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Pellissippi State awarded $50,000 by DENSO for automated manufacturing

Pellissippi State officials accept a donation of $50,000 from DENSO Wednesday, August 5. The donation will fund state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. Pictured, from left, are Holly Burkett, dean of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus; Emilie Denson, section leader of Human Resources for DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee; Melissa Smith, program manager of Community Affairs for DENSO North America Foundation; Ted Lewis, Pellissippi State's vice president of Academic Affairs; and Teri Brahams, executive director of Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services.
Pellissippi State officials accept a donation of $50,000 from DENSO Wednesday, August 5. The donation will fund state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. Pictured, from left, are Holly Burkett, dean of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus; Emilie Denson, section leader of Human Resources for DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee; Melissa Smith, program manager of Community Affairs for DENSO North America Foundation; Ted Lewis, Pellissippi State’s vice president of Academic Affairs; and Teri Brahams, executive director of Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services.

Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce.

“No question, partnerships like these are what we’re looking for in Drive to 55,” said Mike Krause, executive director of the state’s Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 initiatives. “This initiative isn’t just about getting students in school but encouraging them to graduate and then join the workforce. That’s what it’s all about.”

The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State a $50,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration prepares students to operate automated manufacturing equipment, including the programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment that are now the industry standard in manufacturing settings.

DENSO and Pellissippi State representatives gathered for a ceremonial check presentation Wednesday morning, Aug. 5, at the college’s Blount County Campus.

 “In order for students to be ready to go to work at the most advanced levels of manufacturing, we must continue to integrate newer technology into our programs,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We appreciate DENSO’s support in helping us achieve those goals.”

“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.

DENSO is a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State. Awards from the international automotive supplier during the past decade have included two grants that have helped the college build its Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration was launched in 2013.

“In a global economy, DENSO is continually investing in ways to improve our competitiveness through highly skilled employees and advanced equipment,” said Mike Brackett, DENSO North America Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “This donation represents an investment in the future of our region, as well as in the advanced technology needed by our customers in the automotive industry.”

For more information about Automated Industrial Systems or other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Alumni Relations hosts free presentation on using technology to boost a career

Pellissippi State Community College invites alumni and community members to attend a brown-bag lunch and presentation by Dan Thompson at noon Thursday, Aug. 13.

Thompson, a senior analyst for 451 Research who often serves as a technology expert for local and regional television stations, will speak on the topic “Technology and How It Can Advance Your Career.”

The free event is in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Attendees should bring their own lunch.

Reservations are required since seating is limited. RSVP by Aug. 6 to Angela Pugh, development coordinator for Pellissippi State’s Alumni Relations Office, at acpugh@pstcc.edu or (865) 539-7275.

To learn more about Alumni Relations and the benefits it offers to alumni, visit www.pstcc.edu/alumni. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State offers ‘Study Smart’ workshops

Pellissippi State Community College hosts a series of “How to Study Smart” workshops at the end of this month and in early August. The workshop sessions are free and open to the community.

“While increasing the amount of time you dedicate to your studies may be important, the key to being a successful college student is learning to study smart,” said Gayle Wood, director of the college’s Access and Diversity Office and planner of the workshops. “These workshops are helpful to new and returning college students.”

Workshop sessions:

  • Organization and Time Management Skills. Learn how to get organized, create a semester study plan, avoid procrastination and manage time effectively. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. July 29 or 2-3:15 p.m. Aug. 5.
  • Classroom Study Skills for Academic Success. Learn how to improve your study skills by becoming an active learner, creating a study routine, increasing concentration and memory, and developing skills for effective textbook reading. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. July 30 or 2-3:15 p.m. Aug. 6.
  • Effective Note-Taking Skills. Learn study practices and organization tips as they apply to different methods of note-taking. Classes are 2-3:15 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. Aug. 3.

Although the workshop sessions are free, space is limited, so reserve a spot now. RSVP to Wood at (865) 539-7160 or gwood@pstcc.edu. The workshops are sponsored by Access and Diversity.

All workshop sessions are in the Cafeteria Annex of the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu 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.

Potential students, community invited to Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus

Students and others interested in learning more about earning a Nursing degree are invited to attend the Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The event is Aug. 15.

