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.

Free, non-credit classes on Saturdays at Magnolia Avenue Campus

What are you doing this weekend?

Pellissippi State Community College is offering free, lifelong learning classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 30. These free classes are a precursor to an upcoming announcement for weekends at Pellissippi State.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Registration is encouraged but not required. Students who preregister and then check in for any free class this fall will be entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate to apply towards a future lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State. Register by calling 865.539.7167 or visiting www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Join Smart Trips and log your green commute to Saturday classes for a chance to win two Regal Cinemas passes and a second $150 gift certificate to apply towards a lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State.

September classes:

  • Introduction to Women’s Basic Self-Defense, Sept. 30, 9-9:45 a.m., 9:50-10:35 a.m. and 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Appalachian Dulcimer, Sept. 30, 9 -11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Old-Time Banjo, Sept. 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. WDVX Blue Plate Special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner method that requires no musical experience or note-reading.
  • Introduction to Smart Trips and Cash for Commuters, presented by Smart Trips, Sept. 30, 9-9:20 a.m., 9:25-9:45 a.m. and 9:50-10:10 a.m.

October classes:

  • Leadership Skills: Motivating Employees, October 7, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing, October 28, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101, presented by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, October 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

November classes:

  • Excel Workshop, November 4, 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State has record enrollment in fall 2017

Students in Courtyard

Pellissippi State Community College will see record enrollment this fall.

When classes begin August 28, approximately 11,571 students will walk onto Pellissippi State’s five campuses — which reflects an increase in enrollment of about 10.4 percent over the same day last year.

This fall, the college launched Reconnect Now, a last-dollar scholarship for qualified adult students that covers tuition and mandatory fees. About 2,706 students are eligible for Reconnect Now funding.

The college’s previous record high enrollment was 11,260 in 2011. Pellissippi State has been the largest community college in Tennessee since 2015.

“Our pilot of Reconnect Now has proven that adults in Tennessee have waited for an opportunity like this,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Pellissippi State is proud to open the doors of education to everyone.”

Headcount enrollment is up at all five of Pellissippi State’s campuses in Knox and Blount counties, and is up almost 50 percent online.

“Covering the cost of tuition and fees does not meet all of the needs of adults with jobs, families and lives outside of school,” Wise said. “We have expanded the classes and programs we offer online, in the evenings and on weekends to fit adults’ schedules, and we’re pairing adult learners with support services like free child care for qualified single parents, credit for prior learning and even an academic fresh start if they’ve tried college before unsuccessfully.”

Pellissippi State’s Reconnect Now program will last through summer 2018. Next fall, qualified Reconnect Now students at Pellissippi State will transfer into the state’s Tennessee Reconnect scholarship program.

The official enrollment numbers for the semester will be determined and released on September 11.

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

Pellissippi State hosts open house spotlighting weekend classes

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If you’re an adult interested in attending college, Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a Meet and Greet especially for you. The event will spotlight the college’s Reconnect Now free-tuition program, as well as the new Saturday courses and programs offered on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The open house will be from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8, at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Although the open house is free to attend, Pellissippi State asks attendees to register at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/marsvp/.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus will have special weekend class offerings to meet the busy schedule of adult students. This open house will give students an opportunity to meet and greet with professors and administrators. Students will find help enrolling and registering for classes at Pellissippi State, as well as learn more about the financial aid options available for adult students.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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