Volunteer State Community College has a new group of President’s Ambassadors for 2019-2020. The Ambassadors represent the college at events, conduct campus tours, and help with public relations.
The fall semester is the start of a college career for many students. Volunteer State Community College has more than 100 areas of study for students to choose. One new path is the RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree program. Students can take Pre-Nursing as a major. It lays out exactly what classes students need to take in order to apply for the new Nursing program.
Hundreds of adult students are attending college tuition-free this year with TN Reconnect. Adults who don’t already have a college degree can join them for the upcoming semesters at Volunteer State Community College. People are encouraged to apply now.
Andrew White is the new dean of Business and Technology at Volunteer State Community College. He worked at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as director of the Aerospace and Defense Business Institute and as director of the Aerospace and Defense MBA Program. He also served with the United States Air Force as squadron commander and public affairs director.
Spring semester at Volunteer State Community College is another opportunity for adult students to attend classes tuition-free with TN Reconnect. TN Reconnect is a statewide program that began this fall. Hundreds of TN Reconnect students are taking classes at Vol State this semester. The primary requirement is that people can’t already have a college degree. They can have college credits and those credits could apply to a Vol State degree.
Best-selling author and syndicated columnist, Ronda Rich, is the featured presenter at the 2019 Educate a Woman luncheon on April 26. The event supports scholarships for women at Volunteer State Community College. Rich began her career as a sportswriter covering NASCAR and came to national attention with the book What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should). The popularity of the book launched her as a storyteller, spinning tales of the South as seen through the eyes of its people.
Kyle Barron has been named assistant vice president for Student Services at Volunteer State Community College. He comes most recently from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green, KY, where he held the position of director of Student Life and Engagement.
"Being from Bowling Green, I knew about Vol State and the reputation it has in the community,” Barron said. “The students-first philosophy aligns well with my personal beliefs about student success.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Awards. The North Central P-16 Council sponsors the contest. The Council is made up of area secondary school educators, higher education leaders, and business people and led by Volunteer State Community College.
The Volunteer State Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented recently to a former Trustee who has remained active and involved with the Volunteer State College Foundation. Hendersonville businessman Bill Sinks has donated to the Foundation for 15 years and worked on many fundraising campaigns.
Dr. William Bass, the creator of “The Body Farm” in Knoxville, makes a return engagement to Volunteer State Community College on Thursday, October 3 for two public lectures. The forensic anthropologist is best known for his work in founding the Anthropology Research Facility at U-T Knoxville. Researchers there study the decomposition of donated bodies in various weather and burial conditions. The findings, including methods to help determine when a person died, revolutionized forensic science and criminal investigation.
Spring 2019 graduation at Volunteer State Community College brought hundreds of students, family members, and friends to the Pickel Field House on the Gallatin campus Saturday. Among them were adults who were the first to graduate using the TN Reconnect tuition-free college program. There are 95 TN Reconnect students eligible to graduate this spring with degrees or technical certificates. Holly King of Gallatin is graduating with an Associate of Science in Teaching degree. “I was a single mom with two kids, so I couldn’t go back.
The sun was shining as students, faculty, staff, and visitors celebrated Earth Day on Friday at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). The educational event featured environmental science displays, speakers, and documentary films. CHEC students designed interactive activities highlighting fun recycling techniques. Vol State at Livingston students also participated in the Earth Day activities. The projects came from a variety of classes, ranging from Chemistry to Education.
Students at Volunteer State Community College will be celebrating the season with two nights of festive song and dance. “Christmas Dreams” will feature several groups from the Performing Arts Department. The Vol State Showstoppers will present choreographed performances, while the Vol State Singers will highlight choral music. Familiar Christmas favorites will be performed by the Commercial and Jazz Music Ensembles, and country musical renditions by Bluegrass Ablaze. The concerts are a venue for a CD release of Vol State student work.
City living versus the country lifestyle is an age-old debate for humans and in classic literature, also for mice. The children’s theater production of City Mouse-Country Mouse will be staged by the Volunteer State Community College Theater students in October. The Aesop fable gets a modern reworking as the City Mouse visits his cousin in the country. City Mouse isn’t thrilled with rural life and invites Country Mouse to live with him in the city. Plenty of humorous problems arise. In the end, both mice find that home is where you make it.
