Free Help with Math, Papers, and Speeches at the Learning Commons

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The Learning Commons is your one stop shop for academic support. There is a Learning Commons location on each Vol State campus. We all need help in one area or another. Give your grades a boost!
The Learning Commons in Gallatin has:
  • Assistance with papers, other written assignments, and speeches/presentations.
  • Help with eLearn Essay Drop-Off (you access via your class eLearn page)
  • Math tutoring for many classes, including math-based science classes
  • Tutoring in other subjects
  • Test preparation
  • Skill assessment and development
  • Help with online classes and eLearn use
  • Help using
Learning Commons locations on the other campuses vary in exactly what is offered, but they all have free academic support. The Learning Commons in Gallatin is located in the Thigpen Library building, first floor.

Details on the other campus locations here. 
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Vol State Events this Week

1 day 11 hours ago

Ongoing               Intercollegiate Student Art Show, works from colleges across TN, Art Gallery, first floor SRB, through Feb. 22Jan. 27                  The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaker, Nichols B, 11:15am-12:30pmJan. 28                  Student Club Information Tables, SRB second floor hallway, 11:15am-1pmJan. 29                  Spring Campus Kick-Off Fair, find out about campus resources and pick-up free lunch, Nichols Dining A and B, 11:15am-1pmJan. 29                  Movie: Selma, Nichols B, 5pmJan. 30                  Soul Food Lunch, celebrate Unity Week, Nichols Dining B, 11:15am-12:30pmJan. 30                  Movie: The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli Film Night, free and free food beforehand, SRB Room 150, 5:30pm
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Nursing Program Info Sessions

5 days 9 hours ago

The Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions over the next few months for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020.  The sessions will be held on the Vol State campus locations in Gallatin, Livingston, and Cookeville. Nursing program classes are held in Gallatin and Livingston.The application to apply will be available in March and be due in May. There 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.For the dates, times, and locations of the meetings please visit
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Questions about Vol State Technology? Answers Here

5 days 10 hours ago

Setting up Vol State technology for the first time? Or perhaps you are having problems? The IT Help Desk has resources to answer many questions. Click on these links for more info about commonly asked questions.1: My Vol State account password: Vol State campus wireless access: Office 365 questions: WEPA on-campus printing: Student email: you are still having issues you can call 615-230-3302 from any campus. If you are on the Gallatin campus you can also visit in-person. The I.T. Help Desk is located in the Learning Commons Room 123 in the Thigpen Library.
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Students: Three Things to Do Now

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We're launched into the semester. Here are three things to do now to get off to a great start!-Buy all of your required textbooks. If you are waiting on a refund you can read textbooks at the library in the meantime. Ask at the library front desk. Don't get behind on readings.-Keep a master calendar of all of your big assignments and keep checking the course schedule for each class.-Work ahead on the bigger assignments, especially research projects. Visit the Thigpen Library for help starting research.
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Free Academic Services to Help You Succeed in Your Classes

1 week ago

We want to remind everyone that we have free academic assistance available to all students on all campuses. Tutoring includes math and math-based science classes, as well as help with papers and speeches. Other resources include research assistance and programs for students who have specific needs.  We put many of these resources together for what we call the “College Success Zone.” It’s not an actual place, but rather a list of programs, by campus, that can help Vol State students. Visit
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Vol State Events this Week

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Jan. 21 Spring classes start
Jan. 21 Want to Make S’More Friends? S’mores and hot chocolate, Nichols Dining B, 12:45-1:45pm
Jan. 22 The Well Table, information about student support services, free lunch, SRB second floor hallway, 10:45am-11:15am.
Jan. 23 CAB Café: Do You Wanna Build a Snowman Cookie? Nichols Dining A, 12:45-1:15pm
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Student Spotlight: Tiara Harris

2 weeks ago
Tiara Harris with her supportive best friendNew student Tiara Harris, a recent high school graduate, is a true example of grit and hustle. Graduating from high school a whole semester early, she’ll be attending Vol State in the spring in Radiologic Technology. Harris has overcome adversity, from her having been adopted as an infant by her grandparents, to the serious health problems of some of her immediate family members.
Harris has a love for athletics and hopes to get involved here at Vol State, especially cheerleading. She and I also spoke about different club activities that she could get involved with, including the National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS).
-Savannah Stover

