About Us

Volunteer State Community College is a public, two-year, college offering associate degrees, certificates, continuing education, and service to northern Middle Tennessee. It is located in Gallatin, Tennessee, which is 30 miles northeast of Nashville. There are also degree granting centers at McGavock High School in Nashville and Vol State at Livingston in Overton County. Vol State at Highland Crest offers dozens of day and evening classes each semester in Springfield. Numerous other off-campus operations extend the College's instruction and public service roles throughout its 12 county area of: Clay, Davidson, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties.

Popularly known as Vol State, the college has a diverse mix of students ranging in age from teens to senior adults. They come from counties across the service area, many states around the nation, and more than 25 countries. Vol State has more than 70 programs in five grand divisions: Humanities, Social Science and Education, Allied Health, Business, and Math and Science. The college also offers classes for the community, and area businesses, through the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development.

Message From The President

Dr. Bruce ScismDr. Bruce Scism,
Interim President
Volunteer State Community College

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and the college administration, I'd like to welcome you to Volunteer State Community College. By choosing to attend Vol State, you've joined a diverse and growing population of individuals who have decided to make their lives and their communities better. You've also chosen to attend a college that is fiercely committed to excellence.

Teaching, guiding and helping you succeed involves more than education. The college environment must also be comfortable and accommodating. I hope you enjoy your time here, no matter which of our campuses or sites you choose to attend. We are constantly working to improve them to meet your needs. For those of you who take distance learning classes while juggling work, home, and family responsibilities, I applaud your determination. While you may not spend time with us in physical classrooms, your academic contributions to Vol State make all of our experiences here that much richer.

You've made an important decision to pursue a college education. You felt a need to learn more, do more, and be more. I wish you the very best during your time here.

Dr. Bruce Scism
Dr. Bruce Scism

Our Mission

Volunteer State Community College is a public, comprehensive community college offering associate degrees, certificates, continuing education, and service to northern Middle Tennessee.  The College is committed to providing quality innovative educational programs; strengthening community and workforce partnerships; promoting diversity, and cultural and economic development; inspiring lifelong learning; and preparing students for successful careers, university transfer, and meaningful civic participation in a global society. (November 2007)

Our Campus

Volunteer State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Volunteer State Community College.

The commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

The College has eligibility certification by the U.S. Office of Education and is approved by the State Department of Education for Veterans Education.

The College is an Equal Opportunity Institution of Higher Learning of the Tennessee State Board of Regents and maintains an “open-door” policy of accepting any student who desires to improve through education. A Faculty Assembly offers the faculty opportunities to become involved in decision making on an advisory level. The assembly is designed to improve communications between the faculty and administration and to express collective faculty opinion on issues of concern. The assembly is chaired by a speaker who is chosen from the body by the elected divisional representatives.

Campus Locations

In addition to the main campus in Gallatin, the college has operations in many areas across the region. Those operations include satellite campuses, degree granting centers, evening class sites, high school dual-enrollment programs and health and business classes.

Vol State Main Campus
1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 615-452-8600 (Local) or 1-888-335-8772 (Toll Free)

Vol State at Livingston
113 Windle Community Road, Livingston, TN 38570
Phone: 931-823-7065 (Local) or 1-800-563-8220 (Toll Free)

Vol State ay Highland Crest
150 Laureate Avenue, Springfield, TN 37172
Phone: 615-433-7030 (Local) or 1-855-724-8722 (Toll Free)

McGavock Center
Evening classes in Davidson County

Macon County High School
Evening classes

Wilson Central High School
Evening classes

Dual Enrollment Classes

Workforce Development

Health Sciences Continuing Education