There's a point in your life when you know what you want. The key is finding a way to get there. For Luci Atencio a career as a surgical technician, specializing in labor and delivery was rewarding, but not where she wanted to be, both for the profession and eventually the location. Read Luci's story.
Vol State alumnus Antwon Bailey has a habit of creating "firsts". He was the first student debater at Vol State and the first African-American honors student. However, he is certainly not the first student to be inspired in a Bob Ruff history class.
"He demands critical thinking. Through the experience of arguing in a respectful way, and using critical thinking, he inspires dialogue between students. Dr. Ruff nurtured my love of history. My love of history sparked my love of politics," said Bailey. Read Antwon's story.
The entire building looks like a charred wreck. Black timbers form the skeleton of what used to be a house. For Assistant Fire Marshall Phillip Barber, there's a story in the rubble.
"Part of fire behavior is putting the human element behind it," Barber said. "You can find out who's responsible and how it happened." Read Phillip's story.
Children sometimes know what they want to be when they grow up, and Stephen Chmely went from a curious child wondering about science, to working on his doctorate in chemistry from Vanderbilt University.
"I was always that little kid that asked why. It was fun for me to study science, and when I got to college I knew I wanted to do something with science," he said. Read Stephen's story.
Paul Love explored a neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. The U.S. State Department program is designed to promote international learning with American students. Love investigated back alleys, and back yards, looking for evidence of an ancient castle. It's a long way from Volunteer State Community College, but that's where this journey started - with a passion for history kindled by a provocative professor. Read Paul's story.
Kevin Smith, 26, has worn many hats so far in his lifetime, and an Ivy League education from Princeton University may soon be added to his list of accomplishments.
"I went to Vol State for three semesters, got to play baseball, and took a couple of great classes in leadership. I took a history class that was very interesting, and I was in the honors program," he said. Read Kevin's story.