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#GivingTuesday for Student Food Needs

 The Vol State Feed student food bank

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.

2021 Educate a Woman Event Features Comedienne Karen Mills

Karen Mills

Comedienne Karen Mills will be the keynote speaker at the 2021 Educate a Woman (EAW) luncheon on Friday, May 14. The event supports scholarships for women at Volunteer State Community College. Mills has been in the humor business for more than 21 years, touring clubs, colleges, and theaters across the country. A publicist said: “She finds the funny in everyday life and that didn’t change when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was determined to take on the disease with hope and humor.

A Pathway to Nursing and More this Fall

The Vol State campus in Gallagtin

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. 

Andrew White Named Dean of Business and Technology

Andrew White is the new dean of Business and Technology at Volunteer State Community College.

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.

Apply Now for Spring Classes -They Start January 19

Vol State student in computer lab during COVID

Volunteer State Community College has expanded online support for students and faculty are finding new ways to teach classes. In Nursing, one instructor uses online polling instead of traditional quizzes. It allows students to see what they know in comparison to the rest of the class and offers a new way to spark class discussion. It’s a commitment to help students succeed, even in the most trying of circumstances. The college will have hundreds of courses to choose from this spring, in more than 100 areas of study.

Apply Now for Vol State Spring Classes

Associate Professor Merritt McKinney teaches a history class at Vol State.

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.

Apprenti TN Tech Program Graduates Celebrate

Students celebrated graduation recently from Apprenti TN

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 Tech Program Graduates Honored

Apprenti TN Graduates at Vol State

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.

APSU and Vol State Team Up for Teaching Degree Program

Vol State Springfield

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.

Author Ronda Rich at 2019 Educate a Woman Luncheon

Educate a woman logo.

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.

Barron Hired as Vol State Assistant Vice President

Kyle Barron has been named assistant vice president for Student Services at Volunteer State Community College.

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.”

Body Farm Founder Bill Bass Speaks in Two Presentations

Pictured: Dr. Bass signs books for students after a Vol State lecture in 2018.

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.

Campuses are Open. Know Before You Go.

Vol State students in a computer lab.

Know Before You Go

All Vol State campuses are open for business. We are here to help you get ready for classes.  We can also help you with many things via email, with an online meeting or over the phone. Please see a list of contacts below. We do have computers available for student use in the Library at each campus. If you do plan to come to a campus please read this first:

Celebrating Spring 2019 Graduation

More than 800 students are eligible to graduate from Vol State this spring.

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.

Celebrating the Earth at CHEC in Cookeville

Family works with Vol State students during CHEC Earth Day event

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.

Christmas Dreams Concert

Vol State Jazz Ensemble in concert

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.

Christmas Past and Present Concerts Dec. 6 and 7

The Vol State Commercial Rock Ensemble performs in 2018.

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.

CIT Department Presents Free Cybersecurity Webinar October 21

graphic showing computer networks

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 Mouse-Country Mouse Theater for Kids

City Mouse-Country Mouse drawing

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.

Colorful Costumes in Chinese Martial Arts Show November 2

Chinese performance group Wulin Hanyun

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.

Cookeville Paramedic Exam Pass Rate 92 Percent

Vol State Paramedic students at CHEC

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).

County Leaders Issue Vol State 50 Year Anniversary Proclamations

Presenting the proclamation (left to right): County Executive Anthony Holt; Jerry Faulkner, Vol State President; and Scott Langford, Chairman of Sumner County Commission.

Volunteer State Community College is celebrating 50 years of service to residents of the 11 counties in the college service area. Groundbreaking for the Vol State Gallatin campus was held on a cold and blustery day in November of 1970. The college opened for classes in October of 1971. The campus opened in 1972.

Criminal Justice Students Win National Competition

Vol State students celebrating the SkillsUSA win, left to right: Wendy Sturgill, Nicole Fowler, Lesly Nunez, and Frank Ragains.

