Issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration are explored in a movie called “13th.” The 2016 documentary by director Ava DuVernay will be shown at Volunteer State Community College on February 20 in a free public screening. The title refers to the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The ratification abolished slavery.
TN Promise and TN Reconnect programs provide tuition-free education for graduating high school seniors and adults. Apply to Vol State now.
Aztec dance group Quetzalli Yolotl will be a highlight of the Fall Fiesta at Volunteer State Community College on October 20. The annual celebration of Latino culture will include a soccer goal kicking contest, with several age categories from kids to adult. The Fiesta is a free event featuring food, music and fun.
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.
Students, faculty and staff at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) are celebrating Earth Day with an educational event on Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to see environmental science displays; meet organizations promoting a Green lifestyle; hear speakers; and watch documentary films. The focus of the event is the impact of plastics on the environment. Sponsors for the event include: HelgasPhotos, Cookeville Honda, and RE/MAX ONE.
The Parris Powers Science and Math Expo at Volunteer State Community College is coming up on April 5. It’s a fun day of science learning for kids K-8 and their parents and grandparents. There will be dozens of hands-on demonstrations and activities. Those exhibits are put together by Vol State students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education. Topics will include: water properties (cohesion, adhesion, and surface tension), dry ice demonstrations, and education on biodegradable and recyclable materials.
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.
Tennessee Reconnect is a unique opportunity for adults who don’t have a college degree to earn one tuition-free. The program starts in August with the fall semester. Volunteer State Community College is encouraging Tennesseans to get ready now. The TN Reconnect application just became available.
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.