The preview includes tours of the college’s state-of-the-art patient simulation lab, as well as information sessions about Pellissippi State’s Nursing program and the admissions and financial aid process. Attendees may also participate in free vision, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings.

In addition, there will be a drawing for one $250 scholarship, to be given courtesy of the Pellissippi State Foundation. Potential recipients must be present to participate in the drawing.

The Nursing Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register online at www.pstcc.edu/nursingpreview.

“Pellissippi State is about to enter its fourth year of operation at the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Mike North, campus dean. “We are excited about the renovations that we anticipate at Strawberry Plains within the year, and we wanted to show off our facility to anyone interested in Nursing. Prospective students will also have an opportunity to hear about what life in the program is like from the dean, faculty and a former student.”

“This is our second year admitting a freshman Nursing class to the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of Nursing. “We’re pleased to bring this degree program to students across Knox and Blount counties.”

Each of Pellissippi State’s five campuses offers pre-nursing courses, and the Nursing program is offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and the Strawberry Plains campuses. The program began in 2010 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For more information about the Strawberry Plains Campus, call (865) 225-2300. To learn more about the Nursing program and Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu 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.

Pellissippi State brings new Engineering Technology offerings to Strawberry Plains

This fall, students at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus have the option of enrolling in two Engineering Technology concentrations and a number of courses newly available at the East Knox County site.

Registration for the fall 2015 semester is going on now. The application deadline for fall is Aug. 12, and classes begin Aug. 24.

The new concentrations, both in the Engineering Technology associate’s degree program, are Industrial Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering. Industrial Maintenance prepares graduates for careers with manufacturing companies serving as industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. Mechanical Engineering teaches students skills related to mechanical component and system design.

Courses in the Engineering Technology program also have been added in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. The concentrations and courses also are available at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about the offerings at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, call (865) 225-2300. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State to study potential ophthalmic program

Pellissippi State Community College has received a grant from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee to study the feasibility of a new program for certified ophthalmic technicians.

The grant, one of 26 the Trinity Health Foundation awarded this year, is for the college’s proposal “New Insight: Seeing a Brighter Future with Ophthalmic Technician Training.” The $15,000 funding was announced at a luncheon for grant recipients June 3.

Pellissippi State will spend the next year exploring the need for both a degree and a certificate program for certified ophthalmic technicians aimed at meeting eye-care needs in rural East Tennessee. COTs work under the supervision of an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye problems, to perform clinical evaluations and office tasks like vision tests and photography.

“With an aging population, it’s anticipated that the demand for accessible eye care will continue to grow, too,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of Nursing at Pellissippi State and the person who will oversee the exploratory study. “If this study demonstrates that there is a significant need in our area for certified ophthalmic technicians, Pellissippi State would seek additional grant funding to get approval for that new program, start the curriculum and equip a training lab.”

Only one other college in Tennessee, Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, offers training in ophthalmic technology.

“Nationally, the need for COTs is expected to grow by 36 percent by the year 2020,” Stamm said. “Creating more ophthalmic technicians will increase access to eye care in East Tennessee.”

The grant study will include employer surveys to local optometrists and ophthalmologists to assess the need for a COT program, as well as visits to other higher education institutions that have similar programs. If the program is deemed needed and is approved, Pellissippi State will work with an advisory board of eye-care professionals to provide input on curriculum, student learning outcomes, and effectiveness of the program.

The $15,000 in funding is a phase-one, exploratory grant from Trinity Health Foundation. Pellissippi State will be eligible to apply for a phase-two, implementation grant, worth $150,000, which could provide enough money to equip a laboratory to train certified ophthalmic technicians.

The grant funds are processed through the Pellissippi State Foundation, which 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 www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Appalachian dulcimer mini-lesson and demo at Pellissippi State

Those interested in attending an Appalachian dulcimer mini-lesson and demonstration at Pellissippi State Community College can pick from three different dates: July 20, Aug. 8, and Aug. 17.

The demonstration includes dulcimer performances by veteran players, as well as a mini-lesson on how to get started playing the traditional laptop instrument. The cost of each session is $29, and space is limited. The times and dates are 6-8 p.m. July 20, 10-noon Aug. 8 or 6-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

To learn more or to register for one of the sessions, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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

Students to undertake video project at Pellissippi State summer camp

Lights. Camera. Claymation.

