Pellissippi State brings new Engineering Technology offerings to Strawberry Plains

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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 or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State to study potential ophthalmic program

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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 or call (865) 694-6528. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Appalachian dulcimer mini-lesson and demo at Pellissippi State

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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 or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or

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

Students to undertake video project at Pellissippi State summer camp

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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 or call (865) 539-7167. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or

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