Thursday, May 19, 2016

Three Tips for New Students

  • If you haven’t settled on a firm major or program now is a good opportunity to explore what we offer. You can find the list of programs and degrees we offer here.
  • Consider your future plans now. If you want to go to a four-year school after you graduate from Vol State visit the list of Tennessee Transfer Pathway programs. They’re listed by major and can tell you exactly what classes you need to take at Vol State to have all your credit transfer to the university program of your choice. Vol State classes transfer just about anywhere, but particular university programs can be picky about what they will accept towards a degree.
  • Stay focused. Figure out a Vol State path and stay on that path. If you switch majors you may end up taking classes you don’t need for your degree. That costs you time and money.
  • We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have questions come by our campuses for individual help. You can also call the Advising Center at 615-230-3702.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Congrats Grads - Join the Alumni Association

Congratulations 2016 graduates- you are officially alumni now. Stay in touch with your classmates and Vol State with the Vol State Alumni Association. Visit and Like our Facebook page or get more information here. Remember- you will always be part of the Vol State family!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Picking Up Your Diploma

Graduates - your diploma will be available for pick-up on the main campus in Gallatin starting June 15 in the Records Office in Ramer. You will need to bring a picture ID. If you want your diploma delivered to another campus, you will need to send an email to with your name, birth date and Vol State ID number and who you want the diploma sent to at that particular campus (usually the Student Services person is a good choice). Congratulations again everyone!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Grades Now Available

Spring 2016 grades are now available on your My Vol State page.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Grads Leave With One Last Word For Tom Hanks

2016 graduates share what it would mean for students if Tom Hanks were to speak at Vol State for commencement 2017:

"It would motivate us more," says Gayla Collier enthusiastically. "We're starting off small but it would say that we can be big too. Our future doesn't have to stop here."

"It would be cool, but I'm jealous," says Jacob Moss. "It would add credential to what we're doing if someone like Tom Hanks took the time to come here."

Vol State students share this message with the world: community college is a stepping stone to greater opportunities. You can be as big as you want to be. Tweet your support with #hanks2volstate.

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ride with Us on May 14 - Vol State Cycling Classic

The long-range forecast shows sunny skies for the Vol State Cycling Classic on Saturday, May 14. It's time to sign-up. You can do so online through Thursday at the link below. There will be walk-up registration and packet pick-up at the Vol State campus in Gallatin, Pickel Field House, on Friday 5pm-7pm and Saturday starting at 6:30am. Rides start at 8am. Raise money for student scholarships with your registration!

Register here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tn Promise Students - Do You Need a Community Service Event?

Pioneer Partner Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 11th from 8:30am until 12:00pm at Gallatin High School is a great opportunity for current or prospective Promise students to earn a portion of their eight (8) required community service hours.  Sponsored by the Volunteer State Community College Alumni Association, and co-sponsored by Gallatin Noon Rotary, this day of community service will engage Vol State Alumni with the community and current Vol State students, faculty and staff as well as those Promise students entering Fall 2016.  The event is in collaboration with tnAchieves and is listed on their website at under the Sumner County section.

Volunteers will be painting and cleaning indoors and possibly planting and mulching outdoors (if weather permits) at Gallatin High School.  Water and snacks will be provided by the Gallatin Noon Rotary.  Volunteers are asked to bring their own work gloves, rubber gloves, shovels and rakes.  Children under 12 are not allowed on the worksite.  Children age 12 -15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register at:  If you have any questions you may contact Debra Daugherty at 615-230-3526 or at  All volunteers must submit a release of liability waiver form (found on the registration website) upon arrival on June 11th, and volunteers under age 18 must have the form signed by a parent or guardian.  Waiver forms will also be available at the event.  Volunteers who RSVP by May 13th will be guaranteed an event t-shirt.