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Pellissippi State students named to fall semester 2013 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 966 top students to the fall semester 2013 dean’s list. Students are eligible for the dean’s list upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of college coursework with a 3.50-4.00 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Thomas Adams
Jordan Adkins
Devon Aeschlimann
Hunter Albert
Jenna Albrycht
Kaitlyn Aldridge
Jayson Alexander
Cody Alford
Daniel Allen
Savannah Amanns
Tyler Ammons
Julianne Anders
Avery Anderson
Tiffany Andrews
Garrett Angel
Robert Anthony
Ben Aptaker
Mobin Araghi
Aaron Archer
Luke Armitage
William Arwood
Winston Asher
Megan Aslinger
Karolina Assadova
Alexandria Atkins
Jenna Aungst
Keegan Austin
Michael Avery
Oscar Avila
Denisha Avrett
Eric Ayala
Alvaro Ayo
Krystallee Bailey
Jordan Baker
Timothy Baker
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Destiny Ballew
Frankie Ballew
Jason Ballinger
Peramuda Bandara
Travis Banks
Jordan Barbour
Kaitlyn Barger
Carrie Barnawell
Courtney Barnes
Sierra Barnett
Renee Barnum
Christopher Bartell
Desiree Bates
Abigail Baumann
Allie Bays
Amy Beam
Carmen Bean
Barbara Bearden
LeIna Beckner
Stephen Behan
Chelsea Belcher
Eric Belew
Nick Belitz
Brittany Bell
Erdenesuvd Bell
Taylor Bellisle
Charles Bennett
Amie Berney
Caroline Berrong
Alex Berry
Titus Berry
Ryan Best
Travis Bigwood
Felicia Bishop
Kourtney Blackburn
Cain Blanchard
Kendall Blankenship
Gabriela Bledsoe
Patrick Bledsoe
Johnathan Blevins
Dagny Block-Ward
Jesse Blum
Simon Jude Boka
Taylor Boothe
Jordan Boring
Chris Botsis
Caitlin Bowen
Carmen Bowers
Jason Bowers
Joshua Bowers
Samantha Bowers
Steven Bowling
Elizabeth Bradley
Erikah Bradley
Troy Bradley
James Bradwell
Alyssa Bragg
Nathan Branch
Shaylee Bratton
Heather Breazeale
Krista Breedlove
Renee Breiner
Lauren Brennan
Kendra Brent
Cory Brewer
Jason Brewer
Jessica Bridges
Cullen Briere
Amanda Brock
Kennedy Brock
Adam Brock-Dagnan
David Brooks
Jennifer Brooks
Anne Broome
Anna Brown
Joshua Brown
Raymond Brown
Sydney Brown
Tyler Brown
Kevin Brudecki
Bailey Bryant
James Bufton
Petr Bulkhak
Kyle Bumpus
Wyatt Bumpus
Krista Burchfield
Jackson Burdette
Landon Burke
Lisa Burleson
Clint Burner
Dustin Burnette
Katherine Burns
Summer Burns
Jacob Butler
Justin Bybee
Mercedes Byrge
Lauren Byrum
Jennifer Caldwell
Jeremiah Caldwell
Jonathan Caldwell
Billy Calwell
Cori Camp
Kaitlin Campbell
Kelli Canan
Vincent Cannon
Sokun Carathers
Christian Cardona
Zachary Carey
Kristen Carlson
James Carmichael
Dillon Carpenter
Miranda Carpenter
Cameron Carr
Daniel Carrell
Alicia Carter
Lancia Carter
M. Carter
Phillip Carter
Chris Caserta
Jesse Cate
Tyler Cate
Michael Cavitt
Angela Celaya
Rebecca Cesare
Brandon Chapel
Tiffany Chaperon
Carolyn Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman
Jeremy Chapman
Sharon Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Eric Childers
Taylor Childres
Edwar Aguiar Chinchilla
Dylan Chun
Justin Church
Nicholas Ciparro
Elizabeth Clanton
Ellen Clark
John Clark
Keira Clark
Rachael Clark
Casey Clarke
David Claybourne
James Clenney
Nathaniel Clifton
Trevor Cloninger
Maycie Cochran
Zachery Coffey
Darcy Coffy
Ashley Colantoni
Claudia Coleman
Devan Coleman
Daniel Collins
Emily Collins
Kristan Collins
Tara Collins
John Cook
Austin Cooper
Nick Coover
Meghan Copeland
Alex Corlew
Lakan Cornett
Micaela Cornett
Jaclyn Covington
Kaitlyn Cox
Laura Cox
Adam Crabtree
Rachel Craig
Brandi Crass
Catherine Crockett
Dwight Cross
Kelly Crotty
Nick Csercsevits
Betty Culver
Amy Cupp
Kendall Cupp
Jonathan Curtis
