By Luis Quintanilla
Starting March 23, all Volunteer State Community College classes will move to an online format in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The spring’s commencement ceremony will also not take place in-person. According to the Vol State website, the entire academic calendar for the spring semester has been shifted forward a week.
Full semester classes will resume on March 23, with second seven week classes beginning on the same day. The last day to drop a class with a “W” will be April 3 and April 23 for second seven week classes. The last day of classes will be on May 8 with final exams from May 11-14.
Vol State’s TN eCampus classes have not been suspended and will continue with normal business.
Originally, spring break had been extended a week as classes were cancelled, but now the college is implementing major changes for the remainder of the spring semester in response to the spread of the virus. The college asks students to regularly check their emails to updates on their classes as well as check their eLearn emails for details on their classes.
Priority registration for summer and falls classes for current students has not changed and will begin on April 6 and 7 for sophomores and freshmen respectively.
In-person Work Development trainings will also see changes as they are suspended until further notice. OSHA training courses scheduled from March 17-20 will relocated to an offsite location with those involved receiving further details. Online training courses will remain the same, but many in-person training courses will be moved to an online format according to the Vol State’s announcement.
Nursing Information Sessions have also been cancelled. Vol State’s the Feed has also been cancelled for the remainder of the week.
Other events that have been cancelled according to the Vol State Website are:
Tree Day pickup scheduled for March 20 and 21
Middle College Information Night, March 24
ACT testing at Vol State on April 4 – Canceled…see the email from ACT for alternatives
All Vol State student daytime events (until further notice)
The following Vol State public events have been changed or canceled:
Community Garden work day scheduled for March 21 – Canceled
Annie Warbucks musical – Canceled
Educate A Woman – Postponed. Registrants will be contacted with a reschedule date.
Science and Math Expo, April 2 – Canceled
KEY Lifelong Learning Lectures – Canceled
All Vol State Athletic games and practices – Canceled
Ted Jones Art Gallery Talk – Canceled
Jazz guitarist Chip Henderson workshop, April 8 – Canceled
A Night in Italy – Canceled
Sophomore recitals, April 23 – Canceled
Vol State Spring Showcase concerts, May 1 and 2 – Canceled
For more information one can read the announcement at https://www.volstate.edu/news/all-vol-state-classes-moving-online-march-23-click-here-latest-updates-including-event