Thursday, June 28, 2018

Taking an Online Class this Fall? Learn how to use our Online Course System

Taking a Vol State online class for the first time? Sign-up for a “Learn to Use eLearn” student training. They're happening in August before classes begin. Registration is required. Info and sign-up here

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Study a Language at Vol State - Get Ahead in Your Career

Study a language at Vol State and get ahead in your career: Chinese, Spanish and French. A recent study shows that demand for bilingual workers in the US has more than doubled in recent years. The global economy is spurring much of the demand. You can increase your chance of getting hired for a competitive job and make more money than workers who only speak one language. Visit our website for details on the foreign language classes we are offering this fall:
This is a link to the above mentioned study. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Your Classes and Financial Aid

The Federal Government has developed a policy to ensure students enroll only in courses needed to complete their chosen program of study. Because of this policy some students will receive emails sent to their Vol State email account alerting them to a problem with the courses they are currently enrolled in for Fall 2018. Please check your Vol State email immediately to see if you have received this email.
If you receive this email, and you are receiving or pursuing financial aid, you will need to:
-Contact your assigned advisor right away.
-You can find out your assigned advisor on My Vol State under the Academics tab.
-If you can’t reach your assigned advisor call the Advising Center at 615-230-3702.
Failure to do so could will affect your financial aid funding.
Students not receiving financial aid should still contact their advisor to see if a major change or some other change should be made to their schedule.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fast growing profession: Dental Assisting

Bite into a new career as a dental assistant through Vol State. The median salary is more than $37,000 a year and there is an expected job growth of 19 percent. That makes it one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. Vol State can provide you the training and education you need with a one-year technical certificate program. Adult students without a degree (TN Reconnect) and graduating high school seniors (TN Promise) may be able to take the program tuition-free. Either way, Vol State tuition is much more competitive than most private programs. We teach students both digital and film x-ray techniques. That gives them the skills to use whatever technology they find in a dental office. That experience helps Vol State students get jobs.
We’re taking applications today. Visit:
Or call 615-230-3439

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Amazing Story of Vol State’s Flute Playing Graduate

Vol State grad, Gareth Laffely lists among his many accomplishments: president of PTK, Honors student, and Outstanding Graduate nominee. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for this young man. Gareth is the youngest artist to ever reach No. 2 on the Billboard New Age charts, which he achieved at the age of 17. As a Native American flute player and an advocate for change, he recently received the “Rising Star” Award from the Native American Music Awards. Gareth is of Mi'kmaq/Cree descent.

“I actually started out at 4 years old playing drums, I was then classically trained in piano and violin. I didn’t really find myself musically until I started with the flute, singing and songwriting,” he said.

Gareth explains how his very first flute changed his life forever, “when I turned 13 I wanted to go on a coming of age trip with my family, so we went out to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and while we were out there, I had a minute to myself and I went off to a little shop. I saw a little $45 flute, I picked it up, and the very first thing that I said was ‘I am never going to do anything with this.’ I started to play it and something felt right, so I bought it.”

The next week during a tour of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Gareth realized that he was destined to become a flute player. “I asked the tour guide if I could play the flute and just see how it sounded on the edge of the canyon, he was mistaken, so he announced to the entire tour group that a young artist from Nashville was going to give a concert on the edge of the cliff. So, I’d had the flute for a week, so I got through as much as I could on the flute, and as soon as I started to play, something just clicked, and I thought, this is what I want to do.”

Gareth has worked with an organization called Thundering Hooves in Texas, where they worked to spread awareness about horse slaughter. The documentary titled Their Last Ride included Gareth’s song is titled “The Last Ride.” 
His music was also used in a memorial for a young boy named Regen who lost his battle with brain cancer. Regen's family had told Gareth how much his music helped their family through the process. “It touched me on a deep level to know that my music can be used to heal someone like that. So I walked over to my piano and just started to play something, the first thing I played stuck, then I grabbed my flute, and the first thing stuck. It became “Regen’s song,” named after the boy.” Gareth collaborated with New Age Grammy winner Laura Sullivan on the song, and all of the proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Gareth has started an anti-bullying campaign across North America, which is centered around his song titled “This Time.” Gareth says that he has experienced bullying in his past, and encourages others to talk about their experiences.

“The song says, ‘this time I am going to rise above – this time, I am not going to take it,’ I had the opportunity to take the song into elementary, middle, and high schools around North America. I like taking something that can be hard to talk about, and using music, the universal language, to make it more accessible to everybody.”

After Vol State, Gareth plans to continue his education at MTSU, to pursue a degree in marketing. He aspires to grow his music business, and ultimately start his own music-for-film company. Gareth is currently working on developing his own recording studio, and will tentatively be releasing his next album this summer titled “Voices of the Guardians.”

Brought up by two fellow musician parents, Gareth’s path was clearly laid out for him. His father is a music therapist, and his mother a singer/songwriter, who is also now his manager. “My parents are not the typical parents. They also recognize what I want from my life, and they’re never going to steer me from that.”

“For my vision of my life, I want to see myself being able to step out, and go one step further than I did the previous year to touch more lives to make a larger impact on the world. I like to go out and encourage other people to find their gifts and talents and use that for good.”
For more information on Gareth and to keep up with his continuing story, check out the links to his website and Facebook page below.

-By Rachel Keyes

Monday, April 30, 2018

Graduation Streamed Live on Saturday

We want everyone to be able to share in the joy of graduation, even if they are thousands of miles away and cannot attend the ceremony in person. We will be streaming graduation live on Saturday. The stream starts at 9:45am and the ceremony at 10am. You can find it at

Congratulations everyone!