Monday, July 30, 2012

From Internship to Employment in Logistics

Vol State students in Logistics and Supply Side Management get practical experience through partnerships with businesses in the area. Often those experiences can lead to employment. Student Bob Wardell tells his story:

The internship / Co-Op program with Vol State and Gap was a fantastic experience. The first part of the program consisted of practical work experience as a merchandise handler in the Southern Distribution Center (SDC). That practical work was then paired with a weekly shadowing session with a managers in different divisions around the campus. Seeing how our work at the SDC related to the overall Logistics landscape on the Gallatin campus was fantastic. As a logistics student, observing how all of the component parts of a Logistics division (transportation, engineering, production, etc) are interdependent with one another in a real world environment was invaluable.

At the conclusion of the program, myself and the other intern, Chris Comstock,  were lucky enough to be offered part time employment at Gap in our same capacity as merchandise handlers. I leaped at the chance to stay on board. Gap is a fantastic company to work for, with many opportunities for the future- both here and abroad. As I continue my education, I look forward to growing with Gap!

-Bob Wardell

Interested in Logistics? Check out the web site: www.volstate.edu/Logistics

Friday, July 27, 2012

Education Students Work with Kids in the Community

Vol State students in Penny Duncan’s Education 2080 class participated in a Service Learning Project this week. College Heights Community Childcare (CHCC) hosted the Language & Literacy class as they trained parents and staff on the “Books from Birth” reading method. Books from Birth is a Family Literacy Program from Vanderbilt University.

A representative from Vanderbilt visited the Language & Literacy class a week prior to the training to introduce the program and train the students on the C.A.R. diagnostic reading method.  Each section of the training was assigned to a student.  The students prepared for the training by reviewing the content, setting up the materials and role playing each part. The students arrived early to set up the environment.

Parents and teachers from CHCC took advantage of the opportunity to learn how to make reading more meaningful.  They also received goody bags and door prizes.  Books from Birth oversee the Imagination Library program from Dolly Parton for Middle Tennessee.

HCC is one of the three local child care centers partnered with Volunteer State Community College to provide ongoing education to child care providers.  Over-all the project went well and the students participated in an awesome service learning experience!

-Penelope Duncan



Monday, July 23, 2012

Remembering Coach Moore

Richard Moore is a Vol State legend. He worked for the college for 40 years, building an athletic department known for its commitment to student athletes on and off the court. He passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer.

“He was one of the kindest and gentlest guys that I’ve known,” said Athletic Director Bobby Hudson. “He was Vol State Athletics. He coached basketball for seven years, as well as being athletic director. We are respected around the league for doing things right and that all started with Richard Moore.”

Moore kept in touch with student athletes for years after they left the school.

“I’m pretty sure he taught the officiating class that got Felicia Grinter interested in being a referee,” said Hudson.

Grinter, an alumna and former Lady Pioneer point guard, recently invited Moore to a luncheon at which she was honored for her extensive work as a referee in the NCAA and WNBA. Grinter is in London where she will be the only American refereeing women’s basketball at the Olympics.

“He was an all-around good guy,” said Erica Malone. “He never complained about anything. He was tremendous with athletes. He wanted them to do as much academically as athletically. He wanted to see them graduate and go on to a four-year school.”

Moore retired just this past school year. There was a retirement party that brought many laughs as his colleagues remembered 40 years of stories and there were tears as well. He helped to start the College and saw it prosper and grow over the years.

“I’m going to miss him,” said Malone.

The College is naming a memorial scholarship in Richard Moore’s name. His visitation will be Tuesday, July 24 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Funeral will be on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Avenue in Gallatin.

If you would like to tell a story about Coach Moore or make a comment, please feel free to do so in the comments section of this blog.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fees and Tuition for Fall and Spring 2012-2013

You may have heard that tuition is headed up again this year, by 4.3 percent. We have updated the website so you will know exactly how much you will have to pay: http://www.volstate.edu/BusinessOffice/Fees.php
If you have already registered, or do so soon, your payment is due August 15. If you register after August 15 it will be due when you register. If you have other questions please contact the Business Office at 230-3585. We hope this helps to clarify things. We look forward to seeing everyone back here this fall!