Nathan Curtis
Samantha Curtis
Douglas Dagley
Cassandra Daniels
Jason Daniels
Frank Darwin
Niraj Dave
Allan Davis
Allison Davis
Angela Davis
David Davis
Emily Davis
Howard Davis
Matthew Davis
Emanuelly Maria De Oliveira Sobreira
Kenneth Deal
Erica Dean
Natalie Decker
Jennifer DeFoe
Samuel Degregorio
Edward Deiderich
Amanda Del Moro
Joseph Delaney
Lindsay DeLay
Sarah Dennis
Kurt Denton
Robert Denton
Madison Dentz
William Derington
Jonathan Diegel
Brian Diggs
Alexis Dillard
Joni Dipatri
Victoria Dishner
Jacob Dohm
Christopher Donaldson
Kristy Donaldson
Guillermo Dorado
Kirsten Douglas
Michael Douglas
Brett Downey
Taylor Drinnen
Kimberly Duncan
Darren Dunlap
Thomas Duran
Angela Duran Lamberson
Katrina Duval
Joshua Eakle
Sarah Edens
Allyn Edmiston
AnnaMarie Edwards
Christopher Edwards
Jake Elkins
Kevan Elkins
Daulton Ellis
Payden Ellis
Cody Elswick
John Estes
Kristin Eubanks
Leslie Eubanks
Janelle Evans
Jordan Evans
Mikeala Evans
William Evers
Cody Ewing
Daisy Falin
Christopher Fancher
Megan Fandrich
Cody Ferguson
Leslie Ferrer
Lowell Fields
Gabriel Figueroa
Richel Finfrock
Almondo Fiori
Kaitlyn Fisher
Tyler Fisher
Whitney Fitzgerald
Emily Fitzpatrick
Devin Fladd
Tawney Flores
Brent Floyd
Sandra Fonseca
Ashley Fortenberry
Justin Foster
Savannah Foster
Sharleen Foster
Brooklyn Foust
Aaron Frank
Marissa Frankel
Matt Franklin
Samuel Franklin
Amanda Freuler
Bridgette Fritz
Christopher Gallaher
Steven Gallaher
Vasile Garbulet
Daniel Garey
Alice Garland
Charles Garrett
Kristina Garrett
Matthew George
Anthony Georgiafandis
Natasha Ghezawi
Matthew Gibbs
Margaret Gicheru
Rachel Giles
Shimikia Gillespie
Estille Gilliam
Erin Gilliland
Scottie Godfrey
Christopher Goetze
Jonathan Goggans
Madison Gold
Rebeca Gonzalez
Rosendo Gonzalez
Natalie Goodin
Zara Goodlaxson
Elissa Goodson
Analiza Gordy
Richard Grant
Darren Green
Gus Green
Nicky Greene
Caleb Grider
Jeanne Griswold
Christian Groff
Lisa Grunwald
Christopher Guider
Clarissa Guidry
Logan Gunter
Igor Gussev
Zachary Guzman
Rebekah Gyger
Nicholas Hager
Joshua Halcomb
James Hamblen
Jesse Hamby
Andrew Hamilton
Anna Hamilton
Valerie Hamilton
Riley Hammett
Laura Haney
Holley Hannah
Carleigh Harbin
Christian Hardin
Jennifer Hardin
Tommy Hardin
Abigail Harmon
Adam Harms
Ashley Harrell
Alyssa Harrelson
Christian Harris
William Harris
Ashton Harrison
Cassie Hart
Nathaniel Hartley
Janet Hastings
Brighton Hatfield
Brent Hattley
Avery Hawk
Kaitlyn Hay
Jackie Hayes
Jessica Haynes
Lauren Heath
Heather Helton
Scott Henderson
Erik Heng-Fischbach
Alana Henley
Rocky Henry
Aaron Hess
Katilyn Hibbert
Eric Hickman
Jeffrey Hickman
Christopher Higgins
Holly Hill
William Hill
Chelsea Hines
Steven Hines
Connor Hinkle
David Hodge
Hannah Hodge
Amy Holloway
Kelsey Holloway
Rachel Hopkins
Jason Horner
Jacob Houston
Ryan Howard
Kerry Howell
Bryan Huddleston
Sarah Huddleston
Wesley Huffaker
Candice Huffstetler
Jerad Hughes
John Human
Anna Humphreys
Kelsie Hunt
Samantha Hunt
Kathryn Hunter
Jacques Hurst
Rachel Hutchens
Erin Hyde
Kristin Hylton
Courtney Irwin
Harold Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Taylor Jackson
William Jaggers
Heather Jannett
Brittany Janous
James Jardet
James Jarnigan
Nabeel Jaser
Leah Jenkins
Taylor Jensen
Jared Jett
Megan Jewell
Kimberly Job
Audrey Johnson
Bret Johnson
Juliana Johnson
Kaitlin Johnson
Lacy Johnson
Luke Johnson
Brandi Jones
David Jones
Forrest Jones
Maleah Jones
Michaela Jones
Brian Jordan
Elise Jorgensen
Richard Justice
Hailey Kachmarchik
Ali Kameh
Christina Kampas
Matthew Kane
Stephanie Kaser
Whitney Kaul
Noah Keener
Marc Keirn
Erin Keith
Robert Keith
Lindsey Kelly
Jason Kennedy
