Friday, May 22, 2009

Registration Rocks offers free food, music for anyone considering college

Take Rock and roll, food, fun, and add a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a pretty good summer day. Vol State is offering all of that and hands-on help for students interested in registering for Fall Classes. “Registration Rocks” is a chance for people considering college to visit the campus and explore what the school has to offer. The outdoor event will be held on June 10.
“The video game contest is popular. This year it will be run by Game Stop,” said Eric Melcher, Communications Coordinator for Vol State. “Everyone who plays will get a score and we’ll have prizes for the top finishers.”

The rock band The Lincoln County Process will perform outside on the plaza and Subway Subs will be provided for the first 500 people.

“June 10 is the date when fall registration is open to everyone, so we wanted to have some fun and help people get started,” Melcher said. “If you’re ready to register or even just considering college this will be a good way to get going.”

“Registration Rocks” will be held on Wednesday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. It is free and open to the public. For more information call 615-230-3570

Sunday, May 17, 2009

End of the Season for Pioneer Baseball

It's the end of the road for the Vol State Baseball Team, who lost Saturday night to Middle Georgia College 2-1 in 10 innings. The Warriors will advance to the Junior College World Series. It was still an amazing season for the Regional Champion Pioneers, so congrats to Coach Crossland and everyone on the team. You gave us many exciting moments and battled until the end!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

East Central District Baseball Championship Update

The Pioneers lost game 1, 7-8, after 11 innings of play. The game was rain-delayed, and ended around midnight.

Tournament Schedule

  • Friday, May 15 at 6:00 pm (Middle Georgia College defeated Vol State 8-7)

  • Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 pm DELAYED UNTIL 7:00 pm

  • Sunday, May 17, at 1:00 pm.

Friday, May 15, 2009

District Championship Games Streaming Live Online

In case you can't make it to the games in person this weekend, you can listen to a live stream of the games thanks to Tennessee Sports Net!

Get out to the game tonight!

The Vol State Baseball Team takes on Middle Georgia College tonight at 6pm in Gallatin. It's the first of a best of three match-up to see who goes to the Junior College World Series. Come out and show your Pioneer Pride!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vol State cheers on the Regional Champion Pioneer Baseball Team

The Volunteer State Community College Baseball Team won the Region VII championship game on Friday with a 10-4 win over Dyersburg State. Now they get ready for a big match up to determine a trip to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Vol State Pioneers will host a best 2-of-3 series with the Georgia state champion in Gallatin beginning Friday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. They will play on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and then Sunday at 1:00 p.m. if necessary. The teams are part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The college is encouraging alumni, supporters and all baseball fans to come and cheer the team on to victory. All games will be played at the campus baseball field, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information call 230-3233.

· NJCAA Region 7 Champion – Volunteer State Community College (32-20)
· NJCAA Region 17 Champion – Middle Georgia College (41-18), Cochran, Georgia

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cheer on our Region Champion Pioneers!

Congrats to the Vol State Baseball Team! They won the Region VII championship game on Friday with a 10-4 win over Dyersburg State. They will host a best 2-of-3 series with the Georgia state champion beginning Friday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. They will play on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (if necessary). That means we need fans out there to root them on. Show your Pioneer Spirit and let's wish the Baseball Team the best of luck!

Volunteer State Community College

Friday, May 8, 2009

Summer courses for kids at Vol State

Summer Camp courses are coming back to Volunteer State Community College this June and July. The classes will include Art Safari, Awesome Chemistry, Youth Leadership and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The weeklong, inexpensive activities are designed for kids from rising sixth through eighth grade. Summer sports camps will provide fun instruction for kids in grades one through 12.

Most of the summer enrichment courses take place weekday mornings until noon. There will be 12 courses offered including: Acting Up-A Theatrical Experience, Living Biology, Beginning Golf, Sign Language, Spanish, CPR/First Aid for Family and Friends, Babysitter Certification, and Small Engine Repair. The sports camps cover basketball for boys and girls, softball and baseball. Vol State coaches and experts from the area will help kids build their skills.

