PHOTO: There are a record number of students attending Vol State this semester, but building projects have added many more classrooms and facilities.
Student enrollment at Volunteer State Community College has reached an all-time record for the school, thanks to a successful implementation of the popular TN Reconnect program. The program provides tuition-free education for adults who do not already have a college degree.
The previous record was 8989, set in fall of 2010. The current headcount is up 3.5 percent over fall of last year with 9156 students attending this fall semester. 1039 of the new students enrolled in classes at Vol State are using TN Reconnect, in addition to the 460 continuing students using the program.
“We are excited to have attained this record enrollment,” said Vol State president, Jerry Faulkner. “It is gratifying to see more citizens of our service area taking advantage of the opportunity to advance their education. Vol State is fulfilling our mission to prepare students for successful career, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation in a global society.”
In preparation for increased enrollment, Vol State has added two new buildings to the Gallatin campus in recent years. They have also completed projects such as enlarging the Livingston campus, building the Highland Crest campus in Springfield and offering classes at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC) in Cookeville.
The increased enrollment has been reflected in other aspects of Vol State’s growth as well, such as an expansion of the number of online classes from 195 course sections in fall of 2010 to and this fall’s 356. There are many more faculty and staff working at the college, from 769 in 2010 to 854 employees today.
“Our great team at the college has worked really hard to prepare for this year and for continued growth in enrollment,” Faulkner said. “Our next project is a renovation of our Warf science building. We will gain two science labs, a classroom, a computer lab, and a new six thousand square foot wing to house our Mechatronics program.”
Vol State is currently accepting applications for the spring semester for TN Reconnect applicants and all other students. Visit www.volstate.edu for details.