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.
College student food insecurity has been identified as a major problem in the United States. A 2019 Temple University report said that 48 percent of community college students nationwide are food insecure. That means they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable food. For #GivingTuesday, December 3, the Volunteer State College Foundation is raising funds to support the Vol State Feed student food bank.
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.
The musical Annie Warbucks has been canceled.
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.
Students celebrated graduation recently from Apprenti TN, a technology-focused apprenticeship program. The outdoor ceremony was held at Volunteer State Community College, with appropriate COVID-19 precautions. The nine graduates completed a four-part curriculum taught by the Nashville Software School, leading to national certifications with tech classes that included: IT Fundamentals for Computer Support and Troubleshooting; Networking Configuration and Support; Operating Systems Support Fundamentals; and Security Concepts.
Apprenti TN, a technology-focused apprenticeship program, celebrated another group of graduates at Volunteer State Community College recently, with appropriate COVID-19 precautions. The ten graduates completed a four-part curriculum taught by the Nashville Software School, leading to national certifications with tech classes that included: IT Fundamentals for Computer Support and Troubleshooting; Networking Configuration and Support; Operating Systems Support Fundamentals; and Security Concepts.
Over the last 50 years, the U.S. has suffered from a growing teacher shortage, with fewer and fewer college students majoring in education.
This shortage has hurt schools across the country, but small, rural school districts are often the hardest hit by this educational crisis. In Tennessee, communities such as Robertson County need more teachers, and they need them now.
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.”
Belmont University and Volunteer State Community College announced today a new partnership that allows Vol State associate degree students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business.
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.
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We are once again doing in-person tours of the Gallatin campus. Participants will need to wear a mask and fill out the online screening form. To sign-up for a tour visit:
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.
Volunteer State Community College students will celebrate the season with two nights of Christmas favorites. “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 on sale at the shows.
The Volunteer State Community College Computer Information Technology Department is presenting a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Webinar on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Titled “If You Connect It, Protect It,” the webinar will include the topics: Securing Devices at Home and Work; The Future of Connected Devices; and Volunteer State Community College Internet of Things (IOT)/Connected devices. Presenters will include experts from the FBI and the State of Tennessee.
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.
The Virginia cybersecurity company Risk Based Security reports that there were 3,800 publicly reported security breaches in the first half of 2019, a 54 percent increase over last year. Cybersecurity is a top priority for businesses and a fast-growing profession for students to consider. On October 29, the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at Volunteer State Community College will host a Cybersecurity Seminar.
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.
The Art Gallery at Volunteer State Community College is hosting the Tennessee Intercollegiate Juried Student Art Exhibition. Students enrolled in studio art classes at the thirteen Tennessee community colleges were eligible to submit art works. Students from six of the colleges are represented in this year’s show. The works will be judged and prizes awarded. This year’s juror is Billy Renkl, professor of Art, Drawing and Illustration at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. The show runs from January 27 to February 22.
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.
Congratulations to these students named to the Volunteer State Community College Fall 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.
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.
The Volunteer State Community College Fall Graduate Awards have been announced. Congratulations to the winners.
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.
Students considering taking a gap year, time off from college due to the pandemic, may want to consider the eventual lost wages- up to $90,000 over their career. That’s according to a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It said that there are sizeable hidden costs in taking even just a year off from college, including a wage gap wedge that could stick with the student throughout their career.
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.
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.
Job searches have become more important than ever with current economic conditions. Volunteer State Community College is announcing three job search training modules as a free community service. The training modules represent a sequential, step-by-step, approach to conducting a successful job search in today’s market. They include: Module1: Job Search Strategy; Module 2: Communication Vehicles; and Module 3: Interviewing Skills and Job Offers. All three videos are available on YouTube. For links to each video see below:
Job Search Strategy
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.
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.
The holidays can get busy and so people considering taking college classes this spring are encouraged to apply now. Spring classes at Volunteer State Community College start on January 21. There are hundreds of courses to choose from in six major divisions: Business and Technology; Health Sciences; Math and Science; Humanities, Nursing; and Social Science and Education. Classes are held in the day and evening in traditional classroom formats. The college also offers hundreds of online classes each semester.
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.
High school seniors should apply for their TN Promise tuition-free education opportunity now, even if they don’t have their university or college plans set yet. Applying for TN Promise now gives you the option to attend Vol State tuition-free next fall. However, if you don’t apply by November 1, you won’t be able to use TN Promise at all. The application is open now. Visit: https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise.html
The Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship was established by Bill Hudgins to provide tuition for a female Health Sciences or Nursing major at Volunteer State Community College. This year’s recipient is LaTisha Hill of Gallatin. LaTisha is enrolled in the inaugural class of nursing students at Vol State in Gallatin. Pictured left to right: Karen Mitchell, vice president for Resource Development; LaTisha Hill; and Bill Hudgins, scholarship donor. The Volunteer State College Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year.
