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Student Food Giveaway Now Includes Community

1 week 5 days ago


Vol State is working to keep students and their families fed. A new program is expanding that effort to also help the community. The Gallatin campus will be a pick-up site for a Farmers to Families Program food giveaway each Wednesday through December 23. There will be approximately 400 boxes to give out each week. The distribution will start with Vol State students at 10 a.m. and then, if supplies allow, continue for the public starting at 10:30 a.m. Each box contains two packages of meat, a gallon of milk, cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Vol State at Springfield is participating for student distribution only. Students should see their email for details.
This is part of an ongoing effort by the Vol State Office of Student Engagement and Support. They have operated the FEED student food bank for several years. Organizers say the need for food support has increased greatly with Covid-19 economic issues in the last year. The distribution will happen at the campus in Gallatin at 1480 Nashville Pike. Attendees should use the main entrance to the college, with the electronic sign, and look for the posted signs. For more information call 615-230-3492.

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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

1 week 5 days ago

November 16: Study Abroad Student Information Session at 10 a.m. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97099105343  November 17: “Nelson Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend – a virtual presentation and discussion with Christo Brand” at 11 a.m. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdeyuqDguH9wS-1sYOUq8di4tSPmRT1yF November 17:    SGA Meeting, 11:15am-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: ID: 326 397 332 November 18: Faculty International Education Information Session at Noon, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99358696804 November 19: Study Abroad Showcase at 11 a.m. Faculty members talk about the experience of Study Aboard. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErdeGprzMjHNUSqnSg697gxns_J6lfSESH 
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Details on Priority Registration for Current Students

2 weeks 3 days ago

Priority registration for current Vol State students is open now. Degree Works will list the classes you need for your degree path. Also talk to your academic advisor to make sure you are registering for the correct classes. Use priority registration to get the classes you need, at the times you want, and before new students.

Vol State will be offering courses in a number of different formats in Spring 2021, much in the same manner as we held Fall classes. To clarify some terms, we set up this graphic to help you choose. Most classes this semester will be Online: asynchronous, Virtual: synchronous, and Hybrid.  Check Schedule Planner for the details about meeting times and locations when you register. Here is some more info about course delivery methods: https://www.volstate.edu/coronavirus-disease/covid-adjustment

Here are some of the common codes we use:

Instructional Methods:

CON:      On-Site Face-to-Face

DVC:      Virtual Class: Synchronous

WEB:     Online: Asynchronous

RD1:       TNeCampus: Online Asynchronous

HYB:      Hybrid

Common Campus Codes:

63M:      Vol State Gallatin

V2J:        Vol State Cookeville

VA5:       Vol State Livingston

VB2:       Vol State Springfield

ZOZ:       Online




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Apply Now for Spring Semester - Classes Start January 19

2 weeks 3 days ago

It’s time to apply for Spring 2021 classes at Vol State. The college will have hundreds of courses to choose from in more than 100 areas of study. New students can apply now at www.volstate.edu/apply. The semester begins January 19.  Vol State online offerings come 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 via Zoom or other video platforms. The third type, hybrid classes, offer limited in-person class sessions, combined with online coursework. Vol State will have limited on-site face-to-face classes this spring on all four campuses, primarily focusing on courses that feature hands-on class work. Vol State students have a variety of free online academic support available, including math tutoring and help with papers, speeches and other assignments. Details here: www.volstate.edu/student-support-online
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Vol State Virtual Events this Week

2 weeks 5 days ago

Honoring the Legacy of Our Veterans:  A Visual TributeNovember 10 • 12:30 PMZoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckceitrjoqGNEeaJcMaA0jNlvzf-jmAmvq
November 11 (Two showings)11:11 AMZoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdumgqzguHNLDxOOJYzFe2h4Quay87U3c4:00 PMZoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdO2tqTksGNNeLyX9E9KYoqB9Nv6P5TKjNovember 12:    Study Abroad Student Information Session, 11:30am-12:30pm, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97099105343 
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Veterans Day Week Virtual Events

