Gallatin

Food Trucks on the Gallatin Campus March 14-17

Fri, Mar 11, 2022

After much anticipation, we are happy to finally announce that starting Monday, March 14, we will have dining options available on the Gallatin campus each week Mondays through Thursdays. Food trucks will be set up on the sidewalk between the Thigpen Library and Wallace North. Dining Room vendors will be in the Nichols Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center. All vendors will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will post the calendar for the week on Vol State social media and send it out via email.

New Gallatin Greenway to Connect at Vol State

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.

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 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 Campuses Reopening July 20 - Masks and Online Screening Required

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.

Sumner County Middle College High School Graduation

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.

New Criminal Justice Lab in Gallatin

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.

Christmas Past and Present Concerts Dec. 6 and 7

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.

Marilyn Murphy Exhibit at Vol State Art Gallery

The drawings of Nashville artist Marilyn Murphy will be on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery in October. The professor of Art emerita at Vanderbilt University has been shown in 390 exhibitions nationally and abroad.

Wife and Husband Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

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

Vol State Nursing Program is Underway

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 Launches IT Academy for Adult Students

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.

A Pathway to Nursing and More this Fall

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. 

Apprenti Technology Apprenticeship Program Meeting May 31

Struggling to Hire Tech Talent?

Join us on Friday May 31, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. at the Sumner County American Job Center, 1598 Green Lea Blvd in Gallatin, for a special information session about Apprenti, a technology-focused apprenticeship program.

Get Ahead in College with Vol State Summer Classes

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.

Spring Music Showcase Concerts

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.

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

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.

High Exam Pass Rate for Mechatronics Students

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.

Dearly Departed Comedy Theater

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.

Vol State Science and Math Expo for kids April 4

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.

Sophomore Music Recitals at Vol State

Student singers at Volunteer State Community College will perform in sophomore recitals at the college in March and April. Faculty member Nicholas Reynolds will accompany several of the performances on piano. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. They will each be held at 7 p.m. in room 151 of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black (SRB) building on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin.

Landon Crowell Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

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.

Vol State Launches RN Nursing Degree Program

Volunteer State Community College has announced a new nursing degree program that will prepare students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Approval for the program was given recently by Tennessee Board of Nursing. This new program will award an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing. It will be held on the Gallatin and Livingston campuses.

Las Vegas Artist Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

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.

Nursing Program Start-Up Donation Announced

Sumner Regional Medical Center is the first of the area hospitals to commit support to the new Volunteer State Community College Nursing program, with a donation of $50,000. Vol State is taking the final steps to gain full approval for the new program. When final approval is received there will be an announcement about specifics.

Vol State Inaugurates New Swine and Dine Fundraiser

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.

Helton is Director of Medical Laboratory Technology

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.

New Professional Music Degree and Tuition-Free Classes this Fall

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.

Spring Music Showcase Concerts April 27 and 28

Original student music will be a highlight of the annual Spring Music Showcase concerts at Volunteer State Community College. The April 27 and 28 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 titled “Sweet Summer” will be available for sale at the show and at the Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin.

Vol State Singers Perform with Portland High School Ensemble

Choral music will be center stage at Volunteer State Community College on Sunday, April 22 as the Vol State Singers collaborate with the Portland High School Ensemble in presenting Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, K 339. The Vol State Singers are led by faculty member Nancy Slaughter. The Portland Ensemble is directed by Ben Warren. The show will be held at 3 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. It is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3201.

Jessie Barnes Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

Dallas-based artist Jessie Barnes combines flora, fauna and human imagery in colorful, complex, and often jungle-like settings that harken back to her childhood in Florida. She practices printmaking, painting and drawing. Her work is currently on display at the Volunteer State Community College Art Gallery.

California Suite Comedy Theater Production

A suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel is the setting for the classic Neil Simon comedy California Suite. The play will be presented by the Volunteer State Community College theater program as part of the Spring 2018 Visual and Performing Arts Series. The production uses the same suite as the location for each of four parts, with different characters in each act. Couples visiting Los Angeles sort through marriage problems, mid-life complications, and in one case, a dilemma involving an unconscious prostitute.

I Am Not Your Negro Movie Screening

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.

Lisa Lorek Quine Art Exhibit

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.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL Classes

Volunteer State Community College offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for non-native speakers of English.

English language instruction is also often called ESL.

The College has college-level classes in intermediate-level and advanced-level English writing, in reading and vocabulary development, conversation, and in listening and speaking. The goal of these classes is to better prepare non-native students to succeed in the American college classroom. Call (615) 230-3201 for information.