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.
The KEY program scheduled for 3-13 will go on as planned. However, KEY programs scheduled for 3-20 through 4-24 are CANCELED.
Topics ranging from political science to botany are coming up this spring for the KEY Lifelong Learning Program at Volunteer State Community College. There are several lectures scheduled on Friday mornings.
Volunteer State Community College has named Cassie Koester as the new dean of Nursing. She will supervise the Vol State RN Nursing associate of applied science (AAS) degree program. It’s a two-year degree to prepare students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse, held on the Gallatin and Livingston campuses.
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 Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is the topic of a public event to be held at Volunteer State Community College on January 27. The Reverend Derrick Jackson of Winchester First Baptist Church will speak. Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served. The event will be at 11:15 a.m. in the Nichols Dining Room B, in the Wood Campus Center, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information contact 615-230-3443.
Volunteer State Community College will be offering new information technology dual enrollment courses to Robertson County high school students in a special program next school year. Interested students should meet with guidance counselors now. The classes are an introductory computer programming course in the fall and a course in Python programming language the following semester. The dual enrollment courses earn students both high school credits and college credits for the same learning experience.
Planning a crime isn’t easy. There is plenty to consider. Metro Nashville Police Lieutenant Frank Ragains is an instructor at Volunteer State Community College. He designs mock crime scenes so that students can collect evidence and document the scene with a critical eye. Effective evidence processing is important in a criminal investigation. Mishandled evidence could be lost or found inadmissible in court. Vol State students now have more room, and more time, to investigate mock crime scenes thanks to a new Criminal Justice lab building at the college.
Getting drugs off the street is one way that law enforcement and social agencies can battle the opioid epidemic. A new drug drop-off box, in partnership with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCADC), is now available at Volunteer State Community College. It is located in the Campus Police Department lobby, on the first floor of the Wood Campus Center.
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 new Medical Assisting program at Volunteer State Community College can prepare students for the fastest growing health care profession in the nation. Students train to work in a doctor’s office or a healthcare clinic. That can eventually lead to a career in management and administration.
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.
The North Central P-16 Council recently announced the 2019 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. It is led by Volunteer State Community College.
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 brings high school students together for a day of workshops and fun led by Vol State music and Entertainment Media Production faculty. Registration is open now.
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 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Volunteer State Community College has received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). “The recent peer review conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program's substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards,” the group said in the report.
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.
Sumner County Middle College High School students were finally able to gather for a graduation ceremony at Volunteer State Community College Saturday. The event was held with appropriate COVID-19 precautions. It was the largest graduating class ever for the Middle College with forty-five students awarded high school diplomas. Thirty-one of those students also received associate degrees from Vol State during the college virtual ceremony in May. Middle College High School students take Vol State classes, earning high school and college credit at the same time.
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.
The Gallery talk by Ted Jones has been canceled.
Relief prints by Nashville artist Ted Jones will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery in March. Jones works in a wide range of media, including copper relief repousse, painting, and wood sculpture. He is most famous for his relief prints which will be the focus of this exhibit. The artist’s complex images are often stories of deep community traditions, family, and faith.
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.
It’s time for high school seniors to apply for TN Promise and explore where to use it. We have hundreds of TN Promise students join us each year. Here are five reasons to attend Vol State with TN Promise:
-Student support: from orientation and through advising, we will make your college experience as smooth and efficient as possible.
TN Promise and TN Reconnect programs provide tuition-free education for graduating high school seniors and adults. Apply to Vol State now.
Melanie Cochran, co-owner of the Wild Cow vegetarian restaurant in Nashville, will discuss “American Stew” the melting pot of American cuisine on Wednesday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. The virtual presentation is open to the public and will examine how imperialism, slavery, immigration, technology, politics, and popular culture have shaped a uniquely American cuisine. Cochran is also an assistant professor of History at Vol State.
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.
Extensive mentoring, counseling, and tutoring are just a few of the services that are provided in the TRIO Student Support Services program at Volunteer State Community College. The program has been awarded $1.375 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Education for another five-year cycle: 2020-2025. Vol State has served students with TRIO services since 2005.
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.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has reaffirmed accreditation of the business programs at Volunteer State Community College. Vol State has associate of applied science degrees, designed for direct entry into the workforce. The college also offers business degrees designed for university transfer.
