Pellissippi State to host Cuban literacy campaign speaker

Pellissippi State Community College will host Griselda Aguilera Cabrera for three events on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Cabrera will give three presentations: two eight-minute showings of the documentary film “Maestra” at 8:35 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., followed respectively by a Spanish-only presentation and an English-interpreted Spanish presentation. Cabrera also will host a full-length, 35-minute showing of “Maestra” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Cabrera will be accompanied by Catherine Murphy, the director of “Maestra.”

All events will be in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Cabrera was featured in the movie “Maestra,” a documentary film about the Cuban literacy campaign that virtually ended adult illiteracy in 1961. Only seven years old, Cabrera was one of the youngest volunteers in that campaign. Now retired from her career as an educator, she is involved in the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, participating in workshops and activities concerning homophobia, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination and domestic violence.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State hosts Bob Booker for African American Read-In Week

Pellissippi State Community College will celebrate African American literature during a read-in week Feb. 12-16 at each of its campuses.

Local historian Robert J. “Bob” Booker will discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville during a special presentation at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in the Magnolia Avenue Campus community room. The presentation is free to attend and open to the community.

Booker is a prominent Civil Rights activist who organized downtown Knoxville sit-ins as a student. He was the first African American elected to the Tennessee state legislature from Knoxville in the twentieth century and was instrumental in establishing the Beck Cultural Center. He is currently a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist and the author of the recently-published “An Encyclopedia: Experiences of Black People in Knoxville, Tennessee 1844-1974.”

At all five Pellissippi State campuses, students and employees will share their favorite texts by African American authors during read-ins — essentially a collection of marathon reading events:

  • Blount County Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, lobby
  • Division Street Campus — 9:40 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 15, lobby
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Goins Building rotunda
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 12, lobby
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 13, lobby

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers free ‘lifelong learning’ classes at Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to take part in free lifelong learning classes this spring at Weekend College at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Lifelong learning classes are non-credit continuing education courses. Although the classes are free, registration is required at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167. New classes are available each Saturday from Jan. 27 to April 7.

January

  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing — 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27. Artist and instructor Jordan Byrd will demonstrate how she creates pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, using a wax-resist dye/etching technique on eggshells.

February

  • Handgun Safety — 9:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 3. State handgun certified officers teach basic handgun safety and how to choose the best handgun to fit your needs.
  • Social Media Marketing Bootcamp for Small Business — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 10.
  • Identified Flying Objects: Drones — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 17. FAA-certified pilot Cole Hood discusses how to develop and improve your drone flight skills.
  • Welcome to Beginner Mandolin — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. WDVX Blue Plate special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner class that requires no musical experience.
  • Welcome to Basket Making — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. Appalachian artist Sheri Burns demonstrates an easy basket for beginners.

March

  • Leadership Skills for the 21st Century — 9-11:30 a.m., March 3. Leadership coach Jeff Rowe will introduce key leadership concepts to help you build your business.
  • Resume Workshop — 9:30-11 a.m., March 3. Begin or improve a resume with professional guidance.
  • Welcome to Beginner Dulcimer — 9-11:30 a.m., March 24. Instructor Rudy Ryan plays the dulcimer, answers questions and demonstrates basic techniques.

April

  • Beginner Cyber Security — 9-11:30 a.m., April 7. Learn basic techniques to keep your personal computer secure, create strong passwords and avoid common phishing scams.

 

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/weekend or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College — extending its outreach to adult and nontraditional college students — will launch a Weekend College starting with the spring 2018 semester.

Weekend College will include credit courses and free non-credit classes. Registration for spring credit classes opens Oct. 30.

“This semester, Pellissippi State paved the way for adult students to come to college free of tuition, but we understand that finances are not the only hindrance to adults enrolling in college,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “For adults and working students, traditional class times simply do not fit the bill.”

Weekend College is part of Pellissippi State’s ongoing outreach to adult students, which includes the launch of Reconnect Now this fall. Reconnect Now is a last-dollar scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adults. Students who participate in the program at Pellissippi State this year may roll into the Tennessee Reconnect program when it launches in fall 2018.

“Weekend College opens the doors to more adult and nontraditional students. Saturday classes will make earning a college degree from Pellissippi State easier than ever,” Wise said.

All Weekend College classes will be offered at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Weekend College will launch with general education and other courses, from English Composition and Survey of Math Principles to General Psychology, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Social Welfare. Through weekend-only classes, students can earn a general transfer degree or an associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Accounting, Business Administration or Social Work.

This semester, Pellissippi State piloted free lifelong learning (non-credit) classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus, including options from Women’s Self Defense to Smart Cycling Traffic Skills, presented with the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation. This spring, the college will offer more free non-credit classes each Saturday.

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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