Friday, July 1, 2022

Celebrating 30 Years at Vol State Livingston

Join us for Bluegrass and BBQ as we celebrate 30 years of service and programs at Vol State Livingston.

Thursday, July 7, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
113 Windle Community Road, Livingston, TN
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Everyone is invited to join us for music, barbecue, community fellowship, and campus tours.

94.7 FM Country Giant will host a live radio remote from the Vol State Livingston campus with prizes given away throughout the event.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

2022 High School Equivalency Commencement at Vol State

Fifty-four students have graduated from the Adult Education High School Equivalency program at Volunteer State Community College. The program held a graduation ceremony recently at the Vol State campus to celebrate.

Class Valedictorian Brandon Dees

Nicholas Bishop, Esq., Vice President for Economic and Community Development at Volunteer State Community College, was the guest speaker. Graduate Brandon Dees (pictured right) was the Class Valedictorian. Both individuals addressed those in attendance during the evening commencement program on June 23rd.

The Adult Education Program at Volunteer State offers free classes to prepare you for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Instruction focuses on the necessary knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies to pass the HiSET exam. Also available are English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to assist individuals with improving their English language skills.

“This program year, we had over 300 students in our program. Of those students, 102 have graduated and 41 have made significant level gains. We had 55 of our students enrolled in our ESL program,” said Kathy Breeding, Adult Education Program Coordinator at Vol State.

Vol State hosts Sumner County high school equivalency classes at the Gallatin campus. Classes are also offered throughout Sumner County. They include day, evening, and virtual options.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Jonathan Kenigson Provides Extra Help for Students

Faculty member Jonathan Kenigson has been taking steps to make sure his Math and Science students get the help they need. He holds extra lab sessions to provide homework help. This summer he plans to do that in a combined summer bundle of math classes, where “enhanced help” is the theme of the course.

“I want all my students to succeed. I meet with them on campus, in the Learning Commons, by phone and coffee houses. Students come in,” Kenigson said. “They’re frustrated and on the edge when they contact me.” 

Many Vol State faculty members use office hours and free time to help students but Kenigson has taken student support to a new level.

“Professor Kenigson has helped me in so many ways,” said student Candice Conway. “He has helped me understand and shown me that there are people out there in the professional world that actually care about my academic success. He has shown me that even though I have a learning disability…(I can) understand something (Math) that I never thought I would. I'm incredibly thankful for all the extra help I have been blessed with- the Adult Learner Office, The Access Center, my mentor, and of course Professor Kenigson, just some of the people I owe my eternal gratitude to.”

Sumner County Slave Trade Presentation This Wednesday

One of the south’s most “successful” slave traders lived in Sumner County. Isaac Franklin, his relatives, and business partners, grew a family operation into one of the largest slave trading networks in the United States. University of Alabama history professor Joshua Rothman wrote extensively about the Franklin family in his book “The Ledger and the Chain.” Rothman will be speaking about his work for the first time in Sumner County in a presentation at Vol State this Wednesday, March 23.

“Mr. Rothman has done an astounding amount of research into period narratives testifying to the brutality endured by trafficking victims,” said the Wall Street Journal in a 2021 review of  “The Ledger and the Chain.” “Other scholars have produced accounts of the domestic slave trade. Mr. Rothman writes about slave traders, and puts an indelible face on their inhumanity.”

A building from the original Isaac Franklin plantation, the Fairvue Mansion in Gallatin, is still standing, just down the street from the Vol State campus in Gallatin. The Rothman presentation is organized by the VSCC Reconciliation Initiative Committee. Faculty members say it’s the culmination of a year-long reading event in the Humanities Division.

“The local nature of this history makes it something the college cannot ignore,” said faculty member, Arlo Hall. “This is an opportunity to connect Vol State students to an award-winning national author.”

