Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vol State students help children in India

Vol State student Ferrell Lewis is back from India and reporting on his trip. Here's an excerpt:

From May 6 to 25, 2012 Volunteer State Community College and TnCIS allowed me to embark on a study abroad program in India. The World Civilization course’s main focus was world history and its impact on India from 1500 to present day. This was my first time participating in a study abroad program. I was truly excited to see how the program would navigate the logistics of class lectures and daily excursions while in a foreign country such as India. My travel abroad experience to New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are ones that I will never forget.

The first leg of our trip began in New Delhi, India. After a night’s sleep, we hit the ground running. Our first three days in Delhi, we visited Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid and Gandhi's Eternal Flame and Bungalow, to name a few. We saw so much those few days and were gone from morning until night. Conservatively, I think we averaged getting back to the hotel by 9 p.m. those first days.

By Jaipur, the scenery changed to small mountains overlooking the flat desert terrain. Jaipur is where the remainder of our time would be spent. Here is where we would get the opportunity to really interact with the Indian people via our service learning and free days to explore the city.

Taabar and Shrestha were the schools where the service learning projects took place. Taabar helps exploited children and rehabilitates them. Shrestha does outreach in the slums and poor communities to provide an education. I helped teach the children geography including calling their attention to notable places on the globe. The children were happy and engaging. The teachers and counselors do excellent work with the children.

Editors note: The Vol State connection with Taabar goes back several years and started with a travel-study trip. Many faculty and students have visited and worked with the children in Jaipur.
Volunteer State Community College Travel-Study

Monday, June 25, 2012

EMS Faculty Offer Advice

Emergency Medical Services is one of the top programs at Vol State. The primary reason for that success is the experience and dedication of the faculty members who teach the courses. We recently sat down with four of the newer faculty members to ask them what advice they would have for people considering Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic. We asked the same question: what would you say to someone considering EMS as a career?
David Linn was an adjunct faculty member for two years before joining full time. He has worked for Robertson County EMS as a Paramedic "You never know what kind of day you're going to end up with."

Art Batcher was a Critical Care Paramedic with Rutherford County EMS. "It's adventurous. You never know what the next five minutes will bring. It's fun, I love it."

Shay Steel taught as an adjunct faculty member at Roane State Community College and worked as a Critical Care Paramedic for Loudon County EMS. "They need to have an understanding that it's not like they see on television. It is a difficult job, but you can absolutely make a difference in someone else's life."

Brandie Park was a Paramedic with Wilson County EMS for 10 years. "You have the ability to think on your own, without having someone watching over you. Work schedules are flexible. It's a whole different world. Every day is an adventure. It's the thrill of not knowing what you're getting into."

The Vol State EMS program is quite competitive and you need to plan well ahead of time when you need to have your application in, both for the college and the program. As with many Allied Health programs it doesn't necessarily follow the usual college schedule. It's also important to note that background checks are required of all applicants. For more information visit:

Volunteer State Community College EMT

Friday, June 22, 2012

Interested in Paralegal? Info sessions coming up June 27 and July 18

Paralegal studies is a fast career path into the legal world. Paralegals assist attorneys with legal work for laws offices, corporations and government agencies. Paralegal skills emphasize legal research, legal document preparation, and understanding basic substantive and procedural law.

The Vol State Paralegal Studies program stresses flexibility for the working student, with online and evening coursework. Best of all it's approved by the American Bar Association. We have info sessions for people interested in the program. It's your opportunity to ask questions and find out your options for paralegal studies. The sessions are June 27 and July 18 at 1 p.m. in the Mattox building room 106 on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. 

The Vol State Paralegal Studies Program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The College offers associate of applied science and associate of science degrees in Paralegal Studies and a one-year technical certificate program. For more information visit
Volunteer State Community College 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Highland Crest Bluegrass and Barbecue Registration Celebration Thursday

Bluegrass and Barbecue are two things that go well together. On Thursday, June 21 Volunteer State Community College at Highland Crest in Springfield will be combining the summer favorites with a practical purpose: to help students get registered for fall classes. The Bluegrass and Barbecue event is a fun way to get ready for the fall semester, and show students what the new Highland Crest campus has to offer. Students don’t have to register on that day. Registration will be open all summer. However, with increasing enrollment students are urged to register early to make sure they get the classes they want.
New students will need to apply to the college before they can register. That can be done online at in-person at the campus. The Bluegrass and Barbecue Registration Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Highland Crest campus at 150 Laureate Avenue. It is free and open to everyone. Call 433-7030 for more information. For a map to campus visit


2012-2013 Catalog Now Available Online

The 2012-2013 Vol State Catalog is now available for viewing online. You'll find updated info about major requirements, class descriptions and the academic calendar for fall and spring semesters. Here's a link to the calendar:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Vol State Outages this Weekend

A heads up for students...My Vol State may have outages from Friday through Monday. June 15 – June 18, 2012 starting at 12:00 noon on Friday we will be performing some system maintenance. During this time MyVolState Portal will remain available as much as possible. If downtime of MyVolState Portal becomes necessary, the login page will contain links to access eLearn and student email. This will enable you to have access to registration and other Pride Online links as much as possible.

In the event we have to bring down the MyVolState Portal a message will be displayed asking everyone to log out. If you receive this message please log out immediately.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Important Dates and Information for Fall Classes

Welcome students! If you are a current student or have already applied to the college, been through orientation and seen an advisor, then it's time to register for fall classes.

We want to make your registration process as smooth as possible. This information will help you properly navigate through our registration system. If the information doesn't address an issue you are having with your registration process, there are three offices that may be able to help you.