Introducing Your New Student Social Media Writer

2 weeks ago

Hello, Volunteer State Community College! I am Savannah Stover, Vol State’s newest social media writer and fellow student working toward a Speech Communications degree. Though I am taking the tortoise approach by only attending classes part-time, my ultimate goal is to go on to receive a degree in Public Relations or related field.I am an accidental student after a series of life events brought me back to the classroom as a 30-something adult, now with 7 small children. Yes, I said 7. Needless to say, I am busy! I love being a momma, I love school, and now I love being able to use my love for socializing with others and passion for writing in this capacity. Oh, and I love Starbucks.I will be spending my time walking around campus, visiting with students, looking for interesting stories to share with you. My goal is not to feature Vol State as a school, but to put a name and a face to it by sharing the stories of its people. Each student here has a story, a tragedy, a triumph that has made them uniquely them and I want to hear about it. Are you a UN Ambassador who knows 5 different languages? An award-winning musician? A single-mother caring for her children, working, and doing homework at midnight? The first in your family to attend college? A mature student, like myself, finally venturing into a college education? I want your stories! Even better if a cup of coffee is involved…! I’ll be sharing your stories on the Vol State blog, Facebook, and Instagram.If you have any story ideas or tips, you can contact me So, let’s chat! I look forward to getting to know you!
-Savannah Stover

Tips for New Students

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Hundreds of new students are kicking-off or continuing their college career this spring semester. Welcome to Vol State! Classes start the week of January 21. January 20 is a holiday. Here are a few tips for those first few days of classes:
1. Print up your schedule at home so you have it ready to go, before you get to campus. If you have a class scheduled for Livingston, CHEC, Cookeville, Springfield or Highland- those are different campuses, in different cities, not buildings. If you still don’t have a room assignment for a class, make sure it is not an online section unless that is what you intended. Online courses have a C in the course number. Contact the Division Office for that class if you have a question about location.2. Print up a Gallatin campus map to help you get around those first few days.The other campuses are in one building. If you have questions, ask at the front desk.3. Give yourself extra time for traffic and parking. It may seem a bit crazy the first couple of weeks; don't worry- parking and traffic both calm down later in the semester.4. Give yourself extra time to find classes.5. Ask for directions or help. The faculty and staff will be happy to assist.6. Attend all of your classes. Missing a class can put you behind. If you do have to miss a class, be sure to let the instructor know, check the course schedule, and do the assignments. Attendance during the first week is mandatory for you to receive financial aid. You won’t get a financial aid refund unless your attendance is taken.7. Have fun and enjoy college! We have many campus events planned this year, so stay tuned to social media and the calendar on the front page of our website for details:
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Advice for New Students by Current Students

3 weeks ago

Welcome to Vol State! A new semester is upon us and I understand the anxieties that can begin creeping in. I thought it would be helpful to hear what seasoned Vol State students suggested for ensuring the best academic experience possible.Students I talked with consistently impressed the need to be thorough in reading your class syllabus, paying special attention to due dates, “making a schedule and (navigating) eLearn,” Vol State senior Charles Cason advises. Vol State senior Josh Lampert says, “Don’t get behind and don’t procrastinate. Keep your GPA up. Many programs require a high GPA for acceptance (for example), any medical program.” Vol State senior Julia Bazenet says, when it comes to “big assignments, do a little bit everyday rather than waiting until the last minute.”Another frequently emphasized tip: study, study study. “You can never study too much,” advises Bazenet. Utilize the study rooms found in the campus library, she further suggests, “They’re out of your own room and away from distraction.”The most frequent advice given was to use every campus resource afforded to you as often as you need. Build positive relationships with fellow classmates for peer support and professors and don’t be shy to go pay them a visit in their office if necessary.  That’s what they’re there for. The unified goal is for your ultimate success. Don’t go it alone. “Don’t give up, there’s good help here. You are not alone,” said Daniel Walker, Vol State graduate and now on staff as a math specialist in the learning commons.I felt the best summary was in this succinct, humorous advice given by student Gillian Mraz: “Do your work, study, Quizlet all day every day, utilize your professor, check your friggin’ email.”Good luck to all newly incoming and returning students alike! Let’s make this semester great!-Savannah Stover


College Holiday Hours

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All Vol State campuses will be closed from December 23 to January 1. Offices will be back open January 2. Spring semester classes start on January 21 and there is still time to apply. That can be done at any time online:

If you are considering college here are some links:

TN Reconnect- tuition-free college for adults who do not have a college degree.

