Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gallatin Offices Closed Friday Morning, August 18 for Convocation

The Vol State Gallatin offices will be closed for Convocation Friday August 18, until 1pm. The Cashier's Office and Bookstore will be open for normal hours all day. All other offices will open at 1pm for business. Other campus locations open for normal business hours.

Make Sure You Have Your Textbooks

Pierre is standing by in the Vol State Bookstore to help you find what you need
One of the most awkward feelings in the world is not having your textbook. It’s like being on the outside of an inside joke: everyone knows what’s going on, while you’re left out of the loop. Of course, there’s no reason for you to stay out of the loop. Not when there are plenty of options for you to get your textbooks for the semester.
If you can make it out to the Gallatin campus, the Vol State Bookstore is a fine place to get your textbooks. You have the option to purchase your books new or used, or rent them. There are also digital options if you prefer your textbooks that way.  There’s even a price match program should you find cheaper options somewhere else. “We aren’t just a bookstore,” says Dianne King, manager of the Vol State Bookstore,” We carry required, and optional, materials for class. We also carry general merchandise.” If you’re unable to make it to the bookstore, you can order your textbooks from their website and have them delivered to your home or the bookstore. From August 19th until the 24th, you have the opportunity to use your financial aid to purchase your books from the Vol State Bookstore. As far as the refund policy goes, a full refund is offered until September 5th
Aside from our own bookstore, there are other choices you have when it comes to getting your textbooks. Textbook Brokers sits across the street from the Gallatin campus, or can be reached through their website. They offer a deferred payment plan and full refunds up to 5 days after the start of classes. Amazon gives you the option to buy or rent your books (new or used; physically or digitally) through the mail. They offer a full refund within the first 30 days of your rental period. Whichever method you prefer, keep in mind that the semester starts on August 28th. Be sure to get your books before then so you can be prepared for classes.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome Middle College Students!

Principals Brad Schreiner and Betsy Hunter are pictured here alongside a handful of Middle College students
Here at Vol State, we have a partnership with Sumner County schools to offer Sumner County Middle College (SCMC) to high school students. This program allows students to obtain their high school diploma while earning college credits. The fall semester has already started for these students, so what have they been up to this past couple of weeks?
Left to Right: Elise Piliponis, Ben Woods, Shelby Sweby and Carson Lowe
“They are learning how to be successful in college,” said Betsy Hunter, one of the two principals who oversee the SCMC program. In their first lessons, the students of SCMC are taught how to read their syllabuses and schedules, time management, and the importance of attendance. “This is the time we get to know them,” stated Brad Schreiner, the other principal of SCMC. “We get to spend a lot more time with students here than in a traditional high school because we get a lot more one-on-one time with them,” added Hunter.  

“It’s a really good alternative to high school if you can handle the workload,” said Ben Woods when asked about his feelings on SCMC. “It’s really nice to be able to move my schedule around to fit my needs,” said Elise Piliponis, who does theater outside of her studies. We welcome these Middle College students to Vol State and wish them the best this semester!

MyVolState System Down - Revised Fee Due Date

Update: MyVolState is back up and running.

MyVolState is still down this morning and may be for another few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. Students can't register until the system is back up and running. Advisors also cannot access records. Because of this we are moving back the fall fees due date, from this Thursday to next Tuesday, August 22. Fall fees will be due on August 22. We will post here when the computer system is back up and running.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Please Avoid the Gallatin Campus on Eclipse Day

Please avoid the Gallatin campus on Eclipse Day, this coming Monday, August 21. If you need to take care of business on the Gallatin campus we advise students and future students to do that this week. We are holding a large public event on Monday, August 21 for the Eclipse and traffic and parking will be tough. However, we are staffing offices that day and you can reach us via phone or email. The other campus locations should be fine. Please be aware that all Vol State offices will close from 1pm to 2pm on Eclipse Day. Quite frankly, you should be viewing it yourself at that hour anyway. Enjoy everyone! And we look forward to having you on campus soon for the fall semester.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Important Info about CHEC Cookeville Phones

Update: phone service has been restored.

All phones at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus ( CHEC) are currently down as a new system is being installed. Communication is available through phone numbers listed below or through sending a direct message on this Facebook page. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we upgrade this part of the CHEC facility.
If you need to speak to a Vol State staff member, please call the main campus at (615) 452-8600. Email communication is open. Should you need to contact a staff member, please use the following:
Admissions and Records: Dustin Rawls - dustin.rawls@volstate.edu
Financial Aid: Sherrie Cannon - sherrie.cannon@volstate.edu
Facilities: Stephanie Voris - stephanie.voris@volstate.edu
Other questions: Lori Richards or Tammy Powell - lori.richards@volstate.edu, tammy.powell@volstate.edu
To reach the TCAT Livingston, call (931) 823-5525.
To reach the TTU main switchboard, call (931) 372-3101.
Notification will be sent once the phone lines are back up. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Important: New Step to Get a Parking Decal

If you haven't already received your Vol State parking decal, there is an important new step you need to take before you can pick it up. You must fill out an online form first. This step is new this year. It applies only to Gallatin, Livingston and Springfield. CHEC has it's own parking decal system.