Criminal Justice students from Volunteer State Community College took top honors in the 2021 SkillsUSA national competition recently. Nicole Fowler of Gallatin, Lesly Nunez of Hendersonville, and Wendy Sturgill of Westmoreland received Gold for Crime Scene Investigation. Sydney Mattern of Nashville won Gold in the Criminal Justice section. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization. The purpose is to increase professionalism in the work field through student training; student sessions with potential employers; competitions in educational areas; and scholarships.

Criminal Justice Students Win Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

Vol State Criminal Justice students win competition

Criminal Justice students from Volunteer State Community College took top awards in two categories in a statewide SkillsUSA competition held recently in a virtual format. Lesly Rios Nunez of Hendersonville and Nicole Fowler of Gallatin took first place in Crime Scene Investigation. Sydney Mattern of Nashville won in the Criminal Justice competition. They prepped for the tournament with the help of assistant chief Tim Anschuetz of the Vol State Campus Police.

Current Students – Register Now for Fall

Vol State student on the Gallatin campus.

Vol State is looking forward to welcoming students back with in-person classes this fall!

Current students can register at any time on My Vol State. However, everyone is encouraged to register earlier than usual this year, so that you get the course times and days that you want. There are some changes to My Vol State. We have details here.

Cyber Defense Degree at Vol State Livingston

The Computer Information Technology lab at Vol State Livingston.

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.

Cybersecurity Seminar October 29

graphic of a computer network

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.

Dean's List and Honor Roll for Spring 2018

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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.

Dearly Departed Comedy Theater

Dearly Departed logo

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.

Dr. Bill Bass, Body Farm Founder, Speaks October 23

Dr. Bill Bass

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.

Dunaway Hired as Financial Aid Director

picture of Donna Dunaway

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.”

Educate a Woman Raises More than $37,000

Sumner Regional Medical Center – Highpoint Health System was the Summa Cum Laude sponsor.

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.

English Major Wins National Writing Awards

Vol State student Jessica Levine receives an award from Charlotte Speer with Sigma Kappa Delta.

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.

Exhibit of Student Work from Across Tennessee at Vol State Gallery

Images from the exhibition by various students.

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.

FAFSA Zoom Session February 16

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Volunteer State Community College is holding a free Zoom Internet video session to help current and future students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. To register email: financial.aid@volstate.edu. The deadlines for FAFSA forms to be turned-in have been extended this year. The deadline is now March 1 for TN Promise students and May 15 for TN Reconnect students.

Fall 2020 Dean's List and Honor Roll

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Congratulations to the students named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List and Dean's List with Honor Roll at Volunteer State Community College.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. In order to be awarded both the Dean’s List and Honor Roll recognition, students must have accumulated a minimum of eighteen overall collegiate-level hours and complete a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.750 GPA during the awarding term.

Fall Job/Career Fair September 26

Vol State Career Fair from September 2017

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.

Federal Study Shows High Cost of a Gap Year

Vol State office with people wearing masks for COVID-19.

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.

Former LAPD Detective Promoted to Dean

James Brown, Vol State

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.

Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday logo

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.

Foundation Celebrates 30 Years with Dinner Sept. 12

The College Foundation has awarded thousands of Vol State student scholarships over the years. Shown here are scholarship students from 2014 with Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner.

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.

Four Family Members all Using TN Reconnect

Jim and Kim Bare will be attending Vol State together this fall using the tuition-free TN Reconnect program.

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.

Free Academic Help in the College Success Zone

College Success Zone logo

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.

Free Job Search Training Videos

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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

Free Pregnancy Ultrasounds at Vol State

The Vol State Sonography Center in Gallatin.

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.

Fundraiser Held for New Wilson County Campus

Sandra McFarland and Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. Standing: Susan Redmond-Vaught, daughter; and College Foundation executive director, Karen Mitchell.

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.

Get Ahead in College with Vol State Summer Classes

Students on the Vol State Gallatin campus.

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.

Get Ready for Vol State Spring Classes

Online courses provide flexibility for working students.

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.

Helton is Director of Medical Laboratory Technology

Kimberly Helton at Vol State

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.

High Exam Pass Rate for Mechatronics Students

Vol State Mechatronics students work on a robotic arm assembly in the lab on the Gallatin campus.