Otis Kennedy
Emily Keyser
Christian Kidd
Kevin Kidder
Hearan Kim
Sharyllynne King
Hunter Kitts
Matthew Kleinschmidt
Christian Klenk
Melanie Knapp
Rebekah Knause
Tanya Kocer
Maggie Kubarewicz
Matthew Labelle
Megan Ladd
Lucas Lafond
Lauren Lamson
Anna Land
Andrew Landguth
Jessie Lane
Michael Lane
Pierce Lane
Rosita Lane
Lauren Lange
Ashley Lawson
Sarah Lawson
Janie Lay
Morgan Lay
Nhu Le
Cade Leach
Kandyn Leach
Haley Ledford
Hope Ledger
Ji Ho Lee
John Lee
Riitta-Maija Lehtinen
Andrew Leming
Rachel Lemons
Rebecca Lengfellner
Christine Lentz
Chelsea Lessard
Charles Levan
Belinda Lewis
Kandyce Lewis
Nathan Lewis
Warren Lewis
Robert Lilligren
Joshua Lindamood
Michelle Lindsay
Mary Lindstrom
Anthony Lis
Candice Littleton
Jason Littleton
Olivia Lobertini
Wesley Logan
Lee Logsdon
Emmanuel Lokure
Amber Long
Angela Long
Caitlin Long
Victoria Long
Jennifer Loveday
Cynthia Lozano
Shirley Ludington
Dallas Ludwig
Seth Luedtke
Jose Luna Garcia
Tia Luneke
Brandon Lusby
Kaitlynn Lusk
Edward Lutsyk
Edward Lyman
Taylor Lyon
Justin MacDonald
Daniel Mace
Austin Madden
Logan Madden
Boubacar Maiga
Daniel Maley
Caleb Mangum
Jade Mann
Kristen Manning
Kendall Maples
Larry Maples
Victoria Marler
Brett Marshman
Joshua Martin
Megan Martin
Tamara Martin
Zachariah Martin
Amber Marzec
Bryan Mason
Justin Matthews
Chiquila Mattress
Patricia Maynard
Michelle McAlister
Rebekah McBride
Allison McClanahan
Nicholas McCloskey
Shaun McComas
Melody McComb
Sarah McComb
Lidia McCord
Sandra McCroskey
Stephanie McCuiston
Rocky McCulloch
Katherine McGaha
Angela McGee
Dennis McGhee
Jessica McGinley
Jonathan McGuire
Jennifer McLean
Emily McNeil
Jorge Mejia
Victoria Mellen
Benjamin Mellon
Cortney Melton
Jacob Melton
Abbey Merriman
Gregory Mersing
Michael Mersing
Julianna Meyers
Jessica Michel
Jairus Miller
Tyler Miller
Susan Minehan
John Mitchell
Stephanie Mojica
Laura Molen
Brittany Monday
Christopher Monhollan
Lori Monroe
Richard Monroe
Hannah Montgomery
Travis Montsinger
Eric Moore
Jessi Moore
Shawn Moore
Adam Moreno
Tiffany Morrison
Robert Morrow
Tricia Mounger
Andrea Muehlenberg
Agiimaa Munkhsukh
Conley Munsey
Celeste Murphy
Alexia Murriel
John Music
Kelvin Myers
Rachel Myers
Joshua Najmola
Gladys Nance
Jordan Neely
William Newell
Seth Newport
Quynh Ngo
Cung Nguyen
Khoa Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
Van Nguyen
Julianna Nikolai
Abbie Nipper
Brad Nipper
Hannah Noe
Victor Noe
Thomas Noll
Sydney Norman
Amanda Ogle
Rachael Ogle
Morgan Onusic
Marion Osborne
Mollie-Kathleen O’Shaughnessy
Shih-Huei Ou
William Overmyer
Hannah Overton
Jessica Ownsby
Matthew Pack
Miranda Paiva
Whitney Palmer
Heemyung Park
Adrienne Parrott
Amie Parrott
Hunter Parton
Neel Patel
Svetlana Patterson
Veronica Patterson
Allison Pavelchik
Denise Payne
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Brian Pearson
Brittany Pemberton
Dallas Pepper
Amber Perrin
Jessica Perry
Lauren Peters
Scott Peterson
Thai Pham
Zebulon Phillips
Austin Phipps
Landon Pierce
Tony Plastino
Andrew Plaxco
Billy Pogue
Amber Poole
Mekenzie Pope
Brittany Powell
Lindsey Powell
William Powell
Audrey Prate
Sara Pressley
Sandra Pringle
Kalie Pritchett
Nichole Proctor
Kenton Pryor
Corey Puckett
Amanda Putnam
Jackson Quiggins
Spencer Raby
Nicole Ramirez
Ryan Ramirez
Lorrie Ramsey
Jessica Raney
Caitlin Ratliff
Samantha Rayder
Robert Raymes
Christany Raymond
Nadia Abdul Razak
Hannah Reagan
Edy Recendez
Madeline Reddick
Jacklyn Redmon
Heather Reece
Mark Reece
Michele Reekie
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Rachel Resciniti
Ronald Retherford
Caleb Reynolds
Kacie Reynolds
Kelsey Rhode
Blair Rhodes
