Pellissippi State Music scholarship auditions set for March 28, April 4

You might think you have to be a Music major to earn a Music scholarship, but that’s not the case at Pellissippi State Community College. The scholarships are available to both Music and non-Music students, and scholarship auditions take place on March 28 and April 4 for students planning to attend Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester.

Thanks to the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree program, those students who are interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year degree that concentrates in Music. All credits transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Long regarded as having one of the top Music programs in the area, Pellissippi State boasts an extensive and diverse Music faculty that leads freshman and sophomore courses required by most colleges and universities for their music degrees.

Courses include Beginning Conducting; Class Piano; Ear Training I-IV; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Introduction to Music Literature; and Music Theory I-IV. Applied instruction also is offered in the following: brass instruments, contemporary piano styles, guitar, percussions, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds.

For students who are not pursuing an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music courses as well. They include Class Piano; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Fundamentals of Music; Music Appreciation; Private Instrumental Instruction; and Private Vocal Instruction.

Music scholarships are awarded annually by the Pellissippi State Foundation to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Scholarship recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s music ensembles. Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performance. Six are instrument-based performing groups: the Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

To schedule a scholarship audition appointment on March 28 or April 4, call (865) 539-7178. For additional information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State concert showcases top student performers

The annual Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Members of the community are invited to the March 5 recital. The event is free, as is parking.

Each of 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as on the students’ academic achievement in traditional courses.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Some of the evening’s performers are also recipients of Music scholarships. The Pellissippi State Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a Music scholarship take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Scholarships are open to Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The student recital is part of the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series, one component of 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.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Student Honors Recital is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The March 5 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Clinical Medical Assistant program offered at Pellissippi State

Employment in all occupations is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with some areas experiencing more than double that rate. Health-care support occupations, for instance, are expected to expand by 25 percent, while the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent during the next seven years.

To meet the needs of area students seeking entry into the field, Pellissippi State Community College’s non-credit division is offering the Clinical Medical Assistant program, a series of Saturday-only classes that begin in March.

Consisting of 134 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of medical office externship, the total program is designed to be completed in only five months. Students who successfully finish the course are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association or the exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

Pellissippi State is providing the program in collaboration with Boston Reed, a private educational institution based in California. Boston Reed, which has provided health-care training for more than 20 years, has 125 locations nationwide.

Students will gain practical experience in such skills as assisting with patient exams and minor surgery, taking patients’ vital signs, performing lab tests, administering medications, and conducting electrocardiography evaluations.

The series prepares participants to assist physicians in settings such as offices and clinics. The fee for the Pellissippi State offering is $2,995. Financial assistance, including payment plans, credit-based loans and scholarships, is available through Boston Reed: www.bostonreedcollege.com.

The Clinical Medical Assistant program is being offered through Pellissippi State’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services. Early registration is encouraged.

Classes meet on Saturdays, March 9-June 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hardin Valley Campus. Externship placement is guaranteed by Boston Reed and will be discussed with students upon enrollment.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Landscaping class offered by Pellissippi State

Instant flower gardens. It’s a tempting thought during the winter season. While the upcoming landscaping class at Pellissippi State Community College won’t give attendees a full-blooming garden-on-the-spot, it will give them plenty of design ideas and how-to information.

“Landscaping Made Easy and Fun” provides eight hours of instruction to those seeking to learn more. Instructor Valarie Huffman, expert landscaper and owner of Instant Flower Gardens, will guide students through basic design principles, materials selection, plant installation and maintenance. Topics include flowering shrubs, small trees, flowers, and grasses, as well as mulching, fertilizing, watering, and pruning.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25-March 6, 1-3 p.m. at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The class fee is $79.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists complete and current class schedules, as well as details on new course offerings.

Open house, chance to win scholarship at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Members of the community are invited to attend an open house at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College on Thursday, Feb. 21. Scheduled 4-6 p.m., the event offers information for potential students, tours and opportunities to learn about community events hosted at the campus.

There is also a drawing for a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. All attendees are eligible for the drawing.

Pellissippi State staff members will be on hand to share information with potential students regarding programs of study, admission, distance learning, financial aid and dual enrollment. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for selected courses.

Tours of the campus building are ongoing throughout the two-hour event. A 2010 recipient of the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, the Blount County Campus includes plenty of parking for bicycles, as well as shower and changing facilities for people who ride their bikes to school. The campus also has convenient reserved parking for carpool vehicles and charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles.