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 Equivalency Graduation at Vol State

Adult Ed graduates at Vol State Harrison Hackett of Hendersonville and Shelia Cox of Gallatin.

Forty-five students have graduated from the Adult Education High School Equivalency program at Volunteer State Community College. The program held a graduation ceremony recently at the Vol State campus to celebrate. LaToya Newsom, assistant administrator of Performance and Accountability with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, addressed the graduates.

High School Seniors

Vol State student studies.

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 2 at midnight, you won’t be able to use TN Promise at all. The application is open now. Visit: https://www.tn.gov/tnpromise.html

High School Seniors - Apply for TN Promise Now

TN Promise logo

High School Seniors- it’s time to fill out the TN Promise application to give you access to your tuition-free college education next fall. You may have not made a decision on where to attend yet. Filling out the application by the deadline of Nov. 1 gives you the option to attend Vol State tuition-free. Visit our web page for a list of dates and links to apply: TN Promise

Hudgins Memorial Scholarship Awarded

 Pictured left to right: Karen Mitchell, vice president for Resource Development; LaTisha Hill; and Bill Hudgins, scholarship donor.

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.

I Am Not Your Negro Movie Screening

I am Not Your Negro movie poster

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.

I'll Fly Away: Albert E. Brumley Tribute April 16

Albert E. Brumley painting by Kamala courtesy of Jackson Brumley

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.

In-Person Classes are Back this Fall!

Vol State back to in-person classes this fall

Volunteer State Community College is back to in-person classes this fall on all four campuses: Springfield, Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. Vol State online courses will continue to be offered in three versions. Online asynchronous classes don’t have regular class meetings, allowing students to set their own schedule during the week, with due dates for assignments. Virtual synchronous classes have regularly scheduled online class meetings with instructors live via Zoom or other video platforms.

It's Not Too Late to Register for Spring Classes

Vol State student studies

It's not too late for fall students to register for spring classes. They start January 19. New and readmit students will need to fill out an application first at www.volstate.edu/apply

Fall students can use My Vol State to register.

If you need help registering, set an appointment with an advisor at www.volstate.edu/appointments. You can also call the Advising Center at 615-230-3702.

KEY Lifelong Learning Lecture Series for Spring

President Kennedy

UPDATE: 

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.

La Fiesta de Vol State Presenta El Baile Azteca el 20 de octubre

Aztec Dance gtoup performs at 2017 Fiesta. El grupo de baile azteca Quetzalli Yolotl.

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.

Landon Crowell Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

art work pictured: You Shimmed us up to remain true. Without you level has become very elusive.” by Landon Crowell.

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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series this Fall

KEY Lifelong Learning class at Vol State

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.

McGuire Hired as Vol State Baseball Coach

Jim McGuire has been hired as the new head Baseball coach at Volunteer State Community College

Jim McGuire has been hired as the new head Baseball coach at Volunteer State Community College. He was the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University from 2012 to 2018. He was also associate head baseball coach and assistant baseball coach at MTSU, going back to 1993. He was most recently the director of Baseball Operations at Hit after Hit Baseball Academy in Nashville. In 2020, McGuire was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

MLK, Jr. Event January 27

Martin Luther King, Jr. speech.

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.

Montague Recommended for Next President of Vol State

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting July 27 to consider the appointment of the next president of Volunteer State Community College. After a search of more than three months, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings is recommending to the Board the appointment of Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Vol State.

New Computer Programming Courses with Robertson High Schools

Vol State students on the campus in Springfield

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.

New Criminal Justice Lab in Gallatin

Vol State instructor Frank Ragains demonstrates fingerprinting techniques. Students left to right: Mick Fairchild of Hendersonville; Abby Smith of Smith County; Caitlyn Cook of Portland; and Hannah King of Mt. Juliet.

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.

New Drug Drop-Off Box at Vol State

Tiffany Zwart with the Vol State Student Engagement Office worked with Chief Angie Lawson on the project, in partnership with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition.

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.

New Evening Degree Program Starts this Fall in Livingston

Students meet on the Vol State campus in Livingston.

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.

