UPPER CUMBERLAND – Volunteer State Community College has expanded online support for students, and faculty are finding new ways to teach classes. In Nursing, one instructor uses online polling instead of traditional quizzes. It allows students to see what they know in comparison to the rest of the class and offers a new way to spark class discussion. It’s a commitment to help students succeed, even in the most trying of circumstances. The college will have hundreds of courses to choose from this spring, in more than 100 areas of study, including some on the campus in Cookeville. Applications are being accepted for the spring semester, which starts on Jan. 19.
Vol State Online offerings come in three versions. Online asynchronous classes don’t have regular class meetings, allowing students to set their own schedule during the week, with due dates for assignments. Virtual synchronous classes have regularly scheduled online class meetings with instructors live via Zoom or other video platforms. The third type, hybrid classes, offer limited in-person class sessions, combined with online coursework. Vol State will have limited on-site face-to-face classes this spring on the four campuses, primarily focusing on courses that feature hands-on class work.
Vol State students have a variety of free online academic support available, including math tutoring and help with papers, speeches and other assignments. Details can be found at: www.volstate.edu/student-support-online. New students can get help navigating the online learning system and tips from online support coaches throughout the semester. The college even offers free laptops for students who need them. Vol State is committed to helping students do well in online classes. To learn more, visit www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess.
Adult learners who would like to learn new career skills or find a new career path can apply for the tuition-free TN Reconnect program. The primary eligibility requirement is that applicants not already have a college degree. A step-by-step guide for application can be found at www.volstate.edu/reconnect.
Students who are taking a break from their university can apply to take spring classes. There are hundreds of general education courses available that can be used for credit at many universities.
New students can also visit the Cookeville campus to get help with spring applications and registration. Vol State has instituted procedures to make the campuses as safe as possible. Visitors need to wear a mask and fill-out a screening form before coming to campus. The form can be found at www.volstate.edu
Course registration is open now for all students. New and readmit students will need to apply first. The application process can be completed online at www.volstate.edu/apply. Students can visit the Vol State offices in Cookeville if they have any questions along the way or call 931-372-5540. The Vol State Cookeville campus is located at 1000 Neal Street.