Advising Center - 615-230-3702 (help with non-technical issues such as holds on your account)

IT Help Desk - 615-230-3302 (password and login problems)

Records Office - 615-230-3466 (all other Pride Online issues)

Logging In to the Registration System

Get to the Pride Online registration system via the My Vol State portal (

Your Username is the first part of your Volstate email address, for example, if your email was your username would be jdoe47

The first time you login to the Portal, your username will be your 6 digit date of birth (for example, January 12, 1901 would be 011201)

Click the “Login” button to enter the system

If you have trouble logging in or get an error of some kind, please contact the Helpdesk at 615-230-3302.

Once you are logged in, click on the Pride Online tab to get started.

Finding Classes

Under the “Student Menu” heading, chose “Look Up Classes”

Type in the term for which you are trying to register or chose it from the drop down menu, click “submit”

You must select one or more subjects for the search engine to work, all other selection boxes are optional. If you would like to search for more than one subject, hold the control button down and click on each subject you would like to search. It should highlight each one.

Once you have made your selections, click “Class Search”.

Full Term August 25 - December 14
Weekend College/College @ Home August 25 - December 14
10 Week September 4 - November 16
1st 5 Week August 25 - Sept. 28
2nd 5 Week Sept. 29 - November 7
1st 7 Week August 25 - October 12
2nd 7 Week October 18 - December 14
RODP August 25 - December 13
Hybrid August 25 - December 14
Online August 25 - December 14
RODP 7 Week August 25 - October 19


Early registration for all students- currently enrolled, new and readmit is now underway.

Session Drop/Add
Full Term August 25- August 29
10 Week September 4 - September 5
1st 5 Week August 25 - August 28
2nd 5 Week Sept. 29 - October 2
1st 7 Week August 25 - August 28
2nd 7 Week October 18 - October 19
RODP August 25- August 29
RODP 7 Week Up to August 24

If you register/add classes before August 15 – Fees are due by August 15
If you register/add classes after August 15 through late registration – Fees are due at time of Registration

REMEMBER – If fees are not paid by the due date, you will be dropped from your classes and you will have to re-register. Visit the Business Office website at for additional information.

Last day to withdraw from college or drop a class

Full Term November 2
10 Week October 19
1st 5 Week September 17
2nd 5 Week October 25
1st 7 Week September 26
2nd 7 Week November 19
RODP November 2
RODP 7 Week September 7


Last Day for Refund of:

Session         100%       75%               25%

Full Term August 26 September 7 September 21

1st 5 Week August 26 August 29 September 3

1st 7 Week August 26 August 31 September 6

RODP August 26 September 7 September 21

Full Time Friday August 30 September 13 September 26

10 Week September 3 September 12 September 21

2nd 5 Week September 28 October 3 October 7

2nd 7 Week October 17 October 24 October 29

RODP 7 Week August 27 September 2 September 6

*Refunds are calculated on billed credit hours.

** REMEMBER: If fees are not paid by the due date, you will be dropped from your classes and you will have to re-register.

***Visit the Business Office website at for additional information.

****The online payment system is working:

*****The deferred payment plan is available for Fall 2012. For additional information visit:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vol State Livingston Registration Event June 14

If you're getting ready to take classes or if you have friends and family in the Livingston/Cookeville area who interested in attending Vol State, everyone is encouraged to come to the Livingston Bluegrass and Barbecue event on June 14 from 4pm to 7pm at the Vol State Livingston campus. We'll have info about the college, help with registration, admissions, advising, free food and music. Everyone is invited. If you haven't seen the Livingston campus yet come down and take a look. It's at 113 Windle Community Road.

Vol State Astronomy in Action

People across the world watched the historic transit of Venus passing the sun. Many folks showed up to watch the transit here at Vol State as the Astronomy Department and the Cumberland Astronomical Society set up telescopes specially set to view the sun. Keith Bell took his kids and has this report:

"This was a wonderful event. I took my two daughters to see this momentous occasion and they loved it. We appreciate the effort Tim Farris, the Math & Science Department, and the Cumberland Astronomical Society went to to allow us to see Venus cross the face of the Sun. I've attached a picture I took with my iPhone through one of the telescopes. Venus is the black dot you see on the red orb, and if you look closely you can see a solar flare between 2 and 3 o'clock on the Sun's surface. This event won't happen again for another 105 years so you can bet I consider myself so fortunate to witness it with my kids." -Keith Bell.

These are some photos of the transit taken at the event. Just another example of Vol State Math and Science in action!

Volunteer State Community College Math and Science


Monday, June 4, 2012

Parking Tips for Students this Summer

Summer students: parking is going to be a bit of a pain for the next few weeks, as will campus navigation. The best place to park will near the Pickel Field House, using the second entrance at Gap Blvd. You can also use the rear entrance or the main entrance. Parking lots will be closed near Ramer for a while and there will be only two ways to get onto campus from that side...through the front entrance to Ramer by the flag poles, or by walking around to the library and going into campus there. So, take a little extra time. It will all be good in the end...a better looking campus for everyone this fall!

Welcome Orientation Students! Parking Advice

If you're attending an orientation session this week, first of all welcome...we look forward to meeting everyone! We're doing a lot of construction work on campus this summer to make it beautiful for everyone this fall. That does mean some parking lots are closed. Orientation students do have reserved parking spaces in the Wood Campus Center lot...just look for the orange cones. If you come in the main entrance with the big electronic sign, just take your first left and you'll see the signs and the cones on your right.

Orientation is in the Caudill Building, and there is plenty of construction in front of that building as well. You'll need to go in the side entrance to Caudill, the side closest to the Wood Campus Center. It's right next to the parking area and you'll see signs. If you need disability access please contact campus police at 230-3595 and they will help.

If you get lost just ask...we'll help you find where you need to go.

Welcome to Vol State and pardon our progress!