New Food Giveaway for Students and Community

Vol State logo

Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin is working to keep students and their families fed. A new program is expanding that effort to also help the community. The Gallatin campus will be a pick-up site for a Farmers to Families Program food giveaway each Wednesday through December 23. There will be approximately 400 boxes to give out each week. The distribution will start with Vol State students at 10 a.m. and then, if supplies allow, continue for the public starting at 10:30 a.m.

New Gallatin Greenway to Connect at Vol State

Left to right: Beth Carpenter, vice president of Business and Finance; Will Newman, director of Plant Operations; Bill McCord, Gallatin city planner; Nick Tuttle, Gallatin city engineer; Suzanne Geerholt, Gallatin grant coordinator; Paige Brown, Gallatin mayor; and Jerry Faulkner, president.

A new grant provides funding for a Gallatin greenway segment that will include part of the campus at Volunteer State Community College. The twelve foot wide path will run across the front of campus near Nashville Pike and eventually be the middle portion of a greenway from downtown Gallatin to Station Camp, where it will connect to the Sumner County greenway. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is providing $950,000 for the grant. The project is expected to take several years to complete.

New Professional Music Degree and Tuition-Free Classes this Fall

Vol State campus in Gallatin

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.

New Professional Music Degree Program

Music students perform in a Vol State concert

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.

New Students: Get Ready for Fall Classes

Vol State students on the Gallatin campus.

Get ready for Fall classes at Vol State.

The college will be back to in-person classes on all four campuses for the fall semester while also offering online classes for students who still want those formats.

You can visit any of our campuses for help: Gallatin, Livingston, Springfield, and Cookeville - visit our campuses information page for more details.

New Terms Allow Students to Take More Summer Classes

Students on the Vol State Gallatin campus

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.

New WVCP Radio Show Highlights Life on Vol State Campus

WVCP FM logo

WVCP-FM 88.5 is a community radio station run by Volunteer State Community College. It has been serving the area with music, news, and public affairs programing for more than forty years. A new radio show will go into more depth about Vol State in a talk show format and podcast. The Vol State Chat will be airing weekly on Thursdays at noon on WVCP. The first show airs on August 12. It features interviews with students, faculty, and staff, highlighting interesting activities and academic work.

Nursing Information Meeting in Livingston April 23

A photo of nurses.

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.

P-16 BEST Award Winners Announced

BEST Award winners 2020 at Vol State

The North Central P-16 Council recently announced the 2020 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winners. The BEST Award celebrates exemplary support of education among 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.

P-16 BEST Award Winners Announced

The North Central P-16 Council recently announced the 2019 BEST (Businesses Empowering Students and Teachers) Award winner

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.

P-16 BEST Award Winners Announced

P-16 Best Award Winners for 2018

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.

Paul Brock Band: Irish Performers in Two Concerts

Paul Brock to perform at Vol State

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.

Phlebotomy Course Coming in March

Stock photo of blood draw

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. Phlebotomy jobs are expected to grow by 25 percent by 2026. Volunteer State Community College is offering a non-credit phlebotomy course in March. Classes will be online, but labs will be held on the Gallatin, Springfield, and Livingston campuses.

Phlebotomy Course Coming to Springfield

A Vol State phlebotomy class

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.

Powell Honored with Vol State Bridge Naming

Patty Powell, Vol State

Longtime Volunteer State Community College leader Patty Powell was honored today for her achievements. The college officially named the pedestrian walkway that connects the SRB Humanities Building to the Wood Campus Center the Patty Powell Bridge. Friends, family, and co-workers gathered for the ceremony. Powell served at Vol State for more than 30 years, retiring in 2016.

President Jerry Faulkner Announces Retirement

Dr. Jerry Faulkner, President, Volunteer State Community College

Jerry Faulkner, president of Volunteer State Community College, has announced that he will be retiring this summer. Faulkner will have served as president for more than nine years, guiding the college through a period of growth and challenge. “It has been a great privilege and honor to have served in the Vol State college community,” Faulkner said. “My time here has been the most rewarding of my life.”

Public Invited to CHEC Earth Day Event in Cookeville

Educational activities are run by CHEC students and community groups.