New Steps to Obtain a Parking Decal:
1)   Complete the online form at least 24 hours prior to picking the decal up.  To request a parking decal  go to:  https://cesi.reportexecdirect.com/volstate/CESIReportExec/opr/  (pop up blockers must be turned off)
2)   Decals will be available for pick-up in Wood Campus Center, Suite 217 or at your campus front desk.
You can get a sticker for your old student ID or get a new student ID if you don't already have one, by visiting the same office as noted above.
Get this stuff done early...you can visit us during normal business hours - 8am to 4:30pm.  On Tuesday, August 22 & Thursday, August 24 Student Services, Wood Campus Center Suite 217 will be open until 7:00 pm for decal pick-up and student ID’s. 
Additionally, the first two weeks of class, Monday – Thursday (August 28-31, September 5-7)  Student Services, Wood Campus Center Suite 217, will remain open until 6pm to assist with decal pick-up & ID’s.

Vol State Eclipse Watch Registration Now Closed

The Eclipse Watch event at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin is now closed to new registrations. There was a limit of 3500 registrations that was reached Tuesday. The college created the registration limit for the August 21 event to ensure that registered visitors will have an enjoyable day. There are many other eclipse events and locations that people can attend in Tennessee and Kentucky. Vol State organizers say they hope that everyone has a memorable eclipse experience. People who have registered and want to see the activities for the day can visit www.volstate.edu/eclipse. They will also receive email updates about the event next week. Please check your junk email folder in case the email is treated as spam.


Monday, August 7, 2017

3 Things You Might Have Missed from Campus Connect


Heather Harper
Campus Connect is an important first step for new Vol State students. Not only does it help to get students get settled in on campus, it also provides freshmen with important information and dates to remember. Campus Connect may be over for the semester, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you couldn’t attend. I had the opportunity to ask Heather Harper, Manager of Student Engagement and Support, about the three most important things students should know if they missed out on orientation.

1. Fee Payment – August 17th

“If students don’t have their things handled, then their classes will be dropped and they will be purged from our system.” There are many ways to pay your fees if you haven’t already. Follow this link here for more information.

2. Parking Decal and Student ID

“Students would have to think something is up if they arrive during the first week of classes and see that their friends have stickers on their back windshields.” You can visit this page for more information about parking decals and student IDs.

3. The Bookstore

“Get your books in a timely fashion, not six weeks into the semester.” To purchase your books for the semester, you can either visit the Vol State bookstore located in the Woods Campus Center or simply order them online from their website.

Fall Tuition and Fees Due by August 17

Your fall tuition and fees are due by August 17. That's next week. If you have financial aid to cover what you owe, that will be processed on the 17th. If you owe money, there are several ways to pay. Details here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Still Time to Apply for Mechatronics

The hot new academic program at Vol State this coming fall is Mechatronics. Applications are being accepted now. Classes start August 28. Visit www.volstate.edu/apply to get started.
Mechatronics is the blending of engineering fields including mechanical, controls, electronic and computer engineering, to automate manufacturing, distribution and complex services through multiple industries. Mechatronics professionals are the experts who design, program, repair, and maintain state-of-the-art robotics and computer-aided equipment in today’s fastest growing industries. The Vol State program launches in Gallatin this fall, with a two-year associate of applied science (A.A.S) degree. 
Each step of the degree program also prepares students to test for Siemens Certifications. Siemens Certifications are internationally-recognized Mechatronics industry designations that are important to employers. Job prospects for students with Mechatronics degrees are much higher than average in Tennessee and the positions have a national median salary of $55,610 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Mechatronics-2-Jobs LEAP 2.0 Grant Project expands the Mechatronics A.A.S. program targeting potential students in Macon, Robertson, Sumner, Trousdale, and Wilson counties. The grant helped purchase equipment for the new Mechatronics classes in Gallatin and eventually the Highland Crest Campus in Springfield. Mechatronics classes are also available from Vol State at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC).
For more information on a career in Mechatronics visit the web page at www.volstate.edu/mechatronics. People interested in learning more can call 1-931-372-5546. By email: tim.dean@volstate.edu

Pictured: Mechatronics students work with robotics, hydraulics, machine programming, and assembly line automation. They are shown here at the Cookeville campus.