The $22 million state-of-the-art campus opened in 2010. Pellissippi State has offered classes in Blount County since 1985.

Open house attendees can learn about the variety of community events hosted at the campus—among them, movies and guest lectures. In addition to the 100-seat West Chevrolet Auditorium, the campus has one classroom designed specifically for distance education.

The Manufacturing Tech Lab provides 2,500 square feet of space dedicated to workforce training, including the Claude F. Moon Welding Center. Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division offers both industrial training and non-credit courses at the campus.

The open house is free, and there is no need to register. Activities take place in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State faculty lecture revisits Cold War

David-Key“I grew up in the last throes of the Cold War,” said David Key, who teaches history at Pellissippi State Community College. “It shaped my early worldview.”

The Cold War was more than a political standoff between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It also impacted American culture through sports, television and film, according to Key.

Key gives his perspective on the long-term conflict in “The Cold War,” Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. The talk is part of the ongoing Faculty Lecture Series, which highlights the talents of faculty members and local experts.

The speaker promises an entertaining discussion that looks at the Cold War’s impact on popular American culture in the U.S. The lecture also covers the conflict’s evolution, from the Berlin Airlift in the 1940s to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s to the fall of the Berlin Wall beginning in 1989.

“Some of Pellissippi State’s students were born five years after the Berlin Wall fell,” Key said. “That makes it necessary to look back and see how foreign policy in the U.S. has changed as we’ve moved from the policy of containment to a new set of issues in the post-Cold War world.”

Key has taught history at Pellissippi State for 12 years. He currently teaches U.S. History and serves as the assistant director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at Pellissippi State. He will lead a history-focused study abroad program in May to Eastern Europe.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The arts series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the visual arts.

The next lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series is faculty member Maggie Jenkins’ “What Dance Moves?” The event is March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium.

For more information, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State leads region in manufacturing education and training

Last year, Pellissippi State Community College enhanced its reputation as a leader in manufacturing education, marked the graduation of its first Nursing class, and achieved full state approval for its Nursing program. Nursing is offered at the Blount County Campus in Friendsville and the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville.

This year, the college is poised to build on its academic programs, as well as on its student participation in study abroad—already the highest of any U.S. community college.

Supporting students in completing college and increasing access to and placing graduates in good jobs serve as key priorities in 2013, said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

“We continue to focus on helping students complete their studies in both transfer programs and career/technical fields that lead to outstanding transfer opportunities and excellent jobs,” Wise said.

Pellissippi State also is reviewing its distance education program to find ways to provide additional pathways to degree completion.

“We’re going to change the way we use distance education—and this will certainly affect Blount County—to help students at our site campuses complete career and transfer degrees on those campuses,” Wise said.

Manufacturing education and training

At the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Tech Lab, the Blount County Campus has experienced an uptick in apprenticeship training through the college’s Business and Community Services Division and Engineering Technology degree program. For example, Cherokee Millwright revived its apprenticeship program with the consultation and expertise of BCS. BCS and Engineering Technology also developed curricula and training for Y-12 machinist apprentices at the Hardin Valley Campus.

This past year, the college played a key role in creating a national curriculum for the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative. AMTEC is a collaboration of colleges and industry to better prepare skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for work in auto manufacturing and technology. The curriculum contribution helped Pellissippi State land two federal grants to fund manufacturing education, training and workforce development in East Tennessee.

“These types of advanced manufacturing programs, they really feed into what seems to be a growth in manufacturing in the local economy,” Wise said. “In terms of our career programs, that’s exactly where we need to be.”

The first grant came through the U.S. Department of Labor in September. The Labor Department awarded $15 million to an educational consortium that included Pellissippi State. The grant provides a minimum of $760,000 to each consortium member during a three-year period.

The award funds manufacturing job training to fill a shortage of skilled workers locally. The goal of the grant meets a long-term ambition, one that dovetails with Pellissippi State’s mission: to help transform manufacturing education.

The funding will boost instructional capacity, pay for equipment and technical support, and improve online delivery of the college’s Engineering Technology classes.

A few weeks after the Labor Department grant was announced, Pellissippi State learned it was the recipient of a second federal grant for manufacturing education.

The college plays a key role in the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototype Center of East Tennessee (AMP!), one of 10 public-private partnerships to receive a total of $20 million to revitalize U.S. manufacturing and create jobs. Pellissippi State’s partners on the grant include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services and Tech 20/20, the lead grant applicant.