We have more than 100 academic areas of study. Explore them here.
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Graduate Profile: Melody Montgomery

1 month 2 weeks ago
Melody (center) with Vol State President,
Jerry Faulkner, and his wife Wanda.
Some college students explore academic majors to find out what they want to do for a career. For others, it is a calling that comes from experience, and sometimes that experience is not a positive thing.“My life has been spent in addiction,” said Melody Montgomery of Livingston. “I’ve been in and out of jail since I was young. I quit high school in the 10thgrade. I actually took one of my GED (high school diploma) tests in jail.”That initiative took her to Vol State at 43 years of age. She had a singular purpose: “I want to work with women who have been involved in drugs and alcohol,” she said. “I like showing people that there is hope; that there is a life beyond addiction.”She’s already making a difference as a house manager at a Christian reentry home in Cookeville. The facility helps people in recovery come back into the community. And her work doesn’t stop there. She and her husband, Danny, share their tough experiences on the road.“My husband found the Lord in prison and today we do prison ministry all across the Southeast.”You would imagine, with that kind of enthusiasm for helping others, that Melody would be fond of public speaking. That wasn’t the case.“Cindy Tallent taught my Speech class at Vol State. She pushed me way outside my comfort zone. She believed in me when I didn’t. I am not a speaker. And yet, I went to a state competition for public speech and won bronze.”She also served as a President’s Ambassador at Vol State, a prestigious scholarship program that involves many public events.  Montgomery is considering attending Tennessee Tech for social work. She said she will miss the faculty and staff at Vol State. “Vol State has been my home. The people at the Livingston campus have been my family. I was so nervous going in and everyone made me feel comfortable.”Husband Danny and her son, 23-year-old Coty Ray, will watch Melody walk across the graduation stage on Saturday.
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Graduate Profile: Rachel Burke

1 month 2 weeks ago

Homeschooled students may have different challenges during their college journey because of their different learning environment.  This is true for graduate Rachel Burke, with this being her first and last semester at Vol State. 
She started this semester as an English Education major after transferring from Jefferson State Community College in Alabama. 
“When I got into college and started taking classes, I got into writing.  I like taking apart works of literature,” said Burke, “I want to teach because I want to help someone like how my mom helped me.”
Burke was homeschooled before coming to college, and said her mom was her teacher and role model.  When her mother taught her, she prepared them for the workload of college with difficult classes to teach them how to stay responsible and accountable during school. 
Throughout her academic journey, Burke said she has moved a couple times and has attended different schools, but her Vol State experience sticks out from the rest. 
“I was pleased….  People did their jobs more [at Vol State], and they found the Pell Grant for me, even when I didn’t know I was eligible for it.  Realizing I had this option was probably one of my most memorable moments here,” said Burke, “I was also surprised by how many events Vol State has.  The other community college I went to did one or two things a year, but this has a ton.” 
On the path to graduation, Burke’s biggest struggle has been getting through her art class
“I was told I was ok going into it, but I would not have said I was ok.  I thought I was very bad, but it’s honestly just a lot of work,” said Burke, “I’ve put in a lot of time on it, and I’m pleased with where I stand now.”
After graduation, Burke said she plans on continuing her education at Belmont University in the spring semester. 
For students who have some time to go before graduation, Burke said, “Work with your teachers.  If you’re willing to work, they’re willing to work with you.  If you put in the effort, they’ll meet you.  You may even get more than you expected if you try it.”