The performance group Wulin Hanyun will bring Shaolin Kungfu and Chinese folk music to Volunteer State Community College in November. The Kungfu masters from the Shaolin Martial Academy in the Henan province in Central China combine colorful costumes with acts of physical prowess. The show is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Music and Culture and the Confucius Center at Middle Tennessee State University. The event will be held on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in Caudill Hall on the campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The show is free and open to the public.
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Students in the Volunteer State Community College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program in Cookeville had a 92 percent pass rate on the Paramedic National Registry written exam this summer. The national average for paramedic students is 69 percent. This is the national written exam that all paramedic students must pass to obtain their state EMS license. In addition, the program had a 100 percent pass rate on the psychomotor exam. Vol State teaches EMT and Paramedic classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Center (CHEC).
Cybercrimes are in the news on a daily basis. Major corporations, government offices, and banks have been hacked. Many individuals are victims. The 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey said that 43% of businesses were hit by a cyber security breach in the last 12 months. The solution to cybercrime prevention is cyber defense. Companies across the world are expanding and refining their security systems. Volunteer State Community College is training students in cyber defense expertise through a degree concentration in the field.
Congratulations to these students for their academic achievement for the Fall 2018 Semester in being named to the Vol State Dean's List or the combined Dean's List and Honor Roll. The Dean’s List recognition is awarded to students that have completed a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.750 GPA during the awarding term.
Congratulations to these students who received grades during the Spring 2018 semester earning them recognition on the Dean's List or the Dean's List and Honor Roll.
Dean’s List - The Dean’s List recognition is awarded to students that have completed a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.750 GPA during the awarding term.
The struggles of the fictional Turpin family offer insight and laughs in the comedy “Dearly Departed” presented by the Volunteer State Community College theater program as part of the Spring 2019 Visual and Performing Arts Series. The popular play by authors David Bottrell and Jessie Jones is set in a small Southern town. The beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.
The creator of “The Body Farm” in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Bass, will speak at Volunteer State Community College on Tuesday, October 23 at 10 a.m. in a public lecture. The forensic anthropologist is best known for his work in founding the Anthropology Research Facility at U-T Knoxville. Researchers there study the decomposition of donated bodies in various weather and burial conditions. The findings, including methods to help determine when a person died, revolutionized forensic science and criminal investigation.
Donna Dunaway has been hired as the director of Financial Aid at Volunteer State Community College. She had been assistant director of Financial Aid at Motlow State Community College in Smyrna for nearly nine years.
“I wanted to have the opportunity to have an impact on an institution as director and hopefully, help the college continue to move forward,” Dunaway said. “It’s a great opportunity.”
The 2019 Educate a Woman luncheon raised more than $37,000 to support scholarships for women at Volunteer State Community College. Best-selling author and syndicated columnist, Ronda Rich, was the featured presenter for the sold-out event. Four hundred people attended. A highlight of the luncheon was an emotional video testimonial from student Anedra Moore, who has overcome many challenges to attend college and received scholarship support that is helping make her dream come true.
Volunteer State Community College English major, Jessica Levine, recently received two national awards for her writing from Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the English Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges. Her poems “What I Don’t Tell My Brother” and “Lamenting Chapter 10.176” won first and second place respectively in this year’s SKD national writing contest. Levine, who lives in White House, traveled to Cincinnati to receive her award at the Linda Kraeger Awards Luncheon during the annual Sigma Kappa Delta Convention. Levine is the SKD chapter president at Vol State.
Volunteer State Community College professor, Girija Shinde, was named Community College Faculty Member of the Year at the Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) celebration in Nashville recently. Professor Shinde has been teaching Biology at Vol State at Livingston since 2002.
Aztec dance group Quetzalli Yolotl will be a highlight of the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 20. The annual celebration of Latino culture will include a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The Fiesta is a free event featuring food, music and fun.
Dozens of area employers will be on hand at the Volunteer State Community College Fall Job/Career Fair on Wednesday, September 26. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be tables with hands-on career development information including soft skills and dressing for success. There is still space available at the fair for recruiters and businesses.
The First Horizon Foundation recently made a $5000 donation to the Volunteer State College Foundation.
