Oct 20, 2020  
2007-2008 VSCC Catalog 
    
2007-2008 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

VSCC Student Services


The Campus

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Volunteer State Community College's main campus is located on 110 acres on Nashville Pike (Hwy 31-E) in Gallatin, the county seat of Sumner. The campus is some 10 minutes from Hendersonville, just 8 miles from the Nashville/Davidson county line northeast of Rivergate.

Sixteen buildings are located on the campus, including the Hal R. Ramer Administration building, the Thigpen Library, the J.H. Warf building, the Wesley Pickel Fieldhouse, the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center, the Noble Caudill Hall, the Fine Arts building, the Joseph C. Watlington Science Field Station, the E. G. Mattox Business building, the John B. Wallace Health Science Building, J.T. Fox Maintenance Building and 5 buildings on the campus annex. The Livingston Campus in Overton County is served by a leased building. Public school facilities serve other teaching sites in the VSCC 12 - counties area.

Academic Computing Facilities

Academic computing facilities at Volunteer State are available to all faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. It is the responsibility of Academic Computing Services to provide an environment for all users to accomplish their necessary tasks and at the same time provide security for all academic computer systems.

All Academic Computing users will be governed by all federal, state, and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) laws and policies, which include (but are not limited to) the Tennessee Computer Crimes Act of 1983 (see VSCC Policy VII:01:08) and the General Policy on Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions (TBR Policy 3.02.00.01).

In addition, regulations defining the user's responsibilities towards the use of Academic Computing resources are outlined in the Student Handbook.

Audio Visual Services

The Audio Visual (A/V) department provides complete audiovisual services and Smart classroom services to all areas of the college. The department supplies and maintains classroom instructional equipment for the main campus and all extended service locations, and assists community groups using the campus for special events.

Career Placement and Cooperative Education

The Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education assists students, graduates, and alumni with their employment needs. As a FREE service, it attempts to match the needs of employers with those of the student or graduate and provides employment guidance:  Development of career skills and job search strategies, networking, employer research, letter and resume preparation, interviewing, job offer negotiation, and making the most of your employment.  The office does not operate as an employment agency nor does it guarantee employment.

Cooperative Education is another focus of this Office.  Cooperative Education is a partnership between the College and the employment community.  The combination of academic studies at the College and "on the job" work experience affords the Co-op student with added "real world" career insight and credentials to compete favorably in the job market.  Students may apply for entry into the program by meeting the following criteria:

Any student interested in the Cooperative Education program is encouraged to apply. To qualify for the program, the following criteria must be met:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and the successful completion of the first semester within the student's major field of study.
  2. Present work experience in a field related to the student's major.

In order to register for Co-op, a student should see the academic advisor who will work with the Director of Career Placement and Cooperative Education to assure that the student will be registered for the correct credits. Students should expect to pay for these academic credits since they are a part of an academic program of study. Grades for the co-op work experience are based on the successful completion of a paper and the completion of the agreed upon goals of the student, academic advisor and the Director of Career Placement and Cooperative Education

Career Placement: Because having graduates employed in their chosen career fields is important to the college, the Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education targets efforts to assist graduates. Therefore, all second-year students who seek career employment at graduation should register with the office at the beginning of their last semester. Registration consists of completing a Placement packet followed by an appointment with the Director to discuss the placement process, the job market, and other services and materials available through the office.

"Students may also participate in the College's CAREER ALUMNI NETWORK by connecting with College alumni already in the workforce.  Students may seek career counsel from these alumni, participate in a mentor or career shadow experience, and develop important professional contacts for future employment.   Students may learn more or register to participate by visiting the Office or going to www.volstate.edu/placement, click on CAREER ALUMNI NETWORK."

"The Office of Career Placement and Cooperative Education offers a user friendly interactive website affording employers a FREE listing of job announcements as students seek employment.  Employers may list job announcements 24/7, 365 at www.volstate.edu/placement, click on Employer Resources.  Anyone may access these listings FREE at www.volstate.edu/placement, click on Job Listings."

Library/Learning Resources Center

Housed in a two-story, electronically equipped facility, the Library/Learning Resources Center (L/LRC) combines the traditional library concept with audiovisual equipment and instructional materials and adheres to guidelines of the American Library Association (ALA) Standards for Libraries in Higher Education.