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.

Race and Sports Discussion September 25

Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace.

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.

Radiologic Student Awarded Sloan Scholarship

Kim Christmon, Vol State dean of Health Sciences; LuAnn Buck, Radiography program director; Dana Sloan, student; and David Heflin, Radiography instructor.

Volunteer State Community College Radiologic Technology student Dana Sloan of Pleasant Shade has won the Malcolm Sloan Scholarship. Sloan was a member of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences for 42 years. He helped train many technologists and radiologists. He was known as a champion for radiologic education. He is not related to the student. The $3000 award from Vanderbilt was presented recently by members of the Vol State Health Sciences faculty.

Record Student Enrollment

Students walk on the Vol State campus in Gallatin

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.

Register Now: EYH Science Event for Girls Grades 5-9

Health Science is one of the areas that is included in the upcoming EYH event aqt Vol State.

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.

Search Committee for next president of Vol State sets first meeting & public forum on April 28

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NASHVILLE (April 20, 2021) – The Search Advisory Committee leading the search for the next president of Volunteer State Community College has scheduled its first meeting and a public forum on Wednesday, April 28.

The forum is scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. CT, with the committee’s meeting immediately following at 9:30 a.m. – both by teleconferencing due to health and safety precautions for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Softball Players Association Donates to Vol State

Softball Players Association check presentation

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.

Sonography Receives Continuing Accreditation

Pictured: Connor Hansford watches as Denee Kelley simulates a scan of the liver using equipment at Vol State.

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.

Speech and Debate Team Wins National Tournament

Vol State Speech and Debate Team winners Elijah Avery, Autumn Howard, and Danielle Salvato.

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.

Spring 2021 Graduation Ceremonies

Spring 2021 graduation at Vol State

Volunteer State Community College held two graduation ceremonies Saturday in order to provide social distancing for the graduates. The morning and afternoon ceremonies were attended by hundreds of students. Graduation was limited to the graduates and officiants from the college. Family and friends were able to watch the event live online. Last spring, graduation was an entirely virtual event.

Spring Music Showcase Concerts

The Vol State Jazz Ensemble performs in 2018 concert.

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.

Stewart and Nordeman Exhibit at Vol State Gallery in October

Monica Stewart artwork textiles titled Dress

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.

Still Time to Apply for Fall Classes

Vol State campus in Gallatin

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

Students Celebrate Vol State Fall Graduation

Cap that says the best is yet to come at Vol State graduation ceremony

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.

Students compete in Science Olympiad at Vol State

Science Olympiad students at Vol State

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.

Students compete in TMTA math competition at Vol State

Travis Craig, Station Camp H.S., tied for third place; Nicholas Dennison, Gallatin H.S., tied for third place; Nilabh Saksena, Hendersonville H.S., second place; Ian Dilick, Pope John Paul II, first place; and Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president.

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.

Students Named to All-Tennessee Academic Team

Congratulating the students. Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president; advisor Jamie Gorczyca, Savannah Stover, Melody Watson, advisor Krista Mazza-Carter, and advisor Jamie Fuston.

Volunteer State Community College students Savannah Stover of Portland and Melody Watson of Nashville have been named to the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is a national academic honors society for community colleges. Vol State has a chapter. The All-Tennessee Academic Team is chosen from community college students across the state.

Sumner County Middle College High School Graduation

Sumner County Middle College High School graduation ceremony 2020.

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.

Sumner Middle College High School Graduation

Sumner Middle College High School Graduation

Sumner County Middle College High School students were awarded high school diplomas during an in-person ceremony at Volunteer State Community College Saturday. Twenty-two of those students also received associate degrees from Vol State two weeks ago. Middle College High School students take classes on the Vol State campus, earning high school and college credit at the same time. It allows students to get a jump start on their college career, entering university with many college credits towards a bachelor’s degree.

Sumner Middle College High School Graduation

Vol State Middle College High School graduates

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.

Take a Tour of the Gallatin Campus

Vol State campus tour

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.

Ted Jones Relief Prints Exhibit - Talk Canceled

A print by Nashville artist Ted Jones.