3 weeks 1 day ago

Honoring the Legacy of Our Veterans:  A Visual Tribute

Tuesday, November 10th • 12:30 PM

Zoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckceitrjoqGNEeaJcMaA0jNlvzf-jmAmvq

Wednesday, November 11th (Two showings)

11:11 AM

Zoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdumgqzguHNLDxOOJYzFe2h4Quay87U3c

4:00 PM

Zoom Registration Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdO2tqTksGNNeLyX9E9KYoqB9Nv6P5TKj

For more information contact:  diversityandinclusionatvolstate.edu

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International Education Week at Vol State

3 weeks 1 day ago

International Education Week is coming up at Vol State. Learn about Study Abroad opportunities for students and how you can participate. And join us on Tuesday for a very special guest speaker.

Monday, November 16: Study Abroad Student Information Session at 10 a.m. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/97099105343 


Tuesday, November 17: “Nelson Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend – a virtual presentation and discussion with Christo Brand” at 11 a.m. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdeyuqDguH9wS-1sYOUq8di4tSPmRT1yF

Wednesday, November 18: Faculty International Education Information Session at Noon, Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/j/99358696804

Thursday, November 19: Study Abroad Showcase at 11 a.m. Faculty members talk about the experience of Study Aboard. Zoom, https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErdeGprzMjHNUSqnSg697gxns_J6lfSESH

We’ll also have a drawing to award students a prize for participating in any of this week’s sessions.

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Vol State Virtual Event Features Nelson Mandela Jailer

3 weeks 1 day ago

Christo Brand, former prison warden and friend of Nelson Mandela, will share a living testimonial of Mandela’s time in prison and his release. Brand is one of a select few who can offer authentic insights into Mandela’s thoughts, reflections, and hope for humanity. It’s part of International Education Week at Volunteer State Community College and the public is invited to attend.

Brand was Mandela’s warden for twelve years and became a close friend of his – right up until his death in 2013.  At Mandela’s insistence, Brand co-wrote his autobiography titled Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend.  Mandela chose the title of the book. The presentation features slides showing personal letters, notes, and pictures. Participants will then have the opportunity to ask questions. The free event will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at www.bit.ly/3kZWrbn. The International Education program at Vol State includes student study abroad opportunities and special events.

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Join Us for these First-Generation College Student Celebration Virtual Events

3 weeks 5 days ago

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Vol State is joining in the national celebration of First-Generation college students with a series of events this week, marking the official First-Generation College Student Week.

· First-Generation student stories on social media.      

      Monday, November 2, 2020

·      Early Registration (Spring 2021) for students with 30 or more credits! Opens 8am.

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

·         Early Registration (Spring 2021) for all currently enrolled students! Opens at 8am.

·         SGA meeting - TRIO will speak about First-Generation and TRIO services.

o   All Campus Locations: Zoom, 11:15AM, Zoom ID: 326 397 332

 Wednesday, November 4, 2020

·         TRIO Virtual Open House - Hop on to learn more about TRIO. Students who are First-Generation, eligible for Pell Grant or who are registered with the Access Center could be eligible for TRIO services.  Applications are OPEN at www.volstate.edu/trio.

o   All Campus Locations: Zoom, Hop on Anytime between 10:00-11:00AM or 1:00-2:00PM

o   https://volstate.zoom.us/j/5054265318

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

·         Grab-n-Go for Livingston and Springfield students. Information tables including The Well, financial aid, and The Feed.  Students can schedule Spring 2021 advising appointments. We will hand out t-shirts, goodie bags and provide First-Gen information with First-Gen Buttons, limited availability.

o   Livingston:  10-11AM and 3-4:30 pm

o   Springfield: 10-11AM and 3-4:30pm

 

·         Student Engagement & Support will host a Just In Time virtual Jobs Fair.

o   All Campus Locations: 10:00AM-12:00PM

o   Participants RSVP to Student.Engagement@volstate.eduto receive the zoom link

 

·         Vol State’s 2nd Annual First-Generation Celebration, 1st Virtual event to celebrate First-Generation students, faculty, and staff. Everyone encouraged to wear First-Gen t-shirt or Vol State gear. Bring your lunch… Eat while Zooming.  Panel of First-Generation students, faculty and staff.

