Pellissippi State offers Valentine’s Day special pricing for non-credit courses

Pellissippi State Community College is offering Valentine’s Day special pricing for select non-credit courses.

All classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified. Register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The special Valentine’s Day pricing is valid for course registrations made Jan. 25-Feb. 14. Use the code VALENTINE when registering to take $10 off any course price listed below.

  • Ballroom Dancing, Level I — 6:45-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 30-March 13. Take time to dance with your darling – you’ll learn the basic dance steps for popular dances such as swing, tango, salsa, waltz and more. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.

  • Ballroom Dancing, Level II — 6:45-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 31-March 14. Sweep your partner around the dance floor. You’ll go beyond basics to get tips on footwork, arm styling and floor craft. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.
  • Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People — 6-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 or Wednesday, March 1. Serenade your sweetheart once you’ve learned these shortcuts for playing piano. Learn all the chords you need to play a pop song by ear in one evening. You’ll focus on chords rather than individual note reading. Some knowledge of pianos or keyboards is preferred, but not required. Cost is $59 with a $25 materials fee. Feb. 6 course taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Working with Yarn — 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 21-April 11. Make something by hand to warm your Valentine’s heart. Work with patterns and experiment with basic stitches for knitting and crochet. You will choose the stitch you want to use to create a beautiful, handcrafted item by the end of class. Cost is $69.
  • Estate Planning: It’s Not Just Having a Will — 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 and16. There’s more to protecting your loved ones than writing a will. An attorney will help you understand the basics of estate planning, and you will leave the first class with a properly executed living will. Instructor is an attorney. Cost is $49.
  • Basic Digital Photography — 6:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 15-March 15. Capture priceless moments forever when you understand the basics of exposure, composition, lighting and color theory with a digital camera. Course includes in-class critiques. You must bring a digital SLR camera or a point-and-shoot camera with manual mode. Cost is $119.
  • Girls on Guard: Six-Week Women’s Self-Defense Course — 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 23-March 30. Give your best girl the gift of self-confidence with a self-defense course designed specifically for women and teens through the Women’s Self-Defense Institute Girls on Guard program. She’ll put classroom instruction into practice with scenario based physical instruction on self-defense techniques. Cost is $89.
  • Flyfishing 101 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Spend an idyllic day outdoors as you start at the beginning and learn the right way to fly fish. You will learn the basic skills of fly fishing – learn about fly rod and reel, line, leader and tippet; how to rig your outfit; where to find fish; how to cast and about types of flies. Instructor is a guide, custom rod maker and member of the Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild. Cost is $95.

To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State Announcements: Smith, Townsend exhibit work at ‘Views of the Big Nothing’

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Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to “Views of the Big Nothing,” a free art exhibit at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Jan. 17 to Feb. 3. “Views of the Big Nothing” features painted works by Brandon Smith joined by physical ropes and metaphorical sculptural works by Travis Townsend. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The exhibit is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State, a series of cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations and the fine arts. Visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. 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.

Pellissippi State non-credit courses open in January

Pellissippi State Community College offers non-credit courses that are perfect for those New Years’ resolutions or just beating the winter blues.

All classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified. Register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

  • The Mind of the Mountaineer — Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Feb. 28-April 11. Part of the “Our Appalachia” series, this course studies Appalachia following the Revolutionary War, particularly the Scots-Irish influence on American politics, religion and literature. Cost is $89 plus $15 materials fee. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

  • Savvy Social Security & Life Planning Strategies for Women — 6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Learn about spousal benefits, coordinating benefits, marital status changes and planning for long life. Cost is $29. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Traditional Mixed Martial Arts — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 17-May 4. Learn Isshinryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu, weapons and self-defense. Suitable for any skill level and any age. Cost is $300.
  • Home Comfort: Using Natural Remedies — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 18-Feb. 22. Learn to make teas, tonics and tinctures as homemade remedies to common discomforts. Instructor is a certified herbalist. Cost is $95.
  • Strength and Tone for Fitness — Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., Jan. 24-April 18. Strengthen and tone your body by using bands, bars, free weights and machines. Cost is $109.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level I — Mondays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 30-March 13. Learn the basic dance steps for popular dances such as swing, tango, salsa, waltz and more. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level II — Tuesdays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 31-March 14. Go beyond basics: get tips on footwork, arm styling and floor craft. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.

To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State generates $263 million annual economic impact

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Over the past five years, Pellissippi State Community College has pumped an average of $263 million per year into the local economy.

From 2011-2016, that amounts to about $1.3 billion in economic impact, or the value of business volume, jobs and individual income in Knox and Blount counties that’s tied to Pellissippi State.

“Pellissippi State’s economic impact in our community is important, but we at the college consider it of greater import that we work to change the lives of everyone who comes through our doors,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Our most significant impact comes from graduates who pursue their dreams and, in turn, give back to our community.”

Of the college’s $1.3 billion in total impact, the majority — $1.05 billion — can be attributed to the infusion of new, non-local revenues.

“This impact would likely not have occurred without the presence of Pellissippi State in the area,” said educational consultant Fred H. Martin, who conducted the study.

Every single dollar of local revenue that comes into Pellissippi State generates an estimated annual return on investment of at least $6.51, comprised of $3.16 in local business volume, plus at least $3.35 in individual income.

The report also studied what a degree from Pellissippi State might mean for a student. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, associate degree graduates can expect to earn about $470,800 more over their work lifetime than if they only had a high school diploma. For Pellissippi State’s 1,429 graduates in academic year 2015-2016, this means an additional $673 million in lifetime earnings and $2.7 million in additional annual tax payments, which benefit the economy.

Pellissippi State’s business volume impact in the community amounted to about $640 million from 2011-2016. Of that total, $504 million came from non-local revenues such as state appropriations, grants, contracts and federal student financial aid revenues.

Over the five-year period, Pellissippi State’s expenditures created and sustained an estimated 43,855 jobs. More than 34,000 of those were created by external or new funds. The College itself employed 2,734 full-time employees from 2011-2016.

The total impact of Pellissippi State’s expenditures on personal income in the area amounts to about $678 million over the past five years, including $547 million from new or external funds.

The complete 29th annual analysis of Pellissippi State’s economic impact in Knox and Blount counties can be accessed at www.pstcc.edu/ieap under “Fact Books and Data Reports.” For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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