Volunteer State Community College is reopening all campuses starting July 20: Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. It will be a safe reopening with masks and social distancing required for everyone on campus and an online screening form filled out before people come to campus. The goal is to get students and people considering college ready for fall classes. Safety is a primary consideration for the fall semester.
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.
Students, family, and well-wishers filled the Pickel Field House on Saturday to celebrate Volunteer State Community College fall commencement. Austin Bonebrake of Portland was named Outstanding Fall Graduate at the ceremony. Faculty nominators cited his overcoming adversity with resilience. Bonebrake was in a sledding accident that broke his C-6 vertebrae and severely damaged his C-5 vertebrae. He came to Vol State quadriplegic, with some limited use of his hands.
A Mariachi lunch will be served at the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 19. Sol Azteca from Nashville will perform Mariachi music during the free lunch that will feature Chile Colorado, carnitas, and chicken. The 13th annual celebration of Latino culture will include a mask-making contest this year, an event that is open to all ages.
The Volunteer State Community College Foundation raised $36,500 recently with its Complete the Dream dinner, celebrating 30 years of College Foundation service to the community. More than 200 people attended the dinner at the Epic Event Centre in Gallatin. This year’s event spotlighted the importance of Health Sciences scholarships and the equipment used in the new Vol State Nursing program. The funds raised will be used to support the Nursing program and student scholarships in Health Sciences.
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.
Volunteer State Community College today announced it is one of 12 schools chosen to participate in the 2020-2021 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Network. As a participant in the network’s first-year program Vol State will work actively to build and execute a strategy that will encourage greater use of free, flexible textbooks among its faculty and 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.
Volunteer State Community College recently loaned ventilators from the college’s Respiratory Care program to area hospitals
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.
The application for the next group of students for the Vol State Nursing program is now available. Selected students will begin classes in the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree program in late May. It prepares students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse. All general education, science, and elective courses required must be complete or in progress at the time of application, with a minimum GPA of 3.3. The students most likely to be ready to apply for the A.A.S. Nursing program will be Pre-Nursing students at Vol State and other colleges.
The first group of graduates in the Volunteer State Community College Nursing program celebrated a virtual pinning ceremony recently. The event was put together as a video highlighting the students and their accomplishments. Seven students from the Gallatin campus and eleven students from the Livingston campus each earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing. It prepares them to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Thus far, eleven students have taken the NCLEX and all eleven have passed.
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 hardships of the current economy has many people considering new career paths and increased interest in building new job skills. The Volunteer State Community College Division of Workforce & Economic Development is offering ten free online non-credit courses to help:
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
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.
Volunteer State Community College is offering two classes this fall at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce location in Carthage. Math 1010 will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Sociology 1010 on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Each class will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing. These are both general education classes that apply to many degree paths. Class size will be restricted for COVID-19 precautions. The Chamber classes can be especially helpful for people who have limited online capability at home.
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 Volunteer State Community College RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020. The sessions will be held at 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 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.
Middle Tennessee State University signed an agreement Tuesday (Oct. 22) to extend the “MTSU Promise” to Volunteer State Community College, the sixth such pathway established for students with associate degrees to move seamlessly to the four-year university.
Volunteer State Community College's Springfield campus has received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents to offer complete college degree programs in Robertson County starting this fall semester. The college has offered classes at the Springfield campus since 2011. Thus far, students have had to combine the courses offered in Springfield with other courses held online or on the Vol State Gallatin campus in order to obtain a degree.
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.
Tennessee residents are invited to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on Tennessee Tree Day, March 21, 2020. The initiative is providing a variety of tree species for sale. Trees are available to reserve for a $2.49 donation or $4.99 per tree, depending on species, now through March 1 or while supplies last. One of the pick-up locations will be the Volunteer State Community College campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.
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.
The Warf Math and Science Building at Volunteer State Community College has undergone a $6 million renovation and today students, faculty, staff, and donors gathered to celebrate the completion. Members of the public, construction managers, architects, and designers joined the crowd. The renovation provides more than 9000 square feet of additional space. It includes a new Mechatronics lab, two new science labs, student study areas, and more than 30 faculty offices. Pictured: the ribbon cutting.
The Warf Math and Science Building at Volunteer State Community College has undergone a $6 million renovation. The public is invited to see the results during a Grand Reopening Celebration on Friday, October 18. The renovation provides more than 9000 square feet of additional space. That includes a new Mechatronics lab with plenty of room for robotics and other training equipment. The work also upgraded the entire building, adding two new science labs, two student study areas, and more than 30 faculty offices. There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.