Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Student Assistance Through AJC at CHEC in January

CHEC students- There may be help available to you that you might not even realize, including financial resources, transportation, child-care, and assistance with job searching. The Cookeville American Job Center (AJC) will be on the CHEC campus from January 2 to 10 from 9:30am to 2:30pm each weekday. Check to see what they may have for you. These dates are before classes start, primarily because you need to get enrolled in these programs now. Look for the AJC in the main lobby!

The AJC works with Tennessee and U.S. Department of Labor via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  WIOA improves access to job training and education opportunities for people who have traditionally faced barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, out-of-school and at-risk youth, youth in foster care or young adults who have aged out of foster care, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others.  WIOA emphasizes pursuing and obtaining post-secondary education, training and other credentials as a foundation for improving career prospects for the long-term. WIOA and the AJC also provides resources to Veterans and their families.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Vol State Closed for Holiday Break December 22 through January 1

Vol State campuses will be closed for a holiday break, starting December 22 and going through January 1. Offices will reopen on January 2. However, current students can still register for classes on My Vol State and new and readmit students can apply online at
Spring classes start January 14
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Register Now for Spring Classes - Start January 14

Current students- be sure to register for Spring Semester classes before the holidays. Classes start January 14. If you need help visit Advising on your campus. New and readmit students need to apply first:

You will be able to register for classes up until the first week of classes. However, the earlier you apply and register, the better choice of classes and class times you will have. Beat the rush - get it done now!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Upper Cumberland Christmas Parades

The Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) and Vol State at Livingston have been participating in Christmas parades. CHEC entered a float in the Cookeville parade that students worked to decorate.They had great participation. Vol State at Livingston had the Vol State Campus Police car in the Overton, Clay, Pickett and Jackson Parades.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Graduate Profile: Bobby Wilson

Student veteran and fall graduate Bobby Wilson has experienced lots of change in his life. Now, he’s embracing change by embarking on a new career path. Bobby spent five years in the Air Force as a structural mechanic; he then continued in the aviation industry for a total of 21 years. After multiple layoffs in his field, he felt that job security was non-existent. Bobby pondered going back to school for a while and decided to go for it. With some past experience in aviation law, a second career in law seemed like a natural fit. He also discovered a grant which would pay for his first two years called the Trade Readjustment Act. He chose to take his first steps towards his law career at Vol State.

“People who qualify for this are those whose jobs have been relocated out of the country. I found out by accident about it, just by digging around,” he said. Discovering this sealed the deal to attend college.

“I thought, ‘I’ve done been in this business so long, I figured, ya know, maybe I just need to get out of it while I’ve still got time.’ Even if I became physically disabled I could continue to work. So, if what little bit of brain I have continues to work, I can still make a living.”

Bobby will attend Tennessee State University’s Criminal Justice program conducted on Vol State’s campus; his end goal is to attend law school.

“It was the quickest most expeditious route to get to law school,” he said. “I thrive in the (law) environment and reading the nuances of the law.” Bobby aims to eventually pursue administrative law.

Bobby has expressed his positive experience at Vol State: “I have really liked Vol State. I was apprehensive as you could imagine, coming back into this environment … I thought, ‘How will these young people look at me?’ But it’s been a pleasant experience. I’ve made some really good acquaintances. I would highly recommend Vol State.”

Bobby is excited about his transition to TSU and plans to return to work in January while attending school full-time next semester. Bobby is a husband and father to four; he is one of 24 veterans graduating this Saturday.

-By Rachel Keyes

Gallatin Offices Closed 11am-12:30pm Monday, December 17

Vol State Gallatin offices will be closed from 11am-12:30pm on Monday, December 17 with the exception of the Business Office cashier and Thigpen Library.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Graduate Profile: Joy Johns

Fall graduate Joy Johns has always known she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but she wasn’t sure exactly what. She began at Vol State as a Pre-Health Professions major before realizing her calling to become a nurse. Her career path became solidified while caring for her grandfather with dementia.

“He had dementia for about eight years and then he had a stroke, he could barely function. He couldn’t really walk by himself and he started declining so much after that,” she said.

“The more I was looking into it, the more I felt like I should be a nurse … I just really felt a calling for it. One thing I look forward to is to be able to encourage others more than I am right now, and also to help them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I definitely need to focus on living up to fullest potential so I can help others live up to their fullest potential. It gives me so much energy to be able to pour love and care into a person.”

Joy said that she will miss many things about Vol State including the students, professors, and her classes, but she feels well prepared for her next step to Tennessee Tech University. Vol State is also sentimental to her because her mother and grandmother are alumni, and some of her siblings have gone or currently go here.

“I’ve been so blessed. Every year before I sign up for classes, I’ll pray for good professors and good classes, and even on the classes that I don’t necessarily like, I’ll ask for it to be enjoyable, and they really have been … I wish I could just start naming teachers, but all of them are so good … Just taking this next step, I’ve realized how much Vol State has helped me to prepare for taking new steps.”

Joy gives credit to God, her family, and her fiancé Nate, whom she will be marrying in January, for being her biggest supporters.

-By Rachel Keyes

Friday, December 7, 2018

Help for Brightwood and Virginia College Students

The closure of Brightwood College and Virginia College locations in the Nashville area has left many students wondering what to do next. Volunteer State Community College has an information session planned for Thursday, December 13. The goal is to let the students know what options they have in continuing their education at Vol State. The college offered similar help to students after the ITT closure in 2016. It is difficult when assisting students from for profit institutions, because the classes and programs often don’t have the same accreditation as state and private colleges and universities. Students will be able to meet with admissions advisors from Vol State about transferring credit and financial aid. The meeting will take place at 6pm at the Hampton Inn at Providence at 5001 Crossings Circle in Mt. Juliet.  For a complete list of the credit programs offered at Vol State visit Vol State has set up a web page for Brightwood and Virginia College students:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

In Case of Weather Issues Monday

There may be weather issues on Monday. Vol State notifies students of delays and closings via text message and the front page of the website at Because next week is finals week, if we do have weather changes it will require more communication, so you will also need to check your student email for details on when finals will be rescheduled. Also check eLearn for direct messages from your instructor for each class. Be aware that Vol State does not close in conjunction with county schools.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Events Coming up at Vol State

Events at Vol State:
Dec. 8 Voice Juries, SRB 151, 10am-3pm
Dec. 8-13 Final Exams
Dec. 14 College to Career seminar, Nichols Dining Room, 7:30am
Dec. 15 Fall Graduation, Pickel Field House, 10am