m here now because it’s the right time.”

Phil won an award for Best Ceramics in April of 2018 at Vol State for his pottery displayed in the SRB Gallery. He is now working towards his A.F.A. and credited the Vol State Art Department for their continuous support and encouragement.

For more information on A.F.A. degrees, please visit:

-By Rachel Keyes

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Spring Break March 4-9

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A reminder that Vol State Spring Break is next week, March 4-9. There will be no classes and many faculty members will be gone. However, campus offices will be open for the usual business hours.
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Events this Week at Vol State

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Feb. 25                 Art Exhibit: Landon Crowell, through March 28, Vol State Art Gallery, SRB First FloorFeb. 25                 WKU representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 3 pmFeb. 26                 Lindsey Wilson College representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmFeb. 26                 College Transfer Fair, university reps on site, Nichols Dining Room B, 10am-2pmFeb. 27                 Nature’s Drummers, music performance, Caudill Auditorium, 12:30pmFeb. 28                 TN Tech Univ representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmFeb. 28                 THIS EVENT CANCELED: Author James Baldwin discussion, Laura Black, Rochelle Center of Thigpen, 1pmFeb. 28                 Let’s Talk About Body Image, presentation and discussion, Nichols Dining Room B, 2pm

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Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Visit the Campus

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Get ready for the Feb. 26 Transfer Fair on the Gallatin campus. There will be university reps on site, in the Nichols Dining Room B from 10am-2pm. Here are some more tips about transfer.Just like a postcard does not give you the full experience of visiting a popular vacation spot, there is only so much you can learn from a university’s website or brochure. You need to go in person!If you are interested in transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State, visit the campus. If you can, attend an event for prospective transfers. Why is this so important?

This is your opportunity to get to know the university and find out if it is the right fit for you! It does not matter if it was a good fit for your friend, significant other, parent, grandparent, etc. College should be a great experience for you. You owe it to yourself to find the right place. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your university campus visit:·         Take a tour, and get some freebies! Visiting in person gives you the “vibe” of the campus. How you feel when you are there is more important than you might think. We have known students who were all set to go to a particular university but as soon as they got there to visit or even to start school, the vibe was “off” for them and it did not feel right. We have also known students who were not excited about a school until they stepped onto the campus and realized what a great fit it was for them. It gets real when you go in person. Plus, you will usually get some free swag when you visit in person!·         Bring a friend or relative with you to your campus visit. Get their feedback as well. You’ll likely be on information overload by the end of the visit and your companion may have caught things you missed.·         Make an appointment to meet with a professor. If he or she allows, sit in on a class. How many students are in the class? Was the topic interesting and interactive? What were your impressions?·         What are the housing options? On campus and off campus? Is it required for you to live on campus as a transfer student? Are there residence halls or on-campus apartments designed for transfer students?When is the deadline to apply for housing? If you want to live off campus, how much does it cost to live nearcampus? Do you have to live far away from campus and fight traffic to find affordable off-campus housing? ·         How much does it cost to park on campus? Is public transportation available? Parking is often much trickier and more expensive at a university than at Vol State, especially for students commuting from off campus. If you live on campus at the university, you can walk to class rather than dealing with traffic and competing for a parking spot. Is public transportation (i.e. bus, subway, etc.) available? Do students get a discount to use these services?·         What is the town/city like? Do you prefer a suburban college town or a bustling, urban city? What is the climate? Is the campus in a safe area? Is there a security office or police department on campus? If you cannot afford to visit the campus or cannot take a day off work, etc., many universities have virtual campus tours that you can take online. You can also ask your transfer admissions counselor the above questions. But we highly recommend that you visit in person, especially if you have been admitted to the university and it has made your short list of options.Preparing to transfer to a university does not have to be overwhelming. The sooner you start researching, the more confident you will be about your next steps after you walk the stage and graduate from Vol State! Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larsonare full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair
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Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Financial Questions

