Pellissippi State TRiO supports students, thanks to continuing grant

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Yvette Satchel
Yvette Satchel, a Pellissippi State Community College Nursing graduate, utilized the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program.

At Pellissippi State Community College, every student comes with his or her own story: the single mother, the working professional, the high school graduate. And each student can find community in the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program. TRiO is part of a federal initiative that supports the unique needs of first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities.

More than half of Pellissippi State’s students are the first in their family to go to college, and more than a third are from low-income households. An estimated 3 percent of Pellissippi State students have a disability.

“The students who come to TRiO aren’t less academically able or physically able necessarily,” said Mark Cotter, director of TRiO at Pellissippi State, “but many of them just didn’t grow up in a culture that’s familiar with college. TRiO is here to help level that playing field and show those students the ropes.”

Yvette Satchel, who graduated from the Nursing program in May, first heard about TRiO from another student.

“From the first day I stepped into the office, it felt like a home away from home,” she said. “TRiO helped me tremendously during my time at Pellissippi State. They were like family to me.”

Satchel acknowledges TRiO’s role in helping her earn her way into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as well as in helping connect her to scholarships for tuition and study abroad.

In July, Pellissippi State’s TRiO Support Services Program received a federal grant for nearly $1.24 million over five years. The grant was awarded to only four community colleges in the state. The funds will pay to continue support services like tutoring, academic advising, career counseling and even financial literacy education. Each year, the grant will pay to enroll 160 students who demonstrate academic need in support programs that focus on improving students’ academic standing, retention rates and graduation or transfer rates.

“I’ll personally walk other students to the TRiO office so they know the support they can receive there,” Satchel said. “My motto for Pellissippi State has always been that there’s no way to fail here, because they give you all the tools you need to succeed. If you don’t do as you expected, then you didn’t use all the tools — like TRiO — at your disposal.”

This is the fourth time Pellissippi State has won the competitive TRiO Student Support Services grant. The college has operated the program for the past 15 years.

For more information about TRiO, visit or call (865) 539-7267. For more about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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Tennessee Promise sessions scheduled September, October at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State Community College invites students entering college fall 2016 to attend one of the Tennessee Promise informational sessions the college has scheduled throughout September and October.

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program that covers tuition and fees for community college students across the state. Although students who will be freshmen in 2016 won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, they should go ahead and apply now. The application deadline for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 2, 2015.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State. “If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship.”

The upcoming informational sessions will provide details about program requirements and deadlines, as well as highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. The free sessions are offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, 6-7 p.m.:

  • Sept. 14: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 16: Magnolia Avenue, Community Room
  • Sept. 22: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 24: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 28: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 30: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 5: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 15: Open House — Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 22: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 26: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium

 “Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or

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Potential students, community invited to Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus

Students and others interested in learning more about earning a Nursing degree are invited to attend the Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The event is Aug. 15.

The preview includes tours of the college’s state-of-the-art patient simulation lab, as well as information sessions about Pellissippi State’s Nursing program and the admissions and financial aid process. Attendees may also participate in free vision, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings.

In addition, there will be a drawing for one $250 scholarship, to be given courtesy of the Pellissippi State Foundation. Potential recipients must be present to participate in the drawing.

The Nursing Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register online at

“Pellissippi State is about to enter its fourth year of operation at the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Mike North, campus dean. “We are excited about the renovations that we anticipate at Strawberry Plains within the year, and we wanted to show off our facility to anyone interested in Nursing. Prospective students will also have an opportunity to hear about what life in the program is like from the dean, faculty and a former student.”

“This is our second year admitting a freshman Nursing class to the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of Nursing. “We’re pleased to bring this degree program to students across Knox and Blount counties.”

Each of Pellissippi State’s five campuses offers pre-nursing courses, and the Nursing program is offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and the Strawberry Plains campuses. The program began in 2010 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For more information about the Strawberry Plains Campus, call (865) 225-2300. To learn more about the Nursing program and Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or

Adult students invited to apply for ‘last-dollar’ scholarship at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College welcomes adult students to apply for a new, “last-dollar” scholarship to cover mandatory tuition and fees.

The Pellissippi Adult Learner Scholarship is open to adults ages 24 and older. PALS, like Tennessee Promise, is last-dollar, meaning it covers tuition and fees once other financial aid, like grants or other scholarships, has been applied.

“With the implementation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship, students who come to Pellissippi State right out of a Tennessee high school have unprecedented access to affordable higher education,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs. “Pellissippi State wants to provide that kind of affordability to adult students. The creation of this scholarship is a step toward meeting that goal.”

The priority deadline to apply for financial aid is July 15. Individuals can apply for PALS online at They must first complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

In order to qualify for PALS, applicants must meet the age criteria, must be first-time freshmen and must qualify for in-state tuition. Priority will be given to students with an expected family contribution to their college education of $3,800 or less, though other students are welcome to apply.

Students who receive the scholarship must maintain a 2.0 GPA, must submit a degree plan with an advisor, and must enroll in at least 6 credit hours each fall and spring semester. The scholarship doesn’t cover summer semesters.

For more information about PALS and other adult learner support and programs, visit For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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