Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get Your Vol State Merit Page

You will be receiving an email about our new Vol State Merit webpages. They're designed to help you celebrate your success while at Vol State. Many colleges and universities across the country have them for students. Your page can list a badge for an honors society you belong to or whether you made the dean's list. We'll be adding badges for various student achievements throughout the school year.

What do you need to do? The first thing is to claim your page. The easiest way to do this is click on the link provided in an email sent to the personal email address that you listed with the college. You can then personalize your Merit page however you want - add a picture or add work experience. You can also put in the emails of parents or loved ones so that they will be notified when you receive a new badge from Merit.

When you go to claim your page it will ask you for your email address...use your personal email address that you listed on your Vol State application. It's trying to confirm that you are who you are. Your Vol State email address won't work for that confirmation. Everything goes through your personal email address.

We'll start everyone off with an enrollment badge so you can see what they look like and how they work. It also puts you in the system. Vol State Merit pages are run by the Vol State Office of Public Relations. If you have any questions you can contact us at

If you don't get the email you can also visit the main Vol State Merit Pages web page and search from there. If you still can't find your page just email us with your name, city, zip code, and email address and we can create one for you.

Have a great school year!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Career Fair and Job Search Skills Sessions on September 24

Students...get your resumes going!

The Fall Job Career Fair at Vol State will have dozens of employers on site and special sessions on “What Employers Expect.” The skills training will include information about how job seekers can dress for success, enhance communication skills, and use social media in their job search. The fair provides an opportunity for job seekers to talk directly with the people responsible for hiring at many area companies. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes

Military veterans can take part in a discussion called “Vets Next Steps!” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Pickel Field House. Speakers will provide tips and answer questions about transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce.

The Fall Job Career Fair is free and open to all job seekers. It will be held in the gym at the Pickel Field House on Wednesday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer State Community College is located at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 615-230-3307 or visit

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vol State Events this Week

Vol State events this week:

Sept. 15 Intramural Flag Football meeting, Library Lawn, 2pm
Sept. 16 Hispanic Heritage Lunch and Learn, Nichols Dining Room, 12:30pm
Sept. 16 Intramural Soccer meeting, Library Lawn, 2pm
Sept. 17 Constitution Day- Jaywalking video, Paralegal, Cafeteria, 12 pm
Sept. 17 Civil Rights in the U.S: The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (A Constitution Day Presentation), Stella Pierce, Thigpen Library, 12:20pm
Sept. 18 Coffee with the Prez, Cafeteria, 10am-11am
Sept. 18 Pre-Nursing Advising Session with Cumberland University, Warf 110, 12:45pm

An honest talk about college completion

College isn’t easy. Many community college students drop out. Don’t be a statistic. You can do this and we will help you each step of the way. Your goal and our goal is the same and it’s simple: graduation. You need to get that certificate or degree. Here are some tips on how to do it:
Get focused and stay on track: Meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester. Pick a major and a degree plan as soon as you can. Take only the classes you need for your degree. How do you do that? Take charge of your college career with free tools, such as DegreeWorks and College Scheduler. You’ll find them on your My Vol State page.
Keep going:  Community college students face a real challenge with time. The longer college takes, the less chance you have of graduating. Does that mean you can’t do it as a part-time student? Of course not, but it’s best to take multiple classes each semester. Clearly, you don’t want to get overwhelmed by taking more classes than you can handle. We know its tough balancing work, family and school. Still, the quicker you get through college, the better chance you have of succeeding. Consider online courses and summer courses, but first speak with your academic advisor.
Don’t give up, if you run into problems. Visit the Advising Center for help. Is life getting in the way of college? They will have ideas on how you can keep going to school. The Vol State Advising Center can be reached at 615-230-3702. It’s in the Ramer Administration building, room 174, in Gallatin. You can also ask for advising help at the front desks of Livingston and Highland Crest.
Get free academic help. Is there one particular class that you can’t seem to pass? (We all have that one class.) Make sure you get extra help. Many courses have free Supplemental Instruction study groups. The college also has free help with papers and speeches in the Language Center and free help with Math in the Learning Commons. Smarthinking provides free online tutoring in many subjects.  Did you notice that we keep saying “free”?
Graduation is the goal. Whether you want to get a job after graduating with a career degree from Vol State or transfer to a college or university for a four-year degree, the common goal is graduation.

You can do this. We will help.
Commit to college completion.

Enhancing Communication at the Language Center

Don't let your major get the best of you. Things are bound to get confusing if you're trying to keep up with MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago writing styles.
Never fear, the Vol State Language Center is here.

Nyanyaw Liem works in the Language Center.
Nyanyaw Liem, a first-year student from Sudan, knew she needed some help when diving into homework for her English grammar class, so she knew a visit to the Language Center was in order.

"I knew they could help me out with my homework and help me with my learning," she said. "In the case where it's something I do not understand, if I have a question, they'll have an answer for me."

And that's exactly the type of assistance the Language Center has to offer, according to director Suzanne Previte.

The Language Center has about 17 tutors that can assist students with everything from research and generating ideas to understanding the basics of how to properly structure a paper or presentation.

But the center isn't just geared to help students with papers and other writing assignments. It also offers a way to help deepen communication skills.

After all, communication is key, and the center's tutors understand that fact.

"A lot of students are under the impression that we're just here for English classes or we're the grammar shop. Neither of those is true. We're here to help people communicate more effectively," Previte said.

Language Center Director Suzanne Previte works with a student.
The help offered at the Language Center isn't just limited to class assignments. Previte said tutors have helped students with writing resumes, cover letters, college application essays, and crafting speeches.

The Language Center is located in Room 157 of the Ramer Building. The hours are as follows:
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

There's no appointment needed, and the service is free.

If you're in an online class, check with your instructor to see if an online Language Center tutor is available for assistance.

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Studying? There's an App for That

Chances are you have a smartphone. It's also highly likely you use that device to tweet, post status updates, and Snapchat.
While there's a multitude of applications that allow you to easily pass the time, there's also a number of apps that can help you study.
Study apps are becoming more and more popular. In fact, they're becoming so popular, people like Connie Simpson, an instructor with Vol State's Supplemental Instruction program, is even using them in some of her sessions.
"It's all at your fingertips. You used to just carry around your notes with you, but now you can use your phone, which you always have you anyway," she said.
One of the most popular apps Simpson has used is Quizlet, which allows the user to develop sets of flash cards for whatever they might be studying.
Student Heather Jankowski said apps like Quizlet offer an easy way to get studying done without having to carry your books around all the time.
"Everybody has their phone, so you can download an app and study any time you want," she said.
Here's a list of a few free apps that might make your studying easier as the semester moves on:
Quizlet: Create sets of flash cards and other study tools for a variety of subjects (Available for iOS and Android devices)
Evernote: Take notes, collect research materials, and access everything you collect across a range of devices (Available for iOS and Android devices)
StudyBlue: Create online flash cards and note sets (Available for iOS and Android devices)
Have any other app recommendations? If so, sound off in the comments section below.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vol State Events Calendar for this Week

Vol State events calendar for this week:

Sept. 10 Honors Lecture/ Panel: Science, Technology, and Society, Rochelle Center- Thigpen Library, 12:20pm