-Gloria Cortes
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Graduate Profile: Austin Bonebrake

1 month 2 weeks ago

As a high school student, Austin Bonebrake envisioned himself in a hands-on profession someday, such as welding or working in a machine shop. The sophomore thought there was plenty of time to decide his exact path. That all changed with one brutal moment in the winter of 2015.“I was in a sledding accident. I hit a tree head first. It left me paralyzed,” he said.Specifically, he broke his C-6 vertebrae and suffered severe damage to his C-5 vertebrae. He was suddenly quadriplegic, with some limited use of his hands. He worked through rehab and intense pain in that recovery. He learned how to operate a wheelchair. However, it was not just the many serious physical adjustments he needed to make to get his life back on track. He needed a new career plan.“I figured that being hurt it would be hard to find a job without an education. I knew that I liked being outdoors, so that’s why I chose environmental science. I like to problem solve and find solutions.”That brought him to Vol State with TN Promise. College requires a lot of course work for students and for Austin there were also many physical hurdles to overcome, such as how to take notes in class and write assignments.“I don’t have much hand function, so I do the work on my iPad. I have a PDF viewer app and I use my pinky to write. I takes a bit longer to do assignments.”Transportation from Portland to the Gallatin campus was also an issue. “My mom has had to get up every day to drive me and I need extra time to get to class.”That may be changing soon. “I’ve been working with Voc Rehab, so I should begin driving in January.” Austin’s family purchased a truck and the Vocational Rehab program in Gallatin paid for the equipment necessary for Austin to drive. That will fit in well with his plans after graduation in December. He is transferring to Western Kentucky University to study biology, perhaps with a minor in environmental science.“This major has challenged me to think out of the box and find new ways to problem solve. I’ve enjoyed all of my environmental science classes. Assistant Professor Erin Bloom has been my go to person. She’s helped me keep my head up.”Austin has been nominated for Outstanding Graduate. His instructors mention his willingness to get extra help and to ask questions after class. He still deals with quite a bit of pain from his injuries and side effects from medications. Yet, his college career is defined by his resilience.“When it first happened it was difficult to cope with,” he said. “But as time goes on you get into your own groove. You just have to go for it.”
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Graduate Profile: Gloria Cortes

1 month 3 weeks ago

The chiming notes you hear in a marching band are marimbas. They look like a xylophone and are played with mallets. Marimbas are part of the percussion section. Vol State fall graduate Gloria Cortes plays the marimbas and other percussion instruments. She says the marching band experience is transformative.“I first started taking drum lessons in sixth grade and then I joined middle school band,” she said. “While I was in high school I also joined an independent band, as well as playing in the school band. I can’t even describe it. It’s the best feeling ever. You’re playing music with your best friends.”So, why would a musician go to school at a college that doesn’t have a marching band? TN Promise is one reason and other is focus. Cortes wants to focus on her academics. But she may look for opportunities to combine the two in the future. Her other passion is communication.“I’m interested in writing and talking to people- creating a relationship or a connection in just ten minutes. I really enjoy interviewing people.”You have probably read some of Gloria’s stories. She worked as the Student Social Media Writer for the college this semester. She was also the assistant editor for the Settler student newspaper last year. “I liked being able to form connections with people around campus. It’s informative and I felt better connected to the college.”Not surprisingly, Gloria is a communication major at Vol State. “I like how my Communication classes give you a sense of what your career is going to be like.”That’s something she is starting to consider. Her next step is the Communication Program at MTSU. After achieving her four-year degree, she hopes to find a way to tie music and communication together.“Doing media or PR for a marching band would be great.”And her advice to new students?“Just go to anything with free food. You’re bound to meet other cool people there. When you start talking to people and making connections it makes college much more enjoyable.”
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Graduate Profile: Clay Sims

1 month 3 weeks ago

College is not a straight path for many students; each student has a unique academic journey, and it can be easy to feel lost in life sometimes.  Graduate Clay Sims is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 
Sims transferred to Vol State in the fall of 2018 after losing his ROTC scholarship at a Florida university.  He was admitted to a psych ward. 
“I really wanted to be an officer in the army, but with my medications and my mental history, I couldn’t really do that anymore.  I had to move on with my life,” said Sims.
After accepting a new life challenge, Sims transferred to Vol State and tried different health science majors before finding one that he held his interest: Radiologic Technology.
“I was first here for Veterinary Technology, but it wasn’t really what I wanted to do.  Then over the summer, I was part of a program to be a nurse assistant.  I liked helping the people there, but I didn’t really have a passion for it,” said Sims, “Now, I plan to major in Radiologic Technology, and to me it seems like a job where you use your brain more than your body, which I really like.”
Now that finals are right around the corner, Sims shared how he successfully studies by himself, which is to put all of his energy into it with no distractions.
“I would just power through it, and not play video games or watch movies until I get to the end,” said Sims, “To be honest, afterwards I just sit there with no clue of what to do because school just programs you to do all of this work.  It feels like you have to learn how to live again.”
For advice to students struggling in classes, he said, “Having a study group can be really helpful.  I joined one for my anatomy and physiology class, because it’s a difficult course, and I’ve found a group to be a part of.  I’ve found friends and people to talk to,” said Sims, “It makes going to school more enjoyable.  I’ll reminisce on the times we got our work done and then talked and laughed together.”
Now as a graduate with more wisdom and reflection, Sims has learned what it takes to get through school, and describes it as a personal commitment to graduating.
“Your grade is not just determined by your intelligence, but your attitude and your responsibility to keep up with your work…. You need the will and the courage to continue.  Everything is a choice, and you need to know how to choose responsibly,” said Sims.

