It's Time to Get Ready for Fall Classes. Video info sessions and more to help.

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All campus locations (Gallatin, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield) are closed to foot traffic from students and community members. Offices are open online and via phone. See below for a list.Apply Now for Fall Classes

Vol State Fall 2020 Classes are Changing 

The adjustments will help us handle whatever comes up next in the COVID-19 health crisis. If you have registered for fall classes, some of your classes may have changed to include more online components. Every student should check now for changes. We will still have limited on-campus classes this fall, but to keep the number of students on our campuses at a safe level, where we can practice social distancing, we are utilizing the power of online learning to supplement classes.

For students who have already applied and registered for fall classes: you can see if a class that you have already registered for has been adjusted by accessing Schedule Planner via My Vol State. We also have a video and written instructions to take you through it step-by-step: www.volstate.edu/covid-adjustment

For new students or people considering college: We are adding more online components to make us flexible. We will have limited in-person classes on our campuses, primarily focusing on courses that feature hands-on class work. Our Online offerings have expanded to include the versions listed below. Students can register for all of these classes now. New students will need to apply first at www.volstate.edu/apply. The semester begins August 24.

Here are the basics. We will be offering classes primarily in four formats:

· Online – Fully online classes within eLearn, as we have usually done them. These are labeled Online: Asynchronous, meaning you can log in and receive instruction and do your work at any time. Asynchronous means there are no assigned class times, but there will be assignment due dates each week.

· Virtual Classes will use a videoconferencing service (for example, Zoom) to meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. eLearn will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled Virtual Class: Synchronous, which just means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings. Our videoconferencing services are free. Software may be downloaded directly from volstate.edu.

· Hybrid – A combination of online or virtual and an on-site, in-person component. The idea is to limit the number of class meetings.

· On-Site Face-to-Face – Traditional classes occurring at one of our campuses. This is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.

If you are new to online learning, that is not a problem. We will walk you through it. Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. We use an online system called eLearn. It’s a web page that will have your classes and assignments. Please take a few minutes to visit this explanatory web page and get acquainted with eLearn: https://www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess

We also have online Zoom info sessions available to get you acquainted with our online learning system. You can sign-up here: www.volstate.edu/virtual-sessions

We have computers and other IT related resources that may be provided if you need assistance

No matter what happens this summer or fall with COVID-19, we are ready to support you in your classes and help you do well in those classes. We’ll be in touch with new information periodically, so please keep checking your student email regularly and visit the Vol State website and the Vol State Facebook page for timely updates.

Advisors are available to help if you have questions. Email advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702 to set up an online or phone appointment.

Apply Now for Fall

Vol State will be teaching hundreds of classes this coming fall semester. The semester begins August 24. Registration is open now. New students will need to apply first.

Students who are taking a break from their university can apply to take fall classes. We have hundreds of general education courses that can be used for credit at many universities. For a list of what classes we have available visit this link.

TN Promise students who have met their requirements for the program are also welcome to join us. If you have not applied to Vol State yet please do so now, before fall classes fill up. Visit www.volstate.edu/apply

If you want to build new career skills using the tuition-free TN Reconnect program, now is the time to apply. The primary eligibility requirement is that you not already have a college degree. Visit this page for everything you need to do to apply with TN Reconnect: www.volstate.edu/reconnect

You can make an appointment with an Admissions Advisor for an online or phone meeting. Visit www.volstate.edu/recruiter

Do you need help filling out the FAFSA financial aid form? We have special Zoom sessions coming up that can help. Email financial.aid@volstate.edu to sign-up.

No matter what your reason for applying, we’re here to help you succeed. If you have questions email admissions@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3688.

