Category Archives: Community

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 or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State: Medic blood drive set for April 6 at Blount County Campus

Medic Regional Blood Center has scheduled a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus on April 6.

The Medic Mobile will be in the main loop driveway of the campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. The community is invited to participate in the blood drive.

Medic, a nonprofit organization, supplies 27 area hospitals with volunteer donations. Medic representatives say there is a need for all blood types.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors should not fast before arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating.

Participants also are asked to present photo identification and a list of current medications.

For other questions about the blood drive or donor eligibility, visit For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Student artwork on display at Pellissippi State juried exhibit

Pellissippi State Community College features its students’ best artwork at the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, March 30-April 17.

The exhibit is free and the community is invited. The art exhibit takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The event kicks off with an opening reception 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 30. Attendees will have the chance to meet student artists. Awards will be presented to students at 4 p.m.

“The exhibit will showcase an array of exceptional two- and three-dimensional work, including paintings, drawings, and watercolors, as well as pottery, sculpture, and more from Pellissippi’s talented students,” said Jeffrey Lockett, Art professor and program coordinator.

“Again this year, the exhibit will be a showcase from which several student art pieces will be selected as award winners,” he said. The grand prize winner takes home a $500 purchase award funded through Student Life, and the winning artwork joins Pellissippi State’s permanent student art collection.

Runners-up receive gift certificates donated by Jerry’s Artarama. The exhibit is juried by Pellissippi State’s Art faculty. 

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State’s ‘Pi Day’ celebrates 3.1415926, Einstein

3.1415926. Those are the first few digits of the mathematical constant pi.

In celebration of the universally recognized number, Pellissippi State Community College hosts a “Pi Day” party on 3/14/15, beginning at 9:26 a.m.

The party, which is free and open to the community, takes place in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus, weather permitting. (In the event of inclement weather, the event moves into the McWherter Building.) The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Pi Day celebrations at Pellissippi State end at 1:30 p.m.

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated nationally each year on March 14.

The college’s kid-friendly event features plenty of pi- and pie-related fun. Among the festivities: age-appropriate math competitions, a contest to recite the most digits of pi and even a hula-hoop competition.

The Pi Day party showcases Pellissippi State’s advanced manufacturing and 3D printing equipment, including new 3D printers and 3Doodlers (3D printing pens) that will be available for live demonstrations.

March 14 also is the birthday of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Anyone who comes to Pellissippi State’s Pi Day dressed as Einstein receives a prize.

The event, sponsored by the Pellissippi State Foundation’s Mechanical Engineering Technology (John C. Mauer) fund, raises money for Mechanical Engineering students in the Engineering Technology program to travel to New York City for 3D Print Week. Donations will be accepted, and pies of all flavors will be for sale.

For more information about Pellissippi State and Pi Day, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State honors Knox County, City of Knoxville

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, recipients of the Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Student and Community Engagement at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus Friday, Feb. 6. Also pictured are Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., Magnolia Avenue Campus dean Rosalyn Tillman, TBR chancellor John Morgan, TBR vice chancellor of community colleges Warren R. Nichols, TBR board member Danni Varlan, and other elected officials.

On Friday, February 6, Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents honored the support of Knox County and the City of Knoxville during an awards ceremony at the College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Knox County and City of Knoxville representatives, including mayors Tim Burchett and Madeline Rogero, were presented the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy in honor of their combined investment of more than $1 million to the College, particularly the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

“The support and partnership of our local governments has been critical to our success in reaching students and helping them succeed,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. in his nomination letter.

“Courses and programs offered at the Magnolia Avenue Campus help build our regional workforce. Local government investment in the College has helped to support the expansion of our regional tax base and keep unemployment low in East Tennessee.

“At Pellissippi State, our collaboration with local government is impacting workforce development and student success. Without question, our mission to serve our community has been enhanced through our partnerships with the governments of Knox County and the City of Knoxville,” he added.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, visit or call (865) 329-3100.

Family feuds and more: Discover Appalachian history at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two early-spring non-credit classes on the history of Appalachia, covering everything from the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys to the coal-field wars to the Cherokee nation.

Leading the classes is Mark Davidson, a retired William Blount High School teacher who developed an Appalachian studies program while at the school.

“Our Appalachia: The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” is 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-April 14, at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. “Our Appalachia Part II: More Mountain Mayhem—Feuding, Hard Times and Such” is also at the Blount County Campus, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 2-April 13.

“The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” takes on the history of the Little Tennessee valley, from the earliest exploration of the area to the forcible removal of the Cherokee. The class includes visits to Fort Loudoun, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tellico Blockhouse, Chota and Tanasi.

“Feuding, Hard Times and Such” covers the difficulties of life in the coal fields, the dangers of building railroad lines through the mountains, the Blair Mountain war, and various Appalachian feuds, including that of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys.

The cost of each class is $89, plus a $15 material fee.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Pellissippi State announces opening of support center at Magnolia Avenue Campus

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Today, Pellissippi State Community College celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Student and Community Engagement at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The center provides a one-stop resource for student support services, including financial aid, advising, counseling, tutoring, service-learning, and safety and security.

“Life sometimes gets in the way of academic success,” said Rosalyn Tillman, dean of the Magnolia Avenue Campus. “The goal of the center is to provide every service we can to help our students overcome those distractions and roadblocks to success. Everything we do, we do so they can focus on school.”

Tillman was joined for the grand opening by L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, as well as representatives from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Knox County and the city of Knoxville.

The center is designed to encourage student engagement within the school and in the community. Support programs and other resources will promote overall student health and wellness, prepare students for careers, and connect them with essential social support.

