Learn Appalachian dulcimer at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

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Looking to get away from high-tech in your downtime this summer? Trade your computer laptop for a laptop dulcimer.

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a class for those interested in learning to play Appalachian dulcimer, beginning Tuesday, June 16. The class is nine weeks and runs 5:30-7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The course fee is $95, payable to Pellissippi State. An additional material fee of $37 is payable to the instructor.

No prior musical knowledge is required.

Students will need to have an Appalachian dulcimer by the first day of class, and the instructor can provide sources for dulcimers if needed.

To register or find out more about this and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, the college’s non-credit wing, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Trevis Gardner named Pellissippi State’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Trevis Gardner

For Trevis Gardner, Pellissippi State Community College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, success is all about building relationships.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant professional achievement, service to the community, and support of the college and the Pellissippi State Foundation. The 1991 graduate was presented the award at a recent Alumni Association luncheon at the college.

Gardner is vice president of operations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. He oversees nearly every tangible aspect of the airport experience — from parking to buying a ticket to getting on a plane and leaving and coming back to Knoxville — not only at McGhee Tyson Airport but also at Downtown Island Airport.

The MKAA is responsible for creating the business environment that allows the hundreds of airport vendors to engage with customers. Every layer of service between the MKAA and the passengers falls under Gardner’s purview.

But the technical responsibilities aren’t what Gardner talks about — it’s the relationships.

“I manage people from entry-level positions to folks who are much smarter than I am,” he said. “I get to have a lot of different relationships with people. I feel like I’m in the Tower of London making sure the crown jewels are safe. The organization trusts me to make sure I take care of these people.”

Gardner earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from what was then Pellissippi State Technical Community College and later earned a surveying certificate. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Tennessee Air National Guard from 1987 to 2011, and he has worked for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority since 1991.

According to Gardner, his grades weren’t exactly those of a model student when he initially enrolled at Pellissippi State.

“I should not have gone to community college, should not have gone to university, should not have graduated, by all statistical measures,” Gardner said.

But after he came to Pellissippi State on the GI Bill, his mindset changed.

“I loved learning at Pellissippi State,” he said. “I felt like I was home. My time at Pellissippi State was some of the most fun I ever had.”

Besides working for the airport authority, Gardner is also very active in the community, particularly in his native Blount County. He has served on the Blount County Board of Education and the board of the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County. He has worked as a tutor for the GED Preparation Program at the Blount County Justice Center, as well as with many other organizations and causes.

“This year, there were three candidates for this award,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “A committee of Foundation board members reviewed the nominations and felt Trevis was the best candidate. We congratulate him!”

To learn about the benefits of being part of the Pellissippi State Alumni Association, visit www.pstcc.edu/alumni or call (865) 539-7275.

Pellissippi State: Blount County Campus hosts Health and Wellness Fair

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus is set to host a Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday, April 15.

The fair features exhibitors providing demonstrations, informational materials and health checks. The event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The free health fair is open to the community.

Exhibitors include Alcoa Chiropractic, sponsor of the fair; Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center; Blount Memorial Hospital; Blue Ridge Family Dentistry; Gold’s Gym; Healthy Mind and Counseling; Keep Blount Beautiful; Lowe’s Drugs; Ortho Knox; Rodan and Fields; the American Red Cross; Relationships Rx; Smart Toys and Books; Tennessee Vein Center; and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“Choosing to be healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is a choice we all make,” said Holly Burkett, dean of the Blount County Campus. “I want the students, faculty, and staff at Pellissippi State and the community to have the opportunity to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

For more information about the health fair or Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Blount County Campus at (865) 981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Free open house at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus hosts the free “Sneak Peek” Open House for prospective students and their families 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

Students will receive all the information they need for a smooth entrance into college life: info on admissions, financial aid, services for students with disabilities, dual enrollment and degrees. Details about educational and training opportunities offered through the college’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services, also will be provided.

Guests can take a tour of the 70,485-square-foot, two-story facility, and light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the open house, call (865) 981-5300. 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 Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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