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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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 RN Nursing Degree Program

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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.

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