James Brown has been promoted to the position of dean of the Social Science and Education Division at Volunteer State Community College. For the last ten years he had been an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Vol State. Brown retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2006 after thirty-three years as an officer and detective. He spent much of that time as an investigator in the Juvenile Division, retiring as Officer-In-Charge of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Sexually Exploited Child Unit.
People can make a difference on #GivingTuesday, November 27, by donating to Vol State student scholarships with the Volunteer State College Foundation. Organizers call #GivingTuesday a “global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.” The Volunteer State College Foundation has set a goal to increase donor giving during the 24-hour #GivingTuesday event. Donations can be made online.
The Volunteer State Community College Foundation is celebrating 30 years of service to the community with a special event on September 12. Complete the Dream will feature wine and bourbon tasting, dinner, and comedy by Rik Roberts. In 30 years the Foundation has raised approximately $16,555,863 and awarded approximately $6,350,032 in student scholarships. The other funds were used for capital projects that included new buildings, new campuses, renovations of older facilities, and many other projects that directly help Vol State students.
Tuition-free community college, with TN Reconnect, is inspiring thousands of adults across the state to attend college this fall. Volunteer State Community College has nearly 1000 new eligible applicants thus far. But it isn’t just individuals signing-up. Couples, and even whole families, are taking the opportunity to earn a college degree. Jim and Kim Bare of Hickman are attending Vol State this fall with their daughter Jessica and son-in-law Michael.
The Volunteer State Community College Foundation held an event at Beretta Vineyards in Mt. Juliet recently to launch the effort to locate a Vol State campus in Wilson County. The McFarland family donated 2.5 acres of land and the college is purchasing an additional 7.5 acres for the campus. It will be located on East Division Street in Mt. Juliet, a half mile east of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce building. It was the site of the long-time McFarland family farm.
Summer classes at Volunteer State Community College are a way for students to get ahead in their college career. University students, home for the summer, can take general education courses at Vol State to meet university requirements. Current Vol State students can take classes to speed-up their path to graduation. New students can even start a college career with summer classes. They come in three different versions, designed to fit around family holidays and other summer events. The first option is an intensive three-week session class.
Graduate Awards for Fall 2018
Congratulations to the students who received awards during the Graduate Awards Night ceremony recently. Here are the honorees:
Jenna Carter of Westmoreland has received the James C. Moore Award from Volunteer State Community College. The honor recognizes a student who has shown service to community and family.
Kimberly Helton is the new director of Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) at Volunteer State Community College. She has taught at Vol State since 2013. She also works at Centennial Medical Center as a Medical Laboratory Scientist II. Medical Laboratory Technicians collect samples from patients and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. An MLT degree can lead to many different career directions, including forensic science in law enforcement.
Mechatronics students at Volunteer State Community College are showing an impressive pass rate in certification exams. Twenty-three of twenty-four students recently passed the Siemens Level One Certification exam. The technology company has training and certifications in many different areas. A Siemens Certified Mechatronic Systems Assistant could carry out their work at plant assembly sites or service operations which utilize complex mechatronic systems. The certification is recognized both locally and internationally as a mark of superior training.
The Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” will be presented at Volunteer State Community College for Unity Day on January 31 at 5 p.m. The film explores the lives of leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the United States from the perspective of author James Baldwin. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the movie that is based on an unfinished book by Baldwin focusing on the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Albert E. Brumley is considered one of the most prolific songwriters of all time, with more than 800 compositions and more than 3000 recordings of his songs. He is world-renown for the gospel classics “I’ll Fly Away” and “Turn Your Radio On.” Volunteer State Community College will be holding a tribute concert to honor his work titled “I’ll Fly Away: The Music of Albert E. Brumley.” The show will highlight his songs as performed by Vol State’s Bluegrass Ablaze and other performers, with special guest Jackson Brumley, son of Albert Brumley.
El grupo de baile azteca Quetzalli Yolotl será uno de los destacados en la Fiesta de Otoño en Volunteer State Community College el 20 de octubre. La celebración anual de la cultura latina incluirá un concurso de lanzamiento de goles de fútbol, con varias categorías de diferentes edades, desde niños hasta adultos. La Fiesta es un evento gratuito que ofrece comida, música y diversión.
The work of Ohio artist Landon Crowell is on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery. Crowell is the Sculpture and Gallery technician at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he also completed his B.F.A. in sculpture. Landon said he has spent more than 17 years traveling and living across the United States honing his technical skills and exploring the art making process.
