Students Needed for Patch the Mascot


By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College would like students to apply to become the next mascot for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year.

“We are looking for at least four students who will be enrolled in Vol State classes this coming fall, are academically progressing well in their classes, can fit comfortably into the costume, can walk in costume, and be reliable to show up to events to portray Patch,” said Tabitha Sherrell, the Vol State coordinator of Student Activities for seven years. Sherrell also co-advises the Student Government Association (SGA) and advises the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Eric Melcher, who has been working as the coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing at Vol State for 13 years with prior work in television news for 18 years, explained how Patch the mascot was discovered , Continue reading

Vol State launches new RN program

Dean of Nursing Linda Gibson

By Lauren Fraine

Volunteer State Community College has announced the launch of a new RN (registered nurse) Nursing Degree program.

The program will award an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing and prepare students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse. It will be available at the Gallatin and Livingston campuses.

Applications for the RN program will become available March 1. The deadline to turn in the application is May 1. The first cohort will start on June 10.
The RN program will be limited in the number of students accepted, 24 for the Gallatin campus and 24 for the Livingston campus each year. Continue reading

Vol State hosts veterans forum

Photo submitted by Allison Summers

By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College Student Veteran Association (VSVA) will be hosting a Veterans Forum Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room A, according to Vol State’s Facebook page.

“The Veterans Forum is an event to give outsiders a look at what military life and transition is like,” said Vol State Veterans Club President, Allison Summers, who served three years in the United States Marine Corps before being medically discharged. Continue reading

Cub Scouts collect glasses for mission trip

From Left to right, Vol State Ophthalmic students:  Makayla Muro, Ciara Salerno, Jackson Cornish, Luke Batey, Parker Lloyd, Mark Lloyd, Mckinley Cornish, and Carrie Batey work on organizing glasses for the Ophthalmic Program’s trip to Guatemala.

By Haley Bossert

Every year, several Vol State ophthalmic students are chosen to partake in a mission trip to Guatemala, where they have the opportunity to serve people in need with their knowledge and talents.

In an email from Vol State Ophthalmic Technician Program Director Alisha Cornish, the Cub Scouts Webelos 2 Den from Pack 407 collected between 200 and 300 pairs of glasses for the Volunteer State Community College ophthalmic technician department’s upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. The Webelos Scouts have been working on a project to help the ophthalmic department prepare for the trip. Continue reading