Prospective students invited to fall open house

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If you are graduating from high school in 2018, or are considering attending college next year, you are invited to attend Pellissippi State Community College’s fall open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nov. 8.

The open house is free to attend. It will be held in the Goins Administration Building College Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Although the event is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/prsvp.

Attendees are invited to bring their parents, guardians or spouses. Take a self-guided tour of campus and meet with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid and various academic departments. An additional special information session on Reconnect Now will be offered for interested students.

Reconnect Now is a last-dollar scholarship at Pellissippi State this academic year, which covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adults. Reconnect Now students who qualify for Tennessee Reconnect, the state’s version of the scholarship, will roll into that program when it launches in fall 2018.

The open house also will feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s bluegrass band, Hardin Valley Thunder, and light refreshments prepared by Pellissippi State Culinary Arts students. The Pellissippi State Foundation will award a $250 scholarship to two open house attendees, who will be chosen by random drawing.

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

Pellissippi State reaches veterans through Veteran Reconnect grant

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Female Veteran in UniformPellissippi State Community College stands ready to offer veterans an improved process for translating military experience into college credit beginning next fall.

Pellissippi State has about 500 students who are military veterans.

The $70,190 Veteran Reconnect grant will boost the college’s Prior Learning Assessment program. Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, allows students to earn college credit for work experience, professional certifications, military experience and more. The grant will specifically focus on new and improved ways to seamlessly translate military experience into academic credit.

“There are about 83,000 veterans in Tennessee with some college credit but no degree,” said Eric Bollmann, director of Veterans Services at Pellissippi State. “For these veterans attempting to transition from military service into higher education, the ability to obtain credit for military experience is crucial.”

Many colleges only evaluate students’ military service for credit after enrollment, leaving veterans to enroll without clarity of how their training will translate to academic credit in their chosen program of study.

With this grant, Pellissippi State will create new evaluation processes and better align academic credit with military training, and ensure this information is available to veterans before they enroll.

The college is one of 13 colleges and universities in Tennessee to receive funding through the state’s Veteran Reconnect grant.

For more information about Veterans Services at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/veterans or call 865-539-7368.

Pellissippi State invites young writers to free mini-conference

Knoxville’s high-school aged writers are invited to the fourth annual Young Creative Writer’s Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 21.

The free event features morning and afternoon sessions on fiction, poetry, performance, songwriting, screenplay writing and publication, as well as a complimentary lunch. The day will culminate in a showcase event in which workshop attendees may read or perform their original works to family members and teachers.

Interested high school students can RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/writersworkshop. The first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

The workshop will be held at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Free transportation to the workshop is available from Austin-East and Fulton high schools and from Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Check-in for the Young Creative Writer’s Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends with the showcase at around 2:45 p.m. Attendees may attend all or a portion of the day’s events.

Workshop leaders include Pellissippi State faculty members and award-winning professional writers from across Tennessee. Vrondelia “Ronni” Chandler, executive director of Project GRAD Knoxville and published author, is the keynote speaker.

The Young Creative Writer’s Workshop is sponsored by the Pellissippi State Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission and Papa John’s Pizza.

For more information about the Young Creative Writers Conference, contact faculty advisor Patty Ireland at paireland@pstcc.edu or 865-225-2340.

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

Pellissippi State student earns CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Award

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Alexander Marti, a Pellissippi State Community College student, has earned a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service award to attend Tennessee Technological University when he graduates.

“When Associate Professor Sharon Burlingame called me about this scholarship over the summer, I thought it sounded too good to be true,” said Marti, who is in his second year at Pellissippi State.

He first came to the college as a Dual Enrollment student during his homeschooled high school years, then took online courses, and finally came to campus in 2016 as a Tennessee Promise student. He will graduate in May with a general associate degree and then transfer to Tennessee Tech.

“I took a programming class in high school and thought I wouldn’t like computer science,” Marti said. “But here at Pellissippi State, I took the classes and they clicked. I have enjoyed getting past the basics to the understanding of what happens behind the scenes of information technology.”

The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program is administered through the federal Office of Personnel Management with the intent to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. CyberCorps provides scholarships and stipends that typically cover the cost of tuition and fees. Those scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

The scholarship not only will pay for Marti’s final year at Pellissippi State and his bachelor’s degree in cyber security at Tennessee Tech, but also will pay him a stipend to allow him to focus solely on school. For three years after graduation, he will work for the federal government in a cyber security post.

“Cyber security has always interested me. It’s like being a computer police officer — someone who works to protect information and people from hackers and other cyber criminals,” Marti said.

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

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