Rachael Rhyne
Ethan Richardson
Cassandra Riegel
Logan Riggs
Rebecca Ritter
Devin Rivera
Misti Rivers
Rachel Roback
Molly Roberson
Clint Roberts
Elena Roberts
Jason Roberts
Zane Robertson
Alisha Robson
Rebecca Rolen
Justin Rose
Macon Rowan
Hailey Rudd
Nicholas Ruggerio
Cassidy Ruiz
Tiffany Rullan
Matthew Rumbolt
Brooke Runion
Alizabeth Russell
Bobby Russell
David Russell
Gabrielle Russell
Kimberley Russell
Ana Salas
Laresa Sallee
Valeria Sanabria
Dillon Sanders
Greg Schar
Allie Scherf
Christine Schlachter
Chula Schlesinger-Fleming
Margarita Schmid
Hayley Schneider
Cortnay Scott
David Scott
Mycol Scott
Tawny Scott
David Scraggs
Brittany Seese
Talia Seiber
Halie Sellers
Katie Sellers
Ariel Sexton
Ankit Shah
Jessica Sharp
Donna Shedd
Ciara Sheets
Zoe Shell
Kelsey Shepherd
Lilianna Sheridan
James Shill
Charles Shipley
Ajen Shireman
Christi Silliman
David Silverberg
Amber Simcox
Katie Simerly
Andrew Simpson
Amy Sims
Abigail Sinders
Darian Singleton
James Sircy
Lauren Sisk
Oumar Sissoko
Corbyn Skeen
Jennifer Skeen
Timothy Slagle
Amanda Slaton
Hristo Slavov
Alyona Smith
Amanda Smith
Austin Smith
James Smith
Kalyn Smith
Kayela Smith
Kimberly Smith
Kurtis Smith
Michael Smith
Sayge Smith
Summer Smith
Kody Smitherman
Jay Smithson
Sara Smock
Megan Snell
Elizabeth Snodgrass
Elexis Snyder
Katharina Snyder
Madeline Sommer
Channing Sosville
Mellony Spangler
Anna Sparks
Edden Spencer
Laurie Spoon
Stephanie Spoon
Phoebe Spooner
Mark Stanifer
Rachel Stanley
Gabriella Starace
Paul Steciw
Julia Steinmann
Micaela Stephens
Heather Storm
Logan Stuart
Matthew Studwell
Aaron Suffridge
Sharmon Suit
Shane Sullivan
Melodie Summers
David Summey
Chelsea Sutphin
Matthew Swearingen
Silvia Sweitzer
Jamie Swint
Katherine Swisher
David Tallent
Andrew Taylor
Benjamin Taylor
Courtney Taylor
Mathew Taylor
Andrea Tedder
Anna Thomas
Noelle Thomas
Rachel Thomas
Hilary Thompson
Jefferson Thompson
Robert Thompson
Samuel Thompson
Madison Thress
Mary Thress
Patrick Tidwell
Jessica Tiller
Cory Tindell
Tiffany Tipton
Matthew Toman
Diego Tomas-Felipe
David Torres
Hayley Torres
Canh Tran
Kati Tran
Elizabeth Trest
Gregory Trinkle
Cynthia Trosper
Sierra Trott
Tyler Trovillo
Rita Trythall
Jacquelynn Tucker
Tatiana Tumminello
Karenna Turley
Robbie Turpin
Krislee Twiner
Joshua Uphoff
Celine Uwamahoro
Andrew Valesky
Catherine Varga
Courtney Vaughn
Travis Veal
Patrick Veilleux
Blake Venable
Candace Viox
Alyssa Vito
Matthew Vogt
Meaghan Vowell
Boyd Wade
Stephen Waldrep
Leslie Walker
Seth Walker
Tara Walker
Mathew Wall
Ashley Wallace
Danielle Wallace
Anthony Ward
Haley Ward
Luke Warf
Daniel Warren
Matthew Warren
Elizabeth Washington
Christy Watson
Kathryn Watson
Lauren Weakley
David Webb
Kyle Webb
Rachel Webb
Shannon Webb
Bethany Webster
Ashley Weisneck
Heather Weixler
Katelin Welch
Michael Westphal
Peyton Whaley
Holly Whitaker
Virginia Whitcomb
Cassidy White
Derek White
Judah White
Macy White
Stacy White
Tavish White
Tyler White
Courtney Whited
Ashley Whitehead
Hannah Whitehead
Timothy Whitehead
Charlotte Widen
Karina Wilburn
David Wilkey
Leslie Wilkins
Angeliccaa Williams
Corey Williams
Dylan Williams
Jacob Williams
Nicholas Williams
Robert Williams
Sarah Williams
Adam Wilson
Amy Wilson
Kayla Wilson
Sana Marie Wilson
Stephen Wilson
Vicki Wine
Levon Winther
Chloe Wolfe
Joseph Wolfenbarger
Whitney Wolff
Emily Wood
LuAnn Wood
Amber Woods
Heather Woods
Kristin Woods
Rachell Woods
Tina Woods
Lauren Workman
Kaylee Worsham
Andrew Wright
Kasey Wybrant
Danny Wyrick
Saori Yamanaka
Catherine Yancey
Susanna Yoder
Alicia Young
Dana Young
Stephanie Young
Sydney Youngman
Megan Zawisza
Kendra Zeitschel
Stacey Zupka

