Three Tips for Doing Well in Your Classes

13 hours ago
We hope everyone has a great Spring Semester. Here are three tips for doing well in your classes and getting closer to your graduation goal.
1. Attend your classes. It may seem simple, but it is the most common reason why students fall behind and get poor grades. If you do have to miss a class, email your instructor to get caught up.2. Get organized. If you let assignments pile up you will become overwhelmed. Every class should have a course schedule that describes due dates for the semester. Start your own personal calendar to remind you of what you should be working on and when it is due. Do this for all of your classes.3. Ask for help. If you don’t understand something ask the instructor. You can do that during class or after. If you want extra help with papers and assignments use the free Learning Commons services available on each campus. You can get assistance with math homework, math-heavy science homework, papers, and assignments. Visit this website for details:
If you run into big problems be sure to contact Advising on your campus. In Gallatin the Advising Center is located in room 174. Or you can call them at 615-230-3702.
You can do this! We’re here to help you succeed.
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Las Vegas Artist Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

1 day 14 hours ago
The work of Las Vegas artist Erik Beehn is on display at the Vol State Art Gallery. The exhibit will be an installation, meaning that Beehn will build some of the art on location. The show is based on the novel “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.“The exhibition, ‘Some Sort of Conclusion,’ presents a visual interpretation of the story as a platform to pose conversations around agency and empathy. Processes of mechanical reproduction are employed to unique results with specific interest in observational paintings evolution into abstraction,” Beehn said. The Vol State show runs until February 14. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) Humanities Building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 615-230-3202. Pictured: A Erik Beehn installation in Las Vegas. His Vol State work will be customized for this exhibit.
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Events this Week at Vol State

2 days 14 hours ago
This week at Vol State:Jan. 14 Erik Beenh art exhibit, Vol State Gallery, First floor of SRB, through Feb. 14Jan. 15 Spring Campus Kick-Off, info about student clubs and activities, Wood Campus Center 11:30pm-1pmJan. 16 Spring Campus Kick-Off, info about student clubs and activities, Wood Campus Center 11:30pm-1pmJan. 17 CAB Café: the Arcade, mini-golf and video games, Cafeteria, 11:30am-2:30pmJan. 21 All campuses Closed for MLK, Jr. Day, No classes
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Graduate Profile: Bobby Wilson

1 week 2 days ago

Student veteran and fall graduate Bobby Wilson has experienced lots of change in his life. Now, he’s embracing change by embarking on a new career path. Bobby spent five years in the Air Force as a structural mechanic; he then continued in the aviation industry for a total of 21 years. After multiple layoffs in his field, he felt that job security was non-existent. Bobby pondered going back to school for a while and decided to go for it. With some past experience in aviation law, a second career in law seemed like a natural fit. He also discovered a grant which would pay for his first two years called the Trade Readjustment Act. He chose to take his first steps towards his law career at Vol State.

“People who qualify for this are those whose jobs have been relocated out of the country. I found out by accident about it, just by digging around,” he said. Discovering this sealed the deal to attend college.

“I thought, ‘I’ve done been in this business so long, I figured, ya know, maybe I just need to get out of it while I’ve still got time.’ Even if I became physically disabled I could continue to work. So, if what little bit of brain I have continues to work, I can still make a living.”

Bobby will attend Tennessee State University’s Criminal Justice program conducted on Vol State’s campus; his end goal is to attend law school.

“It was the quickest most expeditious route to get to law school,” he said. “I thrive in the (law) environment and reading the nuances of the law.” Bobby aims to eventually pursue administrative law.

Bobby has expressed his positive experience at Vol State: “I have really liked Vol State. I was apprehensive as you could imagine, coming back into this environment … I thought, ‘How will these young people look at me?’ But it’s been a pleasant experience. I’ve made some really good acquaintances. I would highly recommend Vol State.”

Bobby is excited about his transition to TSU and plans to return to work in January while attending school full-time next semester. Bobby is a husband and father to four; he is one of 24 veterans graduating this Saturday.