New Academic Programs

Medical Assisting

Get ready to take your place in the fastest growing health care profession in the nation with the new Medical Assisting program at Vol State. You’ll train to work in a doctor’s office or a healthcare clinic. That can eventually lead to a career in management and administration. Duties of the medical assistant include, but are not limited to: recording case histories, taking vital signs, giving injections, EKG work, help with lab testing, and assisting the doctor in the setup and performance of minor office surgeries. Vol State offers a two-year associate of applied science degree that can prepare you for entry level work in healthcare. Best of all, Vol State is a proven leader in healthcare education in Tennessee. Adults who don’t already have a college degree may be able to attend tuition-free with TN Reconnect.  Apply now, classes start in August. Visit www.volstate.edu/medical-assisting for details.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education: English A.S.T. (TTP)

Secondary Education: Math A.S.T. (TTP)

Secondary Education: Social Studies  A.S.T. (TTP)

These are two-year degree programs with a focus on the coursework necessary to keep students on par with other students entering their junior year majoring in Secondary Education- English, Math or Social Studies  at a four year institution. Students majoring in Secondary Education typically get their Bachelor of Science degree and teach a specific discipline at the secondary level in public or private schools. The TTP designation means that they fit Tennessee Transfer Pathways for specific university programs. Visit: https://www.volstate.edu/academics/social-science-and-education/education

Help for Students

The Thigpen Library and Learning Commons are now open Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm for current students and staff/faculty (no visitors at this time). 

The Learning Commons is open for student computer use. All tutoring is still being held online. You can do that by visiting: https://libguides.volstate.edu/cv19/lc

The library is open for student computer use (limited to the first floor) and materials pickup. The second floor remains closed at this time.

Students are encouraged to email their request for materials ahead of time to circulation@volstate.edu so materials will be ready for them upon arrival.

All students and staff will be expected to follow campus safety protocols - they must fill out the screening form, wear a mask, maintain adequate distance from others, etc.

All visitors to the Library and Learning Commons must use the entrance across from the Mattox Building. The main entrance at the Library Lawn is closed.

All Vol State bookstore locations are open online, but closed to visitors. Student book renters can ship their rentals back using a bookstore provided FREE FedEx label. You will find all of the details, including how to print the label, in your student email. Simply print the label, box your rentals, apply label, and drop at any FedEx ground drop off site.  A quick google search for FedEx ground drop off locations will provide the closest location for your area. If you have any questions or issues with accessing the FedEx label - please contact the bookstore directly at 615-230-3636 or 0655mgr@follett.com

Student Resources

These Vol State offices are staffed virtually during normal business hours to receive phone calls and emails.

Online Library Resources

Thigpen Library – Available by phone, online chat, email and online services only. 

There are many research tools and other online help available on the Library web page.

Here are some tips from veteran online students to help you be successful with online classes. We will also have daily tips and info on our Facebook page.

Tutoring and Academic Support

Learning Commons – Closed to the public.  Academic Assistance is available online visit this Academic Support Services link. This guide with has information from all areas of academic support - Library, Learning Commons (tutoring), and Distributed Education (eLearn support) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Those services are available online for the rest of the semester for these hours: 

Mon-Thur 7:30am-8:00pm 

Fri 8:00am-4:30pm 

Sat 8:00am-12:00pm 

Online appointments can be made with any of the offices:

  • TRIO 615-230-3732 trio@volstate.edu 
  • Vice President for Student Services 615-230-3441 vpss@volstate.edu  
  • Workforce and Community Development Office – Available by phone, email 
  • Vol State College Foundation and Resource Development – Available by phone, email 
  • The Office of Public Relations and Marketing – Available by phone, email 
  • Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Assessment – Available by email
  • Business and Finance – Available by phone, email 
  • Human Resources – Available by phone, email 
  • Information Technology – Available by phone, email 
  • Physical Plant – Available by phone, email 
  • Off-Campus Locations 

Help with WiFi for Students

Xfinity has lifted their hotspot restrictions and has opened them to the public. If you have one near you, it can access free internet. Finder: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/ 

Following a request by the Federal Communications Commission, several internet service providers are temporarily expanding access to broadband services – either free or deeply discounted – particularly to low-income households and those with K-12 and college students. Students may have to navigate finding what’s available in their areas and what works best for them. To date, here is a summary of current offerings:

• AT&T: Offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Additionally, all public Wi-Fi hotspots are open nationwide. To apply, visit https://accessatt.solixcs.com/

• Charter: Free broadband and wifi for 60 days for students do who not already have an account. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

• Comcast: Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials service to those households eligible for public-assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Applicants can visit internetessentials.com to enroll in the program; they may also call (855) 846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish.

We have set up a web page with more specific information, including college contacts if students or employees become ill.