Volunteer State Community College

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Volunteer State Community College
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Students walk across Volunteer State Community College's main campus in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Established 1971
President Dr. Jerry Faulkner
Students 8,193 Fall Semester 2015
Location Gallatin, Tennessee, United States
Colors Red and Blue
Nickname Pioneers
Website http://www.volstate.edu
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Volunteer State Community College is a publicly supported two-year community college located in Gallatin, Tennessee and operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Vol State, as it is popularly known, serves the suburban Nashville community. The college is some 30 miles (48 km) to the northeast in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin. In total, Vol State serves 11 counties in northern Middle Tennessee: Clay, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, and Wilson.

Vol State has five major divisions: Health Sciences, Humanities, Business and Technology, Social Science and Education, and Math and Science. Popular programs at the school include Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Criminal Justice, Education, Pre-Nursing, Paralegal and Communications. The college has a television studio, a radio station, and a recording studio. It offers an Entertainment Media Production program and classes in recording, music business and songwriting. Many students choose University Studies programs which prepare them for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Vol State has a degree-granting center in Livingston, Tennessee. The college offers numerous courses at the Highland Crest higher education facility in Springfield, and the Cookeville Higher Education Center. Vol State also offers some third and fourth-year level college courses through arrangements with other institutions. Vol State offers classes in traditional, online and hybrid formats. In the Fall of 2014, more than 8,000 full and part-time students were enrolled at all campuses combined.[1]

Student life[edit]

All four Vol State campuses have events and activities for students. These range from concerts and art shows to speakers and outdoor events. A list of current student organizations can be found at http://www.volstate.edu/StudentLife/Organizations.php The Student Government Association (SGA) is where students come together to discuss policy, funding, activities, and student participation throughout student life. Some of the student organizations outside of the SGA include Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Team Change, Spectrum, Artisan's Alliance, and more. If students want, they can work on the weekly student newspaper, The Settler, or participate in the award-winning student literary publication, "Squatters Rites". Students can also work at the Vol State radio station, WVCP, where they can schedule as a weekly host and learn the best practices for being an announcer. Theater students produce several plays each year and the Music Department puts on showcases each semester that feature student artists and groups. The Music Department also produces a CD of student artists or groups to sell at each showcase. Intramural sports are held for fun on the Gallatin campus quad in the fall and spring semesters. Students also have free access to a fitness room in Gallatin with treadmills and workout machines.


Degree and certificate programs[edit]

The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the A.A. (associate of arts), A.S. (associate of science), A.A.S (associate of applied science), A.S.T (associate of science in teaching), and A.F.A (associate of fine arts) degrees. All academic programs eligible for accreditation are fully accredited. Vol State offers the associate of arts and associate of science transfer degrees in more than 40 areas of emphasis. The college also offers technical certificates.

The abbreviations correspond to the program list that follows.

  • A.A: Associate of Arts
  • A.F.A: Associate of Fine Arts
  • A.S: Associate of Science
  • A.A.S: Associate of Applied Science
  • A.S.T: Associate of Science in Teaching
  • TTP: Tennessee Transfer Pathway Program to four-year degree

We also have certificate programs. These are often one-year programs designed for the workplace. See the college catalog for details on all of our programs: www.volstate.edu/catalog

Business & Technology

  • Accounting - A.S. (TTP)
  • Business - Accounting Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business - Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Management Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business - Management Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business - Marketing Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business - Medical Practice Management Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business - Office Management Technology Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Business Administration - A.S. (TTP)
  • Computer Information Technology - A.A.S.
  • Computer Information Technology - Cyber Defense - A.A.S.
  • Information Systems - A.S. (TTP)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management Technical Certificate
  • Office Management Technology Technical Certificate
  • Web Applications - Developer Level II Technical Certificate
  • Web Designer - Level I Technical Certificate

Health Sciences

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate
  • Coding/Reimbursement Technical Certificate
  • Dental Assistant Technical Certificate
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technical Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician Technical Certificate
  • Fire Science Technology - A.A.S.
  • Fire Science Technology Technical Certificate
  • Health Information Technology - A.A.S.
  • Health Sciences - A.A.S.
  • Medical Informatics - A.A.S.
  • Medical Laboratory Technology - A.A.S.
  • Ophthalmic Technician - A.A.S.
  • Paramedic Technical Certificate
  • Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S.
  • Radiologic Technology - A.A.S.
  • Respiratory Care Technology - A.A.S.
  • Sleep Diagnostics Technology Technical Certificate