The sports camps are $35 each for four days and the other courses are $89 for five days. Babysitter Certification and CPR are one day classes that cost $75 and $55 respectively. For a complete list of classes and to sign up visit the website at or call Vol State Continuing Education at 615-230-3358.

Baseball Wins!

The Vol State baseball team won last night against Dyersburg State (12-5). They will play today at 1:00 p.m. against Columbia State. If they win, they will play Dyersburg State in the championship game at 4:00 p.m. Go Pioneers!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Baseball and Softball Tourney update

The Vol State baseball team won yesterday against Walters State (9-3). They will play today at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the Cleveland State/Dyersburg State game being played this morning. The softball team lost yesterday and are out of the tournament.

Go Pioneers!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Break-Even Point for Small Businesses

What is break-even? I could give you a multitude of different definitions and formulas that could make your head spin. However, I think I will opt for the down-to-earth definition. Break-even is the point at which you are not making any money and you are not losing any money. You are simply breaking even.
Knowing your break-even point is one of the most important pieces of information that a business owner should know. Whenever I ask someone if they know what their break-even is, I always get the answer of “I have a ballpark idea of what it is”. This is not good enough to make important decisions in your business such as hiring additional personnel, buying a piece of equipment, or offering a new product or service. You need to know exactly how much money it takes to break-even.
There are a variety of different ways to calculate your break-even point. For the sake of this article, let’s use the simplest one, which is:

Breakeven = Fixed Costs (FC)/Gross Margin (GM)%

Fixed costs are any costs that your business incurs whether you make money or not, such as, rent, utilities, insurance, executive salaries, office expenses, etc.
Gross margin percentage is what you make after you pay immediate expenses associated with the product or service you offer. This could be materials to make the product, payroll for the service, and even other costs associated with creating or delivering the product or service. For example, if your gross margin is 70%, then for every $1 you generate, you will immediately use $.30 to pay for immediate expenses and the gross margin will be $.70. You can then use the $.70 to pay for your fixed costs.

Let’s take a look at the example below to calculate break-even for Ava’s Landscaping Inc.

Fixed Costs = $4,000
Rent, utilities, insurance, office expenses, executive salary (Ava’s salary)

Gross Margin% = 50%
Covers costs of gas, mulch, direct personnel (person that landscapes the yard)

Break Even = $4,000/50% or .5 = $8,000

This means that Ava’s Landscaping Inc.will have to generate $8,000 every month just to pay the bills. So how many yards will Ava’s Landscaping Inc. have to service to break-even? Divide the break-even point by the unit cost. In this case, the break-even is $8,000 and the average service fee is $50 per yard.

$8,000/$50 = 160 yards to service

This means it will take 160 yards a month to break even. This will now equip Ava with the information she needs to be successful in making business decisions, such as pricing, when it is time to hire more personnel, marketing needs, etc.

Friday, May 1, 2009

"So, what're you doing after graduation?"

I spoke with two students about their plans after they graduate next week.

Jodi Perry

What are graduating with a degree in?

What do you plan on using your degree in?
"I got into the Honor's Program at Middle Tennessee State University. I start in the fall."

What are you going to miss about Vol State?
"The instructors were great and really worked with me. I have epilepsy and it's been a hard road for me."

So what are your plans after finishing school completely?
"I want to open my own non-profit for abused and disabled children."

Amy Oaks

What are you graduating with a degree in?
"I'm graduating with a University Studies degree."

So, why did you decide on Vol State?
"It's cheap; and my father gets a state discount so it was even cheaper."

What are you plans now?
"Um, I'm not sure. I actually had a baby along the way so I'm going to be taking off a semester. And then, I'll be going back to school to be a social worker or teacher."

What made you want to get a degree in University Studies?
"I don't know what I want to do yet. So, (University Studies) is a basic degree that will be able to transfer anywhere."

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