The work of Las Vegas artist Erik Beehn is on display at the Volunteer State Community College 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.
Murder in Nashville, dentistry for crime fighting, and poetry are just a few of the topics coming up this fall for the KEY Lifelong Learning Program at Volunteer State Community College. There are several lectures scheduled on Friday mornings. The titles are “Murder in Music City”; “Normal Aging/Not Normal Aging”; “Taking a Bite Out of Crime: How Forensic Dentistry Helps to Solve Mysteries”; “Women’s History”; “Why Science Works”, and “Poetry & Expressive Writing – Writing About Life.” The fee to enroll in one or all of the lectures in the series is $59.
The work of lettering artist and graphic designer Lisa Lorek Quine will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery in January and February. The Cleveland based artist’s presentation has ranged from coloring books and murals to magazine covers and gallery shows.
The fall semester is the start of a college career for many students. Volunteer State Community College at Livingston has many areas of study for students to choose. There is a new program starting this fall designed for students who work during the day. Vol State offers evening classes, but this new program sets up a pathway for evening students to get their degree in two years by taking classes two evenings a week.
The big news for the fall semester at Volunteer State Community College is the tuition-free program for adults called Tennessee Reconnect. It’s designed for adults who don’t already have a college degree. They can take classes full or part-time in all of Vol State’s academic areas. It includes day, evening and online courses. There are some stipulations and additional eligibility requirements. For details, and a simple list of how to get started, people can visit www.volstate.edu/reconnect.
The Nashville area has many opportunities for working musicians. Volunteer State Community College has a new Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in Professional Music designed to help those musicians advance in their careers. It’s also a path for younger musicians to build their chops to get ready for the workplace. Students can focus on areas that include Country and Americana Music; Church and Gospel Music; Jazz and Rock Music; Songwriting, and more.
Summer classes at Volunteer State Community College are starting earlier this year, May 21. The change comes with new summer class terms. The college is offering three-week, six-week, and twelve-week classes. The reason is to have less overlapping of class terms, which allows students to take more classes, and earn more college credits over the summer. The different session lengths, and start dates, are designed to fit around family holidays and other summer events.
Volunteer State Community College at Livingston is offering a new RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree program. It starts in June and the special application is available now. An information session will be held on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m on the campus at 113 Windle Community Road. Everyone is invited to attend. There are general education classes required to be taken before application. The students most likely ready to apply for the summer start are current pre-nursing students.
Commitment to bettering education is being recognized by the North Central P-16 Council. The group recently announced the 2018 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winners. The BEST Award celebrates the accomplishments of community leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It recognizes those who share knowledge and expertise, advocate, and foster student success in pre-K through postsecondary education. The P-16 Council is made up of area secondary school educators, higher education leaders and business people.
Celebrated Irish performer, Paul Brock, brings Celtic, Irish and Global music to Volunteer State Community College for two performances. Several Irish musicians and dancers join him in the Paul Brock Band. Brock is an accomplished accordion and melodeon player who has performed at venues across the world, including the Grand Ole Opry. The first free concert will be held on November 14 at 7 p.m. in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus in Gallatin at 1480 Nashville Pike. No tickets are required.
Drawing blood is one of those things that you want done right. A well-trained and skilled phlebotomist will know how to get it done quickly, safely and with minimal discomfort. Even more importantly, a properly conducted blood test is often critical for a patient diagnosis. A new 10-week phlebotomy course is coming to the Volunteer State Community College Highland Crest campus in Springfield.
The Second Annual CHEC Earth Day Celebration will feature educational exhibits, a Green Market, artists, live music, local food vendors, and learning activities for all ages. Students, faculty, and staff at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) are organizing the free public event, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the campus in Cookeville. Earth Day has become an international event celebrated across the globe during the last week of April.
Black athletes have a unique relationship with college and professional sports due to a history of systemic racism, challenges that continue to this day. Andrew Maraniss, the New York Times bestselling author of the book Strong Inside, joins with associate dean Frank Dobson of Vanderbilt University for a discussion at Volunteer State Community College titled Strong Inside: The Confluence of Race and Sports.