  • Art (Studio) - A.A. (TTP)
  • Bluegrass - A.A.
  • Bluegrass - A.S.
  • Communication: Journalism - A.S.
  • Communication: Radio/TV - A.A.
  • Communication: Journalism - A.A.
  • Communication: Radio/TV - A.S.
  • English - A.A. (TTP)
  • Entertainment Media Production -
  • Multimedia & Web Design Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Entertainment Media Production -
  • Music Business Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Entertainment Media Production -
  • Music Production Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Entertainment Media Production -
  • Video Production Concentration - A.A.S.
  • Foreign Language - A.A. (TTP)
  • Liberal Arts - A.A.
  • Liberal Arts - A.S.
  • Mass Communication - A.A. (TTP)
  • Mass Communication - A.S. (TTP)
  • Music - A.F.A. (TTP)
  • Philosophy - A.A.
  • Philosophy - A.S.
  • Recording Industry Management - A.A.
  • Recording Industry Management - A.S.
  • Songwriting - A.S.
  • Speech Communication - A.A. (TTP)
  • Speech Communication - A.S. (TTP)
  • Theatre Arts - A.A. (TTP)
  • Theatre Arts - A.S. (TTP)
  • University Studies - A.A.
  • University Studies - A.S.

Mathematics and Science

  • Agri-Business - A.S. (2+2 with APSU)
  • Agri-Communications - A.S. (2+2 with APSU)
  • Agri-Science - A.S. (2+2 with APSU)
  • Biology - A.S. (TTP)
  • Chemical Engineering Technology (1+1 VSCC/APSU)
  • Chemistry - A.S. (TTP)
  • Civil Engineering - A.S. (TTP)
  • Electrical Engineering - A.S. (TTP)
  • Environmental Science - A.S.
  • Environmental Technology Technical Certificate
  • Foundations of Environmental Technology Technical Certificate
  • Geology - A.S.
  • Mathematics - A.S. (TTP)
  • Mathematics and Science - A.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering - A.S. (TTP)
  • Mechatronics Technology - A.A.S.
  • Physics - A.S. (TTP)
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene - A.S.
  • Pre-Health Professions (Dentistry, Medicine,
  • Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine) - A.S. (TTP)
  • Pre-Nursing - (TTP)
  • Pre-Nursing - A.S.
  • Pre-Nursing - A.S. [Belmont Partnership]
  • Pre-Nursing - A.S. [Cumberland Partnership]
  • Pre-Nursing - A.S. [Union Partnership - Adult Studies]
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy - A.S. (TTP)
  • Pre-Physical Therapy - A.S. (TTP)
  • TSU Nursing Partnership
  • Veterinary Assistant Technical Certificate
  • Veterinary Technology - A.A.S.

Social Science and Education

  • Associate of Science in Teaching K-6 - A.S.T
  • Criminal Justice (TSU Partnership) - A.S.
  • Criminal Justice - A.A. (TTP)
  • Criminal Justice - A.A.S.
  • Criminal Justice - A.S. (TTP)
  • Criminal Justice Technical Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Monster Hunting
  • Early Childhood Education - A.A.S.
  • Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate
  • Economics - Business - A.S. (TTP)
  • Economics - Liberal Arts - (ETSU) - A.A. (TTP)
  • Economics - Liberal Arts - (MTSU & UTC) - A.S. (TTP)
  • Economics - Liberal Arts - (UOM) - A.A. (TTP)
  • Economics - Liberal Arts - (UTK) - A.A. (TTP)
  • Elementary Education - (APSU) - A.S.T.
  • Elementary Education - A.S.
  • Exercise Science - A.S. (TTP)
  • Health, Physical Education, and Sports Medicine - A.S.
  • History - A.A. (TTP)
  • History - A.S. (TTP)
  • Human Services - A.S.
  • Paralegal Studies - A.A.S.
  • Paralegal Studies - A.S.
  • Paralegal Studies Technical Certificate
  • Political Science - A.A. (TTP)
  • Political Science - A.S. (TTP)
  • Pre-Law - A.S.
  • Psychology - A.A. (TTP)
  • Psychology - A.S. (TTP)
  • Secondary Education - A.S.
  • Social Science and Education - A.S.
  • Sociology - A.A. (TTP)
  • Sociology - A.S. (TTP)

