Monday, February 17, 2020

Dr. Seuss Book Drive

Dr. Seuss Book Drive: To Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss & support the efforts of Read Across America. Vol State faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to donate children's books from February 17th-March 2nd. Drop off boxes are located inside the following buildings: Wood, SRB (2nd floor), Ramer, Pickel, Thigpen Library and Caudill Hall.

Please Remind Pre-Nursing Students

The Vol State RN Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program is offering information sessions over the next few months for students who are interested in applying for the next class, which starts in June 2020.  The sessions will be held on 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. The program is competitive and there are GPA requirements. The students most likely ready to apply for the summer start are current pre-nursing students. However, everyone is welcome to attend the info meetings.

For the dates, times, and locations of the meetings please visit

Monday, February 10, 2020

Belmont Business School Agreement Signed

Belmont University and Vol State signed a new partnership recently that allows Vol State associate degree students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Belmont’s Jack C. Massey College of Business. Eligible students must earn a Vol State Associate of Science Degree in a business program  by completing the transfer coursework developed and approved by both institutions. Through this agreement, Vol State students who meet stated requirements can be granted early admittance into Belmont’s Massey College of Business.

The degree completion program is open to any Vol State student pursuing an associate’s degree in accounting, business administration, information systems, finance, management or marketing who successfully completes 24 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students applying for need-based aid or VA benefits as well as adult students seeking reduced tuition options are all eligible for this program. In addition, a transfer scholarship has been created to support students pursuing the 2-to-4 year Vol State/Belmont option. The scholarship, open to Vol State Associate Degree in Business graduates who meet GPA qualifications, has a value of $3,000 per semester for four semesters of continuous study at Belmont.

Vol State Pick-Up Location for Tennessee Tree Day

Tennessee residents are invited to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on Tennessee Tree Day, March 21, 2020. The initiative is providing a variety of tree species for sale. Trees are available to reserve for a $2.49 donation or $4.99 per tree, depending on species, now through March 1 or while supplies last. One of the pick-up locations will be the Volunteer State Community College campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Visit the event website at for a list of participating tree pick-up locations statewide.

More than sixty trees are classified and listed as a certified arboretum at the Vol State Gallatin campus. An arboretum is a collection of trees that have been identified and listed for nature exploration and scientific study. The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council has certified the campus as a Level II Arboretum. It is named for former Vol State Chemistry professor, Parris Powers.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lady Pioneers Basketball on Channel 4

The Lady Pioneers basketball team was featured on the WSMV Channel 4 morning news on Friday. Great job by Coach Key and the players. Here's a link to the segments:

1989 Graduate Returns to the Classroom

Jeff Roberts was an undecided major when he came to Vol State as a student in the 1980s. He soon found an interest in history and political science. He admits that his grades were not the best in the early years of his education. However, with persistence and much hard work he became a practicing attorney. Now he’s back at Vol State and this time he will be at the front of the classroom.

“I always thought about coming back to teach,” he said. “After 20 years practicing law I finally feel competent to teach an Intro to Law class. I’m at the point in my life when I can give back.”

Roberts has his own personal injury law practice in Nashville. He said that being a community college student was good experience for his path to the courtroom.

“Going to Vol State and working at the same time really set me apart from the other students. When I got to MTSU, juggling school and work was part of who I was. At Nashville School of Law I was working 40 hours a week and going to law school at night.”

Roberts isn’t the only lawyer teaching at Vol State. Criminal Justice Director, Bradley Tracy, also a lawyer, recruited Roberts. Adjunct Bill Sorrells is not only a lawyer, but also assistant chief in the Gallatin Police Department.

“I came to Bill’s class last year as a guest speaker. I guess that’s when the bug bit me.”

Roberts is also recruiting professionals to talk to his Intro to Law students this semester, including some big names. He recently had a class Facetime appearance by former FBI agent James Freeman, who led the law enforcement task force that caught the Unabomber in the 1990s.

Graduates often remember the moment where things began to click for them in college; the revelation that learning is actually enjoyable and the valuable lessons that could be used for a career.

“Dr. Bob Ruff was the first instructor to teach me to think critically.”

Monday, January 27, 2020

Sonography Receives Continuing Accreditation

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 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. Sonography, also known as ultrasound, is one of the tools doctors use to look inside the body and diagnose patients. Students get hands-on training in the Vol State Sonography Center, a lab with several hospital beds, large HD monitors, and the latest professional ultrasound equipment. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Intercollegiate Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Vol State Art Gallery 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. The show runs from January 27 to February 22. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on February 22 from 1 p.m. to 4p.m. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. The Vol State Art Gallery is located on the first floor of SRB. Here are the student awards from the show, including Vol State winners. This year’s juror was Billy Renkl, professor of Art, Drawing and Illustration at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. 

