Friday, July 30, 2021

Masks Required Inside Vol State Buildings Starting August 2

As a result of a change in CDC recommendations and following guidance from the Chancellor, Vol State will return to requiring masks in indoor settings effective Monday, August 2nd.  This is due to the current level of community transmission of COVID in our service area.  Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.  As was previously the case, masks will be required at all times inside all Vol State locations except when you are in a private office or when dining.  Masks will not be required out-of-doors. We hope that this will be a short-term requirement and that this precaution will help to reverse the current increase in cases in our service area.   When the case counts drop, we will be able to change the mask requirement.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Three Tips For New Students

I’m a sophomore at Vol State, but I remember what it felt like to be an upcoming freshman, unsure and overwhelmed. It can be scary going to college, and sometimes students don’t know what to expect. To help new students get ready for college, I talked to Galylea Villagrana, a COMPLETE coach from TNAchieves to ask her about some of her top advice for upcoming students.

Meet With Your Advisor

“I feel like a lot of students go off and register themselves which I don’t recommend because your advisor really has the best degree plan. I’ve been one to register for what I thought I needed and I passed it on to my advisor and she completely rearranged my whole schedule.”

Connect With Your Instructors

“Even if you’re not a social person, I highly recommend getting to know your professors. I’ve had so many opportunities and internships just because I was nice and attentive in class.”


“My best advice would be to know that it’s a big adjustment coming to college. It’s very different from high school. It’s a whole different environment and it just takes time to adjust. Just be patient.”

It took me several weeks into my first semester to feel comfortable at college, so don't worry if you're feeling overwhelmed at first. Stay tuned for more tips on making the most of your college experience.

- Chloe Duvall

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New Students: It's Time to Register for Fall Classes!


New Students-

• We have moved into open registration. That means you can now register without being required to attend a Campus Connect session.
• We still encourage you to participate in the virtual version of Campus Connect by going to
• To register for Fall ’21 classes, you must speak with an advisor.
• To schedule an appointment new first-time freshman enrolling for their first semester in Fall 2021 can go to to schedule an appointment with an advisor
• Students who are transferring to Vol State, readmitting or who were enrolled in Spring or Summer 2021 can go to to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dr. Montague Appointed as the next President of Vol State

The Tennessee Board of Regents today confirmed Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Volunteer State Community College during a special called board meeting. Dr. Montague was recommended to the Board by Chancellor Flora Tydings and a committee, after a nationwide search.

“I am humbled and honored to be confirmed by the Tennessee Board of Regents as the fourth president of Volunteer State Community College,” Montague said. “As the College celebrates its fiftieth anniversary I am excited to join the community. I look forward to continuing to build upon the great work already in place at Vol State as we look towards our next fifty years.”
Montague has been president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, since 2017. The public community college, which also has extension sites in Cortland and Ithaca, NY, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System. She will officially start her position at Vol State on September 1.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Montague Recommended for Next President of Vol State

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting July 27 to consider the appointment of the next president of Volunteer State Community College. After a search of more than three months, TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings is recommending to the Board the appointment of Dr. Orinthia T. Montague as the next president of Vol State.

Dr. Montague was among three finalists selected by a search advisory committee last month. All three candidates participated in campus visits, including forums with campus groups and the public, June 22-24. After the Vol State campus visits and forums last month, Chancellor Tydings conducted final interviews and gathered and reviewed feedback from the public and campus communities after the campus visits in deciding on her recommendation of Dr. Montague to the Board.

Montague has been president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, since 2017. The public community college, which also has extension sites in Cortland and Ithaca, NY, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System. She previously served as vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer, and dean of students, at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. Earlier, she held a number of positions at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, including associate vice provost and dean of students.

Key accomplishments Montague listed as president of Tompkins Cortland Community College include reversing a decade-long enrollment decline, establishing new community partnerships, leading the construction of a new childcare center, helping secure over $3 million in philanthropic donations, developing improved communications initiatives with campus constituencies, and serving on the Governor’s New York Re-opening Advisory Task Force.

She earned her Ph.D in higher education administration at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, her Master of Arts degree in counseling at Lindenwood College and her Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal communication at Truman State University. Her complete resume´, the recording of the June 23 public forum on campus and other information about the search are available on the TBR website at 

“I’m delighted to recommend Dr. Montague to the Board of Regents,” Tydings said. “We are fortunate to have had an excellent pool of candidates and three outstanding finalists, each of whom could well serve the Vol State community as its next president. I believe that Dr. Montague was particularly well received during the campus forums and that her broad range of college leadership experience and work with students and her vision will help her lead Vol State to even higher levels in serving its students and its communities.”

If approved by the Board of Regents, Montague would become the fourth president in Volunteer State Community College’s 50-year history, succeeding Dr. Jerry Faulkner who announced his retirement earlier this year, effective Aug. 31. He has served more than nine years as the college’s third president. The president is the chief executive officer of the college.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Vol State is a comprehensive, two-year public community college primarily serving 11 northern Middle Tennessee counties. In addition to its main campus in Gallatin, it has campuses in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield.  Additional information can be found at the college’s website:

The Board of Regents meeting will be held virtually, by Microsoft Teams teleconferencing, at 2:30 p.m. CT July 27. The meeting is open to the public and will be live streamed and archived on the TBR website at Anyone wishing access to the Teams meeting itself should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason by 4:30 p.m. July 26 at or 615-366-3927, for more information.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Students - Important My Vol State Changes for You

There is a big change for everyone at Vol State this year. The My Vol State platform has had a makeover and also has a new link:

If you bookmarked the old My Vol State site, you will need to delete it and bookmark the new link.

You will notice that many of the tools you use as a Vol State student are collected on the new My Vol State platform including: Registration, Advising, DegreeWorks, online classes, the College Catalog, student email, ePrint (your campus printing account), Office 365 ( your free Microsoft Word, Excel and more). They are organized now with easy to see icons.

Many of these services will be single-sign-on, which means you only log into My Vol State and then use the other services without having to log-in individually.

We suggest you take a few minutes to bookmark the new link and look around. You will log in with your usual Vol State credentials.

You can always find the new link at on the front page at the very top of the page under My Vol State.

Make sure you use your Vol State email address and usual password if you are a returning student. New students will need to set their password. Use the directions in your welcome email. If you are still running into problems please contact the IT Help Desk at (615) 230-3302. They can help.