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

Pellissippi State, Alcoa Foundation partner for student scholarships

A growing need for machinery operators with mechanical and electrical engineering training is being met through a partnership between Pellissippi State Community College and Alcoa Foundation.

Alcoa Foundation is supporting Pellissippi State students pursuing an industrial maintenance certificate or associate’s degree with a two-year, $50,000 scholarship grant.

Pellissippi State offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance, as well as a certificate in Industrial Maintenance Technology. The Industrial Maintenance concentration prepares students for careers in large manufacturing companies, working as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians.

“There is an existing shortage of qualified men and women who are able to maintain and repair equipment in local industry,” said Peggy Mahan Wilson, vice president of College Advancement for Pellissippi State and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“A great opportunity exists to provide students with the skills needed to obtain high-paying jobs in our community. The manufacturing industry is on the rebound in our region, and this scholarship grant will help provide students the necessary training to become experienced-and much needed-maintenance personnel.”

The Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance program at Pellissippi State is an Accelerated Higher Education Associate’s Degree program. AHEAD is designed to meet the needs of busy adults by offering shorter-term courses and credit for prior learning. Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance is also a cohort program. Cohorts allow students to move through their courses as a unified group, encouraging collaboration and fostering long-lasting relationships.

The Alcoa Foundation grant is expected to affect 80 Industrial Maintenance students directly through August 2015.