Awards Collegiate
Purchase Award (we are buying this piece for placement on campus)
    Britt Pugh - Vol State
Best in Show 
   Tory Millman Hall - Pellissippi State
Awards of Excellence 
   Barbara Martorello - Vol State
   John Matthews - Vol State
   Abigail Lindenmth - Roane State
Plaza Arts Gift Certificate Award
   Madison Elise Warner - Vol State
   Aurora Lovely - Vol State
   Nicole Denley - Chattanooga State
   David Chatham - Chattanooga State
   Laura Harper - Walters State 
   Nathaniel Stewart - Walters State

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Middle School Students at Work

Middle College High School students worked with Jeff Kent and the Master Gardeners of Sumner County in the Vol State garden over break. Sixty-five students spent two hours in 36 degree weather, helping dig a ditch, mulching beds, and fillings rocks in the ditch. Middle College students report to campus earlier than other Vol State students, to match the district schedule. In that extra time, they have special workshops and participate in community service projects, such as this.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Free Employee Basic Spanish Class for Beginners

Continuing Ed is sponsoring a basic class in Spanish this week for employees who would like to know enough Spanish to be able to help with basic needs. This is a free introductory class to get people familiar with the method. Information on the cost going forward will be available to at the session.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Documentary Featuring Vol State Debuts Today Online

You may remember that Vol State took part in the filming of an educational documentary last fall. Voices of Pathways is a five-part documentary film series about colleges in the process of implementing guided pathways. Filmed at five community colleges in different regions of the country, the series shows transformational change from the perspectives of faculty and staff members undertaking the day-to-day work as well as the students these efforts aim to serve.

The films are now available online. The Gates Foundation, which funded the project, will use its broad reach to promote the films, including tweeting to its 175K followers, putting information on the home page of its postsecondary website, and including information in several newsletters and other publications.

Synopses of the Five Films

Continuous Improvement: Volunteer State Community College
For the past 20 years, Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN) has implemented many practices proven to advance student success. In 2014, the faculty and staff committed to focusing their efforts around guided pathways and embracing continuous improvement. Today, Vol State students experience many features of pathways, including educational planning, proactive advising, clear first-year requirements, scheduling based on students’ academic plans, and instruction that uses a growth mindset approach.

Are We Student Ready? Milwaukee Area Technical College
Faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, WI) have a strong commitment to social justice and a belief that guided pathways can help create more equitable outcomes for their students. In launching pathways at MATC, faculty and staff are working to help students better navigate college as well as their broader community, which is facing the toughest consequences of deep economic inequality, deindustrialization, and structural racism.

Getting Along with Math: Austin Community College
Austin Community College (Austin, TX) is situated in a thriving art and tech economy. With the right degree or certificate, students can attain well-paying jobs in a dynamic sector. But for many students deemed underprepared by the placement process, developmental math was an uncrossable divide that kept them from attaining their academic and career goals. Using guided pathways, ACC redesigned math learning and transformed its academic model so more students can succeed.

Changing the Data Culture: Linn-Benton Community College
Linn-Benton Community College (Albany, OR) has moved from using data for compliance to using it for improvement. The college’s data team found creative approaches to overcome fears of data and help faculty and staff become more comfortable using it in their day-to-day work. LBCC faculty and staff now embrace data and rely on it to evaluate their guided pathways efforts and make evidence-based decisions. Most important, they consider data a powerful tool for helping more students succeed.

Many Minds Working Together: Prince George’s Community College
As part of its guided pathways work, Prince George’s Community College (Largo, MD) built cross-functional teams that streamlined 217 credit programs down to 82, created clear programs of study, and updated advising. Through ongoing collaboration among faculty and staff members, PGCC mapped all programs of study to jobs in the greater Washington, DC, area. The college also expanded its relationships with employers, including federal contractors that offer jobs with competitive salaries, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.

The five films are available for viewing here.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Vet Tech Students Win Christmas Parade Award

Vol State Vet Tech students got creative for their Gallatin Christmas Parade entry and it won them the Best Animal Entry Award. Congrats to all involved. NAVTA is the Vol State student group for the The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Non-Credit Computer Programming for Novices

The Python Programming mini-camp at Vol State is a high-impact, hands-on,12-hour long workshop designed for the programming novice. The non-credit course will guide you from understanding the basic concepts of programming to writing simple applications in a highly compressed format. This mini-camp is designed to maximize hands-on learning in a time-efficient format. You will have access to computers in order to work examples at every step of the way for a learning experience well worth your time. Materials are included.
Dates/Times: Monday and Thursday, February 24 and 27, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
AND Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Vol State Gallatin Campus, Mattox Building, Room 113
Instructor: Martin Bell, Associate Professor
Computer Information Technology
Fee: $269.00
You may register here. 
Anyone interested can also call 615-230-3358.

High School Music Day at Vol State

High School Music Day at Vol State brings high school students together for a day of workshops and fun led by Vol State music and Entertainment Media Production faculty. Registration is open now. The event is free and open to all high school students in the area. It will be held on Saturday, February 15 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SRB.. Students are encouraged to bring their instrument. Pianos will be provided. A few pre-chosen singer/songwriters will have an opportunity to record a song. Interested students should email Registration for Music Day is required and can be accomplished at For more information call 615-230-3302.

Free Pregnancy Ultrasounds at Vol State

Help us get the word out!

The  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. 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. The students will be scanning on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., through the end of April. The scans usually last one-hour.  Patients must sign a release of liability, and already have had an initial ultrasound exam before they can participate. To schedule an appointment please contact Kristie Sadler at 615-230-3322.