January 2017 Around Town 2

Vol State Spring Classes Start January 17

Holiday fun can dominate at this time of year. That’s why it’s important that people considering college for the first time, or returning to college after an absence, get started now for the spring semester. Spring is a good time to begin college. It’s less frantic and advisors have more time with students. Registration is open for spring semester at Volunteer State Community College. Classes start January 17. New and readmit students should apply now.

Vol State has hundreds of classes in traditional classroom settings and online this spring. The application process can be completed online at VolState.edu. Call 615.230.3688 for more information on how to get started.

New Classes This Spring

  • Criminal Justice fast-track classes in a hybrid format.
Hybrid courses combine limited classroom meetings with online coursework. They’re called fast-track because students can complete the technical certificate in one semester.
  • Creative Writing Workshop
The English Department is offering a Creative Writing workshop-style class during the day for the first time in many years. The prerequisite for the course is English 1020, but students can also ask the instructor for permission. The class will take students through the processes of writing fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and plays. That will include aspects of the creative process, starting with generating ideas and moving on to drafting pieces, revising, editing and proofreading work.
  • Spring Start Veterinary Assistant Technical Certification.
The Vol State Veterinary Assistant technical certificate is changing the program order this year. It will now start in the spring and finish in the fall semester. Interested students will need to apply to program and be accepted. Deadlines and more information can be found at VolState.edu.

About Vol State

Volunteer State Community College has more than 90 programs of study and offers two-year degrees, certificates and paths to university transfer. Continuing Education and Workforce Development extends the college mission to the entire community. For more information, visit VolState.edu.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.

$811,000 Grant Brings Mechatronics Labs and Training to Vol State

Industries ranging from manufacturing to health care are in great need of workers with automation and systems technology skills. Mechatronics is the engineering behind those systems. A new state of Tennessee Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) 2.0 grant provides $811,000 for Volunteer State Community College to build electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic labs, and to train instructors in Siemens certification for mechatronics. Vol State is partnering with Workforce Essentials in the project called Mechatronics-2-Jobs.

“Mechatronics directly links the skilled workforce required to maintain and program equipment to the manufacturing sector, which is exploding throughout the region,” says John Watz, vice president for Strategic Planning and Development at Workforce Essentials. “Workforce Essentials and the North Tennessee Workforce Board has their whole support behind this program.”

“We have been in discussions with business and industry for more than a year about the need for this program and how to get it started at Vol State. We are so pleased that we received the grant, which will allow us to move quickly to establish a Mechatronics program at Vol State in Gallatin. “Persons with training and skills in this area are in high demand,” said Vol State President, Jerry Faulkner. “Graduates will easily find good paying positions in this high skill area. At Vol State, we are dedicated to meeting the educational and training needs of our service area.”

Vol State will launch an associate of applied science (AAS) mechatronics degree program on the Gallatin campus in the fall of 2017. It will provide the training and certification education students need for entry level jobs as mechanical engineering technicians, electrical engineering technicians and industrial engineering technicians, just to name a few. Graduates will have skills in the installation, maintenance and repair and of mechanical controls, fluid power systems, electrical equipment and electronic equipment. Vol State already utilizes labs and classes for mechatronics classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). The LEAP grant will add labs to the Gallatin campus and equipment at Highland Crest in Springfield

The bureau of Labor Statistics says the national median salary for mechanical engineering technicians is $53,910. Job growth is projected at 5 percent in coming years. It is even higher in Tennessee. The grant project partners with several area manufacturers for internships and job entry programs. And once in the workplace, students can continue their education for a bachelor of science degree through a partnership with Austin Peay State University. It’s designed specifically for working students.

The LEAP program supports Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 campaign. It seeks to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025. The LEAP grants go to the community and academic partnerships that align workforce needs with higher education. For more information about Mechatronics at Vol State visit Volstate.edu

Philip Schumacher Award Presented to Leisa Byars, Goddard School Owner

Leisa Byars, the owner of The Goddard School located at 108 Cinema Drive in Hendersonville, TN, has been presented with the Philip Schumacher Award by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School.

The award acknowledges a Goddard School owner who manages an outstanding business, is valued by her community and is respected by fellow owners for her commitment to quality.

“It was such an honor to be recognized by GSI,” said Byars. “We continually strive to provide an educational program that not only prepares children for success in school but for success in life as well.”

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has designated The Goddard School located in Hendersonville, TN as an exemplar school. The school received this honor for exemplary 21st-century learning practices in preparing students for success in college, career and life.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 108 Cinema Drive in Hendersonville, TN, please call Leisa at 615.822.9300 or visit: GoddardSchool.com.