Monday, August 3, 2020

All Students Can Now Register for Classes - Even Without Orientation

FALL CLASSES BEGIN AUGUST 24TH…LET US HELP YOU GET REGISTERED!

All students who have applied and received acceptance info can now register for fall classes.

Live sessions for Campus Connect: New Student Orientation have ended for the fall 2020 semester.

Your Orientation and Advising holds have been lifted and you are cleared to register.

1.      Missed Orientation? You can watch an overview of orientation here: Orientation Overview

 2.      How will classes be offered this fall? You can find out more about fall classes here: Fall Course Format

 3.      Need help selecting classes? Schedule an advising appointment with the following links:

 ·         Gallatin Students

·         Cookeville and Livingston Students

·         Springfield Students

4.      Already talked with an advisor? Just need help registering?

·         This Registration Zoom Room is available Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30

·         How to Use Degree Works

·         How to Use Schedule Planner

 5.      Planning a trip to campus? Things to know before you go

 6.      Questions about Financial Aid? Email financial.aid@volstate.edu or call 615.230.3456


Visiting a Vol State campus is as easy as 1-2-3-4.

Visiting a Vol State campus is as easy as 1-2-3-4. But you have to do 1-2-3-4 to get in.
1. Before you arrive, fill out the online screening form at www.volstate.edu. Save the email you get back.
2. Wear a mask.
3. Go to the correct check-in entrance for the building you are visiting.
4. Scan the code in the email you received from us.
You’re in! You will need to scan that email at any other building you visit, or if you come back later.
Everyone will need to fill out that online form each day that they come to campus. This will also be the case for students taking classes with on-campus labs this fall. It’s not that bad once you get used to it.
If you don't have email on your phone, just take a picture of the email with the scanning code on your computer and show that picture at check-in.



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Student ID and Parking Decal Info

Most Vol State classes will be held primarily online for Fall 2020. If a student has enrolled for a class meeting on a Vol State campus, they will need a student ID to access the building where their class is located. Therefore, it is very important that they obtain a student ID before the first day of class on August 24th.
To obtain a student ID, the student will need to:
o Present a state issued picture ID (i.e. driver’s license, state issued identification card), and
o Provide the student ID number assigned to them when they applied for admission to Vol State. Otherwise, known as V-number.

Student IDs will be made at the following times and locations:

• Gallatin Campus
o Wood Campus Center Building, Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A
o Walk-Ins (No appointments needed)
o July 20-August 13
 Monday – Friday
 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
o August 17-August 21
 Monday – Friday
 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Cookeville Campus
o Beginning Monday, July 27
o Tuesdays & Thursdays
o 9 – 11:30 a.m. & 1 – 2:30 p.m.
o After August 24 a 5-6 p.m. time will be available by appointment only
• Livingston Campus
o By Appointments
o Monday – Thursday
o 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Springfield Campus
o By Appointments
o Monday – Thursday
o 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Parking Decals
Parking Decals will not be required for students for the Fall 2020 semester.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Gallatin Bookstore Location Reopens July 27 - Always Open Online

The Vol State Bookstore in Gallatin reopens the store on Monday July 27, but you can still buy books online if you want. Here is the info and details for the other campuses:
• Gallatin Campus Bookstore
o Reopens - Monday, July 27th. Store Hours are Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm. Closed weekends with the exception of Saturday 8/15 9am-1pm; and Saturday 8/22 9am-1pm. Financial Aid eligible charge dates 8/15-8/20. Available in-store OR online at vsccshop.com.
• Cookeville Campus Bookstore (CHEC)
o prepaid online order pickup available on-site (CHEC) 8/17-9/4.
o MUST order online at vsccshop.com in advance. During checkout - select "in-store" pickup/select appropriate campus. Please allow 3 business days from date of order processing for availability at off campus site.
o 8/17 - 8/21 11:30am-3pm
o 8/24 - 8/28 11:30am-4pm
o 8/31 - 9/4 11:30am-4pm
• Livingston Campus Bookstore
o prepaid online order pickup available on-site (Livingston Campus) 8/17-9/4.
o Monday - Thursday 11am-4pm (no Friday pickup)
o MUST order online at vsccshop.com in advance. During checkout - select "in-store" pickup/select appropriate campus. Please allow 3 business days from date of order processing for availability at off campus site.
• Springfield Campus
o prepaid online order pickup available on-site daily beginning 8/3
o Monday - Thursday 8am - 4:30pm (no Friday pickup)
o MUST order online at vsccshop.com in advance. During checkout - select "in-store" pickup/select appropriate campus. Please allow 3 business days from date of order processing for availability at off campus site.
and a reminder that you can buy your books wherever you want. Use the bookstore website to find out what books are required for your classes. Just be sure to get the correct edition! Classes change editions and that could mean the copy of the book you buy is not up to date. Sometimes those changes are minor, but they can be major changes as well. If you want to save money- check out the bookstore rental options. https://www.bkstr.com/volunteerstateccstore