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.

Three finalists selected for next Vol State president. Campus visits, public forums June 22-24.

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A Tennessee Board of Regents Search Advisory Committee has selected three finalists for the next president of Volunteer State Community College. They will participate in campus visits – including forums with the public and campus groups – June 22, 23 and 24, the next step in the selection process.

The finalists are:

Tom and Betty Neal Honored with Chancellor’s Award

The award presentation at Vol State

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.

Tools to Help You Succeed in Your Classes

Vol State student working online.

Online Academic Support for Students

We have plenty of online support for students taking online classes. We offer everything from help navigating the online course system to tutoring in math and English. Here’s a list of resources for students. They are free and available to all students: 

eLearn Help

Tips for success using the Vol State online course system, eLearn.

Trendy Trunk Establishes Vol State Scholarship

Deanna Williams, the owner of the store said: “It is important to me, especially this year, to help a student who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford tuition or books.” She is shown here (left) with Karen Mitchell (right), executive director of the College Foundation.

The Trendy Trunk boutique in Hendersonville has established a scholarship to help students at Volunteer State Community College. Deanna Williams, the owner of the store said: “It is important to me, especially this year, to help a student who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford tuition or books.” She is shown here (left) with Karen Mitchell (right), executive director of the College Foundation. The scholarship will provide $1000 to a Vol State student through the Volunteer State College Foundation.

Virtual Presentation: Melanie Cochran of Wild Cow Nashville

Melanie Cochran

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.

Vol State Adds Workforce Certificates to Degree Programs

A CIT class at Vol State.

Employers want more than just a degree. They are looking for college graduates who also have a specific set of skills that will apply to the field. New Embedded Technical Certificates at Volunteer State Community College can help students in three Business and Technology degree programs: Computer Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Administrative Professional Technology.

Vol State and Hawkins Family Renew a Tornado Connection

Jair and Jerrod Hawkins at Vol State in Gallatin

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

Welch College president, J. Matthew Pinson and Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner, sign the transfer agreement in Gallatin.

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.

Vol State announces $1.3 Million TRIO Grant Renewal

2019 Vol State TRIO students and staff.

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. 

Vol State Brings Mechatronics Classes to Highland Crest

Vol State and Electrolux officials meet in Gallatin

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.

Vol State Brings Virtual Teaching Skills to European OSHA Clients

Vol State logo

Virtual learning has expanded in many ways during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, staff members at Volunteer State Community College are taking virtual teaching techniques and applying them to a new audience, one that is well outside the usual focus of Middle Tennessee. Vol State is home to an OTIEC (OSHA Training Institute Education Center). OSHA health and safety training organized by Vol State reaches companies and employees across the southeast United States. A program is taking that education global as part of a U.S. Army Europe training initiative.

Vol State Business Programs Renew Accreditation

Vol State logo

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.

Vol State Campuses Reopening July 20 - Masks and Online Screening Required

Vol State student with mask on campus.

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.

Vol State Celebrates 40 Years of WVCP Radio

George “BumperJack” Hurd in a break from his DJ duties on Vol State radio WVCP.

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.

Vol State Celebrates Fall 2020 Graduation Virtually

Vol State Fall 2020 graduation ceremony.

Volunteer State Community College celebrated Fall Graduation 2020 with a virtual ceremony today. More than eight hundred students were eligible to participate in commencement, including 312 TN Promise students and 228 TN Reconnect students. Those programs provide tuition-free education for eligible Tennessee students. The online ceremony featured short speeches from administrators and faculty members. As the names of the graduates were read, hundreds of pictures and short videos produced by the students were shown.

Vol State Drops Mask Requirement for Vaccinated People

Vol State students walking on the Gallatin campus.

Masks will no longer be required on Volunteer State Community College campuses for those who are vaccinated. People who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and those at high risk are strongly encouraged to still wear masks. Vol State is returning to in-person classes and campus student events this fall. The college has a wide selection of online formats for students who need to fit college into their busy schedule.

Vol State Educate a Woman Raises $84,000

Amanda Foster, Brenda Payne and Wendy Hughes, of Hendersonville.

