Evening classes provide the
opportunity for working adults to pursue college. The hours are great, but they
don’t lend themselves to students necessarily feeling a part of the college
campus life. Brenda Buffington is working to change that at Volunteer State
Community College. She is the new Director of Evening Services.
“I’m the liaison between evening
students and the campus during the day,” said Buffington. “It’s an evolving
department, which I love because I have a pioneering spirit.”
The college has offered evening
services for years. The stepped up effort recognizes the importance of evening
students to the college.
“Whatever students might do in the
Business Office, Advising, Admissions and Financial Aid we can take care of
that for them in the evening,” she said.
Online courses and evening classes
have made it easier for students to pursue college dreams and it’s a wide variety
of students taking part. “We see working students, stay at home moms, middle
age, elderly, young; we run the gamut,” Buffington said.
Prospective students can also get
advice and see an advisor in the evening. The Student Services offices are
located on the Vol State Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in the Wood
Campus Center room 217. Evening Services are available Monday through Thursday
from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Buffington has also
started a blog for Vol State Evening Services. It can be found at www.volstate.edu/studentservices