Pellissippi State TRiO supports students, thanks to continuing grant

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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 www.pstcc.edu/trio or call (865) 539-7267. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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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 www.pstcc.edu/nursingpreview.

“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 www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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

NHC donation funds Pellissippi State nursing equipment

Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.
Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.

A $10,000 donation to the Pellissippi State Community College Foundation by local affiliates of the National HealthCare Corporation is earmarked for the purchase of state-of-the-art teaching equipment for the college’s Nursing degree program.

The equipment includes a bed with a headwall containing electronic patient monitors and is to be used in the simulation lab at the Strawberry Plains Campus.

The donation was presented to the Pellissippi State Foundation by Ray Blevins, senior regional vice president of the NHC, Eastern Region, June 12. L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement, accepted the check. The Foundation works on the college’s behalf to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

“The Nursing department is very grateful for NHC’s support,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of the program at Pellissippi State. “We currently have students completing clinical rotations at NHC Farragut, and we appreciate the many opportunities NHC continues to provide for our students, in addition to this gracious gift.”

The donation was made by NHC Farragut, NHC Fort Sanders, NHC Knoxville, Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center, and NHC Oak Ridge. NHC affiliates operate long-term health-care centers, as well as home-care programs, independent living centers and assisted living communities throughout the country.

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

The program runs two years, and students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. They are then prepared to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

Pellissippi State also offers a fast-track degree option through the Bridge to Registered Nurse program that allows licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics to enter nursing school following the successful completion of one summer transitional course. The college partners with other schools to offer the RN to BSN path for students interested in going on for a bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about the college’s Nursing program, visit www.pstcc.edu/nursing or call (865) 981-5353. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To find out more about the Pellissippi State Foundation, including opportunities to give, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

Pellissippi State welcomes two new academic deans

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For Kane Barker, being offered the position of dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State Community College is a dream come true.

“I grew up in Knoxville and had wanted to return for years,” said Barker, who was hired last month. “I sat down and designed my dream job, the job that would bring me back here, and it was the dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Pellissippi State.
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“I’m very happy to be here. I have a real heart for education in a place like Pellissippi State that allows professors to bond with students, to teach them and develop not only learning skills but introduce them to new opportunities for life.”

Stamm-LisaLisa Stamm, the new dean of the college’s Nursing Department, echoes Barker’s sentiments: “Pellissippi State truly does have a community feel. It’s a very dynamic place with lots of opportunities, and everyone is kind and supportive.

“I want to be sure the community knows about our top-notch Nursing program. I plan to continue to uphold standards that have kept our program at a 97 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination and that have given us our largest freshman class ever this fall.”

The Nursing Department will continue to offer new, technologically advanced methods for students to learn, Stamm says, from dual enrollment courses in health science at local high schools to a planned simulation center at the Strawberry Plains Campus. In addition, she hopes to include more service-learning opportunities that will allow Nursing students to give back to the community and learn by doing.
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In his new position, Barker hopes to continue building on his department’s past successes, including STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] and early childhood education, as well as to pursue grants for additional student scholarships and state-of-the-art equipment. Barker earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. He and his wife of 10 years have three children.

Stamm completed an M.S. in nursing from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing a doctorate in health education. She has worked in cardiology, critical care and emergency units, and she has taught at local higher education institutions. Stamm and her husband have four grown children.

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

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