Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new spring enrollees

All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the spring 2016 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session. Classes begin Jan. 19.

The sessions, which take place in December and January, are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. Reserve a space as soon as possible at

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.

Students are encouraged to take part in a session at the campus they’ll be attending for class.

Dates, time and locations of general orientation sessions:

  • Blount County Campus — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11
  • Division Street Campus — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 (includes a special session for international students)
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 (includes special sessions for international students and for veterans)
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13

Additionally, an orientation just for transfer students (with a special session for veterans) is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, on the Hardin Valley Campus. Transfer students may attend any New Student Orientation session.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, email or call (865) 539-7153.

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Pellissippi State ranks second among U.S. community colleges in study abroad

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Pellissippi State Community College sent 189 students on short-term study abroad trips this past year through a partnership with Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.

Pellissippi State Community College sent 189 students on short-term study abroad trips this past year, placing the college second in the nation among community colleges for the number of students who choose to study abroad, as did these students in London, England.

Pellissippi State Community College ranks second among all community colleges in the country for the number of students it sends to study abroad short term.

According to the 2015 Open Doors Report, published by the Institute of International Education and released Nov. 16, Pellissippi State had 189 students study abroad in the 2013-2014 academic year. That puts the college at No. 2 in the nation among community colleges for students who choose to study abroad.

“The emphasis on international education and international experiences for our students is an important one,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president. “The reality is, we need to be able to give our students a world-class education. They’ll be competing against people from around the world for jobs, and they’re also likely to be working for international companies right here in East Tennessee.”

At Pellissippi State, study abroad programs are organized through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at the college.

“Studying abroad now, more than ever, is being recognized as a high-impact practice for college students,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of TnCIS. “The good news is that in Tennessee the opportunity to study abroad isn’t reserved for students at four-year universities. Pellissippi State is doing a fantastic job of ensuring that its students have the opportunity to study abroad.”

TnCIS serves all colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The consortium provides study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across Tennessee. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

For more information about TnCIS, visit or call (865) 539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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Small Business Development Center names 2015 ‘Rising Star’

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Tennessee Small Business Development Center has named Modern Supply as its 2015 Rising Star Award winner. Pictured from left are Bruce Hayes, TSBDC small business specialist, Pace Robinson, CEO of Modern Supply and L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State Community College president.
Tennessee Small Business Development Center has named Modern Supply as its 2015 Rising Star Award winner. Pictured from left are Bruce Hayes, TSBDC small business specialist, Pace Robinson, CEO of Modern Supply and L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State Community College president.

The Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, a division of Pellissippi State Community College, has named Modern Supply as its 2015 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area. The award honors business owners who have achieved sustainability and success and who contribute to the growth and development of Tennessee’s economy.

“Modern Supply exemplifies determination and courage in successfully adapting to overcome small-business hardships,” said Larry Rossini, senior director of Knoxville TSBDC.

Modern Supply is a kitchen, bath, and lighting supplier and a distributor of various plumbing, electrical, and heating and air systems. The business, established in 1949, has showroom galleries in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City.

 “During the recession, Modern Supply CEO Pace Robinson and president/COO Dottie Ramsey had to make painful business decisions about workforce reduction and the closure of two locations,” Rossini said. “Downturn adjustments surfaced again in 2013, and Modern Supply again faced serious challenges.”

It was at that time that Robinson sought aid from TSBDC.

Using analysis and marketing tools available to small businesses through TSBDC, staff worked with Modern Supply employees to assess the company’s financial health, define target markets and competitors, and determine action plans.

“Working together with a fresh perspective and new tools for success, Modern Supply is looking to usher in changes toward a prosperous future,” said Rossini. “In 2014, Modern Supply contributed an estimated $2.7 million and 12 new jobs in local economic impact.”

Robinson was more than satisfied with the help provided by TSBDC.

“I did not know what to expect when I first contacted the TSBDC. I have been pleasantly surprised with the level of professional knowledge and assistance I have received. I would recommend TSBDC to any small business facing a challenge that you feel you cannot solve by yourself.”

TSBDC is a network of professional business consultants with 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

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Female Pellissippi State students benefit from attending women engineers conference

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Makayla Edwards
Makayla Edwards is one of the Pellissippi State Community College students who attended the recent Society of Women Engineers conference.

Female Pellissippi State Community College students pursuing a career in engineering had the chance to hear from some of the nation’s most prominent women engineers at a recent conference.

“The SWE [Society of Women Engineers] conference was an amazing opportunity,” said Ravenne Hall, one of the students who attended. “The workshops were helpful and thorough. The biggest benefit was to meet all the amazing women who, just like me one day, work in the technical industry. It was very inspiring to see that women really have accomplished amazing feats and are expanding and sharing their great minds with the world.”

The conference took place in Nashville in late October. It highlighted successful female engineers and the realities that women face when they enter traditionally male-dominated fields in science, technology, engineering, and math.

“My experience at the conference was inspirational: just to be around fellow like-minded female engineers who have accomplished so much,” said Makayla Edwards.

“I learned so much, but most important to me was how to negotiate your salary. That’s invaluable information that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life,” said Ines Mena-Solano.

Hall, along with Edwards and Mena-Solano, are recipients of scholarships funded through the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, part of the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System.

The NASA grant seeks to increase enrollment and retention in STEM fields among women and underrepresented minorities.

“Women only account for about 11 percent of the enrollment in engineering technology programs in Tennessee community colleges,” said Lynn Klett, “even though women make up 61 percent of overall community college enrollment.” Klett manages the NASA grant at Pellissippi State.

“Out-of-classroom experiences like this increase retention rates for our students by encouraging them to build relationships with each other and with their professors,” said Kathleen Scruggs, student completion coach for the NASA grant at Pellissippi State.

In all, nine female Pellissippi State students attended the conference with Scruggs and Klett. The NASA grant covered not only the cost of the conference but also the students’ ongoing membership in the Society of Women Engineers.

Funding provided by the NASA grant comes through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about the Foundation, visit or call (865) 694-6528.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology degree program and concentrations, visit or call (865) 694-6400. For more about the Foundation and giving opportunities, call (865) 694-6528 or visit

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