An electronic catalog-circulation system offers efficient access to the L/LRC collections, which include over 53,000 books; 60,000 electronic books; approximately 6,000 reels of microfilm; 3,000 microfiche cards; 3,515 audiovisual items; and 295 current periodicals.  Over 40 databases are available, including magazine, journal and newspaper indexing / full-text systems and reference sources and electronic books. The center's resources exceed the minimum standards for two-year colleges established by the ALA.

Offering photocopy machine services and audio and video listening and viewing facilities, the center also provides access to computers, ADA computers and other types of learning equipment.

The Library/Learning Resources Center is open Monday through Friday, with evening hours Monday through Thursday, and Saturday mornings and afternoons when classes are in session.

Media Services

The Media Services Department provides video production services to all areas of the College. The department produces video programs for College at Home and other Distance Learning courses, for classroom support and for promotional materials for the College. The department also provides the downlink for all satellite teleconferences.

NewSkills Center

NewSkills is the College's non-credit and credit alternative basic skills instructional program. NewSkills offers computer-based and one-on-one instruction in reading, writing, and math. The program is designed to help students upgrade basic skills before taking the College placement exam or to upgrade basic skills before challenge testing on the College placement exam. The credit courses offered in NewSkills are Basic Mathematics (DSPM 0700), Elementary Algebra (DSPM 0800), Intermediate Algebra (DSPM 0850), College Algebra (MATH 1130), Reading I (DSPR 0700), Reading II (DSPR 0800), Writing I (DSPW 0700), and Writing II (DSPW 0800). These courses are designed for students who need a flexible schedule to accommodate work and family. The NewSkills Center provides:
* Diagnostic assessment of current skill levels
* Individualized, self-paced instruction
* Counseling and advising to help determine goals
* Flexible hours to accommodate work and family.

Students may enter NewSkills at any time during the semester. The program is also designed to meet the basic skill needs of the community at-large and the business community.  Middle school sudents and high school students may enroll in a summer NewSkills program to enrich basic skills.  High school students can enroll in NewSkills for ACT/SAT preparation and for basic skills enhancements for the high school Gateway English and Algebra Exams. For further information, contact the NewSkills Center.

Technology Learning Center

The Technology Learning Center (TLC) is designed to assist VSCC full-time and adjunct faculty with the integration of technology into the teaching and learning process. Located on the second floor of the Thigpen Library in room L-201, the TLC is equipped with the latest computer-related equipment and is staffed by qualified support personnel. The Center provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to learn, in a hands-on environment, the technology tools needed for instruction. Training sessions on the latest hardware and software are available in small groups or one-on-one sessions.

The TLC is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and nights and weekends by appointment only.

Computer Equipment

  • Networked computer systems
  • Monochrome & color laser printers
  • Scanners
  • CD-ROM duplication
  • Presentation equipment
  • Wireless networking

Training

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Internet
  • Beginning, intermediate and advanced sessions
  • Small group
  • One-on-one sessions

Assistance

  • On-line Web course design & technical assistance
  • Electronic slide show presentation   (PowerPoint)
  • Scanning  (Photo and Text) 
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Grading spreadsheets

The Campus Center

The Wood Campus Center is the hub of the student activities because it houses a food services area, dining rooms, the clinic, bookstore, Public Safety office, Student Government Association office and the Division of Student Services. The building also houses student publication offices, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms and conference rooms.

Approved groups may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services to arrange to use the Campus Center for meetings or other approved activities.

Bookstore

The Campus Bookstore, for the convenience of its students, faculty, and guests, is located in the Campus Center.
In addition to textbooks and school supplies, the bookstore also stocks imprinted clothing, backpacks, and reference books.

The bookstore accepts personal checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Any check written should be made for the amount of purchase only. Purchases can also be made on-line at www.efollett.com.
Textbooks may be returned for a 100% refund within seven (7) days from the official first day of classes. Books must be returned in the same condition as purchased. Students must provide a cash register receipt. After this date, if a student drops a course, a 100% refund can be granted within 30 days from the official first day of class, with a signed dropped slip, cash register receipt, and books in same conditions as purchased.

Students may elect to sell books provided the books have current market value. The Bookstore offers a "Daily Buy Back" program offering the current market value for books. During final examination periods the Bookstore offers 50% of the purchase price for books needed for stock in the Bookstore. If a particular title is not needed by the Bookstore or the Bookstore has purchased the maximum quantity of a title, students will be offered the current market value.

Division of Student Services

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Professionally experienced student services specialists within the Division of Student Services provide a variety of services and sponsor many activities which are designed to facilitate the personal growth and development of students and to support the instructional programs of the College.

Services and activities specifically offered for prospective and new students include admissions counseling, educational planning, placement testing, and advising.

