Pellissippi State, TnCIS welcome Ireland’s Brock McGuire Band

Brock McGuire Band
The Brock McGuire Band will headline a concert Oct. 7 at Pellissippi State Community College.

 

Named the “Instrumental Band of the Decade” by Irish American News, the Brock McGuire Band headlines a special musical performance at Pellissippi State Community College Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance is free and the community is invited. The event is co-presented by The Arts at Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, joined by Garry O’Meara and Denis Carey. The group’s repertoire includes mostly Irish music, but sprinkles in arrangements of old-time American, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic musical traditions.

“TnCIS came to know the Brock McGuire Band on location in Dublin during the TnCIS Ireland study abroad program,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS executive director. “The students and faculty were so impressed and inspired by the music that we decided to bring the Brock McGuire Band to Pellissippi State so the whole college and community could experience the same taste of Irish culture.”

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, is a consortium of schools that organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education. Pellissippi State worked with TnCIS to send 204 students to study abroad in 2015, setting an institutional record. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about the Arts at Pellissippi State offerings for 2015-2016, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State now largest among Tennessee community colleges

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Pellissippi State Community College is now the largest community college in Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body, the college’s fall 2015 enrollment is 10,325. The number of full-time students is 6,630. Not only is Pellissippi State’s enrollment higher than any other community college’s in the TBR system, but the college’s student enrollment is up 2.2 percent from last year.

Of the students contributing to Pellissippi State’s growth, 1,752 are Tennessee Promise students. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program that covers tuition and fees for community college students across the state.

“We’re pleased that Pellissippi State is the largest community college in the state,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., the college’s president. “What’s most important, though, is that we strive to provide the best education to our students.

“At each of our five campuses, our faculty and staff are dedicated to these students — all 10,325 of them — and those faculty and staff work to make sure that our students succeed. That’s the fact that matters.”

In the past few years, Pellissippi State has set records for the number of students sent to study abroad and the number of high school students taking dual enrollment classes for high school and college credit. In 2013 and 2014, Pellissippi State set statewide records for the number of associate’s degrees awarded, with 1,286 in 2014 alone.

“We’re incredibly proud of the achievements of our students,” Wise said. “But the importance of these numbers isn’t in the actual statistics — it’s in the lives that are changed when our students earn their degrees, gain new opportunities and reach their goals.”

For more information about what the college has to offer, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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Pellissippi State Announcements, Sept. 21

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Faculty Recital is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. This musical performance, themed “Traveling the World Through Music,” showcases the talents of Pellissippi State’s Music faculty members and includes pieces from North Africa, Australia, Brazil, and Europe. The event is free and the community is invited. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

 The Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition is Oct. 5-23 in the Bagwell Center Gallery at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The society presents selected artwork from members’ current watercolor pieces. The event is free and the public is welcome. A reception is set for 3-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

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Pellissippi State opens Strawberry Plains Megalab

Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., far right, welcomed visitors to the new Megalab at the college's Strawberry Plains Campus Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured with Wise, from left, are Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean; Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor for community colleges; and Rhonda Sparks, continuous learning business partner at Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., far right, welcomed visitors to the new Megalab at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured with Wise, from left, are Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean; Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor for community colleges; and Rhonda Sparks, continuous learning business partner at Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Today, Pellissippi State Community College hosted the grand opening of what it’s calling the Megalab, an economic and workforce development partnership initiative. The Megalab is located in the Jenny and Randy Boyd Building at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus.

The lab houses equipment for advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing (3D printing), homeland security and sustainable living courses. The facility’s unique setup is available to students not only from Pellissippi State, but from Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville and the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State.

“Each and every one of our students has promise, each of our students has a pathway to success, and every one of our students can benefit from our partnerships with the community, both on and off campus,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president, during the grand opening ceremony. “Those facts are very evident in this Megalab, this place of shared vision in how to create educational and economic opportunities in this area of East Tennessee.”

Students using the Megalab will learn skills important to local industry. The Megalab will be a focal point for those pursuing certificates, degrees or other credentials in a variety of fields, including welding, automated industrial systems, industrial maintenance, cyber security and even agri-economics. National associations and corporations such as the American Welding Society, FANUC Robotics and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills will offer credentials to students who learn in the lab.

Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development, said, “I was blown away by this space when I walked in. Students in Tennessee, through the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, can now go to college free of tuition, but students need modern equipment and modern, great facilities.

“This facility is such a blessing for this area. It’ll be even more exciting when students go in there and begin to learn.”

Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges, also lauded the Megalab as an example of what can happen when educational institutions work with community partners.

“We’re truly the topic of conversation across the nation,” he said.

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

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Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development.
Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development.
Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges.
Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges.
Pellissippi State Community College student Seth Giles demonstrates equipment in the Megalab.
Pellissippi State Community College student Seth Giles demonstrates equipment in the Megalab.
Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State students demonstrate equipment in the Megalab.
Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State students demonstrate equipment in the Megalab.
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