Volunteer State Community College, commonly referred to as Vol State, is a pubic, two-year community college that was founded in 1971. Vol State is located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Gallatin, and serves the Nashville community and 12 counties in northern middle Tennessee. Vol State offers associate's degrees and technical certificates from the following academic divisions, which are health sciences, business and technology, humanities, social sciences, and math and science. Many Vol State students take the University Studies programs that prepare them to transfer to 4-year academic institutions. Vol State has a distance learning program that offers non-traditional instructional delivery to students that are unable to attend classes on campus due to work of family commitments, and to students that prefer to learn through technology. Students can combine distance learning, weekend and traditional courses to complete most degree requirements. Students can earn an online degree through the Regents Online program, which is the result of 19 colleges and universities that have joined together to offer a Regents online program.