o   All Campus Locations: Zoom Webinar, 12:00-1:00PM

https://volstate.zoom.us/j/98054979565


·         National Joint Virtual First-Generation College Celebration by the Center for First-generation Student Success and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). You are welcome to participate by registering below. (You do not have to join to participate):

o   https://naspa.org/events/joint-virtual-first-generation-college-celebration1:00PM-2:30PM 


Friday, November 6, 2020

·         Student Engagement & Support will provide The Well Tables and coordinate The Feed drive-thru.  We will hand out t-shirts, First-Gen wrist bands and provide First-Gen information.

o   Gallatin: 12:00PM, Wood Parking Lot

o   Cookeville: 11AM-2PM; Drive Thru T-shirt and swag bag

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Spring Priority Class Registration Starts this Week

3 weeks 5 days ago

Priority registration for current Vol State students starts this week. Degree Works will list the classes you need for your degree path. Also talk to your academic advisor to make sure you are registering for the correct classes. Use priority registration to get the classes you need, at the times you want, and before new students.

Monday, November 2 at 8am - First day for currently enrolled sophomores to register (cumulative earned hours of 30 or more).

Tuesday, November 3 at 8am - First day for currently enrolled freshmen to register (cumulative earned hours of 29 or less).

Vol State will be offering courses in a number of different formats in Spring 2021, much in the same manner as we held Fall classes. To clarify some terms, we set up this graphic to help you choose. Most classes this semester will be Online: asynchronous, Virtual: synchronous, and Hybrid.  Check Schedule Planner for the details about meeting times and locations when you register. Here is some more info about course delivery methods: https://www.volstate.edu/coronavirus-disease/covid-adjustment

Here are some of the common codes we use:

Instructional Methods:

CON:      On-Site Face-to-Face

DVC:      Virtual Class: Synchronous

WEB:     Online: Asynchronous

RD1:       TNeCampus: Online Asynchronous

HYB:      Hybrid

Common Campus Codes:

63M:      Vol State Gallatin

V2J:        Vol State Cookeville

VA5:       Vol State Livingston

VB2:       Vol State Springfield

ZOZ:       Online

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Virtual Events this Week at Vol State

3 weeks 5 days ago


All Week: First-Generation College Student Celebration Virtual Events. Details here.

Nov. 2             Sophomores can start registration for spring classes for Priority Registration at 8am

Nov. 3             Freshmen can start registration for spring classes for Priority Registration at 8am

Nov. 3             SGA Meeting, 11:15-12:15pm, Zoom, Meeting ID: 326 397 332

Nov. 4             Study Abroad Student Information Session, 1-2pm, Zoom, volstate.zoom.us…

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First-Generation College Student Profile: Lori Martin

4 weeks 1 day ago


Vol State is joining in the celebration of First-Generation college students with profiles of students this week and a series of eventsnext week.

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Here is another of our student profiles:

Lori Martin

Lori Martin is a Tennessee Reconnect student who appreciates the flexibility of online learning. “When I first saw about TN Reconnect I thought that this is a sign from God,” she said. “I had completed some of my college way, way back in California. But I didn’t have a lot of support from my employer in terms of my schedule. If I had the ability to do online classes when I first went to school, things would have been a lot different.”

She said that the biggest issue with being a first-generation college student is that while her family is supportive, they don’t understand what she is going through. “They’re really excited and I get a lot of moral support from them. But you can’t commiserate with someone when you are having problems.”

Being a first-generation college student means that you are often on your own when trying to navigate the system. “It’s complicated. Sometimes you’re not sure who to talk to.”

Lori says that she is enjoying college now, but going to school and working a full-time job is a real commitment. “Somedays I question my sanity, but it really has been great. Everyone has been so supportive at Vol State.”

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First-Generation College Student Profile: Georgia Smith

4 weeks 1 day ago


Vol State is joining in the celebration of First-Generation college students with profiles of students this week and a series of eventsnext week.

