The Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Pellissippi State Community College for exceeding its study abroad goals during the 2014-2015 school year.
The college was one of only 12 higher education institutions to be recognized during the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. This is the second year in a row that Pellissippi State has been recognized by the IIE.
This past summer, Pellissippi State sent 204 students on study abroad trips in partnership with Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. That exceeds Pellissippi State’s annual goal for study abroad participation.
“Students who study abroad have been shown to earn better grades and are more likely to persist through college to earn their degree,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Study abroad isn’t something that should be reserved only for the few.”
According to IIE research, fewer than 10 percent of American undergraduates study abroad. Pellissippi State offers students scholarships, up to half the cost of the trip, to make study abroad accessible to more students.
“Just two years after joining Generation Study Abroad, colleges and universities across the country are seeing measurable results in their study abroad participation rates,” said Allan Goodman, the president and CEO of IIE. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways to prepare to enter and succeed in the interconnected, globalized workforce, yet 90 percent of American college students do not study or intern outside of the United States. We owe it to the next generation of Americans to explain why study abroad is more crucial than ever and to find ways to make it more accessible to a wider range of students.”
TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the nine years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.
IIE Generation Study Abroad grants funding and scholarships to community partners and higher education institutions in its network.
For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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Pellissippi State Community College ranks among the top community colleges in the nation for the number of associate degrees and certificates it awards.
According to Community College Week’s 2016 report of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, Pellissippi State ranks sixth in the nation — among both two- and four-year institutions — for the number of associate degrees it awards in the field of communication technologies, technicians and support services. Pellissippi State offers Media Technologies degrees in five concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Design for Web and Print, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.
In addition, the College ranks 65th in the nation for the number of one-year certificates it awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year.
For the past two academic years, Pellissippi State has been the largest community college by enrollment in the state of Tennessee. This fall, the college has 10,244 students. Last academic year, the college awarded 2,498 diplomas and certificates.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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Pellissippi State Community College invites current and prospective students and their families to attend FAFSA Fright Night, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27, at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The event will offer help to students who are filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, application to Pellissippi State and/or Tennessee Promise paperwork. The FAFSA opened early this year, and students are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible. FAFSA Fright Night also will include tours of the Nursing Center and Megalab, a costume contest and a drawing for a scholarship from the Pellissippi State Foundation. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Strawberry Plains Campus at 865-225-2300.
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AT&T has donated $5,000 to Pellissippi State Community College to support non-traditional, underserved students studying in accelerated cohort programs. The donation will fund student scholarships.
“This type of support from private business is important as we work to find ways to advance higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “The scholarship this contribution will fund will allow students to complete degree programs that give them the skills to complete in today’s technology-based economy.”
This donation is part of AT&T’s $65,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges will receive $5,000 toward student scholarships that target non-traditional and underserved students.
“To meet the needs of our ever-growing economy, Tennessee’s institutions of higher education must ensure new entrants to the workforce are prepared and obtain the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in a modern workplace,” said Sen. Richard Briggs. “Through programs like those offered at Pellissippi State, pathways are created for non-traditional students to gain these skills, benefiting all Tennesseans.”
“Tennessee’s community colleges serve as crucial pathways to prosperity for students who want to enter the job market as soon as possible,” said Rep. Roger Kane. “AT&T’s commitment to good corporate citizenship in education will allow our future workforce to reach its full potential reaping benefits for all Tennesseans.”
“The relationship between business and education is an important one for job creation in Tennessee,” said Rep. Harry Brooks, chairman of the House Education Committee. “Statistics continue to show that the jobs of the future will require some type of secondary education, and helping our students obtain degrees and certificates will lead to more job growth and development for Tennessee.”
In January 2010, the Tennessee legislature passed the Complete College Tennessee Act, which seeks to increase the higher education completion rates of students across the state.
“We are delighted to support Tennessee students who are acquiring the skills they need to enter the workforce,” said Alan Hill, regional director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Tennessee. “Accelerated certificate and degree programs are a great way to ensure our students are fully prepared to enter the workforce and that they can find good jobs right here in Tennessee when they graduate.”
The AT&T scholarships will support students studying programs that are accelerated cohorts, which can allow students to complete their associate degrees at an accelerated rate. Accelerated cohorts especially help students who are attending college while also working full-time.
For more information about AT&T and its Philanthropy & Social Innovation outreach, visit http://about.att.com. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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