Monday, March 19, 2018

Events this Week at Vol State

Mar. 19            Hal R. Ramer Speech Contest, student public speaking, Mattox 104, 11:30am
Mar. 19            Student Government Association Forum, Cafeteria, 12:45pm-2pm
Mar. 20            Story Slam competition, student storytelling, Nichols Dining Room, 11:10am
Mar. 21            WWII military artifacts display, Rochelle Center, 8am-2pm
Mar. 22            Women’s History Month Read-In, Ramer Great Hall, 12:45pm
Mar. 23-24      California Suite by Neil Simon, comedy theater, Caudill Auditorium, 7:30pm Free with Vol State ID and $5 suggested donation for public

Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Job Career Fair March 28

Volunteer State Community College will be hosting dozens of area employers at the Spring Job Career Fair on Wednesday, March 28. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring. Participants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. Everyone is invited to attend.
There will be tables with hands-on career development information including soft skills and dressing for success. A professional photographer will also be taking headshot pictures for attendees to use for their LinkedIn page. There is still space available at the fair for recruiters and businesses. They should visit for details. 
The Spring Job Career Fair is free and will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vol State is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307.

Tips for Successfully Transferring to a University: Financial Questions

Are you thinking about transferring to a university after you graduate from Vol State but you’re concerned about how to pay for it? Universities cost more than community colleges and Tennessee Promise does not apply to universities. But the good news is there are multiple ways to get money for school. Here are some things to look for:
·         How much does it cost to attend the university? Get the actual amounts without financial aid or scholarships. If you paid completely out of pocket, how much would it be each semester? Can you do a payment plan? Most universities should have a “net price calculator” on their website to give you an estimate of the cost including aid. Remember that public universities in Tennessee will cost less than colleges out of state. Also, private universities in Tennessee will cost more than public ones because they are not funded by the state. No matter where you transfer, you will need to find out about financial aid and scholarships.
·         How much does financial aid usually cover for most students? Most financial aid is awarded based on income. Submit your FAFSA to all universities to which you apply. Financial aid can include grants (free money from the government such as PELL), student loans (money you pay back after you have been out of school for a certain period of time), and scholarships (free money based on GPA, minority status, church affiliation, honors society membership, etc.) Sources of aid can include the federal and state government, the universities themselves, and also private sources. Colleges may have separate scholarship applications and deadlines apart from admissions, so check their websites. Once you have applied for university scholarships, look for private scholarships through search engines such as,,, and
·         Are there scholarship opportunities for transfer students? Some universities reserve most of their scholarship money for entering freshmen. Other universities have guaranteed scholarships for transfer students with associate’s degrees. Scholarships vary widely based on the school, your financial need, academic merit, and other factors. Submit your FAFSA to all schools you are considering and apply for as many private scholarships as possible.
Don’t assume that a bachelor’s degree is out of reach due to cost. There are many affordable, reputable universities out there. When you add in financial aid and scholarships, a bachelor’s degree can be very feasible. And, remember that the better your grades at Vol State, the more opportunities you may have at universities.

Lindsay Guenther , Josie Larson , and Rebecca Adair are full-time advisors at the Gallatin campus.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vol State Story Slam on March 20

Have you ever heard a Story Slam? Check it out next week...

Fall and Summer Class Registration: Meet with Your Advisor Now

It's time for currently enrolled students to start thinking about their next semester at Vol State. If you're graduating...awesome! If you're continuing, either this summer or in the fall, priority registration will open soon. Here are some tips:
-Use the Degree Works tool in My Vol State to find out what classes you need.
-Meet with your academic advisor soon to talk about what classes you should take.
-Your academic advisor might not be available after finals, so meet with them now.
-Find your academic advisor in DegreeWorks, under your name. Hover over your advisor’s name to see their email. On your phone, tap and hold for an option to email.
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 2 for currently enrolled students who have already earned 30 credits or more at the start of this semester (sophomores).
-Priority registration opens at 8am on April 3 for currently enrolled students who have already earned less than 30 credits at the start of this semester (freshmen).

-Registration opens to new and readmit students who have applied on April 16. New freshmen will register at orientation.

Monday, March 12, 2018

California Suite Comedy Theater at Vol State

A suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel is the setting for the classic Neil Simon comedy California Suite. The play will be presented by the Volunteer State Community College theater program as part of the Spring 2018 Visual and Performing Arts Series. The production uses the same suite as the location for each of four parts, with different characters in each act. Couples visiting Los Angeles sort through marriage problems, mid-life complications, and in one case, a dilemma involving an unconscious prostitute. The 1976 Broadway play was later made into a movie by the same name.
The play will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays, March 16 and 17, and March 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee show on Sunday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, which is used to fund student scholarships. For more information call 615-230-3200. For other Visual and Performing Arts Series events visit

Events this Week at Vol State

Events this week at Vol State:
Mar 12 Welch College Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 10 am – 2 pm
Mar. 12 West African and Afro Latin Ensemble, concert and discussion, SRB 150, 11am
Mar 14 Lindsey Wilson College Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 10 am – 2 pm
Mar. 14 Suffrage and the Great War, history lecture, Rochelle Center, 1pm
Mar. 14 Opera Out Loud, by Nashville Opera, SRB 151, 2pm
Mar 15 WKU Admissions Rep, Wood hallway outside 217, 10 am – 2 pm
Mar. 16 Movie Night: Wonder Woman, Nichols Dining Room, 7pm
Mar. 16-17 California Suite by Neil Simon, comedy theater, Caudill Auditorium, 7:30pm Free with Vol State ID and $5 suggested donation for public
Mar. 18 California Suite by Neil Simon, comedy theater, Caudill Auditorium, 2:30pm Free with Vol State ID and $5 suggested donation for public