The regional consortium’s proposal was selected through a federal multi-agency competition called the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

The grant enables Pellissippi State to offer a certificate in Additive Manufacturing and update existing curricula. It funds more than $250,000 in scholarships for students in Advanced Manufacturing courses.

Additive manufacturing describes the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal or concrete. Using 3D printers, companies can create prototypes quickly, with less waste and cost than traditional methods. In addition, additive manufacturing is being used more and more to make finished products.

The certificate will be offered through BCS and Engineering Technology.

International Education

Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades. During the 2010-11 academic year, 174 Pellissippi State students studied abroad, making the college the top two-year school in the U.S. in terms of the number of study abroad students.

The numbers come from the most recent Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A key factor in Pellissippi State’s study abroad success is its robust scholarship program. Funded through the international education fee, study abroad scholarships at Pellissippi State total more than $300,000 each year.

“Our study abroad programs are designed to help students earn credits towards degrees and to develop a broader understanding of the world in which they study, live, and work,” said Wise.

“Scholarship support allows our students to travel to places they might never have imagined. Very often they come back better students and citizens and with a much better sense of who they are and what they want to do.”

Powell, Seymour high-schoolers to sing at Pellissippi State’s winter concert

For the fourth consecutive year, singers from two area high schools will be featured as guest performers during the Winter Choral Concert staged by Pellissippi State Community College. This year’s guests represent high schools in Powell and Seymour, and they will be joined by Pellissippi State’s two student choral groups, the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

Scheduled for Feb. 26, the Winter Choral Concert continues a tradition started during the 2009-10 academic year by Bill Brewer, the college’s Music program coordinator. Brewer began at that time inviting choral groups from two area high schools, and new ones are invited each academic year.

During the hourlong concert, each of the younger groups will perform a 15-minute set of selections. Also presenting 15-minute sets are Pellissippi State’s Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble. The evening’s finale brings the high school performers onstage to join Pellissippi State’s musical groups.

The choral groups will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Students who are interested in performing in choral or instrumental groups and who plan to be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester may wish to attend upcoming scholarship auditions. Set to take place on March 28 and April 4, the auditions are for Music scholarships provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year. Scholarships are open to both Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The Winter Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s new 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.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or the arts series, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State hosts events throughout Black History Month

Pellissippi State Community College celebrates Black History Month with a series of events throughout this month.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual February celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of black people in U.S. history.

All Pellissippi State events for Black History Month are free and open to the public:

Feb. 4-28: “One Hundred Fifty Years … The Changing America,” a month-long exhibit in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Feb. 6: Healthy Pelli: a Pellissippi State health fair with workshops, screenings and displays at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Feb. 7: The WordPlayers perform “Lift Every Voice,” in the West Chevrolet Auditorium of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., at 7 p.m. “Lift Every Voice” is a one-act presentation in drama, song and dance that tells the story of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929). The Knoxville-based theatre group follows up with performances on Feb. 11 in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 10:45 a.m. and Feb. 12 in Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus at 12:45 p.m.

Feb. 8: The Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts Dr. Richard Grapski, an oncologist with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, for a Common Book lecture on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, were discovered to be “immortal”: they can grow indefinitely. Her cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization—yet for many years her family couldn’t afford health insurance.

Feb. 25: Panel discussion, “Why Does Diversity Matter?” in the Community Room of the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Reception for Bobby Cain and the Clinton 12 at the Goins Building College Center of the Hardin Valley Campus at 2 p.m. In 1957, Bobby Cain became the first black male to graduate from an integrated public high school in the South, and a year later, Gail Epps Upton became the first female graduate of an integrated high school in Tennessee.

For more information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Feb. 6 ‘Healthy Pelli’ Workshops

A host of free health-check workshops are available to the community Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The “Healthy Pelli” workshops are 30 minutes each and cover dental health, breast health, drug abuse, dating violence and teen pregnancy, nutrition, environmental health, and fitness and exercise.

Participants are also eligible to win a prize provided by the Rush Fitness Complex: a free one-month membership, plus one free session with a personal trainer.

In addition, several types of free screenings are available throughout the four-hour event. Screenings include gonorrhea/chlamydia testing, HIV testing (requiring no blood and offering results in 20 minutes) and kidney health-risk assessment. Chair massages are also ongoing. Plenty of free health information is available to pickup as well.

The campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

For additional information, call (865) 329-3100. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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