Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vol State Text Messages for Students

All currently registered students are automatically signed up for Vol State text messages. You should have received two this week. If you haven't received a text from us, please update your cell phone number on your My Vol State page. Text messages will include weather closings, delays and emergency info. We also text about once a week with college tips and important info. If you don't want to receive the texts, just reply STOP to any text you receive. But once you cancel- you are out for good. We don't text very often. Have a great semester!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Financial Aid and Vet Tech Have Moved

Welcome back everyone! A couple of reminders- the Vet Tech program has moved to the old Fine Arts Building next to Wallace North and near the Pickel Field House. Financial Aid has moved to the Ramer will see signs for it in the main lobby. We hope everyone has a great semester!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tips if you are Still Looking for a Specific Spring Class

If you're looking for a specific class keep checking the spring course listings. New ones have been added in some areas and there are also second seven-week classes to consider. They start in March and end at the same time as regular classes in May. Same credit as a full semester class...but more class time and work time required.

Keeping In Touch this Semester with Vol State

The Spring Semester is upon us! Welcome Vol State students, both new and returning. After a much-needed break I’m ready to jump back into the fray. I’m sure you’re excited, nervous, or a mix of both. The awesome staff at Vol State go out of their way to help their students succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Which brings me to the purpose of today’s topic: keeping in touch. Vol State communicates with students through several platforms, and as a student it’s important to keep up with what’s happening on campus. Here are some ways to do that. 

Text Messages – Important school notices such as registration information or weather closings may be sent via text message. If you provided your cell phone number to Vol State when you registered you’re already subscribed to this system. If you need to update your cell number you can do that on your personal information page on My Vol State.

Facebook – We all know about (and some of us complain about) Facebook’s algorithms picking and choosing what you see in your news feed. Like our Facebook page then click on the “Follow” dropdown menu on Vol State’s page. You can choose “See First” to give priority to Vol State’s latest posts.

Twitter – If tweeting is more your style follow the latest here @volstatecampus.

Instagram – Snapshots of campus life and events show the fun side of Vol State. Follow @VolStateCampus.

BlogsThe Vol State Virtual Community and Adult Student Opportunities blogs cover everything from study tips to campus events and important notices.

Web Site – All of this and more can be accessed through The front page has a current list of the latest blog posts, news, and calendars as well as links to My Vol State (your personal Vol State account.)

Of course it’s also important to check your school email often. Don’t know how? Log into the My Vol State Portal and click the email icon in the upper right corner.

More helpful links:

 Vol State Has an App for That! - App Review

Be A Know-It-All: How to Stay Up-To-Date With Vol State

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vol State Closed Monday, January 16

Vol State will be closed for MLK, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. No classes will be held that day and all offices will be closed, at all locations. Spring classes will start on Tuesday, January 17 for all online classes and for people with Tuesday classes. Have a great semester everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tips for New Students

We're getting ready for Spring Semester at Vol State. Classes start January 17. Here are some tips for new students:
-Double check your schedule to make sure you are taking the classes you think you are taking. If you see TBD listed as a location or time, and you have double checked recently in My Vol State and it still says that- you could be signed up for an online class. Nothing wrong with that if it is what you intended.
-Also check to make sure you didn't sign up for another campus without realizing it. CHEC-Cookeville, Highland and Livingston are campuses, not buildings in Gallatin.
-Print up a copy of the Gallatin campus map to spot your classes ahead of time. Print it to take with you for your first week of classes.
-Give yourself an extra half-hour or so the first week of classes to find your favorite parking place and your best route to class.
-Use the back entrance to the Gallatin campus off Greenlea, it's much less congested. Parking in those back lots is also easier.
-The Financial Aid Office moved to the Ramer Building over the holidays. Look for the signs in the main lobby of Ramer.

Taking an Online Class this Semester?

Taking online classes this semester? We have how-to videos about the eLearn online class system. Check them out at: