Pellissippi State ranks second among U.S. community colleges in study abroad

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Pellissippi State Community College sent 189 students on short-term study abroad trips this past year through a partnership with Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.

Pellissippi State Community College sent 189 students on short-term study abroad trips this past year, placing the college second in the nation among community colleges for the number of students who choose to study abroad, as did these students in London, England.

Pellissippi State Community College ranks second among all community colleges in the country for the number of students it sends to study abroad short term.

According to the 2015 Open Doors Report, published by the Institute of International Education and released Nov. 16, Pellissippi State had 189 students study abroad in the 2013-2014 academic year. That puts the college at No. 2 in the nation among community colleges for students who choose to study abroad.

“The emphasis on international education and international experiences for our students is an important one,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president. “The reality is, we need to be able to give our students a world-class education. They’ll be competing against people from around the world for jobs, and they’re also likely to be working for international companies right here in East Tennessee.”

At Pellissippi State, study abroad programs are organized through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which is housed at the college.

“Studying abroad now, more than ever, is being recognized as a high-impact practice for college students,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of TnCIS. “The good news is that in Tennessee the opportunity to study abroad isn’t reserved for students at four-year universities. Pellissippi State is doing a fantastic job of ensuring that its students have the opportunity to study abroad.”

TnCIS serves all colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The consortium provides study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across Tennessee. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

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, TnCIS welcome Ireland’s Brock McGuire Band

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The Brock McGuire Band will headline a concert Oct. 7 at Pellissippi State Community College.

 

Named the “Instrumental Band of the Decade” by Irish American News, the Brock McGuire Band headlines a special musical performance at Pellissippi State Community College Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The performance is free and the community is invited. The event is co-presented by The Arts at Pellissippi State and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, joined by Garry O’Meara and Denis Carey. The group’s repertoire includes mostly Irish music, but sprinkles in arrangements of old-time American, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic musical traditions.

“TnCIS came to know the Brock McGuire Band on location in Dublin during the TnCIS Ireland study abroad program,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS executive director. “The students and faculty were so impressed and inspired by the music that we decided to bring the Brock McGuire Band to Pellissippi State so the whole college and community could experience the same taste of Irish culture.”

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, is a consortium of schools that organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the eight years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education. Pellissippi State worked with TnCIS to send 204 students to study abroad in 2015, setting an institutional record. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about the Arts at Pellissippi State offerings for 2015-2016, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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.

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Pellissippi State: TnCIS grant to build on statewide model of study abroad success

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The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State Community College, has received a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to promote and encourage study abroad opportunities for students through faculty and administrators.

The Student Engagement, Retention and Success Initiative grant will fund a training program for study abroad best practices at TnCIS’ annual conference in November. TBR is the governing body for the state’s 13 community colleges, including Pellissippi State, as well as for six universities and the 27 colleges of applied technology.

“The idea of this grant is to provide faculty and administrators from each of the TBR institutions with the latest training in studying abroad,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of TnCIS. “This will allow those leaders to share with others and their institutions the best-practices approaches to encouraging students to consider study abroad as a part of their academic experience in college.”

The training will bring in experts from the Forum on Education Abroad to present on several standards of international education, including student recruitment and preparedness for studying abroad, student selection, and academic advising for study abroad. According to Bradley, The Forum’s study abroad training is considered the national standard.

“We want to make sure our own efforts not only meet but exceed that of the Forum,” Bradley said.

The training is meant to provide baseline knowledge of study abroad experiences to the people who most often encourage students to consider studying abroad.

“Having well-trained faculty and administrators has been part of the success we’ve had in Tennessee with study abroad,” said Bradley. “This training will help us continue and build on that success.

“Study abroad is one of the most empowering experiences in a student’s educational career, one that almost all students describe as ‘life changing,’” Bradley said. “Data nationwide has shown that students who participate in a study abroad experience are more likely to graduate from college, and recent studies have shown that students at two-year institutions who are academically low-achieving are the most impacted. Their likelihood of success and graduation improve vastly.”

TnCIS organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 400 students and 60 faculty from across Tennessee participated in 19 study abroad trips organized by TnCIS in 2014.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280.

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

Pellissippi State art exhibit showcases images from Afghanistan

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Amar Jan, 18, an orphan. He lost all his family during the fights in Herat, about ten years ago.

Images of Afghanistan are the subject of an upcoming art exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College. The exhibit is sponsored by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.
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“Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives” runs Oct. 28-Nov. 12 at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, located on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the gallery is always open to the public.

“Bringing cultural awareness and understanding to students and faculty is an important component of the mission of TnCIS,” said Tracey Bradley, TnCIS executive director. “TnCIS is honored to be a part of this extraordinary exhibit portraying the lives of civilians in Afghanistan.”

The exhibit features the work of Slovenian artist Manca Juvan, who spent months in Afghanistan doing field research into the civil society of the country.

“Stories on the lives of ordinary Afghans caught in this endless conflict of interest and the ongoing struggle for money, power, and overall control remind us what the real images of war and poverty—of lives far from ordinary—look like,” Juvan said.
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“Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

TnCIS, which has its headquarters at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2014 study abroad programs organized by TnCIS. 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. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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