Other student services and activities include but are not limited to scheduling assistance for registration, career and personal counseling, tutorial assistance, wellness counseling, financial aid and intramural sports.
Offices within the Division of Student Services are: Admissions, Advising Center, Athletics and Intramurals, Disability Services, Evening Student Services, Health Services, Retention Support Services, Special Adult Programs, Student Financial Aid, Student Life/Minority Affairs, Testing, TRIO (Student Support Services), and Veterans' Affairs.

Admissions

Admission advisors are available to assist new students with the application process. Additionally, these advisors are able to clarify information on the application, answer any questions the student might have and outline the process that leads to registration.

Advising Center

Students who have not declared a major or who are not seeking a degree (but wish to enroll in credit classes) are assigned to the Advising Center for advising assistance.  Students who have declared a major are assigned to a faculty advisor.  The Advising Center screens all transfer and transient students to be sure that required developmental assessment occurs and then modifies computer screens to allow enrollment.

Advising - Students should consult with an Advisor/Counselor every semester before registering. An advisor can:

  • Provide general information about the College & its programs
  • Explain placement assessment results
  • Guide students through the registration process
  • Assist with creating a class schedule
  • Help students clarify their academic and/or career goals
  • Provide students with specific information regarding transfer of courses to other colleges and universities
  • Assist in explaining an unofficial audit of degree requirements, and in preparing appropriate graduation forms

The Advising Center serves students both on and off campus. The normal operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advisor/Counselors are also available in the evening in Wood 217 at (615) 230-3492.  Students may call the Advising Center at (615) 230-3702 or 1-888-335-8722 if they are unable to come to campus.   Assistance/Information may also be requested by FAX at (615)230-3692 or by e-mail to Advising@volstate.edu.

Orientation - Orientation is conducted by the Advising Center.  All new degree-seeking students are required to complete orientation.  It can be completed online or they can make reservations to participate in an advisor-led session on campus.   During Orientation, students will be presented with key information about the college and everything that relates to the registration process.  After they have completed Orientation, students will be able to meet with a faculty advisor or an Advisor/ Counselor in the Advising Center to develop strategies for completion of their degree programs.

Academic and Career Counseling - Academic counseling consists of assisting the student with curriculum choice, educational planning and accomplishment of academic goals. Advisor/Counselors use necessary intervention strategies to assist students in overcoming difficulties that would hinder performance. Academic counseling guides the student through an exploration of career and academic choices, assists in establishing life goals and in developing personal plans to achieve educational goals.

Advisor/Counselors provide academic counseling for students who are having difficulty with their developmental studies courses.  Faculty members will often recommend these students to The Advising Center utilizing the Academic Advantage Retention System.   Advisor/Counselors, however, will assist any student who is in need of academic counseling.  Students can speak with an Advisor/Counselor either by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

The Advising Center can also assist students who are in need of career counseling.  Students can meet with an Advisor/Counselor who can assist with the development of a plan to determine what career path is best suited for them.   After meeting with an Advisor/Counselor, students can make an appointment to take a career assessment in the Testing Center.  These assessments are CareerScope, the Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.    In addition, students can complete an internet-based assessment called Kuder.  After completing a career assessment, students should make an appointment to meet with an Advisor/Counselor who will interpret and discuss the results with them.

Other Counseling Services - The Advising Center does not have a licensed counselor on staff.  Thus, it is not equipped to handle serious personal counseling matters.  However, Advisor/Counselors are trained to provide emergency crisis counseling and will then refer students to an appropriate agency or licensed professional.

Athletics

The intercollegiate athletic program includes men's and women's basketball teams, a men's baseball team, and women's softball. These teams compete with teams from other institutions of the same intercollegiate level as Volunteer State Community College. Athletes must meet the eligibility requirements of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services will assist students with providing reasonable accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature of the disability. In order to receive assistance, students are encouraged to:

  1. Register with the Office of Disability Services
  2. Provide documentation of the qualified disability

Auxiliary aids, services and accommodations will be provided on a case by case basis taking into consideration the nature of the disability.

Services include interpreters, readers, notetakers, recorders, test proctoring, tutoring, and/or other equipment needed by some students to ensure equal educational opportunity. With advance notice, the Office of Disability Services will be responsible for arranging appropriate aids when requested. The College may provide for academic aids deemed necessary for a student's educational access if they are not available from another source; however, it does not provide for personal aids such as attendant care or individually prescribed devices of a personal nature.