The 2021 Educate a Woman luncheon held in May raised $84,000 to support scholarships for women at Volunteer State Community College, a new record total for the event. Comedienne Karen Mills was the keynote speaker. Three hundred people attended. The Volunteer State College Foundation organizes the luncheon. The Summa Cum Laude sponsors were long-time partner Sumner Regional Medical Center, and new donors, Subaru of Gallatin, and Facebook. Since 2008, the luncheon has provided scholarships for 88 women.

Vol State Event Focuses on Preparing People for Tech Jobs

Jazmin Grimm, Existing Industries manager with the Gallatin Economic Development Agency, moderated a panel discussion at Vol State.

A new report by the CBRE company puts Nashville at the national forefront of technology job growth. Business leaders and educators gathered at Volunteer State Community College recently to hear Facebook Community Development regional manager, Katie Comer, discuss how to prepare Tennesseans for those jobs. A large Facebook data center is under construction in Gallatin. It is expected to create many positions in both technology and support roles.

Vol State Expands Sleep Diagnostics Program to East Tennessee

Students apply electrodes during practice in the Vol State sleep diagnostics lab.

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.

Vol State Faculty Member Worked on Netflix Hit "The Prom"

Pictured: Vol State faculty member Steve Bishir in the control room at Air Studios in London, England.

A Hollywood movie musical is all about making the stars sound great. A big part of that is done with an orchestra. Volunteer State Community College Director of Entertainment Media Production, Steve Bishir, was part of the team that recorded the orchestra for the Netflix hit “The Prom.” The movie stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden. Bishir traveled to London, England last March for the project.

Vol State Fall Graduation Ceremony

Austin Bonebrake was honored as Outstanding Fall Graduate. Shown here with his family, left to right: Thomas, Austin, and Patty Bonebrake.

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.

Vol State Fiesta October 19 - La Fiesta de Vol State el 19 de octubre

Vol State Fiesta logo 2019

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.

Vol State Foundation Dinner Raises More Than $36,000

Karen Mitchell, College Foundation executive director; Susan Peach, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center; and Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president.

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.

Vol State Foundation Raises $39,000 with Virtual Event

 Grace Tomkins participated in the virtual Complete the Dream Vol State event at her home in Gallatin.

The Volunteer State College Foundation raised more than $39,000 with a virtual Complete the Dream event earlier this fall. Sumner Regional Medical Center was the title sponsor for the virtual event that featured magician and author, Jason Michaels. Attendees, who were at their homes, were able to purchase a “Dream Box” which included food and drink for six people, catered by Myers Front Porch, and two bottles of wine, donated by Bluegrass Beverages.

Vol State Gallery Features Works by Matt Eddmenson

partial image from Matt Eddmenson, “The Calm Feeling of Chaos” (2021)

The Art Gallery at Volunteer State Community College will be showing the work of artist Matt Eddmenson of Nashville. The exhibit is open to the public. A graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Eddmenson draws from a range of influences and sources for his practice, including Cowboy Comics, Pop Art, and the work of Cy Twombly. His works are gatherings and reconfigurations of American imagery and iconography, commonly featuring cowboys, skulls, and rodeo horses. He also incorporates images from the golden age of comics and tattoo culture.

Vol State Gallery Show a Tribute to Gallatin Art Teacher

Chip Boles- Blessed Thistle (Guinevere), 2018. Graphite and Gesso on Panel.

The Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery has a special show coming up in August. It features the work of former students of Gallatin High School art teacher, Doris Bills. For more than 30 years, Bills introduced students to the world of drawing, painting, and sculpture. “Waves of Gratitude: Artwork of the Former Students of Doris Bills” will be at the Vol State Gallery from August 1 through August 15.

Vol State Graduate Wins Prestigious State Department Fellowship

Pictured: Vol State HistoryIsabella Greene on the day before her travel to Washington, D-C.

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.

Vol State Holds Event for Nichols Softball Complex Naming

Vol State Softball coach Johnny Lynn with Chris and Warren Nichols at the Nichols Softball Complex on the Gallatin campus.