1 month ago

Are you thinking about transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State but you’re concerned about how to pay for it? Universities cost more than community colleges, and Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect do not apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a university. But the good news is there are multiple ways to get money for school. Here are some things to look for:·         How much does it cost to attend the university? Get the actual amounts without financial aid or scholarships. If you paid completely out of pocket, how much would it be each semester? Can you do a payment plan? Most universities should have a “net price calculator” on their website to give you an estimate of the cost including aid. Remember that public universities in Tennessee usually cost less than colleges out of state. Also, private universities in Tennessee will typically cost significantly more than public ones because they are not funded by the state. No matter where you transfer, you will need to find out about financial aid and scholarships.·         How much does financial aid usually cover for most students? Most financial aid is awarded based on income. Submit your FAFSA to all universities to which you apply. Financial aid can include grants (free money from the government such as PELL), student loans (money you pay back after you have been out of school for a certain period of time), and scholarships (free money based on GPA, minority status, church affiliation, honor society membership, etc.) Sources of aid can include the federal and state government, the universities themselves, and also private sources. Colleges may have separate scholarship applications and deadlines apart from admissions, so check their websites. Once you have applied for university scholarships, look for private scholarships through search engines such as,, and ·         Are there scholarship opportunities for transfer students? Some universities reserve most of their scholarship money for entering freshmen. Other universities offer guaranteed scholarships for transfer students with associate’s degrees and certain GPA minimums. Scholarships vary widely based on the school, your financial need, academic merit, and other factors. Submit your FAFSA to all schools you are considering and apply for as many private scholarships as possible. Don’t assume that a bachelor’s degree is out of reach due to cost. There are many affordable, reputable universities out there. When you add in financial aid and scholarships, a bachelor’s degree can be very feasible. And, remember that the better your grades are at Vol State, the more opportunities you may have at universities.
Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larsonare full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair
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Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Academic Questions

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Are you considering transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State? It’s never too early to start checking out options. What do you need to know about the academic side? Here are a few questions to ask:·         Is the university regionally accredited? There are many different kinds of accreditations (i.e. regional, national, industry-specific, etc.) which demonstrate that a university has met a certain set of official criteria of excellence. Not all accreditations are the same! If a school is not regionally accredited, then it will be very hard for you to transfer credits from there to any other school if you decide to continue your education after graduating with them.·         Does the university have the major you want? If you aren’t sure what major you want to do, the Advising Center in Ramer 174 can assist you with major and career exploration. If you want to pursue a major that the university has but that Vol State does not, you might consider majoring in General Studies at Vol State. This degree program allows you more flexibility to take Vol State courses recommended by the university that don’t fit perfectly into another degree program. Contact the Advising Center at 615-230-3702 for more information.·         How competitive is the university and/or the major? Some schools have guaranteed objective admissions standards (i.e. a minimum GPA, ACT score, etc.) Others have a subjective, holistic approach in which they consider GPA and scores as well as writing samples, extracurricular activities, etc. Remember that being admitted to the university does not guarantee admission to your major of choice. Some majors (i.e. business, education, health sciences) have separate, often more rigorous, admissions standards. If there are a limited number of seats in the program, meeting the minimum criteria might not be enough to get admitted. If the university and/or major are competitive, make sure you have a less competitive backup plan.·         How will your Volunteer State credits transfer? It’s not enough to know if your credits will transfer. You need to know how they will transfer. Will they count as electives, or will they satisfy specific degree requirements? Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degrees are designed to transfer smoothly to all participating public universities in Tennessee and some private ones, but some universities do not always follow the TTPs perfectly. Also not every TTP is accepted by every university. It is always best to consult with an advisor at the university to make sure your classes will transfer smoothly. See if the university has an updated equivalency chart showing which Vol State courses are equivalent to which courses at the university.Knowing that a university is regionally accredited, has the program you want, and will accept your courses toward your degree of choice will help you to save time, money, and stress.  Lindsay Guenther  and Josie Larsonare full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.©2018 Lindsay Guenther, Josie Larson, Rebecca Adair
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This Week at Vol State

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Feb. 18                 Tennessee State University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 11 am – 2 pmFeb. 18                 Film Screening: 13th, documentary, Rochelle Center of Thigpen Library, 11:15amFeb. 19                 Film Screening: Thank-You for Your Service, veteran movie, Nichols Dining Room B, 11am-1pmFeb. 20                 Lipscomb University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmFeb. 20                 SkillsUSA info, Cookeville Atrium, 12:30-5pmFeb. 20                 Film Screening: 13th, documentary, public event, Nichols Dining Room B, 6pmFeb 21                   Cumberland University representative, Wood Campus Center main hallway, 10 am – 2 pmFeb. 21                 SkillsUSA info, Cookeville Atrium, 12:30-5pmFeb. 21                 International Film Series, Cinema Paradiso, Caudill Hall auditorium, 5:30pm
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