Pellissippi State Community College invites students in the rising fourth through eighth grades to attend the Double Play summer camp, where they can learn how to create their own Claymation video project in one week.

The camp is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, July 13-17, at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $219. Participants need to bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks.

Students will learn the process that major movie studios use to make claymation productions, and they’ll be able to make their own stop-motion animation video from start to finish. That process includes writing scripts, setting up props, taking photographs and creating a video by adding audio to the frame-by-frame movie.

All participants will receive a digital copy of their finished work.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu 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.

NHC donation funds Pellissippi State nursing equipment

Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.
Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.

A $10,000 donation to the Pellissippi State Community College Foundation by local affiliates of the National HealthCare Corporation is earmarked for the purchase of state-of-the-art teaching equipment for the college’s Nursing degree program.

The equipment includes a bed with a headwall containing electronic patient monitors and is to be used in the simulation lab at the Strawberry Plains Campus.

The donation was presented to the Pellissippi State Foundation by Ray Blevins, senior regional vice president of the NHC, Eastern Region, June 12. L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement, accepted the check. The Foundation works on the college’s behalf to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

“The Nursing department is very grateful for NHC’s support,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of the program at Pellissippi State. “We currently have students completing clinical rotations at NHC Farragut, and we appreciate the many opportunities NHC continues to provide for our students, in addition to this gracious gift.”

The donation was made by NHC Farragut, NHC Fort Sanders, NHC Knoxville, Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center, and NHC Oak Ridge. NHC affiliates operate long-term health-care centers, as well as home-care programs, independent living centers and assisted living communities throughout the country.

Pellissippi State’s Nursing degree program began in 2010 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Each of the college’s five campuses in Knox and Blount counties offers pre-nursing courses, and the Nursing program is offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and Strawberry Plains campuses.

The program runs two years, and students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. They are then prepared to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

Pellissippi State also offers a fast-track degree option through the Bridge to Registered Nurse program that allows licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics to enter nursing school following the successful completion of one summer transitional course. The college partners with other schools to offer the RN to BSN path for students interested in going on for a bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about the college’s Nursing program, visit www.pstcc.edu/nursing or call (865) 981-5353. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To find out more about the Pellissippi State Foundation, including opportunities to give, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Keurig Green Mountain, Pellissippi State partner to train employees

Row of males standing in front of a Pellissippi State Community College logo.
Keurig Green Mountain Inc. employees completed an industry-specific workforce development program at Pellissippi State Community College in late May. Pictured, in no order, are graduates Kevin Anderson, Marshall Boyd, Stanley Burgin, Robert Coleman, John Fronczak, Damien Kerr, John LaForge, Tim Mabry, Daniel North, Teddy Phillips, Rodney Reynolds, Josh Sicotte, Stephen Strader and Jeremiah Williams.

Pellissippi State Community College celebrated its first cohort of students completing an industry-specific workforce development program in late May.

The short-term certificate program was designed for Keurig Green Mountain Inc. employees to train them to install, troubleshoot and maintain industrial electrical systems. The curriculum was built through partnerships between Pellissippi State’s Engineering and Media Technologies department and Business and Community Services division with Keurig Green Mountain’s continuous learning department.

“We are pleased to work with our local employers to provide the training and education their employees need to be successful and productive,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Economic and Workforce Development. “We can do that by either fully customizing a solution or packaging existing course offerings to accomplish the company’s workforce development needs.”

In this case, 14 Keurig employees earned 10 credits toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electrical Engineering. The specialized Keurig certificate is based on Pellissippi State’s Electric Systems Technology certificate.

The Pellissippi State program serves as the model for similar partnerships Keurig Green Mountain is launching across the country with other community colleges.

The 14 graduates are Kevin Anderson, Marshall Boyd, Stanley Burgin, Robert Coleman, John Fronczak, Damien Kerr, John LaForge, Tim Mabry, Daniel North, Teddy Phillips, Rodney Reynolds, Josh Sicotte, Stephen Strader and Jeremiah Williams.

To learn more about the college’s workforce training opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.