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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus begins offering student services on Thursday, June 21.
Prospective students who need to apply for admission, submit documentation, register for classes or seek assistance with financial aid or other enrollment-related items will be able to receive help at the new campus. These services will be available every Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, just off Interstate 40.
Students are encouraged to come by and get started on the enrollment process for fall semester. Classes begin August 25.
For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.
Fall registration is under way at Pellissippi State Community College, and the school has greatly expanded the selection of certificate programs available to students.
Pellissippi State’s certificates cover a broad range of academic disciplines and career areas—from business, computers and health science to engineering, media and education. Most certificates are “embedded” within specific degree programs, which means the classes for those certificates also count toward an associate’s degree.
“Earning a certificate offers students a benchmark along the way to a degree,” said Lois Reynolds, Pellissippi State’s interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “This gives students a sense of accomplishment, more confidence and increased motivation for continuing toward a degree.”
For non-degree-seeking students, certificate programs enable them to update or improve skills in their current field or support them in making a career change.
Pellissippi State currently offers these certificates. The ones marked with an asterisk will be available for the first time fall semester:
- 3D Parametric Modeling SolidWorks
- A+/Network+ Certification Preparation
- A.A./A.S. General Education Core
- A.A.S. General Education Core
- Accessible Web Design and Compliance
- Accounting Specialist
- Architectural AutoCAD Applications
- Basic Photography
- Construction Business Principles*
- Digital Imaging for Photography
- Document Specialist
- Early Childhood Education*
- E-Commerce Web Design
- Electrical Systems Technology*
- Electronic Health Records Specialist
- Electronics Technology
- General Culinary Arts
- General Hospitality
- Industrial Automation*
- Industrial Maintenance Technology
- Information Systems Fundamentals
- Interactive Web Design*
- Medical Insurance Coding and Reimbursement
- Mobile Web Design
- Pre-business Transfer
- Pre-health Science
- Producing for Video and Media Arts*
- Promotion Methods
- Sound Production
- Studio Photography*
- University Computer Science Preparation
- Video Editing
- Visual Communication for Graphic Design*
- Web Design Tools
- Web Page Authoring
The increase in the number of certificates offered is a result of changes made by Pellissippi State to meet the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act.
A record number of degrees and certificates were awarded to students at Pellissippi State’s Commencement ceremony in May 2011. The college awarded 962 associate’s degrees and 553 certificates. The 2012 Commencement ceremony is May 4 at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena.
Registration for fall started on April 2, and classes begin in late August.
Learn more about Pellissippi State at www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.