Evening Student Services

The Office of Evening Student Services is available to students during the academic term Monday through Thursday until 8:00 p.m. and Friday until 5:30 p.m. This office coordinates academic and student services for students who attend classes in the evenings and/or Saturdays. The Office of Evening Student Services serves as an agent for Admissions, Records, Advising, Testing, Veterans Affairs, Financial Aid and the Business Office. The Campus Administrator and/or the Evening Office Assistant provide information, make referrals and assist students in a variety of matters related to his or her student success. Catalogs, applications, schedule of classes, transfer equivalency tables, some financial aid forms, deferred payment forms, parking decals, and photo ID cards are also available through this office.

Health Services

The Health Center is located in the Campus Center and is staffed with registered nurses who are committed to wellness and improving health.

Emergency medical assistance, general first aid, non-prescriptive medications, minor therapeutic treatments and health screenings are provided. The nurses also provide individual, confidential health counseling in stress management, weight management/ sensible eating/exercise, smoking cessation, and other health issues.

In case of serious illness or accident, the guardian, parent or spouse of the student is notified and the student is transported to the nearest hospital. Expenses for the ambulance, hospital, physician, medical procedures and/or health care related to such serious illness or accident must be paid by the student.

Retention Support Services

The Office of Retention Support Services is responsible for retention initiatives developed within the Division of Student Services. Students are the primary focus of this office. The main objective is to expand and improve existing programming as well as build new programming and services that will enhance student success.  The Call Center is a large part of the retention support services and serves in the role of welcoming students to the College as well as disseminating important information and reminders to students via telephone contact.

Special Adult Programs

The Office of Special Adult Programs coordinates and serves as a liaison with various outside state and federal agencies that sponsor students and provide financial assistance for tuition costs, books, training materials and supplies while attending VSCC. These students qualify for services through income eligibility, employment barriers, including being laid-off from a job, and those who need to retrain to improve job skills. The Office of Special Adult Programs serves as a resource for students during this period of transition, and provides counseling services as needed. Students may also request tutoring assistance through this office by completing a tutor request form. In addition, this office works closely with the Office of Disability Services, in helping students with disabilities meet their educational goals. The Office of Special Adult Programs is located on the ground floor of the Wood Campus Center, C-108, or call 615-230-3449.

Student Life and Minority Affairs

The Office of Student Life strives to build an educated and civic-minded college community. The office offers educational, cultural, leadership and social activities to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Student Life coordinates student activities, student organizations, evening student services, minority affairs and student ID's.

Minority Affairs seeks to provide support services for underrepresented students, to assist in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, to build a sense of community and unity among all students, and to further Volunteer State's goal of promoting diversity and equality of all persons at Volunteer State.

Minority Affairs attempts to make the academic and social integration of diverse students to college life as smooth as possible through mentoring and exposure to academic programs and student services. The availability of leadership training and attendance to regional and national conferences further enhances diverse students' experiences.

Testing

Testing services are provided by the College through the Office of Testing. For students who have applied to Volunteer State, the Testing Center administers the ACT Residual and ASSET Placement Tests, along with testing for ESOL students, and administers the ACT on national test dates.  This office also serves as a testing center for the General Education Development (GED) exam, the College Level Placement (CLEP),  Nurse Entrance Test (NET), Automotive Service Excellence exam, Southern Building Codes exam, the College's Computer Competency Exam (CCE), and the TWRA Boating exam.  The Office of Testing also administers exams for correspondence courses, make-up exams for college faculty, general education exit exams required of all graduates, as well as career counseling tools €“ Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Kuder Career Assessment System, and CareerScope (a computer-assisted career assessment).

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Volunteer State Community College is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. The main objective of this program is to provide eligible VSCC students increased educational opportunities in order to promote academic success. The overall goal is to support students through educational supports and retention strategies that lead to graduation and/or transfer to a four year institution.  In order to participate, students must meet one or more of the following U.S. Department of Education requirements:

  • Family income meets federal guidelines for low income
  • Neither parent earned at least a four-year college degree (first generation) or
  • Registered with the Office of Disability Services

Services provided by TRIO SSS include academic, career and financial counseling, tutoring, mentoring, goal setting, laptop check-out, priority registration, cultural activities, learning communities and four-year college transfer assistance. Educational trips are provided for cultural activities and 4-year college tours.  Please stop by the Wood Campus Center (Room 211), pick up an application and discuss how the program can further benefit you during your attendance at VSCC or visit the website at www.volstate.edu/trio.  Participation is limited.  Please call 615-230-3732 for more information.

