Vendors needed for Pellissippi State’s Black Business Expo

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Pellissippi State Community College is looking for vendors to participate in its April 7 Black Business Expo. All black-owned businesses, non-profits and creatives in the Knoxville area are invited to register. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue Ave.

The participation fee is $50 for a for-profit business, $25 for non-profits and $10 for a student-owned business. All proceeds benefit the college’s student Business Success Club. 

Businesses can reserve a spot at The deadline to register is March 16. For more information, contact Jessica Dean at or 865-329-3135.

Pellissippi State holds Financial Literacy Fair

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Do you have problems managing your money? Is “budgeting” just a lofty goal? Attend Pellissippi State Community College’s fourth annual Financial Literacy Fair and learn how to get your finances back on track.

The Muggles Guide to Money Management is the theme for this year’s event, which includes a fair at each of the college’s five campuses during March. The fairs are free and open to the public. They will provide resources to help you establish good money-saving habits, find ways to save money and be sustainable, and make the most of your money.

A Financial Literacy Fair will be held at the Division Street Campus on March 20, the Hardin Valley Campus on March 21, the Strawberry Plains Campus on March 22, the Blount County Campus on March 27 and the Magnolia Avenue Campus on March 28. All fairs are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., except the Hardin Valley Campus, which is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Hardin Valley Campus fair will also offer several 25-minute mini-sessions for you to learn about financial literacy in more detail from a Regions Bank representative. Those are every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 5 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium. 

The college’s Financial Aid office and Student Life are sponsors of the Financial Literacy Fair. For more information, visit To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email

Pellissippi State hosts presentations on universal design in education

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Sheryl Burgstahler

Pellissippi State Community College’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project will host two presentations for those who work with or teach individuals with disabilities. Sheryl Burgstahler, the founder of two renowned centers that promote access and technology, will speak Friday, March 2, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Burgstahler will give two presentations: “How to Create an Inclusive Campus” at 10 a.m. and “How to Make Your Course Welcoming and Accessible to all Students” at 11:15 a.m.

Both events are free and open to the community and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds degrees in mathematics, education and administration of higher education. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, opportunities, internetworking and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. These two centers promote the use of assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in education and careers. They also promote the development of facilities, computer labs, software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

Pellissippi State hosts Ron McCurdy for multimedia jazz concert

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Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a performance of “The Langston Hughes Project” by Ron McCurdy on Feb. 22.

The free concert begins at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The concert incorporates many musical styles including blues, gospel, progressive jazz and more. The “Langston Hughes Project” is designed to inspire people to become more curious about their past and to understand how to live, work and play together.

McCurdy is a professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to his professorship at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC and as a professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

For more information about TnCIS, visit or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.

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