Student enrollment at Volunteer State Community College has reached an all-time record for the school, with 9156 students attending this fall semester. The previous record was 8989, set in fall of 2010. The current headcount is up 3.5 percent over fall of last year. Much of the increase is attributed to the popular TN Reconnect program. It provides tuition-free education for adults who do not already have a college degree. This fall 1039 new students using TN Reconnect are enrolled in classes at Vol State.
High School Music Day at Volunteer State Community College is an opportunity for high school students with musical interests to come together for a day of workshops and fun. Registration is open now. Vol State instructors will lead the sessions.
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day conference that helps girls in grades 5-9 develop a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Hands-on workshops will be held in chemistry, biology, math, health sciences, computer information technology, and engineering. The workshops are not only educational, they’re an opportunity for girls to meet and work with women in the sciences.
The Softball Players Association donated $1,500 to the Volunteer State College Foundation for the Judy Lee Schreiber Scholarship. Proceeds are raised by their annual tournament. For more information on the Vol State Foundation visit www.volstate.edu/foundation. Pictured are: Ridge Hooks, Executive Director for SPA; Rebecca McKinney, Scholarship Associate at the Volunteer State College Foundation; and Judy Lee Schreiber.
The Volunteer State Community College Speech and Debate Team won the Novice National Parliamentary Debate Tournament recently at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The team won other awards in several events. The Vol State team competed against over 200 other Novice students. The Novice Nationals event is designed to be an educational, yet competitive, atmosphere, and is open to students in their first year of intercollegiate forensics competition.
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE SPRING 2019 NOMINEES (pictured)
Volunteer State Community College will be hosting dozens of area employers at the Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 24. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. Everyone is invited to attend.
Congratulations to these students named to the Dean's List and Honor Roll for the Spring Semester 2019.
The annual Spring Music Showcase concerts at Volunteer State Community College will highlight original student works. The April 26 and 27 shows will also highlight the talents of the Jazz Ensemble, Rock Ensemble, and Bluegrass Ablaze group. The concerts bring together many facets of the Vol State curriculum, including students in the Entertainment Media Production program. A CD of student work will be available for sale at the show and at the Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin. It was recorded in the Vol State recording studios.
The Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery is showcasing the work of two female artists, both working with feminine imagery in a variety of materials, including textiles. Gallery coordinator, Sue Mulcahy, said that Monica Stewart and Erinn Nordeman challenge the traditional roles of women, and invite the viewer to question the identity and expectations of women today.
There is still time to apply for fall classes at Vol State. They start on August 26. We have 100 areas of study and courses that are taught online and at our four campuses: Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. Adults who don't already have a college degree can apply for TN Reconnect, tuition-free education. Other financial aid is also available. Start now at www.volstate.edu/apply
Hundreds of students, family, and well-wishers came to Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin on Saturday as the school held the fall commencement. Cesar Espinosa of Cookeville was named Outstanding Fall Graduate at the ceremony. Faculty nominators cited his dedication in tutoring fellow students in math and science as one reason for the award. Leukemia and three subsequent bouts of serious E. coli infections has given Espinosa quite a bit of insight into the world of medicine.
Volunteer State Community College hosted more than 200 science students, from schools across the area Saturday, as they competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition. Thirteen schools sent teams to the regional event. They included Croft Middle Design Center, Hillsboro High School, Tennessee School for the Blind, Friendship Christian, Donelson Christian Academy, Franklin Road Academy, Knox Doss Middle School, St. Bernard Academy, St.
The Tennessee Math Teachers Association (TMTA) held a regional math competition at Volunteer State Community College recently. Hundreds of students from schools across the area competed in the following categories: Algebra I and II, Geometry, Statistics, Precalculus, and Calculus. Winners will go on to compete in the state competition.
Congratulations to these Vol State students who earned a place on the Summer 2018 Dean's List or Dean's List and Honor Roll.
Dean’s List - The Dean’s List recognition is awarded to students that have completed a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.750 GPA during the awarding term.
Congratulations to these students named to the Volunteer State Community College Summer 2019 Dean's List and Dean's List and Honor Roll.
Dean’s List - The Dean’s List recognition is awarded to students that have completed a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.750 GPA during the awarding term.
The Sumner County Middle College High School graduation ceremony was held on Saturday at Volunteer State Community College. Students in the program take college classes at the Vol State campus in Gallatin as high school students. Thirty-one students earned their high school diplomas. Eleven of those also received associate degrees from Vol State.
