Vol State Financial Aid director Sue Pedigo retires after 48 years

Sue Pedigo

By Katelyn Marshall

Financial Aid Director Sue Pedigo is this week’s faculty spotlight.

Pedigo has been a charter member of the first employees at Vol State and has been in the Financial Aid office for the entire 48 years that she has been at Vol State.

Pedigo is a Vol State graduate. She is married, has two children and six grandchildren. Continue reading

Vol State Students Win in Statewide Job Skills Competition Conference through SkillsUSA from

The Vol State competitors, left to right. Front row:  Jarissa Woolbright, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Restaurant Service; Preston Carr, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Culinary Arts; Hannah Foley, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Commercial Baking; and Delenn Strong of Gainsboro. 
2nd row:  Tim Dean, Mechatronics program director; BobbiJo Andrews, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Extemporaneous Speech; Melody Montgomery, Livingston, Bronze Medal, Prepared Speech; Pam Davis, Cookeville; Jarrett Talbott, Cookeville, Bronze Medal, Motorcycle Repair; Nicholas Drake, Cookeville; and Cindy Thrasher, assistant professor of Communication.
3rd row:  Josiah Watson, Celina; Miguel Ortiz, Baxter, Silver Medal, Technical Computer Applications; Tallen Gooch, Sparta, Bronze Medal, Team Mechatronics; and Samuel Griffin, Sparta, Bronze Medal, Team Mechatronics.

By Allyson Oakley

Students from Volunteer State Community College competed in the State Leadership and Skills Conference through SkillsUSA from March 31 – April 3.
The students competed at the local level, according to the SkillsUSA website. From there, students can advance to the state and national levels.

Cindy Thrasher, assistant professor of communication, was quoted in an email saying, “We are excited that our students have such a broad spectrum of areas of expertise. They competed not only in technical areas, but also in Leadership areas like Public Speaking and Interviewing.”

Overall, thirteen VSCC students competed, out of which 8 brought home medals. Continue reading

Vol State welcomes new assistant vice president of Student Services


By Gloria Cortes

Volunteer State Community College’s new Assistant Vice President of Student Services Kyle Barron started April 1.

As new assistant vice president, Barron is responsible for the supervision of the offices of Disability Services, Student Engagement and Support, Diversity and Inclusion, and the TRIO program. He’s also responsible for traditional affairs and Title IX issues for students.

Sharing how he was welcomed to Vol State, Barron said, “I got a fancy tie. [I just started] and it’s been a great welcome so far. I spent a little time with Dr. Faulkner, getting to know him and his expectations for the employees and just getting to know all the offices and areas I’ll be working with on a daily basis. They’ve all been really warm receptive, and I look forward to working with them more,” said Barron. Continue reading

Adult student mentor program offers scholarship

By Allyson Oakley

Adult students from Volunteer State Community College have the opportunity to fill out an application for Pioneer Connections. This program will connect adult learners, who are willing to mentor, with other adults, that are needing guidance. The selected mentors will receive a $1,100.00 scholarship that can go towards books, tuition, fees, and other things

“Connection is a motivator. Mentors are going to be trained to be a resource. They are going to make a connection with experiential guidance to help other students who are walking in the same path that they have,” said Amy Hoffman, relational completion advisor in the Office of Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs.

Sarah Davis took the day off from work to apply for the fall 2019 semester. “I haven’t been to school in ten years. It’s nice to know that I won’t be alone when I’m trying to navigate work, family and now school. I don’t want to feel like I’m the only adult student in the classroom. The online aspect is probably second nature to other students but going back to school at 30, online learning is something that I may need some help with,” said Davis. Continue reading

New sidewalks are coming soon

By Velma Crochet

Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) is making changes around campus to help students avoid situations like this and feel safe at their campus that should always feel like home.

William Newman, Senior Director of Plant Operations said, 1,500 square feet of new sidewalk will be added to the rear side of campus, there will be repairs done to the parking lots, and seal coating to fill in cracks or prevent additional damage to the pavement.

The project is being completed by the company called CD Steger Construction, Inc. located in Brentwood,Tennessee. Continue reading