Vol State at Livingston[edit]

Vol State at Livingston is a full service degree-granting location of Volunteer State Community College. The campus underwent a major multi-year construction project transforming the original building into a new facility. It features 15 classrooms with the latest teaching technology; ITV interactive television classroom, science-biology lab, computer lab, library, 18 faculty offices, administration offices, outdoor and indoor study areas. Several of the classrooms are prepared for Allied Health classes.

Vol State offers the associate of science and associate of applied science degrees at Livingston. Classes include general education, vocational and career development courses. They are scheduled during the day and evening. Formats include online and traditional classroom courses.

Vol State classes started in Livingston in 1991. By 1994, increasing enrollment led to discussions about a new facility. The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the plan in 2004. Construction began in July 2005. The $5 million project was funded by donations to the Livingston Campus Campaign, and those donations were matched by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The total amount raised by the community was $2,286,516.

The Livingston campus is located at 113 Windle Community Road.

Vol State at Highland Crest[edit]

Vol State, along with Austin Peay State University, offers classes at the Highland Crest site in Springfield, Tennessee. This $4.4 million facility contains 25,000 square feet of space housing four classrooms, a multipurpose room, a science lab, an interactive television (ITV) classroom, a bookstore, a library, a learning support center, and ten faculty offices. Classes offered at this campus include general education requirements for most degree programs.

A local resident of Springfield, Billy Batson, donated the land for Highland Crest. Robertson County and Springfield leaders provided $6 million for construction. A partnership with the nearby NorthCrest Medical Center ensured that operating costs for the site would be funded for the first two years of operation. The campus opened on June 24, 2011 in time for the fall 2011 semester. It is now owned and operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Highland Crest is located just off Highway 431 in Springfield, William Batson Parkway at 150 Laureate Avenue.

Vol State in Cookeville[edit]

Vol State offers classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). Classes include general education requirements for most degree programs. CHEC is a partnership with Tennessee Tech University, which also offers classes there. CHEC is located at 1000 Neal Street in Cookeville.


The athletic teams at Volunteer State Community College include Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Women's Fast Pitch Softball. The intercollegiate teams have been highly successful and nationally ranked. Vol State is a member of the Western Division of the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association. Vol State is also a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII.

Cincinnati Reds all-star pitcher Steve Delabar attended the school.

The Vol State baseball team went to the Junior College World Series twice, in 1994 and 1999. The softball team competed in the Division One NJCAA Softball Championship in 2011 and went to the final round in 2012.

April 7, 2006 Tornado[edit]

The college was damaged heavily in a tornado outbreak on April 7, 2006. Two buildings suffered direct hits from the twister, and reports from the college indicated that over 80 cars in the parking lots were damaged and destroyed. There were only minor injuries on campus. The Hal Reed Ramer Administration Building received major damage, including damage to the office of the President. Noble Caudill Hall suffered perhaps the worst damage, as much of the second floor on the south side of the building collapsed, and a large section of roofing above WVCP radio and the Wemyss Auditorium was ripped off and/or collapsed inward. Caudill Hall closed for more than a year and a half until repairs were completed. In all, eleven classrooms had to be relocated due to damage and 72 faculty and staff offices were moved. Volunteer State building coordinators and campus safety staff have been credited with helping to save lives on the day the tornado hit. They were honored in a ceremony at the school.

By spring of 2007, the Ramer building was fully occupied again, including a new home for the student radio station. The Caudill Building re-opened for classes on January 12, 2008. A major landscaping project was finished in spring 2008 marking the end of tornado repair.


  • Dr. Warren Nichols (president ?-2011)
  • Bruce Scism (interim 2011-2012)
  • Dr. Jerry Faulker (2012-current))

See also[edit]

  • WVCP - campus radio station


External links[edit]