The Rothman presentation will start at 11:15am at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus in Gallatin, 1480 Nashville Pike. There will be a book signing prior to the presentation. The event is free and open to everyone. It will also be streamed on Zoom at For more information call 615-230-3200. The event is sponsored by the Vol State Diversity Committee, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Government Association, the Black Student Association, and the Vol State chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

Vol State Theatre Presents Agatha Christie Play

The Vol State Theatre Department will present the play "A Daughter's a Daughter" written by Agatha Christie. It was Christie’s fifth novel to be published under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. The plot focuses on the relationship between a mother and her daughter. Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Cauldfield and hopes for new happiness. Her only child, Sarah, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. The play is directed by Edmon Thomas and will be held on April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium inside Caudill Hall on the Gallatin campus, 1480 Nashville Pike. Tickets are $5.00 at the door (cash only). Vol States students are free with student ID. For more information call 615-230-3200.

Pictured: The cast of "A Daughter's a Daughter.” Front, left to right: Payton Lucas, Audrianna Fizer, Kyra Siciliano, and William Pratt. Back, left to right: Kaitlyn Weatherspoon, Olivia Scott, Aidan Hutson, and Amani Johnson. Not pictured- Sara Gutierrez.

Vol State Baseball Alumni Weekend in April

Vol State will hold a Baseball Alumni Weekend on April 8 and 9. Any former baseball players, coaches, and managers are invited to attend. A dinner will be held for alumni and current players on Friday night. Hospitality tents for alumni will be held at the pavilion on the right field side of the field before, during, and after games. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available at the tent. The games will be versus Southwest Tennessee at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and a double header on Saturday, April 9 starting at noon. The Vol State Baseball Field is located on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Alumni are asked to RVSP to and indicate if they will attend for all or just part of the weekend.

Vol State Events March 21-26

March 22             WW2 Memories and Memorabilia, a presentation by Pete Johnson, 10am-2pm, Rochelle Center – Thigpen Library

March 23             Softball, 3pm and 5pm, Softball Field

March 23             The Slave Trade in Sumner County, author Joshua Rothman appearance, 11am -12:30pm, booking signing at 10am, Caudill Auditorium, also Zoom:

March 23             By One Vote: Women’s Suffrage in the South, documentary and women’s history display table, 12-1:30pm, Springfield Community Room, also Zoom:

March 23             TV Trivia Virtual Game Night, compete for $200 prize, 6pm-8pm, online, check student email for link

March 24             CAB Game Day, games to play, free pizza, music, 11am-1pm, Nichols Dining Room

March 25             Baseball, 2pm, Baseball Field

March 25             Softball, Noon and 2pm, Softball Field

March 26             Baseball, Noon and 3pm, Baseball Field

March 26             Softball, Noon and 2pm, Softball

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Fire Science Summer Courses

The Vol State Fire Science program will be offering two classes during the summer semester: FIRE 2370 Public Fire and Life Safety Education and FIRE 2399 Special Topics in Fire Science.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Help Students Get Ready for Priority Fall and Summer Class Registration

Faculty and Staff: Help us get the word out to students....we have flyers available later today in each Division Office.

Get the Fall and Summer Classes You Need at the Times You Want!

Priority Registration for Current Students Starts April 4 and 5.

The Fall and Summer schedule of classes are now available. It’s time to get ready for Priority Registration, your opportunity to sign up for classes before registration opens to the public. Get ready now by logging into your My Vol State portal and clicking on the Degree Works icon. You will see your advisor listed at the top of Degree Works. Click on the envelope icon at the top right to contact them to make an appointment. Your academic advisor can help you with your course schedule and make sure you are taking the classes you need for your major.

Priority spring course registration for current sophomores (completed 30 credit hours or more prior to this semester) starts at 8 a.m. on April 4. It opens for current freshmen (completed less than 30 credit hours prior to this semester) on April 5 at 8 a.m.


If you have problems, you can contact the Office of Advising via email at or call 615-230-3702.