Veterans' Affairs

Veterans and/or qualified dependents of veterans, members of the selected reserve who enroll at Vol State under the VA Educational Assistance Program are provided assistance in clarifying objectives, establishing career goals and making life/career choices. The Assistant Vice President for Student Services meets with each student who participates under the VA Educational Assistance Program, explains VA eligibility requirements and acts to ensure that all VA and institutional requirements are understood and met.

Approval for the college to offer training to Veterans and Eligible Dependents is granted by the State Approving Agency of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. With the approval process come certain requirements and exclusions, such as: Students receiving veteran's benefits are required to be degree seeking and pursuing a specific concentration. (This means that certificate programs are not approved for veterans training.) Also excluded from the approval process are the Developmental/Remedial classes taught by Independent Study or Open Circuit TV or by RODP. And, non-punitive grades, such as the "W" and "YC" because they will not count toward graduation, will be reported to the Department of Veterans' Affairs when assigned.

Student Housing and Insurance

Volunteer State Community College has no housing facilities for its students although a limited number of housing accommodations are available in private homes. Students interested in obtaining a list of such facilities may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services in the Wood Campus Center, room 217.

The Student Injury and Sickness Insurance packet is available through the Office of Health Services located in the Wood Campus Center, room 215. Insurance policies are issued by a private agency, authorized and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Student Conduct and Discipline

The college student is considered a responsible adult. Enrollment at Volunteer State indicates acceptance of those standards of conduct appearing in detail in the Student Handbook, and Academic standards described in this catalog. Violations may result in disciplinary action by an administrative official or an appropriate college committee.

Action by the committee involved may range from exoneration to a recommendation for expulsion from the College. While such actions may be temporary or permanent, except in the most extreme cases, committee actions may be reviewed and the student restored to normal status after a stated period or completion of certain requirements. The principle of due process is followed, and every effort is made to give a positive approach to each situation.

Student Organizations and Activities

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Student organizations and activities provide ample opportunity for students to participate in campus governance and leadership opportunities designed to promote their educational, personal and social development.

The rules governing student organizations are found in the current VSCC Student Handbook.

The College provides budgetary support for the following student organizations and activities.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association was established to provide leadership training in an environment which permits the exploration of a wide range of ideas. This avenue, through which student interests and needs may be expressed, provides students the opportunity to work with College administrative officers in matters affecting the welfare of the student body. The SGA works with all student organizations to maintain and improve the quality of student life on- and off-campus. In addition, the Livingston Campus has SGA positions available.  Students are encouraged to participate in the campus-wide Student Forum held each Fall and Spring semester

Students filling the elected offices of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of the SGA are elected during the Spring term. Every student enrolled at Volunteer State is a non voting member-at-large but can freely choose to become an active voting member by being elected to an office. All registered full-time and part-time students of Volunteer State possessing a G.E.D. score of 45 or a cumulative high school or Collegiate G.P.A. of 2.5 are eligible to run for offices in the Legislative and Judicial Branches. Students desiring to run for the Office of President must have a cumulative Collegiate G.P.A. of 2.75 and those desiring to run for the offices of Vice President or Secretary must have a cumulative Collegiate G.P.A. of 2.75. Additional information may be obtained through the Office of Student Life or the Office of the SGA President.

The Settler

The Settler, the campus newspaper, is published and distributed throughout the academic year. The Settler is run exclusively by and for students. Many staff positions for The Settler are filled by students enrolled in COM 292P (1-3 credit hours). The instructor of COM 292P also serves as the faculty advisor to give guidance to the student staff. The Editor-in-Chief is selected by the advisor and the Director of Student Life with approval of the Vice-President for Student Services.

The Pioneer

The Pioneer, the campus magazine is published and distributed at the end of the Fall and Spring term. The Pioneer is run exclusively by and for students. All staff positions for The Pioneer are filled by currently enrolled students who enroll in COM 292P (1-3 credit hours). The instructor of COM 292P also serves as the faculty advisor to give guidance to the student staff. The Editor-in-Chief is selected by the advisor and the Director of Student Life with approval of the Vice-President for Student Services.

Intramural Athletics

The goals of the intramural athletic program are to provide facilities, funds and programs to encourage the voluntary participation of men and women at various levels of ability in structured seasonal sports which build a sense of community.

Association of Campus Events (ACE)

The purpose of Association of Campus Events is to develop and execute a variety of social, cultural, educational and recreational programs for all members of the College community.