“This grant,” said Wilson, “will empower Industrial Maintenance students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain self-sufficiency through the completion of their degree. We are pleased to receive this grant from Alcoa Foundation and honored to have a long history of partnership with them.”

The grant is a continuation of support from Alcoa Foundation, which last year completed a separate $37,000 donation for scholarships for students pursuing an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance.

For more about Industrial Maintenance, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/cohorts/industrial. To learn more about the college’s many giving opportunities, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or email foundation@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State student awarded local, national EWI scholarship

Widow. Parental caretaker. Displaced worker trying to earn a college degree to improve her value in the workplace.

If anyone needed a helping hand to pursue an education, it was Barbara “Lugene” Bearden.

Bearden is a student at Pellissippi State Community College, and her need—and efforts to do well in school—did not go unnoticed by the Pellissippi State Foundation and the Knoxville Chapter of the Executive Women International. The two entities partner each year to distribute $3,000 in scholarships to deserving candidates.

Bearden was recently recognized by the EWI local chapter with an ASIST (Adult Students in Scholastic Transition) Scholarship. The support was awarded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The mother of two grown children, Bearden is one of three students at Pellissippi State who each received a $1,000 scholarship from EWI Knoxville Chapter this year. She has since been named one of the 12 winners of a national EWI scholarship for $2,000.

The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social or physical challenges who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities.

“The Pellissippi State Foundation is proud to partner with Executive Women International to provide scholarship opportunities to women who are working to better their lives by going back to school,” said Peggy Wilson. Wilson is the college’s vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We like to recognize these women’s hard work as they pursue opportunities to improve their lives.”

Bearden was born and raised in Knoxville. She has been a widow for 10 years. After she lost her job due to downsizing, she cared for her mother, who passed away in 2011. Bearden is now studying Business Administration, concentrating in Management, at Pellissippi State and maintains a 3.65 GPA.

“While searching for a new job, I found that all the companies hiring for the position I knew how to perform required a minimum of an associate’s degree with work experience,” she said. “At age 54 and as a widow, I could not afford to start back to work at minimum wage and work my way back up.

“I need and want to find employment with a company where I will be of service, and where I will be well compensated for my expertise. With more than 25 years of working as an administrative assistant, along with my education from Pellissippi State, I feel confident that I will make a top-notch manager in any office.”

EWI Knoxville Chapter also awarded $1,000 scholarships to Pellissippi State students Leslie Ferrer and Riitta-Maija Lehtinen.

Ferrer is a native of Indiana and has three adult children with her husband, Jeff. She is pursuing Spanish and maintains a 3.8 GPA. Lehtinen immigrated to the United States from Finland and is majoring in Interior Design Technology. She maintains a 4.0 GPA.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and its many giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Haslam announces grant for Pellissippi State

group of people standing in line holding an oversized check

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $1,386,975 grant for Pellissippi State Community College to fund much-needed equipment.

The funds will help Pellissippi State purchase equipment for its Advanced Manufacturing and Nursing programs, particularly equipment needed for new laboratories and a workforce development center at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus.

“Today is a special day at Pellissippi State,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We know we have a lot of work to do, across the state, to reach the goals of ‘Drive to 55,’ and here at Pellissippi State believe the way to do that is through partnerships.”

Male behind podium with flags in the background

“These grants represent a substantial investment that will result in highly skilled workers,” Haslam said. “This will help meet the growing demand among employers in the region for well-trained employees.”

Pellissippi State’s grant is part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort, which aims to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials. The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s state budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development.

At the Friday, Dec. 13, presentation, Haslam also announced a $450,000 grant for Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville.

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

Pellissippi State earns statewide accolades for student success in pre-college-level math

Pellissippi State Community College took top honors in the state in a number of recent reports involving learning support mathematics courses. Learning support mathematics prepares students for college-level math courses.

A National Community College Benchmark Project report for 2012 and 2013 recognized Pellissippi State as having the highest completion rate of all community colleges in Tennessee for students taking developmental math classes.

“Learning support mathematics is designed to help students become ready for college-level math classes in one semester,” said Mary Monroe-Ellis, the college’s dean of Transitional Studies.

The learning support mathematics program at Pellissippi State includes two hours per week in a regular classroom, two hours in a computer classroom and two hours in the Learning Commons, where students get support from faculty and tutors.

Another study, by the Tennessee Board of Regents, found that Pellissippi State’s learning support mathematics students were 189 percent more likely to pass their courses in their first term of enrollment than students in similar developmental math classes at other community colleges. TBR is the governing body for all Tennessee community colleges.