For more information about the Magnolia Avenue Campus and the Center for Student and Community Engagement, visit or call (865) 329-3100.

Non-credit course at Pellissippi State offers baby boomers retirement info

Baby boomers: Are you thinking about retiring?

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a class that can guide you in making your decision. “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” is being offered on several dates in February through May, at three campus locations.

The non-credit course takes place at the Blount County Campus Feb. 24 and 26 and April 28 and 30, at the Strawberry Plains Campus March 24 and 26, and at the Hardin Valley Campus on May 26 and 28. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A full schedule of class times and locations is available at

The course is designed for baby boomers—people between the ages of 60 and 67—and anyone else approaching or planning for retirement. Cost of the class is $59. Married couples may attend for the cost of one registration. Seating is limited.

The class includes explanations of various types of Social Security benefits, the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to check an earnings record for accuracy, how to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income.

For more information about this and other classes offered by the Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Painting, jewelry making, landscape design and more: Plan to sign up for spring non-credit courses at Pellissippi State

Aspiring artists, crafters, travelers and even landscapers, Pellissippi State Community College has a non-credit class tailored specifically to your interests this spring.

The college’s Business and Community Services Division offers dozens of courses—among them, painting, jewelry making, and landscape design—beginning in February, March, and April. All take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified.

Here’s a sample of our multi-session classes:

  • “Playing With Copper: Beginning,” Mondays, Feb. 23-April 6, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $130 plus $40 materials fee. No prerequisite required. Learn traditional metal-smithing techniques using copper sheet and wire.
  • “Playing With Copper: Torch-fired Enamels,” Mondays, April 13-May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $130 plus $40 materials fee. No prerequisite required. Learn to fire traditional enamels on copper with a torch for art or for jewelry.
  • “Fabric and Figure Art: A West African Art and Culture Class,” Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $69. Participants will need to provide their own materials. Learn to make popular African folk art and wearable art, including a head wrap, dress or baby wrap. This course is at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.
  • “Landscaping Made Easy and Fun,” Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 24-March 5, 1-3 p.m. Cost is $89. Learn the principles of landscape design and how to plant and care for plants.
  • “Beginning Watercolor and Acrylics,” Wednesdays, Feb. 4-March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Learn about brush strokes, washes, composition, and use of color when painting with watercolors and acrylics.
  • “Sketching and Drawing,” Thursdays, Feb. 5-March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, or Wednesdays, April 29-June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $120. Learn to record quickly your impressions of an image, idea or principle through sketching.
  • “Introduction to Color Theory Wheel,” Wednesdays, March 18-April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Study color theory techniques and applications, and create original compositions using oil or acrylic paints.
  • “Basket Making,” Mondays, March 2-23, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $79. Create a market basket, round bushel basket and wine basket. Some experience is helpful, but it’s not necessary.
  • “Working With Yarn,” Tuesdays, Feb. 3-March 31, 7-8 p.m. Cost is $69.  Learn the basics of knitting or crochet, and create a handcrafted item.
  • “Beginning Chinese for Practical Travel and Business,” Wednesday, Feb. 25-Apr. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Learn pinyin, the Romanized version of the Chinese language, plus Chinese tones (that clarify the meaning of words) and 150 basic characters, and 10 short, practical conversations.

            Or attend a one-night course:

  • “Jewelry Wire Working,” Monday, March 2, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $59 plus $10 material fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Create at least one set of matching earrings and pendant by learning how to form copper and wire into designs.
  • “Wire Jewelry Design,” Monday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $59 plus $12 material fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Create at least one pendant necklace during class using jewelry wire-wrapping techniques.

For more about these and the many other classes offered by BCS, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Pellissippi State hosts permaculture expert Peter Bane for lecture

Where is your next meal coming from?

Not a question of poverty but a statement about food security, it’s the topic of discussion when permaculture expert Peter Bane visits Pellissippi State Community College for an upcoming lecture.

The free presentation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. It takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is open to the community.

“The implications of the humble garden and of local food are far-reaching,” said Bane, author of “The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.”

“Permaculture” refers to the concept of agricultural ecosystems designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Bane, a frequent lecturer and speaker, promotes urban and suburban “garden farming,” which may include vegetable gardens, tree crops, and even animal husbandry.

“From up in the atmosphere to down on the table,” he said, “I’ll speak about how permaculture, climate security and food security are things that impact everyone, every day. Considering the question ‘Where is my next meal coming from?’ is something that will make our food access safer and more secure in the future.”

Bane’s presentation is part of Pellissippi State’s ‘Good Food For All’ yearlong campaign. The campaign encourages civic engagement regarding food access issues through the college’s Service-Learning program and Sustainable Campus Initiative.

“Permaculture is all about working with nature and not against it,” said Annie Gray, Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning director. “On a practical level, it’s about harmonizing landscape design—urban or rural—with the daily lives of human beings who need secure access to food, shelter, energy, and income.”

“With climate and energy challenges in front of us, knowing how to provide basic human needs as close to home as possible is becoming increasingly important,” said Chad Hellwinckel, founder of Knoxville’s Permaculture Guild, which is sponsoring the Pellissippi State event. “Permaculture gives insight on how to let natural forces work for us instead of battling them.”

Gray, Hellwinckel and Bane say they hope the presentation will be beneficial to attendees, whether or not they’re interested in gardening, who want to learn more about the benefits of local, healthful food.

Pellissippi State’s Service-Learning program integrates community service with traditional classroom learning. The Sustainable Campus Initiative pioneers sustainable projects on all five Pellissippi State campuses. Together, the groups plan to put permaculture design into practice at a garden on the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.