Spring registration opens today for soph, tomorrow for freshmen

Registration for the Spring 2019 semester at Volunteer State Community College opened for sophomores and veterans (regardless of their academic year) this morning.

Freshman registration will open tomorrow morning.

“Its an opportunity for current Vol State students to get the classes they need before registration opens to the general public,” said Tim Amyx, the college’s Registrar and Director of Admissions.

Registration for new Vol State students will begin Monday, Nov. 18.

The spring semester will begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

According to Amyx, certain classes are hard to get. “Our anatomy and physiology classes always fill up first,” he said. “That’s because those classes are required by our nursing department.”

Amyx said that, because of the limited number of seats available, all of the Vol State science classes tend to fill up fast. Because they are required for virtually every degree or transfer program the college offers, English composition classes also tend to be in short supply said Amyx.

“Returning students should see their advisors to help them select classes before enrolling,” he said.

Students registering for the the Spring semester must select the My VolState link from the college’s home page.

The next step is to select the Pride Online Tab, click the “Add or Drop Classes” link and then select the term for which to be registered.

A screen containing the various Vol State campus sites will then be displayed. Students should select only the campuses which they wish to attend before clicking on the Save and Continue button.

Students then will be presented with a screen displaying the course plan they worked out with their advisor (however, they may have to load courses from your plan to the courses list).

Clicking the “Generate Schedules” button will create a series of schedules from which the student can select.

The selected schedule will be sent to the shopping cart by clicking the corresponding button. To finalize the registration process, click the “Registration” button and the schedule will appear on the Current Schedule page.

Returning to the “Pride Online” tab and selecting the “Concise Student Schedule” link will make the schedule available for printing or viewing.

Once registration is complete, clicking the “Account Summary” link will take the student to a page containing a bill and statement of fees.

The bill and fees can be paid online by Visa, Visa Check Card or MasterCard.

Once the transactions have been completed, the student needs to logout of the My VolState and then the Student Logout screens to complete their session.

When college is about learning, not money

To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which Thomas Jefferson asserted are the unalienable rights of every man we would like to humbly add education.

Educators have been revered since the time of Plato, Socrates, and Jesus and those who impart their knowledge and wisdom to others are certainly following one of mankind’s noblest callings.

And while the idea of gathering teachers in one place where they can interact with their students is undoubtedly a good one, that idea begins to falter once the students stop being viewed as students and begin to be viewed instead as income streams for what has become the big business of education.

We have mentioned in this space before, the unregulated money grab that is the educational publishing industry, but the visit to the Volunteer State Community College campus by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) opened our eyes to another such scam which will be perpetrated on future generations of Vol State students.

Apparently, SACS has declared that student retention is an issue (yes, if the students leave school, the school no longer receives grant, loan or personal monies for tuition, books and fees) and thus has decreed that schools will take actions to encourage students to stay enrolled.

Vol State will be implementing two courses which all incoming students will be required to take (oh and by the way, pay for too).

Designated FYEX-1030 and FYEX-1030, the courses will, according to Vol State’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP),” provide students with the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.”

This is the sheerest form of gobbledy-gook.

At what point did it become the college’s responsibility to teach rudimentary skills such as note taking, studying, and even the three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) to incoming students.?

In fact, it is the responsibility of high schools (or even earlier) to prepare students for higher education.

And while encouraging students to want to go to college is certainly within the purview of community and regular colleges (remember that crop of money to be harvested from each pupil?) the fact is that not everyone is cut out to attend college.

Yes, the world needs doctors and lawyers, but it also needs plumbers, electricians and construction workers (and in greater numbers than it does the doctors and lawyers) too.

It was suggested earlier that education should be made one of those unalienable rights which Jefferson wrote about, but that education does not always have to end in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree.

Earning knowledge to live one’s life does not always have to consist of writing research papers and cramming all night for tests.

The knowledge which will enable one to make a respectful living can also be acquired by serving an apprenticeship or in the armed forces.

By definition, most of the students at an institute of higher learning are adults, ergo, they should be treated as such.

Students who are motivated enough to enroll and attend, certainly should know how to take notes, read and even maintain a check-book.

