Pellissippi State nominates DENSO for 2015 Corporate Philanthropist

The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee as its 2015 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, based on a nomination by the Pellissippi State Foundation. DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee has been a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State Community College, donating funds for equipment and student scholarships. Pictured in front row, from left, are Bob Booker and Emilie Denson of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee with L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement. Also pictured are representatives from Pellissippi State and its Foundation.
The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee as its 2015 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, based on a nomination by the Pellissippi State Foundation. DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee has been a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State Community College, donating funds for equipment and student scholarships. Pictured in front row, from left, are Bob Booker and Emilie Denson of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee with L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement. Also pictured are representatives from Pellissippi State and its Foundation.

Pellissippi State #GivingTuesday campaign will support student scholarships

Elicia Ferrer Photograph
Pellissippi State Community College student Elicia Ferrer thanks generous donors who fund scholarships like hers. On December 1, Pellissippi State will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back, by asking community members to consider giving to student scholarships to help students like Elicia.

Pellissippi State Community College will participate in the global day of giving, Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, to support student scholarships.

Many of Pellissippi State’s 10,000-plus students need scholarships funded by the Pellissippi State Foundation in order to go to school. On Giving Tuesday, the Pellissippi State Foundation encourages you to give to support student scholarships at https://giving.pstcc.edu.

“This year, with so many students being helped by Tennessee Promise, it’s easy to think of community college as being free,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “But the truth is, the majority of our students don’t qualify for Tennessee Promise. Those students still desperately need scholarships in order to attend college.”

In 2015, 80 percent of Pellissippi State Foundation scholarships went to students who were adults or non-traditional or to students who would otherwise have been ineligible for Tennessee Promise funding.

On Giving Tuesday, the Pellissippi State Foundation will raise funds for all students, with emphasis on funds that are in the greatest need of donations — particularly those that support veterans looking to return to college and homeless students.

The Pellissippi State Foundation 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.

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. It takes place each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

Download this press release: PSCC Giving Tuesday

Pellissippi State Foundation names new board members

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Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard

Pellissippi State Community College’s Foundation has named the new chair of its board of trustees for 2015: Tom Ballard, chief alliance officer at Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

“Higher education is a lifelong pursuit. What Pellissippi State does is critical for this region, and will be even more critical in the years ahead,” Ballard said.

“The Foundation Board plays a key role in helping advance Pellissippi State’s mission to educate, and that role is even more significant than before, now that Pellissippi State is the largest community college in Tennessee.”

The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

The Pellissippi State Foundation’s 2015-2016 board members include Joy Bishop, Charles “Wes” Carruthers Jr., David Clothier, Carl Esposito, Henrietta Grant, Charles Griffin, Sharon Hannum, Jonathan Hayes, Sherri Gardner Howell, Joseph Johnson, Andrew Lorenz, Wallace McClure, Peggy McCord, Bobby Malone, Todd Moody, Melissa Ogden, Heather Overton, Rebecca Paylor, Lezah Pinnell, Rick Rushing, Dennis Upton, Harley “Andy” White and L. Anthony Wise Jr.

“If you as an individual want to be successful and have a robust quality of life,” said Ballard, “you need education after high school.

“Pellissippi State plays a critical role in the education continuum in East Tennessee, and we’re always looking for people with similar passions about higher education and Pellissippi State to serve on the board.”

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

Download this press release: 2015 Foundation Board

Pellissippi State, Alcoa Foundation partner to give industrial scholarships

Miguel Balladares
Pellissippi State Community College student Miguel Velez Balladares received a scholarship from the Alcoa Foundation that is allowing him to earn his Industrial Maintenance Technology degree.

 

Students in two Engineering Technology concentrations at Pellissippi State Community College are eligible for new scholarship money, thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

The Pellissippi State Foundation received $50,000 from the Alcoa Foundation last month. The grant funds scholarships for students in Industrial Maintenance and Automated Industrial Systems, both of which are concentrations in the Engineering Technology degree program, over the next two years.

“These scholarships will empower students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain a high-skill, high-wage job after earning their degree,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement.

Earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance prepares students to work in manufacturing settings as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. The Automated Industrial Systems concentration prepares students to work with modern manufacturing control systems, including robotics, electrical systems and industrial process controls.

“These Engineering Technology concentrations are filling the gap that exists between the skills local manufacturing employers need and the skills that potential employees have,” Wilson said. “Student scholarships like those funded by the Alcoa Foundation make a higher education possible for students, whether they’re looking to start out in a promising field, transitioning between jobs or improving their knowledge base.”

“We are excited about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology program,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa’s Tennessee operations location manager. “Alcoa is just one of the many manufacturing companies in our community that are expanding and looking for a qualified technical workforce. These scholarships are helping students gain the necessary skills to fill the pipeline and create a qualified workforce for manufacturing jobs.”

Alcoa Foundation grants funded 94 student scholarships in the 2013 and 2014 academic years.

The Alcoa grant funds came 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.

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