Non-credit courses at Pellissippi State offer baby boomers retirement info

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In late April and May, Pellissippi State Community College gives baby boomers several opportunities to learn more about retirement planning.

  • “Savvy Social Security and Life Planning Strategies for Women” is offered at the Strawberry Plains Campus April 21 and the Hardin Valley Campus June 2. Class times are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.
  • “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” is offered at the Blount County Campus April 28 and 30 and at the Hardin Valley Campus May 26 and 28. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $59, and married couples may attend for the cost of one registration. Seating is limited.

The classes cover explanations of various types of Social Security benefits, the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to check your earnings record for accuracy, how to take advantage of spousal benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, how to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income.

For more information about this and other classes offered by the college’s Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Pellissippi State presents Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

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A magical storm. A shipwreck. Monsters and magic. Revenge, forgiveness and true love.

Playgoers will find these and more in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” to be performed April 17-19 and 24-26 at Pellissippi State Community College.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m., April 17-18 and 24-25, and 2 p.m., April 19 and 26. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at

The family-friendly presentation is sponsored and co-produced by Duck Ears Theatre Company. It features the talents of student, community and professional actors. Professional and community stagehands, dramatists, and actors, as well as the Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, are donating time to participate in the play.

“The Tempest” also includes live performances of original musical compositions by Alex Gherardi, a playwright and Pellissippi State adjunct faculty member.

“If you’ve never come to see a play at Pellissippi State, this is the play to see,” said Charles R. Miller, director of the production and a professor at the college. “It’s Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest.’ It has everything: magic, monsters, and fairies in a tale of redemption and forgiveness. It’s insanely funny; it’s a romance. It has everything.

“This is the biggest thing we’ve ever done here. In terms of scale, outlay, community participation and production values, this is our biggest production.”

“The Tempest” will be performed in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The play is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State’s inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class also honor society’s largest

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portrait of femaleDoneisha Wilburn was one of 176 students at Pellissippi State Community College inducted into the national Gamma Beta Phi Society earlier this school year.

The induction was Pellissippi State’s inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class—it was also the biggest community college class in the 40,000-plus-member honor society.

“Pellissippi State had the largest community college induction in the entire organization,” said Kevin Fillers. Fillers, himself a Pellissippi State alumnus, is assistant national executive director of Gamma Beta Phi.

“Gamma Beta Phi sets out to recognize and enrich the lives of academically excellent students who are willing to make a commitment to improving their community through service projects.”

Wilburn, who is pursuing a career in social work, is set to earn her associate’s degree in May.

“I was honored to be named to Gamma Beta Phi,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been involved in an honors society.”

The Gamma Beta Phi Society is dedicated to promoting education and providing community service to colleges and communities. Pellissippi State’s first Gamma Beta Phi induction took place in October 2014.

The college’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter is one of several student clubs that offer the opportunity for students to give back to the community and be honored for their academic achievements.

“When students get involved in a club, they feel connected to Pellissippi State for years to come,” said Kim Thomas-LaRue, director of Student Life. “Our goal is to lead students to connect and engage on campus so that their academic experience is enhanced.”

Wilburn is active in Student Life and is a member of the college’s Student Activities Board, which plans campus events for students. She says both organizations keep her busy on campus, but she loves opportunities to get to know people and to help.

“It’s an honor to do that: to help out around campus as much as we can,” said Wilburn. “It’s busy, but it’s fun and good to be involved and to help students.

“I started at another community college in Nashville before moving back home and coming to Pellissippi State, but that ended up being the best thing for me. Pellissippi State has helped me start out well on my academic path.”

After Wilburn graduates in May, she plans to transfer to Tennessee State University, where she will continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work.

“I love to help people. Knowing that you made an impact and that you changed someone’s life for the better is always a rewarding feeling.”

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

April 18 open house at Pellissippi State for adult learners

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Pellissippi State Community College hosts a special open house for adult learners 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

The open house is free and takes place in the College Center of the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Adult students (those age 24 or older) are invited.

RSVP to attend the open house at

Participants may bring copies of their transcripts for an informal evaluation of potential college credit. The event also will include information sessions throughout the day:

  • 10:15-11 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m.—“Affording College as an Adult Learner, Prior Learning Assessment, and Transferring In and Transferring Out”
  • 11:15-noon—Programming for Adult Student Support, a program that supports degree attainment for nontraditional students at Pellissippi State

Additional information about academic departments, services, workforce development, veterans’ services, and access and diversity will be presented as well.

Pellissippi State Community College makes going back to school easier for adult learners by providing unique pathways and services for nontraditional students. The college offers many scholarships and grants for adult students, and additional financial aid is available to students who are eligible. With prior learning assessment, adult learners can receive college credit for experiences ranging from career and military training to volunteer work.

Adult students can take classes at their convenience through online learning and alternative scheduling. Some programs also are offered as cohorts, in which groups of students progress through a degree program together. Created with busy parents and working students in mind, accelerated pathway cohorts allow students go to school part time, yet earn a degree more quickly, thanks to shorter-length courses.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

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