Any currently enrolled students interested in the planning, production and promotion of activities should contact the Office of Student Life. The President of ACE is selected by the Director of Student Life with approval of the Vice President for Student Services.

Vol State Singers

The Vol State Singers was established to provide Vol State students with an opportunity to perform in a choral organization. The chorus performs for both on and off campus functions. Most students who participate in the chorus enroll in MUS 154 (Vol State Singers). Students who are able to sing a simple song with correct pitch are invited to enroll in class and participate in rehearsals and performances. Contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department for more information.

College Theatrical Productions€“ Delta Psi Omega

Each year the Humanities Division of the College presents a fall and two spring dramatic productions. One of the spring productions is a children's play and is performed for both on and off campus audiences. Although any VSCC student is eligible to audition or work in the productions, many participants are enrolled in theater classes (THEA 120, 130, 200, or 210) and/or are members of the college's theatrical organization, Delta Psi Omega. Contact the Fine Arts Department for more information.

Special Interest Student Organizations

Many organizations have been established to address the special interests and/or needs of students. For students interested in out-of-classroom learning experiences, the following section provides brief statements of purpose of registered student organizations. Some organizations have affiliates at the Livingston Center.   The following list of organizations is subject to change.  For additional information, contact the respective faculty advisor or the Office of Student Life.

African-American Student Union - an exceptional opportunity for leadership development, camaraderie and friendship is provided to members during weekly meetings and a variety of programs.

Alpha Sigma Iota - an organization for broadcasting majors that provides an opportunity for experience outside of the classroom such as field trips and workshops.

Collegiate Ministry - provides experiences which lead to growth in Christian living. Weekly meals and Bible study are enjoyed.

Bowling Club - the Bowling Club is an extramural sports' team providing Volunteer  State students opportunity to competitively bowl on the collegiate level.

Challenges - an organization to support and assist students who have physical, emotional and learning disabilities.

College Democrats - promotes and fosters the philosophy of the Democratic Party. Activities include voter registration and guest speakers. Affiliated with young College Democrats.

College Republicans - promotes and fosters the ideas and values of the Republican Party. Activities include membership drives and political forums.

Forensics Club - the Pioneer Forensics Team is a competitive speech team. Forensics is a co-curricular activity emphasizing development of communication skills through competition with teams from other schools in the southeast region of the U. S.

International Student Association - the purpose of the International Student Association (VISA) is to provide an opportunity for its members to interact, support, and socialize with each member. Additionally, its purpose is to raise awareness of their unique cultural, social and academic challenges, and to solicit administrative support to meet needs.

Lambda - provides an open environment to foster dialogue between gay and straight students in a supportive atmosphere.

Literary Society - provides an opportunity for students to read, discuss, and analyze classical literature.

Outdoor Adventure Club - provides students with the opportunity to participate in school activities that include hiking, backpacking, repelling, and other activities. The Livingston campus has an extension of the club.

Paralegal Association - an organization that further educates the members of the paralegal profession and encourages a high order of ethical and professional attainment Lambda Epsilon Chi is a paralegal honor society.

Phi Theta Kappa - the National honorary for two-year schools, was established in 1918 to recognize academic excellence. This organization, which awards $28 million nationwide in transfer scholarships to active members annually, was chartered on campus in March 1998. While participation in chapter activities is not required, the organization offers opportunities for community service and personal development. Those students who have earned 15 collegiate hours, have a GPA of 3.5, and are working toward an associate's degree are invited to join each Fall and Spring semester.

Psychology Club - provides academic support, mentorship and educational activities for students majoring in psychology. The Livingston Campus has an extension of this club.

Returning Women - provides an opportunity for support, information, personal growth and scholarships for women who have returned to school after several years of absence. The Livingston Campus has an extension of this club.

Sigma Chi Eta - promotes and makes Communication majors aware of the Honor Society and qualifications.

Soccer Club - an organization for any male or female VSCC student who is interested in playing club soccer.

Society of Success and Leadership affiliated with the National Society of Success and Leadership, this organization promotes student leadership enhancement, while encouraging attainment of personal and educational goals.

Students Against Animal Cruelty (SAAC) - raise awareness and concern for the ethical treatment of animals through a life style of vegetarianism forming a base for activism in this growing movement.

Squatter's Rites - the purpose of the Student Creative Writers Association is to bring student writers together to experience each other's creativity and receive constructive criticism.

All student organizations at Volunteer State are subject to Chapter 0240-2-4 of the State Board of Regents Rules promulgated pursuant to the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.