“Students are eligible for learning support when they score below 19 on their ACT math results,” said Monroe-Ellis, “and they then take a placement test to determine at what level they enter the program or, in some cases, to test out of it and begin college-level courses.”

Learning support mathematics students must pass five core competencies, with at least an 80 percent mastery level. Once they pass, they can move on to the college-level math classes required by their degree program.

A third study, the 2013 Metric Report for the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, showed that Pellissippi State students are among the top in the state to complete learning support mathematics classes. They also were found to be among the top in the state to succeed in finishing subsequent college-level math courses.

“That’s where the real success is,” Monroe-Ellis said. “We want students to pass learning support mathematics, but we also want them to be able to successfully complete the college-level math courses they take later.”

For more information about learning support at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/transitional_studies/ or call (865) 694-6400. To find out about all of the college’s program offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State awarded grant promoting women in IT

Pellissippi State Community College has won a $1,000 grant to help encourage women in computing and information technology programs.

“In some of my computer science and information technology classes, I’m the only woman or in the minority among mostly male students,” said Christy Watson, a Computer Science and Information Technology student and author of the application for the Symantec Student Seed Fund grant.

The grant—administered through the National Center for Women and IT Academic Alliance—will be awarded to the college’s student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Watson is the Pellissippi State AITP’s vice president and secretary.

“I think women often relegate computers and technology to being the equivalent of ‘gaming,’ or they feel that they’ve outgrown their interest in computers,” Watson said.

“That’s the norm in many information technology and computer classes: that there are few women, or that women feel intimidated in the computing and IT fields,” said Gitti Negahban. Negahban is faculty advisor for the AITP chapter at Pellissippi State.

The chapter plans to use the NCWIT Academic Alliance grant to host an event for local female high school and Pellissippi State students to raise awareness of career opportunities in computer science and information technology. The promotional event is planned for spring.

“We are excited about and grateful for the opportunity to share and be an influence on young women in their career choices,” Watson said.

“The NCWIT has a goal of increasing diversity in the computing and IT fields,” said Sharon Burlingame, “because diversity increases creativity and helps everyone find better solutions.” Burlingame is program coordinator of the CSIT degree program at Pellissippi State.

“We’re excited to help forward that goal. Everything we do to help women will also help everyone else.”

The NCWIT Academic Alliance includes more than 275 colleges and universities. The program is charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, particular in providing access to leading-edge best practices for recruiting and retaining women. Symantec, a NCWIT sponsor member, is a computer security software corporation and Fortune 500 company.

For more information about Pellissippi State and its many offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State students named SouthEast Bank Scholars

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Pellissippi State Community College and SouthEast Bank officials presented Pellissippi State students with scholarships in November. Pictured, from left, are SouthEast Bank president Monty Montgomery, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation Peggy Wilson, student Sydney Youngman, Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr. and SouthEast Bank scholarship director Tommy Schumpert. Additional student recipients Jerri Reed and Michael Smith are not pictured.

The Pellissippi State Foundation and SouthEast Bank announced last month that three Pellissippi State students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholars award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The recipients are Jerri Reed, Michael Smith and Sydney Youngman. The scholarship will provide each student with $3,000 annually to reduce the cost of education and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals.

“We are very appreciative of SouthEast Bank’s generous support of these deserving students,” Peggy Wilson. Wilson is the college’s vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Reed, Smith and Youngman join a prestigious group of students chosen by their respective postsecondary institutions around the state for exceptional character, academic commitment and community involvement.

“SouthEast Bank is proud to support Pellissippi State Community College in awarding scholarships that help keep our future leaders right here in Tennessee,” said Monty Montgomery, SouthEast Bank president.

“We are a true community bank operated by local employees who live and work alongside the people we serve, and we are committed to using our resources to reinvest in our schools, organizations, and neighborhoods.”

If a Pellissippi State student furthers his or her education at a Tennessee four-year university, the funds extend two additional years.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and its many giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Pellissippi State honors couple on National Philanthropy Day

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Pellissippi State Community College honored longtime supporters Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Associate of Fundraising Professionals in November. From left are Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation; Joe and Judy Johnson; and L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation honored Joe and Judy Johnson at a National Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 14.

Joe and Judy Johnson are longtime supporters of Pellissippi State. Joe was chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013, and the couple supports an endowed scholarship for Music students named in honor of Mary Costa.