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Here is another of our student profiles:

Georgia Smith

Georgia Smith has a clear path in mind for her future career. However, as a first-generation college student, the higher education part of the pathway has not been as straightforward.

“My family is very supportive,” she said. “They just didn’t have the opportunity to go to college. They don’t have that experience. So, I’ve had to rely on other people to ask questions.”

That isn’t the only challenge. She also helps to support her family by working.

“Tackling the workload at school and managing my work schedule and studies and home life was the hardest part. My family hit a bump in the road with health issues last year. It was hard for me to juggle all of that. It was an up and down roller coaster. But when your family needs help, you need to step up.”

Things are going better for her family now and she has her eyes set on graduation from Vol State next spring. Her career quest is quite well defined.

“I’m going to transfer to MTSU. I’ve already been accepted to the equestrian team. My long-term goal is to become an equine journalist.”

In the meantime, she offers this advice to other first-generation college students: “Reach-out for help and try not to feel overwhelmed. You can only do so much. You have to handle what you can handle.”

One way to get that help is with the assistance of academic support programs here on campus. Georgia is part of the TRIO program this semester. It provides extra academic and mentoring support for first-generation college students and others who may need assistance. To learn more about TRIO visit www.volstate.edu/TRIO

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First-Generation College Student Profile: Keshawn High

4 weeks 2 days ago


Vol State is joining in the celebration of First-Generation college students with profiles of students this week and a series of events next week.

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Keshawn High

 

Fredrick “Keshawn” High is from Gallatin and he had a familiar path to Vol State. He graduated high school in 2017 and then attended Vol State in the fall. But getting there was a bit tougher for him, because he is a First-Generation college student.

 

“My parents didn’t really know what to do,” he said. “It was kind of a struggle at first to figure it out. But eventually we did. I also had a good high school counselor and some teachers helped me with the things I needed to know about financial aid and scholarships.”

 

And that’s the bottom line for Keshawn- get help from people.  “Get a friend who has been to college or other adults who have been to college to help you.”

 

It’s not just a matter of getting to college, of course, but doing well in college. Keshawn found help with that as well, through the TRIO program. It’s provides extra academic support for eligible Vol State students, including tutoring and mentoring. First Generation college students or students with other learning issues can apply to TRIO.

 

“I was struggling in some classes last semester. I had help in TRIO with math and some other classes I had problems with. I passed them thanks to TRIO.”

 

For more information on the TRIO Student Support Services program at Vol State visit: www.volstate.edu/TRIO

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First-Generation College Student: Kelle Boles

1 month ago


A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Vol State is joining in the celebration of First-Generation college students with profiles of students this week and a series of events next week.

Kelle Boles

Kelle Boles was planning a traditional path to college. And then events intervened.

“I started college fresh out of high school,” she said. “I always had straight A’s in school. I was raised by my father. One month before I was supposed to start class he was in a tractor accident. He died. He was all I had. It was a struggle financially and I ended up withdrawing.”

There were a few more starts and stops in college and then she found out she was pregnant with her oldest daughter. “More than anything for my Dad, I wanted to go to school and be successful.”

Three kids and many years later she finally made the return to college by attending Vol State. She is a first-generation college student, with all of the challenges that entails. “The support part is a big issue. I know that none of my Dad’s family went to college or any of his cousins. I don’t know anyone who went to college.”

Kelle is studying again and things are going better, but that doesn’t mean it is any easier attending college. “It’s really overwhelming. I thought the break of being out of school so long would be a struggle, but it came back to me.”

Her goal is to graduate with a Vol State degree in elementary education and start a profession in the classroom. “I want to teach elementary school. I think the kids are more fun. I’m a big kid myself. I remember teaching my stuffed animals like it was a classroom. It’s been a lifelong dream.”

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First-Generation Student Profile: The Gooch Family

1 month ago


Vol State is joining in the celebration of First-Generation college students with profiles of students this week and a series of eventsnext week.

A First-Generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) did not complete a bachelor's degree and who is resilient, determined, driven, persistent, tenacious, hopeful, supportive, AND is a trailblazer who inspires others!

