Gallatin

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. 

California Suite Comedy Theater Production

Beverly Hills Hotel picture

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.

Dearly Departed Comedy Theater

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nursing Program Start-Up Donation Announced

Pictured left to right: Karen Mitchell, executive director of the College Foundation; Susan Peach, market president, HighPoint Health System, and chief executive officer, Sumner Regional Medical Center; Linda Gibson, Vol State dean of Nursing; and Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president.

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.

Sophomore Music Recitals at Vol State

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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.

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.

Spring Music Showcase Concerts April 27 and 28

Vol State Rock Ensemble in concert in 2016

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 Inaugurates New Swine and Dine Fundraiser

Swine and Dine event logo

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 Launches IT Academy for Adult Students

Vol State IT Academy Logo

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 RN Nursing Degree Program

stock photo of nurses

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.

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 Science and Math Expo for kids April 4

Vol State Science and Math Expo logo

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 Singers Perform with Portland High School Ensemble

Vol State Singers group in rehearsal

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.

Wife and Husband Exhibit at Vol State Gallery

Pictured: “I Haven’t Said Enough” by Heather Jones

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