By: Nick Kieser
Volunteer State Community College has a business degree pathway and students here with that major are taking various routes to pursue that degree.
Vol State student, Roy Garcia, Student advocate of the Tennessee Society of CPA’s is on a mission to reach out to the other business majors here on campus.
“A student group or body helps other students just out of their own will. As a business major, I have hardly run into other business majors that could help me. This school really needs students being able to learn and teach other students and pass it on,” said Garcia.
According to Garcia, his first mission on campus is to find other business majors and connect with them.
In reaching out to business students at Vol State Garcia stated that there are three events for accounting majors one at Middle Tennessee State University on Nov. 9, the next at the University of Tennessee Martin on Nov. 13, and at Tennessee Tech University on Nov. 16. All event times are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I would like it to be an outreach here. One thing I would like to do is be able to unlock a door or have a door open for students to be able to make that connection themselves here. At least show students that they can do that whether it’s things like in business, music, or anything like that,” said Garcia.
“Roy is doing a really good thing for the community by providing a great outlet for kids who know what they want to do and even for the kids who may not have a sure clue yet,” said Robert Tapia.
Garcia said for himself that he is an intern at an accounting firm in Bellevue, TN.
“In the end of it, all of the leg and push work was my own. I want the students to know it’s easy and that they can do it,” said Garcia.
“There are a lot of opportunities that kids I know, especially myself, that are sometimes unaware of how much an abundance there is of help and aid, and one of the things I realized was that one person can only do so much alone,” said Garcia.
Working for the TSCPA is something that according to Garcia is something he inquired on in wanting to work for them.
“There aren’t many career-oriented programs for business. I love that Roy is showing initiative in providing resources for other students,” said student Tayler.
“One of the things I would like to see in myself while helping other students is being for the other student. Students that want to be a part of this should also share those qualities as well,” said Garcia.
According to Garcia after Vol State, he is looking into the University of Belmont or the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
“After Vol State, I am looking to transfer. One step at a time, but yes eventually my plan is transferring,” said Garcia.