“The Johnsons truly ‘walk the talk’ through their involvement with their church, higher education and other community organizations,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We give not only to have the joy of giving but also to help our fellow man,” the Johnsons said.

Joe and Judy were honored during a luncheon of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Great Smoky Mountain Chapter (www.afpknoxville.afpnet.org), Nov. 14 at Cherokee Country Club. Other East Tennessee organizations and companies also recognized volunteers and fundraisers at the event.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and Pellissippi State giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

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Pellissippi State Community College is a member of Tennessee’s Community Colleges. Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at www.tncommunitycolleges.org.

Pellissippi State tops state in associate’s degrees in 2012-2013

Pellissippi State Community College led Tennessee in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by two-year colleges this past school year, and now the college has established its first winter Commencement ceremony next month to accommodate graduates and their families.

Pellissippi State awarded 1,265 associate’s degrees in the 2012-2013 school year, more than any other two-year college in the state, according to the Tennessee Board of Regents, the school’s governing body. The college also awarded 935 certificates, the second highest number in Tennessee.

“Since L. Anthony Wise Jr. became president [in 2011], he has said he wanted us to become the No. 1 producer of associate’s degrees in the state. We did it!” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs.

“We’ve been focusing on increasing graduation rates: from making the process for applying to graduate simpler for students, to implementing academic support programs, to increasing the number of cohort programs we offer, and even to changing our focus and message to students in advising.”

“It is generally advantageous to students to earn a degree, rather than to just take some courses and transfer,” said Lois Reynolds, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs, “because universities are more likely to accept all of the students’ credits with a complete degree.”

As the number of degrees awarded to Pellissippi State students has increased, the college’s annual Commencement ceremony in the spring has grown correspondingly larger. In May, 514 students walked across the stage at graduation.

“We’ve never had more than one graduation ceremony in an academic year,” said Ashford, “but at this past spring graduation ceremony, we had so many students and guests that we found we’d grown too big for our venue, and realized the ceremony has become less intimate.”

Pellissippi State’s administration responded by adding a second graduation ceremony: Friday, Dec. 13, the college will host its inaugural winter Commencement.

Any student graduating in summer or fall 2013 is eligible to walk across the stage at the ceremony. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

Ashford and Reynolds hope the ceremony will attract Pellissippi State graduates who earn their degrees in the summer or fall but otherwise would have declined to return for spring graduation.

Pellissippi State is among several of the state’s community colleges seeing gains in the number of degrees and certifications they award. This past school year, community colleges awarded 14,299 degrees and certificates—8,543 associate’s degrees and 5,756 certificates, according to TBR.

That number compares to 18,531 degrees and certificates awarded by universities, and the proportion of community college-to-university students who are graduating or earning certificates is increasing: in 2009, community colleges awarded only half as many degrees and certificates as universities.

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

Small Business Development Center names ‘Rising Star’ business excellence winner

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(From left) Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen, the winners of Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s Rising Star honor, accept the award honoring their businesses, Bliss and Bliss Home, from Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr. and Knoxville TSBDC Director Larry Rossini during an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is administered by Pellissippi State Community College, presented Bliss and Bliss Home as its 2013 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area.

“From start-up to success, Bliss owners Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel took advantage of the services of the Knoxville Tennessee Small Business Development Center by participating in one-on-one consulting for budgeting, inventory control and financial projections,” said Laura Overstreet, TSBDC spokesperson.

Sorensen and Schimmel also completed the Strategic Management Learning System series of 12 business training modules, provided by TSBDC and sponsored by the Knoxville Chamber.

Bliss recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Today, the business operates at three locations with the support of approximately 40 employees.

“Our TSBDC counselor has been a phenomenal asset and a great sounding board for our business,” Schimmel said. “He always figures out a way to ask us the right questions so we can do our homework and make the right decisions for our business.

“There are business principles that go hand in hand with any business, and TSBDC counselors have a great understanding of those business principles. They’re able to shed light on the questions we have, able to apply those principles to our specific business ideas and issues. Their one-on-one counselors help us feel relaxed about our decisions.”

Sorensen and Schimmel first opened Bliss, a gift and accessory shop, on Market Square in 2003. In 2005, they followed that start-up success with the opening of Bliss Home, a furniture and interior design store, also on Market Square. In 2008, the partners opened another Bliss Home location in West Knoxville.

TSBDC offers a network of professional business consultants at 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.