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Pellissippi State holds informational sessions for Tennessee Promise

In September and October, Pellissippi State Community College invites students who will enter college in fall 2015 to attend informational sessions about the Tennessee Promise.

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students across the state, essentially giving high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with incoming freshmen in fall 2015. Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1, 2014.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding. If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.

Informational sessions at Pellissippi State will share details about program requirements and deadlines and highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. Sessions will be offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, from 6-7 p.m. each night:

  • Sept. 8: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 11: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 15: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 18: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 22: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 25: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Sept. 29: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 2: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 6: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 9: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 13: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 16: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 20: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 27: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 30: Strawberry Plains, Lobby

“The Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise 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.

Pellissippi State pilot program to target adult learners

Adult learners at Pellissippi State Community College will have the opportunity to take part in a pilot mentoring  project designed to enhance student engagement and increase retention rates, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents. TBR is the college’s governing body.

The Student Engagement, Retention and Success grant funds a mentoring program for 50 students. The participants will be able to work closely with Pellissippi State faculty and staff to complete an academic plan, attend workshops for personal and academic development, and participate in unique social gatherings. Each participating student also will be paired with a mentor at the college.

“This project will help close the achievement gaps among underrepresented minority, adult and low-income students at Pellissippi State,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity.

“It also will help increase the number of adult students currently without a degree that will find there are resources and people available to help them attain a degree, starting with community colleges.”

The program kicks off for students registering for the fall 2014 semester. Registration is going on now.

Each student who takes part in the program and meets federal financial aid guidelines receives a $500 scholarship per academic year. If the pilot is successful, the adult student learner program, Programming for Adult Student Support, will be expanded.

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

Carter High School to host ‘Registration Days’ for Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is reaching out to community members in East Knox County through its newly opened Strawberry Plains Campus and will host summer registration days for prospective college students at Carter High School.

“‘Registration Days’ at Carter High School will be an opportunity for anyone interested in registering for fall 2013 classes at Pellissippi State to apply, work with a Financial Aid representative and register for classes,” said Mike North, Strawberry Plains campus dean.

“Anyone interested in enrollment at Pellissippi State can come to one of the two registration days we will offer at Carter High School—you don’t have to be a Carter graduate. Interested high school graduates, adult learners or transfer students from other institutions can come on July 10 or 24 to get help with applying to Pellissippi State, financial aid, placement testing, or registration.”

Registration Days takes place 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 24. Pellissippi State staff from the Admissions, Financial Aid and Advising offices will be on hand to assist prospective students. Students can even take a placement test on site.

This is the first time a Pellissippi State registration event has been staged at a community high school.

“This is a new initiative for the college,” said North. “The Strawberry Plains Campus will close for several renovation projects and will not be able to provide enrollment services until it reopens later this summer.

“Carter High School is close to Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, and people in and around the community are familiar with the location.”

No reservation or registration is required. Interested students may walk in at any time July 10 or 24 and find assistance.

For more information, call the Strawberry Plains Campus at (865) 225-2300 or the Hardin Valley Campus at (865) 694-6400.

Instructor from China shares culture, language with Pellissippi State students

Photo of Asian female with a red buttoned-down shirt and a black jacket.When Shuang Liu told friends in China she would be teaching in Tennessee, they first asked if she planned on going to the mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is well known in her hometown of Shenyang, the capital of and largest city in northeast China’s Liaoning province, says Liu, Confucius Classroom instructor at Pellissippi State Community College.

According to Liu, who answers to “Lydia” at the college, she has enjoyed not only the mountain vistas but also other differences between East Tennessee and China since her arrival here last August. For starters, she has become accustomed to finishing her meals with Southern desserts rather than with the traditional Chinese dessert of grapes or other fruits.

She laughs when describing another dining custom she has adopted.

“I’m used to chopsticks,” said Liu. “Here, though, there are hamburgers, pizzas and the like. I eat with just my hands a lot now. The food is different, but very good. I especially enjoy the desserts.”

In the classroom, Liu shows her students that the Chinese language is not as difficult to learn as some people believe. She explains that the characters that make up Mandarin Chinese all have a meaning. Once students become comfortable with those meanings, they have overcome the biggest obstacle.

“The grammar part of Mandarin Chinese is very, very easy compared to English,” said Liu. “Pronunciation is not too difficult, either. The characters are the hardest part, but even that is not difficult once students learn the meanings behind them.”

One of the first things her students learn is their Chinese name. Liu encourages discussion about students’ families as a way of practicing the language and honoring the Chinese emphasis on familial relationships. She also reaches out to students from China, whom she welcomes to her classroom.

“Please let students from China know that I love for them to visit my classes,” said Liu. “I enjoy seeing them make friends with my students.”

Liu serves as the full-time instructor for Chinese culture and language classes at Pellissippi State thanks to the college’s 2010 establishment of a Confucius Classroom, which is the result of a prestigious grant made by the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis. The first language class offered in 2010 was full long before registration ended.

Pellissippi State students may now choose from a series of beginning- and intermediate-level courses in Mandarin Chinese. With nearly a billion primary- or first-language speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, according to geographer Matt Rosenberg. Chinese is the third most widely spoken language in American homes, a 2009 census reports.

Fall 2013 courses available as part of the Confucius Classroom are “Beginning Chinese I” (CHIN 1010), “Beginning Chinese II” (CHIN 1020), “Intermediate Chinese I” (CHIN 2010) and “Peoples and Culture of China” (LAS 2020).

Registration for fall semester begins April 1.

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

Pellissippi State offers new classes focusing on the recording arts

No longer will students interested in the recording arts industry have to enroll in classes in Nashville or Florida, both of which are known nationwide as “go-to” markets for study of the industry. Thanks to new class offerings by Pellissippi State Community College, students will have the opportunity to enroll in recording-related courses locally.

Careers in the recording arts and sound industry are expected to see growth into the future, according to the current edition of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job growth for broadcast and sound engineering technicians, for instance, is predicted to increase at a rate of 10 percent through 2020, adding approximately 11,600 jobs to the 116,900 industry positions analyzed in 2010.

New recording-related courses at Pellissippi State include the following:

  • History of the Recording Industry (RATS 1042)
  • Audio Processing and Ear Training (RATS 1080)
  • Recording Techniques I (RATS 1400)
  • Special Topics in Recording Arts, Technology and Science (RATS 2000)
  • Dialogue Editing and Post-Production (RATS 2090)
  • Music Editing and Sound Design (RATS 2091)
  • Recording Techniques II (RATS 2400)
  • Recording Arts, Technology and Science Capstone (RATS 2910)

The new offerings are in addition to courses covering sound and recording that are already part of the Video Production Technology concentration. Those courses include “Pro Tools Intro” (VPT 2015), “Pro Tools Advanced” (VPT 2016), “Sound Production (Audio Fundamentals)” (VPT 1015) and “Special Topics: Recording Techniques” (VPT 2016).

Registration for Pellissippi State’s fall term begins on April 1. For a complete listing of and course descriptions for recording-related classes, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State invites parents, home-schoolers to open house

Area home-schoolers and theirs parents are invited to attend a special open house at Pellissippi State Community College that is designed specifically to address the questions of the home-schooling community. Attendees who are high school seniors have a chance to enter a drawing for a $250 scholarship.

The Thursday, March 21, event is open to all high-school-age home-school students, as well as their parents or guardians.

The open house gives participants the opportunity to meet with faculty and learn about Pellissippi State’s academic options and with representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid, who will be available to answer questions specific to home-schoolers.

In addition, students and parents can find out about the college’s Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program, which gives high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for select courses. Students who apply and qualify for a dual enrollment grant may be eligible to take a 3-credit-hour college course for as little as $38 plus the cost of textbooks.

“This semester we have about 100 home-schooled students who are participating in classes through the Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services at Pellissippi State.

The $250 scholarship at the open house is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation supports student success by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment.

The open house is free, and event hours are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Activities take place in the Goins Building College Center and Auditorium at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Sarah Davis, admissions coordinator, at sedavis1@pstcc.edu. For additional information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Application deadline for Pellissippi State spring semester nearing

The deadline to apply for the spring 2013 semester at Pellissippi State Community College is fast approaching. Prospective students have until Jan. 7 to complete their application online at www.pstcc.edu.

Final registration dates and campus locations for the spring semester are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Magnolia Avenue Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Blount County Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11
Strawberry Plains Campus
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14
Division Street Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Hardin Valley Campus
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.pstcc.edu/admissions or call (865) 694-6400. Classes begin Jan. 17.

Pellissippi State offers Chinese language, culture classes for spring 2013

Since 2010, Pellissippi State Community College has offered classes in Chinese language and culture. The first language class that year was full long before registration ended. That’s why those interested in learning Mandarin Chinese or studying the culture of China are encouraged to apply and register early for the spring 2013 sessions.

Thanks to the establishment two years ago of a Confucius Classroom at Pellissippi State, students now may choose from a series of courses in beginning- and intermediate-level Mandarin. With nearly a billion primary- or first-language speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, according to geographer Matt Rosenberg. Chinese is the third most widely spoken language in American homes, a 2009 census reports.

The Confucius Classroom is the result of a prestigious grant made to the college by the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis. The award includes funding for a full-time instructor from China. Shuang Liu, also known as “Lydia,” teaches the classes at Pellissippi State.

Spring 2013 courses available as part of the Confucius Classroom are “Beginning Chinese I” (CHIN 1010), “Beginning Chinese II” (CHIN 1020) and “Peoples and Culture of China” (LAS 2020).

Pellissippi State’s spring 2013 application deadline is Jan. 7. Classes begin on Jan. 17.

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

Pellissippi State presents Nov. 29 open house for prospective students, families

Pellissippi State Community College hosts “Pellissippi Preview,” an open house for prospective students of all ages on Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30-8 p.m. The event takes place in the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. Family members also are encouraged to attend.

Pellissippi Preview attendees will have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty and staff. There will be a “browse session” for prospective students to talk to faculty and staff about all areas of college life: choosing a major, applying for admission, and pursuing financial aid and scholarships. The event includes presentations by Enrollment Services (Admissions) and Financial Aid as well.

High school seniors in attendance are eligible to win one of two $250 scholarships provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Pellissippi State has nearly 11,000 students at its five sites: Blount County Campus, Division Street Campus, Hardin Valley Campus, Magnolia Avenue Campus and the new Strawberry Plains Campus.

Participants are asked to RSVP to www.pstcc.edu/prsvp.

To learn more about the open house, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Testing deadlines announced for prospective Pellissippi State Nursing students

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Nursing program at Pellissippi State Community College for fall 2013 have a critical testing deadline to meet before the start of February 2013.

New applicants must complete the TEAS V (Test of Essential Academic Skills, version 5) exam no later than Jan. 31. Day, evening and weekend testing hours are available.

Although the deadline is three months away, testing slots fill quickly, so early registration is recommended. Classes for the fall 2013 term begin in August.

Nursing applications and transcripts also must be submitted to Pellissippi State by the deadline of Jan. 31. Admission to Pellissippi State is required before applying to the Nursing program.

The TEAS V exam is offered at all five locations of Pellissippi State. The cost of the test is $40. Registration may be completed online at www.atitesting.com/ati_store/.

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