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Volunteer State Community College is a publicly-supported two-year community college located in Gallatin, Tennesseemarker and operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Vol State, as it is popularly known, serves the Nashvillemarker community as well as its home area of Gallatin, some 30 miles (48 km) to the northeast.In total, Vol State serves 12 counties in northern Middle Tennessee: Claymarker, northeast Davidsonmarker, Jacksonmarker, Maconmarker, Overtonmarker, Pickettmarker, Putnammarker, Robertsonmarker, Smithmarker, Sumnermarker, Trousdalemarker, and Wilsonmarker.

Volunteer State has five major divisions: Allied Health, Humanities, Business, Social Sciences/Education, and Math/Science. Popular programs at the school include Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Education, Pre-Nursing, Paralegal, Pre-Engineering and Communications. The college has a television studio, a radio station, and a recording studio. It offers a recording management program and classes in commercial music and songwriting. Many students also take University Studies programs which prepare them for transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

Vol State has two auxiliary campuses: one in Livingston, Tennesseemarker, and the other at McGavock High School in Nashville. Both sites offer degree programs. The school also has learning sites in Springfield, Macon County, and Wilson County. Vol State also offers some third and fourth-year level college courses through arrangements with other institutions.

In Fall of 2008 7,241 full and part-time students were enrolled.

Degree and Certificate Programs

Allied Health

Allied Health Option

Dental Assistant

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

EMT - Basic, Paramedic

Fire Science Technology

Health Information Technology (Medical Records-Medical Coding)

Medical Laboratory Technology

Ophthalmic Technician

Physical Therapist Assistant

Radiologic Technology

Respiratory Care Technology

Sleep Diagnostics Technology


University Parallel


Business and Commerce

Business Education

Paralegal Studies

General Business Administration

Concentrations in –



Commercial Music

Computer Information Systems

Hotel and Restaurant Management

Logistics and Supply Chain Management



Medical Practice Management

Office Management Technology

General Technology

Technical Certificates

Office Management Technology

Logistics and Supply Chain Management





ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts



Recording Industry Management


University Studies

Mathematics and Science


Animal Care Technology





Environmental Science


Industrial Technology


Mathematics and Science


Physical Science

Pre-Dental Hygiene

Pre-Med Professional


Pre-Nursing (Belmont Partnership)

TSU Nursing

Social Sciences

Associate of Science in Teaching Degree (A.S.T.) K-6

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education



Health and Physical Education

Health, Physical Education and Sports Medicine

Health, Physical Education and Wellness


Homeland Security

Human Services

Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice

Political Science



Secondary Education

Social Science and Education


TSU Elementary Education

Regents Online Degree Program (RODP)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Professional Studies: Concentration in Information Technology (CIS)

Student Life

Students can work on the weekly student newspaper, The Settler, or the award-winning student magazine, The Pioneer. Radio station WVCP also provides students with a chance to work at a broadcast radio station. There are a variety of student clubs and organizations. Student groups work to provide events on campus throughout the year. Theater students produce several plays each year and the Music Department puts on showcases each semester that feature student performers and original student works. The Music Department also produces a CD of student performers to sell at each showcase.


Image:Softball 3-06 pitch 139.jpg|The Vol State Softball team in actionImage:Baseball pitcher 2-06 057.jpg|The Baseball Team went to the TJCCAA Regional finals in 2007 and 2008 and were Regional Champions in 2009.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.

The Volunteer State Baseball team has been to the Junior College World Series Twice in 1994 and 1999. Led by Coach Kenny Thomas, they held the number one ranking in the NJCAA during most of the 1998 season. However, they did not make a world series appearance that season.Image:VSCC-Athletics-Nossi-018 for media.jpg|The Men's Basketball TeamImage:VSCC-Athletics-Nossi-002 for media.jpg|The Women's Basketball Team

April 7, 2006 Tornado

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.

See also

  • WVCP - campus radio station

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