Artist Tatiana Potts’ work on display at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College kicks off its spring 2018 season of The Arts at Pellissippi State with an exhibit by artist Tatiana Potts.

Potts is an artist, instructor, printmaker, bookmaker and ceramist who pulls influence from her travels and her Slovakian heritage. The free exhibit is Jan. 16-Feb. 2 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A reception to meet Potts will be held from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16.

In the exhibit — Magic in Folds of Tajtania — Potts constructs, reinvents and combines environments, revealing shadows of memory, imagination and even architectural structures.

Magic in Folds of Tajtania is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information and a full schedule of upcoming exhibits and performances, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers sterile processing training to fill local demand

Beginning in January, Pellissippi State Community College will offer a non-credit course to become a certified registered central sterile processing technician.

The course is designed for students who wish to jump-start or transition to a healthcare career by taking a sterile processing certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management.

“There are regional job openings for certified technicians right now, so conceivably everyone who enrolls in this class could find an opportunity for a good entry-level position in a healthcare setting,” said Joshua Reist-Connor, a sterile processing manager at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and an instructor of Pellissippi State’s course.

Based on demand from area healthcare providers, Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services developed this program in cooperation with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

New employees hired as central sterile processing technicians within Tennessee must complete training like this course within two years of initial hire. Pellissippi State’s course is the only in-person course in East Tennessee.

“This course will be an immersive experience. It will partner students with a local healthcare facility and give hands-on experience with the central sterile processing technology and equipment,” Reist-Connor said.

Students who complete the 14-week course, which is offered on Sundays, 2-5 p.m., must also complete 400 hours of job shadowing at an area hospital. Students who take the course are not certified until they successfully complete the examination and job shadowing.

The Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician course at Pellissippi State costs $2,600 and includes textbook and study materials, two pairs of surgical scrubs and the cost of the IAHCSMM certification application and examination.

This class is an approved Veterans Administration training program and an approved American Job Centers Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act training program.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for this course, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Over 20 years, Pellissippi State generates $3.6 billion economic impact

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Hardin Valley Campus

Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus

 

For many years, Pellissippi State Community College has measured its economic impact in East Tennessee. Since 1997, the college has contributed an estimated $3.6 billion in economic impact to Knox and Blount counties. Additionally, there have been approximately 122,245 jobs generated over the past 20 years as a result of the college’s presence.

In its most recent economic impact study, Pellissippi State reports a combined economic impact of $1.3 billion for the years from 2012 to 2017, as measured by the value of business volume, jobs and individual income in Knox and Blount counties that is tied to Pellissippi State.

“Since 1974, this college has had an integral place in East Tennessee that is measured not just by economic impact, but by social impact. We at Pellissippi State are devoted to changing the lives of everyone who steps through our doors,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Our greatest impact will always be that made by our students and graduates as they pursue their dreams and give back to our community.”

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, associate degree graduates can expect to earn about $470,800 more over their work lifetime than if they only had a high school diploma. For Pellissippi State’s 1,455 graduates in academic year 2016-2017, this means an additional $685 million in lifetime earnings and $2.8 million in additional annual tax payments that benefit the economy.

The 2012-2017 economic impact report also studied the business volume and individual income impact of Pellissippi State on the local economy:

  • $617 million in business volume impact from 2012-2017, $481 million of which came from non-local revenues such as state appropriations, grants, contracts and federal student financial aid revenues
  • $649 million in personal income impact over the past five years, including $518 million from new or external funds

Pellissippi State expenditures created and sustained an estimated 42,479 jobs, 32,000 of which were created by external or new funds, from 2012-2017. The college itself employed 2,801 full-time employees during the five-year period.

Of the college’s $1.3 billion in total impact over the past five years, the majority — $999 million — can be attributed to the infusion of new, non-local revenues. Every single dollar of local revenue that comes into Pellissippi State generates an estimated annual return on investment of at least $6.20, comprising $3.02 in local business volume plus at least $3.18 in individual income.

“This total economic and social impact would likely not have occurred without the presence of Pellissippi State in the area,” said educational consultant Fred H. Martin, who conducted the study.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

The full 2012-2017 Economic Impact Report as a PDF

‘Teaching Award’ winner Sichler to speak at Pellissippi State Commencement

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Judith Sichler
Judith Sichler

Pellissippi State Community College’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner, Judith Sichler, will speak at the college’s fall commencement ceremony Dec. 15 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Commencement begins at 7 p.m. Approximately 490 students will graduate this fall.

Sichler is the 2017 recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact a faculty member has had on students. Sichler has integrated unique and interactive learning opportunities into her anthropology classes that aim to increase engagement and inspire students.

Sichler worked as an archaeologist before coming to teach at Pellissippi State in 2010. Today, she teaches cultural anthropology courses and has embedded Service-Learning components into them. She also teaches a cultural anthropology study-abroad course in South Africa.

“The best decision I ever made was to teach full-time,” Sichler said. “My favorite class to teach is cultural anthropology because I ask students to ponder human diversity. I really want them to talk to each other. I want them to debate perceptions and talk about how and why cultures are different, and what the basis for those differences are.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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