-Gloria Cortes
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Christmas Concerts this Weekend

1 month 3 weeks ago
Vol State students will be performing Christmas music in Gallatin and Nashville this weekend.

In Gallatin, “Christmas Past and Present” will feature several groups from the Performing Arts Department: the Commercial Music Ensemble, the Jazz Music Ensemble, and the Vol State Showstoppers. The concerts also mark the release of a CD of Vol State student work. This year’s CD will be for sale at the shows. The concerts will be held on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall. The show time is 7:30 p.m. each evening. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Vol State Steinway Piano Fund. Admission and a copy of the “Christmas Dreams” CD will be $10.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Vol State Singers perform with the West End United Methodist Church Choir for a Christmas Concert at the church in Nashville, 2200 West End Blvd. There is a new time for this concert. It is now to be held at 4pm.

For more information contact the Office of Humanities at 615-230-3202.
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Graduate Profile: Rachel Keyes

1 month 3 weeks ago

Everyone’s college experience is different, and like most things in life, it heavily depends on the effort and investment people put in.  Graduate Rachel Keyes truly puts the “community” in Volunteer State Community College with her involvement in her college experience. 
Keyes began her journey at Vol State as a general studies major in the fall of 2013, but took a break before she finished her degree.  She came back to school in 2017 and will graduate this December with an associate degree in foreign language- French. 
“I was a General Studies major initially and needed a foreign language for my degree.  The reason I chose French was because I had recently gotten married, and I wanted to communicate with my [then] husband's family, who spoke French and Arabic,” said Keyes, “I developed a love for it, continued taking classes, and it just became my major.  I have a deep interest in language and linguistics.  Studying French only deepens that love and fuels my curiosity.  The marriage didn't work out, but the language thing did.”
Balancing a personal life with academic challenges- along with work duties for many students- is one of the hardest parts about getting through school.  Without personal perseverance and support from others, graduation can seem impossible.
“My greatest challenge through my Vol State career was holding down all of my responsibilities and keeping my mind intact while surviving a toxic marriage.  I had to hit rock bottom before I had the strength to leave for the last time,” said Keyes, “My mother is my biggest advocate, hero and angel.  I've also had an incredible network of support at Vol State.  So many people have had a massive, profound impact on my life.  I've collected more than a few folks here that I'll hold onto for a lifetime.”
To help get through school, Keyes created her personal support group at Vol State by getting involved more on campus. 
“During my first experience at Vol State, I was a DJ for WVCP. During my second, more-serious stint, I worked in Public Relations for almost two years, and within that time I spent a year as one of Dr. Faulkner's ambassadors. I was an editor of Pioneer Pen and part of the Honors Program, TRIO, and SKD,” said Keyes.
Keyes said she will walk in the graduation commencement ceremony, and afterwards, she said she plans on taking some time to finally invest in herself.
“I'm taking the time and space that I've needed to get crystal clear on the direction I want my life to keep moving in. I'm considering a few options for where I'll continue education and such. I'm a bit spontaneous, so only time will tell what I end up doing next.”
For those struggling on the path to graduation, Keyes suggested, “Trust the process of your life and allow it to unfold.  Lean into yourself and allow the weight of your burdens to strengthen you to overcome them.  Trust what you know to be true at the core of who you are because the truth will always prevail.”

-Gloria Cortes
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