Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Vol State in the News

Local media have published stories with updates on plans for a Vol State Wilson County campus. The primary update is an announcement of the location in Mt. Juliet. The Wilson Post has this story. The Tennessean ran this piece.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Congrats to PTA!

The Vol State Physical Therapy Assistant program received some big news recently. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education re accredited the program for 10 years. Here are some stats they cited:

Student Achievement
Graduation Rate for students graduating in 2017, 2018
Licensure Examination Pass Rate- ultimate Pass rate for students graduating in 2016, 2017*
Employment Rate for students graduating in 2016, 2017

*Reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; data current as of March 28, 2019

Congrats to everyone involved!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Vol State in the News

The Tennessean did a nice story about the retirement of Sue Pedigo.

The Volunteer Gardener TV show on Nashville Public Television taped a segment at the Vol State Community Garden this spring. The episode is due to air on Thursday 6/20/19 at 7:30pm. The same episode repeats on Sunday 6/23/19 at 9:30am. It will broadcast on all the public television stations in TN after NPT’s debut. The show will be posted at on 6/24, after both of the Nashville broadcasts. 

The Ledger Newspaper in Nashville has an article about the need for our new Nursing program.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vol State in the News

The push is on for new TN Reconnect students. The Lebanon Democrat has our news release.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Graduate Profile: Isaac Ramirez

Isaac Ramirez is one motivated college student. “I’ve been pushing myself more and more every semester,” he said. He has a love for learning and a passion for science. His family is a big part of the reason he seeks out challenges.

“My parents came from Mexico when I was one-year-old,” he said. “My dad worked at a plant in Portland. He liked it and decided to stay. He started as an engineer and now he’s a supervising engineer.”

Life in a new country was difficult for the Ramirez family. “My parents struggled with learning English. I picked up Spanish from home and English at school. My dad never had the opportunity to do much in higher education. He was educated through his work. When we came here, their goal was to give us a better life through education. Everything they do involves getting me and my sisters into college.”

And so Isaac came to college; not out of high school, but rather as a high school junior. He’s a Sumner County Middle College High School student. His classes for the last two years have been at the Vol State campus in Gallatin. He will graduate in May with a Vol State associate’s degree and his high school diploma.

“I’ve been able to find classes I never would have been able to take at high school. The one that stands out the most is microbiology. I absolutely love it.”

His science classes at Vol State have been a launching pad for his dream to be a medical researcher.

“I want to go into pharmaceutical research. My main goal is to do research into superbugs and bacteriophages. That’s a form of virus that infects bacteria. They’re trying to use that to provide a way to fight bacteria without raising the chance that it becomes resistant to treatment.”

His next step is the University of Alabama at Huntsville, where he has received a full-tuition scholarship and a seat in the Honors College. He plans to pursue a dual degree in biology and chemistry. His Vol State classes have provided a jump start on his bachelor’s degree. “I should be able to finish in two and a half to three years.”

His parents will be watching closely. “They’re checking-up on every single step. They’re super-excited for me to go out into the world and find a way to do what I love doing.”

Graduate Profile: Brianna Hogan

Riding in a cop car can be a life changing experience. So it was for Criminal Justice major, Brianna Hogan. During her final year of high school, Brianna accompanied a police officer on a ride-along to see what the job was all about. Initially the ride-along was simply intended to check the proverbial box to fulfill her job-shadowing requirement for TN Promise. Little did she know it would become her future career path.

“He went on his daily rounds, he showed me everything he has to do, I think there was like two or three calls we went on. We did a couple of traffic stops, it was just, like, exciting. I was like, oh this is definitely what I think I wanna go into,” she said. “I want something that challenges me on a daily basis, so I thought that it would be a good field to go into because you don’t know what’s gonna happen in a day, it could quickly change.”

Her eventual goal is to join the FBI. After Vol State, she plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University. There she intends to double major in Criminal Justice and Foreign Language with an emphasis in either Spanish or Chinese, both of which she currently studies at Vol State.

“TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) has a position for foreign language translators, so I could pair the two that I want to do, that’s my goal right now … I guess I’d like to work my way up either to an ATF agent or a U.S. Marshal or something like that.”

Brianna has been a Vol State President’s Ambassador this year. She said she’s going to miss the familiarity of the college, but she’s excited to move on and continue her education.

-Rachel Keyes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vol State in the News

Vol State students did great in the SkillsUSA state tournament recently. The Overton County news has the story.

A recent exam pass rate in the Mechatronics program has received attention. Here is a story in the Lebanon Democrat.

The push is on for summer class registration. The Hendersonville Standard has this piece.

Vol State faculty members work hard in organizing community academic events, such as the annual Tennessee Math Teachers Association math contest. Here is a story about the latest competition.

Monday, April 22, 2019

MLT Students Win at Conference

Congrats to students in the Medical Laboratory Technology program. They participated in the Tennessee Annual Laboratory Conference recently. The conference took place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Students attended a variety of educational lectures on current laboratory topics. The Vol State program had three teams participate in the Student Bowl competition. One of our teams won in the MLT category, and only fell behind 10 points in the end from winning against the MLS category winners. Thanks to MLT Director Kimberly Helton for the leadership to get them there!

Graduate Profile: Bobbijo Andrews

Bobbijo Andrews of Cookeville is a Gold Medalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and you may think that means she has the gift of gab, but that isn’t the case at all.

“I was recruited for the SkillsUSA competition,” she said. “Public speaking is not my thing, but I’m getting better at it. It was very much out of my comfort zone to speak in public and compete, but I think I needed it to boost my confidence.”

That’s a common theme for Andrews, who was home schooled and worked for 12 years before deciding to take the plunge into college.

“I never gave myself enough credit. I was living paycheck to paycheck and I was tired of it. I’ve been eager to learn and participate. If you go into school with that outlook, you will do well.”

She attended classes at the Vol State Livingston campus and the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). “Both campuses are so welcoming. You’re like family.” She plans to major in Audiology and Speech Therapy at university in the fall.

“I have worked with mentally disabled adults and they sometimes need speech therapy. They are such grateful individuals and the work is really important to their lives. That’s why my heart is in it.”

While at Vol State, Andrews participated in the Sign Language Club, a new offering at CHEC, and also in the Green Team, responsible for environmental activities, such as CHEC Earth Day. She will also be speaking publicly again- participating in the national competition for SkillsUSA in June.

Her next step after that will be Middle Tennessee State University and while she admits the size of the school is a bit scary, it’s clear that she is ready to overcome that as well. “I am a nervous wreck. I’m a small town girl. But I’m excited.”

Vol State in the News

Nice story in the Tennessean about the long-running Hendersonville Rotary mission trips to Guatemala, led Dr. Bill Taylor, and the involvement of our Ophthalmic Program in that work.

The new Nursing program application deadline is coming up on May 1. The Herald Citizen and other media have been promoting meetings designed to answer student questions.