-By Rachel Keyes
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Student Assistance Through AJC at CHEC in January

4 weeks ago

CHEC students- There may be help available to you that you might not even realize, including financial resources, transportation, child-care, and assistance with job searching. The Cookeville American Job Center (AJC) will be on the CHEC campus from January 2 to 10 from 9:30am to 2:30pm each weekday. Check to see what they may have for you. These dates are before classes start, primarily because you need to get enrolled in these programs now. Look for the AJC in the main lobby!
The AJC works with Tennessee and U.S. Department of Labor via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  WIOA improves access to job training and education opportunities for people who have traditionally faced barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, out-of-school and at-risk youth, youth in foster care or young adults who have aged out of foster care, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others.  WIOA emphasizes pursuing and obtaining post-secondary education, training and other credentials as a foundation for improving career prospects for the long-term. WIOA and the AJC also provides resources to Veterans and their families.
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Register Now for Spring Classes - Start January 14

4 weeks 1 day ago
Current students- be sure to register for Spring Semester classes before the holidays. Classes start January 14. If you need help visit Advising on your campus. New and readmit students need to apply first:

You will be able to register for classes up until the first week of classes. However, the earlier you apply and register, the better choice of classes and class times you will have. Beat the rush - get it done now!
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Upper Cumberland Christmas Parades

4 weeks 2 days ago
The Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) and Vol State at Livingston have been participating in Christmas parades. CHEC entered a float in the Cookeville parade that students worked to decorate.They had great participation. Vol State at Livingston had the Vol State Campus Police car in the Overton, Clay, Pickett and Jackson Parades.

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Graduate Profile: Joy Johns

1 month ago
Fall graduate Joy Johns has always known she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but she wasn’t sure exactly what. She began at Vol State as a Pre-Health Professions major before realizing her calling to become a nurse. Her career path became solidified while caring for her grandfather with dementia.

“He had dementia for about eight years and then he had a stroke, he could barely function. He couldn’t really walk by himself and he started declining so much after that,” she said.

“The more I was looking into it, the more I felt like I should be a nurse … I just really felt a calling for it. One thing I look forward to is to be able to encourage others more than I am right now, and also to help them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I definitely need to focus on living up to fullest potential so I can help others live up to their fullest potential. It gives me so much energy to be able to pour love and care into a person.”

Joy said that she will miss many things about Vol State including the students, professors, and her classes, but she feels well prepared for her next step to Tennessee Tech University. Vol State is also sentimental to her because her mother and grandmother are alumni, and some of her siblings have gone or currently go here.

“I’ve been so blessed. Every year before I sign up for classes, I’ll pray for good professors and good classes, and even on the classes that I don’t necessarily like, I’ll ask for it to be enjoyable, and they really have been … I wish I could just start naming teachers, but all of them are so good … Just taking this next step, I’ve realized how much Vol State has helped me to prepare for taking new steps.”

Joy gives credit to God, her family, and her fiancé Nate, whom she will be marrying in January, for being her biggest supporters.

-By Rachel Keyes
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Help for Brightwood and Virginia College Students

1 month 1 week ago
The closure of Brightwood College and Virginia College locations in the Nashville area has left many students wondering what to do next. Volunteer State Community College has an information session planned for Thursday, December 13. The goal is to let the students know what options they have in continuing their education at Vol State. The college offered similar help to students after the ITT closure in 2016. It is difficult when assisting students from for profit institutions, because the classes and programs often don’t have the same accreditation as state and private colleges and universities. Students will be able to meet with admissions advisors from Vol State about transferring credit and financial aid. The meeting will take place at 6pm at the Hampton Inn at Providence at 5001 Crossings Circle in Mt. Juliet.  For a complete list of the credit programs offered at Vol State visit Vol State has set up a web page for Brightwood and Virginia College students:
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In Case of Weather Issues Monday

1 month 1 week ago
There may be weather issues on Monday. Vol State notifies students of delays and closings via text message and the front page of the website at Because next week is finals week, if we do have weather changes it will require more communication, so you will also need to check your student email for details on when finals will be rescheduled. Also check eLearn for direct messages from your instructor for each class. Be aware that Vol State does not close in conjunction with county schools.
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Events Coming up at Vol State

1 month 1 week ago
Events at Vol State:Dec. 8 Voice Juries, SRB 151, 10am-3pmDec. 8-13 Final ExamsDec. 14 College to Career seminar, Nichols Dining Room, 7:30amDec. 15 Fall Graduation, Pickel Field House, 10am
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Geology Student Field Trip to the Smoky Mountains

1 month 2 weeks ago
A group of Vol State Geology students had the opportunity to take their education out into the field recently, as part of the Tennessee GEOPATHS program. Tennessee GEOPATHS is an NSF funded program designed to help students from community colleges who are considering transferring to four-year geology and physical geography programs at UT-Knoxville. The students traveled to the Smoky Mountains for the overnight field trip. They will have another trip this coming spring as part of the program. Faculty member Clark Cropper organized the trip. From left to right are: Chynna Graves, Jabresha Chatman, Hunter Crowson, Katie Ingram, Christian Garrison, and Ethan Denson.

