KEY Lifelong Learning Lecture Series at Vol State

Topics ranging from elder care to honey bees are underway this spring for the KEY Lifelong Learning Program at Volunteer State Community College. There are several lectures scheduled on Friday mornings. The topics are Elder Care Law Issues, The Wizard of Oz, the Reformation – 1517, Honey Bees 101, Tennessee Self-Defense Law and Firearm Simulator and the Korean War and its Relevance to Current Political Issues. The fee to enroll in one or all of the lectures in the series is $49. The lectures began in March and will continue each Friday into April. Everyone is welcome to register and attend.

KEY stands for “Keep Educating Yourself.” The classes will be held in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Interested persons can register by calling Vol State Continuing Education at 615.230.3358 or visiting in person at the 300 Building, room 106, on the east side of the Vol State campus.

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center Welcomes Cardiologist

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is pleased to welcome board-certified cardiologist Rick Koch, M.D. to the hospital’s medical staff. Dr. Koch completed a cardiology fellowship and internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospital. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, echocardiography, cardiovascular CT, nuclear cardiology and is a SHAPE-certified Heart Attack Prevention Specialist. Dr. Koch is accepting new patients at Tennessee Heart and Vascular at 353 New Shackle Island Road, Suite 300C, in Hendersonville.


Vol State Announces New RN Nursing Program

Volunteer State Community College has announced a new nursing degree program that will prepare students to apply to sit for licensure as a registered nurse. Approval for the program was given recently by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. This new program will award an associate of applied science degree in nursing, and it will be offered on both the Gallatin and Livingston campuses.

“It is the right time for Vol State to launch a nursing program that serves our entire 11-county service area,” said Vol State president Jerry Faulkner. “There is a critical and growing need for nurses in Sumner County and the surrounding area. At the same time, surveys showed a substantial need for RNs in the Upper Cumberland. We have offered pre-nursing programs successfully for many years, and we’re ready to take the next step. Interest in this full nursing degree program has been tremendous.”

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Vol State Radio WVCP Celebrates 40 Years on Air

Thousands of students and volunteers have worked at the Volunteer State Community College radio station over the years. Now WVCP-FM is celebrating the 40th anniversary of 88.5 FM in 2019.

WVCP first took to the airwaves on January 4, 1979, as a low-power 300-watt FM station. In 1983, the station’s broadcast power was increased to 1,000 watts. Multi-channel high-definition broadcasts were added to the FM feeds in 2011.

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