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Vol State Campuses Reopening Starting July 20 - Masks and Online Screening Required


Volunteer State Community College is reopening all campuses starting July 20: Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. It will be a safe reopening with masks and social distancing required for everyone on campus and an online screening form filled out before people come to campus. The goal is to get students and people considering college ready for fall classes. Safety is a primary consideration for the fall semester. Many traditional classroom courses have been changed to utilize online components. Vol State will still have some on-campus classes this fall. Those courses will be prioritized for those that most need a hands-on element for studentsThis will keep the number of students on the campuses at a safe level. Registration is underway now. New students will need to apply to the college first. The college can help university students who may want to stay at home this fall. Vol State class credits transfer to many university programs at schools across the county. Steps that visitors will need to take before coming to a Vol State campus can be found at www.volstate.edu. For those who want to stay at home, the college can still help via email and phone. A list of those contacts can also be found on the college website.
The college will offer fall classes in four formats:
· Online – Fully online classes using an online learning platform. These are labeled asynchronous, meaning students can log in and do work at any time that is convenient for them. There are no assigned class times, however there will be assignment due dates each week.
· Virtual – Using Zoom or another video system, these classes will meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. The online learning platform will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled synchronous, which means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings.
· Hybrid – A combination of online or virtual instruction and an in-person class. The idea is to limit the number of class meetings.
· On ground – Traditional classes occurring at one of the four Vol State campuses. This is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.
Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and first in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. The college has videos and online information sessions to get new students ready for online learning using the successful eLearn system. Vol State had less course drops in the spring semester than in the previous year, despite going to online learning for all students in the middle of the semester. The college has years of experience teaching online and an extensive online support system that includes tutoring. For more information about eLearn visit: www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess.
Vol State offers a tuition-free education with TN Reconnect for adult students who don’t already have a college degree. Spring high school graduates who have remained eligible for TN Promise can also use that program tuition-free this fall, even if they previously planned to attend a university. Fall classes start on August 24. The first step is to apply to the college at www.volstate.edu/apply. The application is free.
People can schedule an online or phone meeting with an Admissions Advisor at www.volstate.edu/recruiter. Academic Advisors are also available to help with questions about majors and college programs, in-person, by phone or through a video chat. Email advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702 to set up an online or phone appointment. The college has Zoom information sessions for people still considering college. Topics include everything from online learning to TN Reconnect. Those can be scheduled by visiting www.volstate.edu/virtual-sessions

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Library and Learning Commons Computers Now Available for Current Students


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The Thigpen Library and Learning Commons are now open Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm for current students and staff/faculty (no visitors at this time). 

The Learning Commons is open for student computer use. All tutoring is still being held online. You can do that by visiting: https://libguides.volstate.edu/cv19/lc

·       The library is open for student computer use (limited to the first floor) and materials pickup. The second floor remains closed at this time.

·       Students are encouraged to email their request for materials ahead of time to circulation@volstate.edu so materials will be ready for them upon arrival.

·       All students and staff will be expected to follow campus safety protocols - they must fill out the screening form, wear a mask, maintain adequate distance from others, etc. 

·       All visitors to the Library and Learning Commons must use the entrance across from the Mattox Building. The main entrance at the Library Lawn is closed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Vol State Fall 2020 Classes are Changing


Vol State Fall 2020 classes are changing. The adjustments will help us handle whatever comes up next in the COVID-19 health crisis. We will still have limited on-campus classes this fall, but to keep the number of students on our campuses at a safe level, where we can practice social distancing, we are utilizing the power of online learning to supplement classes.

Students who have already registered for classes should see the Schedule Planner on My Vol State to view the changes. We have a video and written instructions for how to identify class formats. Visit: www.volstate.edu/covid-adjustment

We want to acquaint people considering college with how we will deliver classes this fall. They will be offered primarily in four formats:

· Online – Fully online classes within eLearn, as we have usually done them. These are labeled Online: Asynchronous, meaning you can log in and receive instruction and do your work at any time. Asynchronous means there are no assigned class times, but there will be assignment due dates each week.

· Virtual Classes will use a videoconferencing service (for example, Zoom) to meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. eLearn will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled Virtual Class: Synchronous, which just means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings. Our videoconferencing services are free. Software may be downloaded directly from volstate.edu.

· Hybrid – A combination of online or virtual and an on-site, in-person component. The idea is to limit the number of class meetings.

· On-Site Face-to-FaceTraditional classes occurring at one of our campuses. This is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.

If you are new to online learning, that is not a problem, we will walk you through it. Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. We use an online system called eLearn. It’s a web page that will have your classes and assignments. Please take a few minutes to visit this explanatory web page and get acquainted with eLearn: https://www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess

If you are considering classes this fall, but have not applied yet, we encourage you to do so now. The application is entirely online at www.volstate.edu/apply .

To meet with an Admissions Advisor online or on the phone visit www.volstate.edu/recruiter.