National Science Foundation supports scholarships at Pellissippi State

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State Community College grant funding to support a scholarship program for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The $649,737 NSF grant will fund scholarships and support programs for students studying STEM fields at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus. The program, Supporting College and Career Education for Student Scholarships in STEM, will provide scholarships of up to $8,500 per year to at least 24 non-traditional students with financial need. Eligible students can study transfer or career programs at Pellissippi State — the Geosciences, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics transfer programs or the Automated Industrial Systems concentration within the Engineering Technology career program.

“There will be support for students in the form of mentoring and tutoring,” said Chris Milne, professor in Natural and Behavioral Sciences and grant lead. “The students these scholarships will help will be those who aren’t already eligible for other financial aid like Tennessee Promise or HOPE.”

The SuCCESS in STEM program involves a unique “reciprocating scholarship” system in which a student who applies for the program must pay for the first semester of school with their own funds. However, students who meet the GPA requirements for the program in that first semester will not only earn the scholarship for their remaining semesters, they will be reimbursed for their initial semester of school.

“Reciprocating scholarships offer students an incentive to succeed and to start on the right track,” Milne said.

The scholarship will pay more than the average cost of tuition at Pellissippi State, which will allow students who earn it to cover the costs of books, fees and transportation costs.

The scholarship program could be in place by fall 2017; students could begin applying to participate as early as spring 2017.

The grant also will fund support services for students enrolled in the program to encourage them to graduate and, if applicable, transfer to a four-year university. The SuCCESS in STEM program will offer students the ability to learn real-world skills through internships, mentoring and job shadowing with community partners.

Funding for this grant goes through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.

Pellissippi State offers Business concentrations for adult learners

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two new accelerated cohorts in concentrations that are part of the Business program.

Cohorts allow students to progress through a degree program together, as a cohesive unit. In accelerated cohorts, students will take classes two evenings per week for four semesters over the course of 16 months. That schedule especially caters to students with full-time jobs.

Students can study two concentrations: Accounting and Management. Both concentrations kick off in January 2017. Registration for spring 2017 classes opens Oct. 24.

Management students learn skills like supervisory management, project design, quality improvement and organizational behavior. Accounting students learn accounting techniques for payroll and taxes, as well as skills like business finance and accounting systems.

Pellissippi State offers additional support services and academic pathways that appeal to adult students — from online classes and degree programs to programs like Prior Learning Assessment, which can offer academic credit for life experiences, job training and prior education.

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

 

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Pellissippi State launches Welding Technology program

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This fall, Pellissippi State Community College announces its newest academic offering — Welding Technology, an Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Welding Technology will train students to weld in gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc, flux core welding and plate and pipe welding. The program is aligned with guidelines from the American Welding Society and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Graduates from the program could find career opportunities as welder fabricators, welding inspectors, pipe fitters and welding educators. Welding Technology classes are currently being offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Employers in our area need skilled employees who have a level of expertise in welding and engineering technology skills that an associate degree provides,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State.

“Graduates from this program will have attained blueprint reading, pattern development, non-destructive testing, metallurgy, math and communication skills. They’ll have the knowledge needed to communicate with welding engineers and the design team. They will be capable of stepping into supervisory or management roles,” he added.

The Welding Technology program also will offer a collaborative partnership with Knox County Schools’ Byington-Solway Career and Technical Education Center, which serves students from Karns and Powell high schools and Hardin Valley Academy. The welding lab at Byington-Solway will be a shared resource — used during the day by high school students and in the evenings by Pellissippi State students.

One goal of this high school partnership is to create a seamless pathway from Byington-Solway into Pellissippi State’s Welding Technology program, allowing students to earn their Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology only one year after graduating from high school. In addition, plans are in the works for Byington-Solway to become an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility.

At the Strawberry Plains Campus, Pellissippi State and TCAT-Knoxville will pursue a similar partnership, sharing space and welding equipment for both institutions’ students in the Pellissippi State Megalab.

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

 

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Pellissippi State launches Design for Web and Print

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Students at Pellissippi State Community College will have the opportunity to study a new degree concentration this fall.

Design for Web and Print, a concentration in the Media Technologies program, combines graphic design and web design in one, cross-disciplinary concentration that prepares students for careers in graphic or web design, marketing, promotions or e-commerce.

“This new concentration allows students to have their feet in different areas,” said Martha Merrill, program coordinator of Web Technology at Pellissippi State. Merrill will teach the Web Design I course offered this fall. “It’s allowing students to learn things like web design and coding, combined with the aesthetic finesse of graphic design.”

“In today’s workforce, you can’t compartmentalize what you know,” said Stewart Taylor, an associate professor in Media Technologies. Taylor will teach two courses this fall as part of the new concentration: Design Basics for Web & Print and Photoshop for Web & Print.

In four semesters, students in the program will be able to gain proficiency in programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, will learn to code using JavaScript, jQuery, CSS and HTML5 and will study essential elements of design for web and print publications.

Additional information about the concentration is available in the College Catalog, catalog.pstcc.edu. Students interested in the Design for Web and Print concentration can contact Pellissippi State’s Advising office at 865-694-6556.

 

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