Gallatin campus tours are a great way to get see if Vol State is the best fit for you! Students can learn more about majors, programs, and on campus services. Vol State tours are led by Vol State students - our President’s Ambassadors. They include a tour of the campus, buildings, and resources available to students. Tours are given Monday through Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Schedule a tour here.
Interested in TN Reconnect, tuition-free college for adults? You can visit any of our Vol State campuses during our normal business hours for help, but on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 join us for a special event in Gallatin.
Tom and Betty Neal of Gallatin were recently awarded the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award honors those who have made great and lasting contributions to the state’s colleges and universities. The couple began funding a scholarship at Volunteer State Community College in 2000. They were involved with special fundraising events, such as the Harvest Moon Soiree and Educate a Woman luncheon. Along with being active supporters of Vol State, Mr. and Mrs.
This summer, the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery is featuring the works of a group of artists, all of whom earned degrees from Austin Peay State University (APSU). They call themselves the Trahern Collective.
TN Promise and TN Reconnect programs provide tuition-free education for graduating high school seniors and adults. Apply to Vol State now.
Many kids want to be firefighters. They may play rescue with their friends or push around toy fire engines. Jair Hawkins took it to a whole different level. “Every Halloween Jair dressed up as a firefighter,” said his dad, Jerrod Hawkins. “Every year. When he was ten-years-old he would ask me questions when I got home from work. How many calls did you get? How long did it take you to get out of the bay? Really specific questions.”
Vol State and Welch College Sign Transfer Agreement
Sumner County’s newest college, with a longstanding tradition in Nashville, has signed an agreement with Volunteer State Community College to make transfer between the two schools easier. Students can start at Vol State using Tennessee Promise for their first two years, and then continue to Welch College for a bachelor’s degree.
Volunteer State Community College has a new group of President’s Ambassadors for 2018-2019. The Ambassadors represent the college at events, conduct campus tours and help with public relations.
Volunteer State Community College is offering two Mechatronics evening courses at the Highland Crest campus in Springfield this coming fall semester. It comes as Vol State expands partnerships with area companies, including Electrolux Home Products. Mechatronics professionals are the experts who design, program, repair, and maintain state-of-the-art robotics and computer-aided equipment in today’s fastest growing industries. Electrolux representatives recently toured the Vol State Mechatronics lab in Gallatin.
Students and volunteers came back to visit radio station WVCP on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of broadcasting on 88.5 FM. The Volunteer State Community College radio station took to the airwaves on January 4, 1979. Visitors toured the studios to see the many technology changes. The event brought in people from the last four decades to reminisce. Some had not seen each other in many years.
Volunteer State Community College debate students, Elijah Avery of Lebanon and Isaac Montoya of Hendersonville, won first and sixth place, respectively, in the Beginning Novice category at the Smokey Mountains Parliamentary Debate Tournament at Walters State Community College in Morristown recently.
You fall asleep during the middle of the day. You nod off frequently while watching TV. It could be habit or it could be a sleep problem. Many people think they can live with the exhaustion, but experts say a sleep disorder can cause life threatening medical conditions. The Sleep Diagnostics program at Volunteer State Community College trains students in detection methods used in the diagnosis of these disorders. The Vol State program is now open to East Tennessee students.
Orlinda, Tennessee is 6,934 miles from Beijing, China, but that didn’t stop a young Isabella Greene from dreaming about China and what it was like to live in Asia or Africa, for that matter. She was homeschooled in Robertson County, worked in her parents flower shop in Portland, and found joy in arranging stems and blooms. Greene took her talents to Volunteer State Community College at the age of 19. It didn’t stick. She returned again at age 25. Now the 35 year-old has arrived in Washington, D-C to work on master’s degree at American University.
The Volunteer State Foundation is taking their annual dinner out to the ranch this year for the new Swine and Dine fundraiser on September 20. It’s designed to be a fun night of music, entertainment, and a barbecue themed dinner by Chef Christopher. It will be held in the relaxed atmosphere of the Bagsby Ranch in Gallatin. Money raised will be used to support Vol State student scholarships and college special projects. There are state programs that cover tuition for many students.
