News From the Schools


New Courses and Degrees This Fall at Vol State

Volunteer State Community College is continually updating course offerings and degree programs to keep up with the demands of a fast-changing society. Students will find new courses and new degrees this fall, as part of ninety programs of study at the college. Fall registration is open now. New students will need to apply first.

The new Associate of Science Health Sciences degree is designed for transfer to a university bachelor’s degree program. People with the four-year degree can seek jobs as Community Health Workers, Health Services Managers and Health Education Teachers. Health Sciences bachelor degree programs are taught at Tennessee State University and East Tennessee State University. The new Vol State degree can also help people who don’t make it into specific Health Sciences specialties at the college, but still want a career in the health field.

New courses this fall include African-American Literature (ENGL 2055). Students will read poems, stories, novels, memoirs, and songs by African-American writers. It fulfills the literature General Education requirement. Mechatronics is also new to the Gallatin campus this fall. Mechatronics professionals are the experts who design, program, repair and maintain state-of-the-art robotics and computer-aided equipment in today’s fastest growing industries. The Vol State degree program is taught for people with a high school degree or those with another college degree who want in-demand job skills.

Fall classes start on August 28. The fall schedule is available on the college website at New and readmit students will need to fill out an application on the website at The Office of Admissions is located in the Ramer Building, Room 173, on the Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike. Students with questions can also call 615.230.3688 or visit

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Comcast Awards $18,000 in Scholarships to Eighteen Middle Tennessee High School Seniors

Comcast NBCUniversal announced it has awarded approximately $18,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 school year to eighteen Middle Tennessee students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

“We are pleased to recognize this year’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners and their commitment to academic excellence and community service,” said Doug Guthrie, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President. “Today, we celebrate their achievements and we support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

Comcast, joined by local community partners and elected officials, recognized the students at a special event held at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 4. Each student received $1,000 in scholarships.

The 2017-18 Middle Tennessee scholarship recipients are: Anaeya Kelley, McGavock High School; Kolby Gregory, Goodpasture High School; Holly Bowman, Middle Tennessee Christian School; Abigail Gleason, Franklin High School; Grace Garrett, Christ Presbyterian Academy; Stephen Warner, Mt. Juliet High School; Kailynn Gaines, Lighthouse Christian School; Jamie Kendrick, Franklin Road Academy; Megan Uhls, Blackman High School; Chandler Lampe, White House Heritage School; Jessica Owen, Donelson Christian Academy; Olivia Zietz, Oakland High School; Grace Terlecki, Dickson High School; Safa Figal, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School; Zane Coggin, Brentwood High School; Khairunisa Hardin, John Overton High School; Rachel Tidwell, Middle College High School and David Price, Centennial High School.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. For more information, please visit and

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