Yes, many of the students arriving on the Vol State campus lack those skills, but when did it become the college’s responsibility to instill them.

That is the job of Tennessee’s high (and even middle) schools.

Students should not graduate from high school until they are capable of reading critically, writing an appropriate analysis of written material and performing rudimentary mathematical calculations.

These are the baseline skills needed for the successful attendance at an institute of higher learning.

Accepting students without these skills is nothing short of theft and a waste of those students’ time.

Forcing them to attend FYEX-1030 and FYEX-1040 is just adding insult to injury by sucking more money from the unsuspecting marks.

Instead of conning these unprepared students out of their money, Vol State should be honest with them, tell them they aren’t prepared for college and that they should come back once they have acquired the appropriate skills to succeed in the college environment.

A kit, a kit, my kingdom for first aid kit

By Jim Hayes

It would appear, that as the average age of students on the Volunteer State Campus increases, steps must be taken in order to address the occasional health emergencies which will inevitably occur.

Evidence of this need can be clearly illustrated by an incident which occurred at the school just last Thursday.

I was sitting on the second floor of Caudill Hall taking an exam when I shed my jacket. Having just gotten to school from one of my three times a week dialysis treatments, I noticed that the bandage which covered my fistula (the spot on my lower left forearm through which the dialysis machine drains, cleans and replenishes my blood) was soaked with blood.

I asked the instructor to be excused from class then asked if there was a first aid kit in the building. My instructor asked two other professors and together, they determined that no such thing existed in that building.

No problem, I thought, I’ll go over to the office of the Campus Police Department. Surely there would be one there. No such luck, and after being told rather curtly not to drip blood on the counter top (certainly a compassionate gesture on behalf of the dispatcher), I took a seat on a chair at the table.

Chief Angela Lawson brought me a towel to rest my now vigorously bleeding arm on while the dispatcher called for an ambulance.

At this point, the story takes on a Keystone Kopsish turn because while an ambulance was dispatched to Volunteer State Community College, there was already an emergency vehicle just outside the door of the Police Department.

In fact, as the second emergency crew came into the building, a member of the first crew was already unwrapping, cleaning and rebandaging the affected area.

Now, here at The Settler, we try to never pose a problem without offering some sort of solution.

Therefore, in the interest of insuring the safety of our fellow students, we propose that at a minimum, each building on campus have a first aid kit in a common, easily identified location.

In fact, a better solution would be a first aid kit on each floor or even in each classroom.

My incident did not require intervention by EMT’s. In fact, I could have handled it myself with some gauze, water and adhesive tape.

Instead, I suspect I will receive a bill from Sumner County because the EMT’s scrambled for a largely unnecessary call. This is in no way a knock on the Vol State PD. They took the proper actions.

However, this situation should never have escalated to the level where an ambulance had to be called and it wouldn’t have had a basic first aid kit been available.

It is certainly time to make simple first aid supplies available to all Volunteer State Community College students regardless of their age.

Lady Pioneers defeated by Walters State

The Vol State Lady Pioneers after their final game in the 2019 NJCAA Region Seven Tournament

Jim Hayes

After a play-in win over Dyersburg State Community College, the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers were dropped from the TCCAA Division Region VII conference tournament with a 58-47 loss to the Walters State Community College Senators.

The games played on March 1 and 2, at Cleveland State Community College, ended the Pioneers’ season with a 5-11 conference record. They were 11-14 overall.

In the play-in game win, four Vol State players scored in double figures. Shayala Armstead led the Pioneers’ scoring with 19 points. Aliyah Miller scored 18 points and Tatiyana Lavender scored 15. Xavia Williams added another 11 points to round out the Pioneers’ double figure scorers. Continue reading

Vol State loss leaves overall record of 6-20

By Jim Hayes

Despite 45 points from freshman guards Tim Goodrich and Justin Goodson of the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers were bounced from the TCCAA Division Region VII conference tournament 83-85 by the Roane State Community College Raiders.

The game on March 1, at Cleveland State Community College, saw only one other Pioneer score in double figures, sophomore guard Jaden Chumley. Goodson scored 29 points, Goodrich 26 and Chumley scored 11 points. Continue reading