Science education requires specialized equipment and labs. Teaching technology is constantly evolving. Volunteer State Community College faculty, staff and students celebrated the beginning of a project Friday that will update the science and math facilities on the Gallatin campus. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a $6.2 million renovation of the J. Howard Warf Math and Science Building. The project will update all existing science labs and add two additional labs.
Tech skills are in demand by employers and many people are trying to enhance their current jobs or start a new career with IT education. Volunteer State Community College is responding with a new program for adults called IT Academy. It’s a series of non-credit courses outside the normal academic system, designed to teach people basic tech skills and also provide people who already have an IT background with ways to advance their career. The message from the program organizers is that you don’t have to be a tech whiz to learn tech skills.
Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends go on a road trip that leads to an unexpected reunion. The trip brings about a big question: what does it mean to be a toy? Toy Story 4 is one of the highest grossing animated films of all time. On September 27 people can experience the film outside, under the stars, at Volunteer State Community College. The movie will be shown on a big screen on the Thigpen Library lawn. It starts at 6:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs.
Volunteer State Community College’s new Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing is now available. The first cohort of nursing students started the program in May.
Each year, a limited number of students will be admitted to the program at the Gallatin and Livingston campuses. The Nursing program application will be available in the spring, with classes starting in the summer.
The Volunteer State Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is offering free ultrasounds for expecting moms in their second or third trimester this spring. The program organizes the scans so that Vol State students can gain experience with real obstetric patients. The scans will be performed in the Sonography Center at the Vol State campus in Gallatin. It’s equipped with six beds, HD screens and state-of-the-art ultrasound machines. All ultrasounds are supervised by a Vol State faculty member.
Fredric Blumberg collected theater masks. He taught theater for many years as a university professor in New York. In retirement he also volunteered with the Volunteer State Community College Theater Department. On his passing those passions combined for a unique gift. The Blumberg family recently made a donation of comedy/tragedy theater masks to the Vol State Humanities Division. The masks, which Blumberg collected from all over the world, will be on display in the coming year in the SRB Humanities Building on the campus in Gallatin.
The Parris Powers Science and Math Expo at Volunteer State Community College is a hands-on learning experience for kids K-8 and their parents and grandparents. The Expo is coming up on April 4. It’s a fun day of science learning. There will be dozens of demonstrations and activities. Those exhibits are put together by Vol State students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.
Students of many ages and backgrounds shared a moment of accomplishment on Saturday as they celebrated graduation at Volunteer State Community College. They were joined by hundreds of family members and friends at the Pickel Field House on the Gallatin campus for the commencement ceremony. Adult students are a big part of the Vol State family and they often face even more hurdles on the road to that college degree. Keonya Milam of Gallatin was honored as the Outstanding Spring Graduate.
College academic work can lead to job skills. Volunteer State Community College students had an opportunity recently to show off those skills at the statewide SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga. Vol State students scored top honors in four categories and placed in several others. SkillsUSA is an organization that provides educational events, competitions, and programs that support technical and career education across America. The competition also connected students with businesses that need skilled workers.
Volunteerism is ingrained in the Tennessee spirit. However, people may need help connecting with organizations that need assistance. The upcoming Volunteer Fair at Volunteer State Community College can make those connections. There will be approximately 20 local nonprofit groups on site for the Saturday, September 14 event. It's organized by the One Community Sumner County library collaborative- a partnership between the public libraries of Sumner County, Sumner County Schools, and Vol State’s Thigpen Library.
We’re getting ready for a big fall semester at Vol State. We’ve been visiting with new students attending Campus Connect orientation. We’re also working closely with adults who want to use the brand new TN Reconnect program this fall. It provides tuition-free classes for adults who don’t already have a college degree. If you’re interested, it’s time to get going! The first steps are to apply for the Reconnect program and then apply to Vol State. You can all of that at www.volstate.edu/reconnect
The works of wife and husband artists, Heather Jones and Jeffrey Cortland Jones, will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery in August and September, opening the fall season for the gallery. The Ohio couple have shown their pieces nationally and internationally. They both make extensive use of colors with his pieces often paint on panels and her creations in fabric
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.
Issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration are explored in a movie called “13th.” The 2016 documentary by director Ava DuVernay will be shown at Volunteer State Community College on February 20 in a free public screening. The title refers to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The ratification abolished slavery.