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Evening Students have a New Leader at Vol State

Submitted on August 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Evening classes provide the opportunity for working adults to pursue college. The hours are great, but they don't lend themselves to students necessarily feeling a part of the college campus life. Brenda Buffington is working to change that at Volunteer State Community College. She is the new Director of Evening Services.

"I'm the liaison between evening students and the campus during the day," said Buffington. "It's an evolving department, which I love because I have a pioneering spirit."

The college has offered evening services for years. The stepped up effort recognizes the importance of evening students to the college.

"Whatever students might do in the Business Office, Advising, Admissions and Financial Aid we can take care of that for them in the evening," she said.

Online courses and evening classes have made it easier for students to pursue college dreams and it's a wide variety of students taking part. "We see working students, stay at home moms, middle age, elderly, young; we run the gamut," Buffington said.

Prospective students can also get advice and see an advisor in the evening. The Student Services offices are located on the Vol State Gallatin campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in the Wood Campus Center room 217. Evening Services are available Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Buffington has also started a blog for Vol State Evening Services. It can be found at www.volstate.edu/studentservices

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