Pellissippi State Community College’s Marketing and Communications Office has earned two Gold Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, District 2. The Gold Award for Media Success Story was presented for the college’s communication campaign for a campus visit from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. The Gold Award for Social Media Messaging and Campaigns was given in recognition of the success of the 2014 Giving Tuesday campaign, which raised money for student scholarships.
Community College Week has recognized Pellissippi State Community College in CCW’s 2015 rankings as awarding the fifth-highest number of associate’s degrees in the nation, among both two-year and four-year institutions, in the communication technologies/technicians and support services field. Pellissippi State offers four concentrations in its Media Technologies degree program.
Pellissippi State Community College is now the largest community college in Tennessee.
According to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body, the college’s fall 2015 enrollment is 10,325. The number of full-time students is 6,630. Not only is Pellissippi State’s enrollment higher than any other community college’s in the TBR system, but the college’s student enrollment is up 2.2 percent from last year.
Of the students contributing to Pellissippi State’s growth, 1,752 are Tennessee Promise students. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program that covers tuition and fees for community college students across the state.
“We’re pleased that Pellissippi State is the largest community college in the state,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., the college’s president. “What’s most important, though, is that we strive to provide the best education to our students.
“At each of our five campuses, our faculty and staff are dedicated to these students — all 10,325 of them — and those faculty and staff work to make sure that our students succeed. That’s the fact that matters.”
In the past few years, Pellissippi State has set records for the number of students sent to study abroad and the number of high school students taking dual enrollment classes for high school and college credit. In 2013 and 2014, Pellissippi State set statewide records for the number of associate’s degrees awarded, with 1,286 in 2014 alone.
“We’re incredibly proud of the achievements of our students,” Wise said. “But the importance of these numbers isn’t in the actual statistics — it’s in the lives that are changed when our students earn their degrees, gain new opportunities and reach their goals.”
For more information about what the college has to offer, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.
Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce.
“No question, partnerships like these are what we’re looking for in Drive to 55,” said Mike Krause, executive director of the state’s Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 initiatives. “This initiative isn’t just about getting students in school but encouraging them to graduate and then join the workforce. That’s what it’s all about.”
The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State a $50,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration prepares students to operate automated manufacturing equipment, including the programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment that are now the industry standard in manufacturing settings.
DENSO and Pellissippi State representatives gathered for a ceremonial check presentation Wednesday morning, Aug. 5, at the college’s Blount County Campus.
“In order for students to be ready to go to work at the most advanced levels of manufacturing, we must continue to integrate newer technology into our programs,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We appreciate DENSO’s support in helping us achieve those goals.”
“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.
DENSO is a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State. Awards from the international automotive supplier during the past decade have included two grants that have helped the college build its Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration was launched in 2013.
“In a global economy, DENSO is continually investing in ways to improve our competitiveness through highly skilled employees and advanced equipment,” said Mike Brackett, DENSO North America Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “This donation represents an investment in the future of our region, as well as in the advanced technology needed by our customers in the automotive industry.”
For more information about Automated Industrial Systems or other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.