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Christmas Dreams Concerts this Weekend

1 month 2 weeks ago

Come enjoy seasonal music and original songs featuring The Showstoppers, The Vol State Singers, the Vol State Jazz Ensemble, The Commercial Music Ensemble and Bluegrass Ablaze. Other students and faculty from the music and theater departments will also perform. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Vol State Steinway Piano Fund. The concert also celebrates the release of a CD of student music. The CD will be available for $5.
Here is a taste of the performance from a Vol State Showstoppers rehearsal and recording for the CD.
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Some Classes Will Have Digital Engagement Textbooks Next Semester

2 months ago
Vol State is introducing a convenient and affordable new program that delivers your digital textbook (e-text) by the first day of class at a significantly reduced cost compared to hard-copy textbooks. And, the cost of the textbook is included as part of your tuition or fees.  
Registering for your classes and then buying your textbooks used to be two separate events. Through the Digital Engagement program, you can experience additional convenience with automatic delivery and immediate accessibility to your course textbooks.You can eliminate the time spent searching for deals on books AND you no longer have to worry about getting the wrong book or edition.  The program guarantees you’ll have the textbook you need from day one, making it easier for you to prepare for class and be successful in your course. The following courses will be part of this new program for classes in the spring 2019 term:
Course Title Section/CRN Day/Time Instructor E-Text Cost COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication 4 (17196) MW 12:45-14:10 Karen Johnson $47.95 ENGL 1020 English Composition II 17 (15583) MW 14:20-15:45 Sarah Crotzer $33.20 ENGL 1020 English Composition II 38 (11724) TR 14:20-15:45 Sarah Crotzer $33.20 ENGL 1020 English Composition II C03 (12228) Online Sarah Crotzer $33.20 INFS 1010 Computer Applications 6 (11332) TR 12:45-14:10 Phillip Hearn $108.25 INFS 1010 Computer Applications C01 (11343) Online Abbas Imam $108.25 MUS 1030 Introduction to Music 3 (11762) MW 8:00-9:25 Lynn Peterson $72.00 MUS 1030 Introduction to Music 4 (11763) MW 12:45-14:10 Ben Graves $72.00
When you register for any of these courses, you are automatically signed up to receive youre-textbook. A few weeks before classes start, you will receive an email with a link to access your textbook. If you change your mind and would rather purchase a print copy from a retailer of your choice, the email will include easy instructions to ‘opt-out’ of the program and will remove the e-text charge from your student account.
Top 10 Reasons to Digitally Engage
1.      Speed of Delivery – A digital textbook can be downloaded immediately.2.      Easily Portable - Digital textbooks can be carried on a small laptop or e-reader, enabling students to carry virtually hundreds of e-textbooks.3.      Easy Search - The search functions make finding any information on the digital textbook quickly. Most e-readers allow notes to be tagged to specific words or paragraphs of a book. This helps students to take clear notes in their digital textbooks.4.      Highlighting - The highlighting function allows students to mark important parts of the digital textbook for easy study later.5.      Copy and Paste - The copy and paste functions allows students to quote sections of textbooks in their references, without having to re-type them.6.      Audio - As digital textbooks can be easily converted to audio files, it helps students to listen to their lessons when driving or walking to campus.7.      Cheaper - Digital textbooks are cheaper compared to traditional textbooks, sometimes as much as 50 to 70 percent less than first edition print texts.8.      Environmentally Friendly - Environmentally conscious students prefer leaving a smaller carbon footprint.9.      Quick Updates - Traditional textbooks become obsolete quickly while e-textbooks can be updated with current information.10.  Font Adjustments and Night Time Reading - E-readers make it convenient to adjust the size of the text and come with back lighting or built-in reading lights, making nighttime reading easy.If you have any questions about the program, please contact your advisor or your campus bookstore representative Please note that the cost of the eBook is not covered by TN Promise or TN Reconnect and so must be paid out of pocket or with other Financial Aid.
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