Pellissippi State third in nation for study abroad

This photograph, taken by Pellissippi State Community College student Elicia Ferrer, depicts the interior of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
This photograph, taken by Pellissippi State Community College student Elicia Ferrer, depicts the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City near Rome, Italy.
 

Pellissippi State Community College ranks third in the nation among two-year colleges for the number of students it sends to study abroad. In 2015, the college sent 204 students on study abroad programs.

Elicia Ferrer
Elicia Ferrer

“Study abroad was a great experience,” said Pellissippi State student Elicia Ferrer, who spent time over the summer studying in Italy and England. “I had been out of the country before, but for mission experiences. Study abroad is different because you’re there to learn and to experience the place. It’s pretty magical.”

In Tennessee, Pellissippi State ranks eighth among all higher education institutions in the state for the number of students who study abroad. In fact, the college is the only community college in the top 15.

Ferrer, who is studying Chinese language and plans to transfer to a four-year university in the spring, said, “Studying abroad is an eye-opening way to observe different cultures and faiths. It gives you a front row seat to history. In my World Civilizations class, we were studying the Medicis, who did terrible things but who also funded the Renaissance. When you’re in Italy and can physically see their legacy, it gives you an interesting perspective.”

Pellissippi State works with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies to provide study abroad opportunities for students. TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the 10 years since its founding, TnCIS has supported more than 3,000 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

Additionally, Pellissippi State offers unique opportunities for students from around the world to study here in East Tennessee. In the 2015-16 academic year, Pellissippi State had 156 international students enrolled — the ninth highest among all higher education institutions in the state and  the only community college in the top 20.

“Community colleges are diverse, and the ability to offer study abroad opportunities and to have international students on campus only increases that diversity. In a global economy, students need to be able to understand and appreciate diverse points of view,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

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

 

Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new spring enrollees

 

All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the spring 2017 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session. Classes begin Jan. 17.

The free sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer, and will be held in November and early January. Reserve a space as soon as possible at www.pstcc.edu/orientation.

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring and computer resources.

Students are encouraged to attend orientation at the campus that they will be attending for class.

Dates, time and locations of New Student Orientations:

  • Blount County Campus — 1-4 p.m., Jan. 11
  • Division Street Campus — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 12
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 5-8:30 p.m., Nov. 29; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 6; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 13
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 4:30-8 p.m., Jan. 10
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 1-4 p.m., Jan. 10

Additionally, a special session just for students transferring from another institution will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 9, on the Hardin Valley Campus. Some sessions are recommended for veterans or for international students; visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation for more details.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact Disability Services at accommodations@pstcc.edu or 865-539-7153.

Pellissippi State recognized for its study abroad practices

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IIE Seal

The Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Pellissippi State Community College for exceeding its study abroad goals during the 2014-2015 school year.

The college was one of only 12 higher education institutions to be recognized during the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. This is the second year in a row that Pellissippi State has been recognized by the IIE.

This past summer, Pellissippi State sent 204 students on study abroad trips in partnership with Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. That exceeds Pellissippi State’s annual goal for study abroad participation.

“Students who study abroad have been shown to earn better grades and are more likely to persist through college to earn their degree,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Study abroad isn’t something that should be reserved only for the few.”

According to IIE research, fewer than 10 percent of American undergraduates study abroad. Pellissippi State offers students scholarships, up to half the cost of the trip, to make study abroad accessible to more students.

“Just two years after joining Generation Study Abroad, colleges and universities across the country are seeing measurable results in their study abroad participation rates,” said Allan Goodman, the president and CEO of IIE. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways to prepare to enter and succeed in the interconnected, globalized workforce, yet 90 percent of American college students do not study or intern outside of the United States. We owe it to the next generation of Americans to explain why study abroad is more crucial than ever and to find ways to make it more accessible to a wider range of students.”

TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the nine years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

IIE Generation Study Abroad grants funding and scholarships to community partners and higher education institutions in its network.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Pellissippi State ranks among top in nation for degrees, certificates

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Pellissippi State Community College ranks among the top community colleges in the nation for the number of associate degrees and certificates it awards.

According to Community College Week’s 2016 report of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, Pellissippi State ranks sixth in the nation — among both two- and four-year institutions — for the number of associate degrees it awards in the field of communication technologies, technicians and support services. Pellissippi State offers Media Technologies degrees in five concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Design for Web and Print, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

In addition, the College ranks 65th in the nation for the number of one-year certificates it awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year.

For the past two academic years, Pellissippi State has been the largest community college by enrollment in the state of Tennessee. This fall, the college has 10,244 students. Last academic year, the college awarded 2,498 diplomas and certificates.

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

 

Download this press release: CCWeek 2016 Rankings

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