Volunteer State Community College held an event recently to officially recognize the naming of the Dr. Warren and Chris Nichols Softball Complex in Gallatin. Warren Nichols was the second president of Vol State, serving from 2003 until 2011. Among Nichols accomplishments as president, he was instrumental in working to get the facility upgraded, including a new press box, bathrooms, and other facilities. The Nichols’ are dedicated Vol State softball fans. The ceremony has been in the works for some time.

Vol State Holds Online Event for Girls Interested in Science

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TN Girls in STEM is an online event organized by Volunteer State Community College. It’s designed to get girls in grades 5 through 9 interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It will be held on October 2 and registration is open now. The learning event has been held for several years under the name Vol State EYH. This new online conference is free and will feature workshops on a variety of topics, including: animal eyes, cyber safety, 3D printing, and solving medical mysteries.

Vol State Inaugurates New Swine and Dine Fundraiser

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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.

Vol State Increases In-Person Classes for Fall Semester

Students in masks on the Vol State Gallatin campus.

Volunteer State Community College is welcoming students back to school with more in-person classes this fall. The college will be increasing the number of on-ground classes available on all four campuses: Springfield, Gallatin, Cookeville, and Livingston. The college will also be expanding opportunities for students to engage in campus activities while still maintaining safety measures. Vol State classes have been primarily online for the last year, due to COVID-19. Vol State online courses will continue to be offered in three versions.

Vol State Joins OpenStax Free Textbook Network

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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.

Vol State Kicks-Off Math and Science Building Renovation

Warf Groundbreaking picture at Vol State

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.

Vol State Launches IT Academy for Adult Students

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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.

Vol State Launches Medical Assisting Degree Program

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The need for trained medical assistants is quite high. You interact with these people when you visit a doctor’s office or a clinic. They do everything from checking vital signs, running EKG equipment, and helping with lab tests. Volunteer State Community College can prepare students for the field with the new Medical Assisting degree program. The Medical Assisting Program provides classroom and hands-on clinical education. The goal is for students to become multi-skilled health professionals.

Vol State Movie Night: Toy Story 4

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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.

Vol State Nursing Application Now Available

Vol State Nursing AAS students in the lab in Gallatin.

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.

Vol State Nursing Celebrates First Graduates

Student working in lab at Vol State RN Nursing AAS program

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.

Vol State Nursing Program is Underway

 The Vol State at Livingston Nursing Program students.

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. 

Vol State Offers Free Online Career Skill Building Courses

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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:

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Vol State Offers Free Pregnancy Ultrasound

Vol State sonography lab

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.

Vol State Offers New Digital Radio Concentration

Vol State student Katie Burke in the WVCP-FM studios on the campus in Gallatin.

Radio and podcasting are big parts of how people communicate these days. Aside from traditional over the air stations, radio now includes listening at work on the computer and following a favorite personality’s podcast for entertainment. Volunteer State Community College has added a new Digital Radio Media concentration to train students for radio and podcasting careers, as part of the Entertainment Media Production program. 

Vol State Offers Two Fall Classes in Carthage

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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.

Vol State Receives Donation of Theater Masks

George Pimentel, vice president of Academic Affairs; Arthur Carey Rutledge, friend of the donor; Jennifer Brezina, dean of Humanities; Laura and Carl Goodman, nephew of the donor; Karen Mitchell, vice president of Resource Development; and Nate Smyth, Art Department chair.

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.

Vol State RN Nursing Information Meetings

Pictured: Vol State Nursing students learn pediatric care skills.

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.

Vol State RN Nursing Program Graduates Celebrate

Volunteer State Community College celebrated the graduation of the second class of Nursing students today with a pinning ceremony

Volunteer State Community College celebrated the graduation of the second class of Nursing students today with a pinning ceremony in Caudill Hall. Thirty-eight students from the Gallatin and Livingston groups are graduating this year with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. The program prepares students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Vol State Science and Math Expo for kids April 4

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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.

Vol State Springfield Receives State Approval to Offer Degree Programs

The Science Lab at Vol State Springfield

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.