Check out this student story:

The Gooch Family

Here’s a unique way to overcome the challenges faced by first-generation college students: have the whole family attend at the same time. The Gooch family of Sparta currently has six members of the immediate family in college. Barbara Gooch is the mom. She’s due to graduate from Vol State this spring. She says that being able to help each other is a real benefit.

“It has been incredibly helpful. I’ve noticed how much more I understand since the first one went to school. And I can understand what they are going through. When they’re feeling overwhelmed, I understand.”

Barbara’s two daughters were the first to attend college, but both of them stopped for a while. They went back and now everyone can offer support.

“I think I would have been overwhelmed if it was just me at first, but having the other two in school helped. You need someone to help you with the college lingo. It takes a lot to understand all of the terms and technicalities.”

The college process can be complicated. And then there is the matter of juggling life and college coursework. “My second daughter just had a baby. She had to balance having a newborn and going to college.”

And it’s not just Barbara and the kids going to college. Her husband, Russell, also attends Vol State. He works full time, as well as her daughter. “Seeing them be committed to coming home from work and then do college is great. Some people may not realize how hard it is for adult students.”

Barbara doesn’t just help her family navigate college, she reaches out to other people who need help. “Because of that experience I’ve helped several students apply to college.” She even started a Facebook group page where students can ask questions and share challenges with each other. “My heart is to advise students and so it’s another way of outreach. It’s been nice to be able to help other people, because it can be really confusing.”

Barbara’s son will graduate from Tennessee Tech in May and she plans to attend Tech after graduating from Vol State. She has gone to school part-time thus far, due to all of her family commitments, but she has told everyone that she plans to attend university full-time.

“I have to concentrate to get this done,” she said, laughing.

Weddings and babies certainly provide life challenges for the adult student. Barbara said she is proud of what her family has accomplished. “We may all have different paths, but we’re trying to better ourselves with education. With ReConnect, we became responsible for taking this opportunity that was given to us. We are loving this journey.”

Here’s Barbara’s update on where things stand with the family and their education:

Vol State Cookeville students in the family:

Barbara Gooch (94' White County High) - me- General Ed Associates with hopeful transfer to Tenn Tech for a degree in something higher ed. Also, current OpenStax national intern (OER Advocate). Open Education Resource publisher. May 21'

Russell Gooch (92' White County High) - husband- General Ed Associates or Business Associates

Kelsey Heathco (11' White County High)- Psych Associate's - Has a 4 year old and due in November. Fall 21'

Tallen Gooch (15' White County High) - Mechatronics AAS and Mechanical Engineering Associate's. Has an infant. May or Fall 21'

TN Tech students in the family:

Spencer Gooch (17' White County High, Top Ten #6) TN Tech May 21' Double Major in Accounting and Finance Tech Academic Scholarship. Aside from dual enrollment classes, Russell and I started at the same time as Spencer when he went to Tech full time.

Trinity Gooch (18' White County High) Move on When Ready Early Graduate. Graduated 1 1/2 years early. TN Tech May 22' BA Education -English Second Language Tech Academic Scholarship



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Vol State Story Slam - Watch and Vote

1 month ago


We invite you to participate in the 2020 Vol State Story Slam! It’s simple - just watch and vote. Students in Communication classes created amazing video stories of hardship and triumph. You watch the four finalists on You Tube and decide which is best: https://bit.ly/34t9UCB

Then vote at: http://bit.ly/votestoryslam

The Virtual Story Slam will run Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 at 11:59 PM.

ALL members of the Vol State community are invited to vote (including staff, faculty, friends, and family).

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Spring Class Registration Starts Soon - Meet with Your Advisor

1 month ago


Spring priority registration is coming up soon for all current students, so it is time to make an appointment to meet virtually with your advisor. They will help you decide what classes you should take for the spring semester. Email or call your advisor to set up an appointment.  As a reminder, your assigned advisor is listed in Degree Works. The spring schedule is out now.  Priority registration for current students will start Nov. 2 for sophomores and Nov. 3 for freshmen. Get the classes you need at the times you want- use priority registration! 

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