Pellissippi State reaches veterans through Veteran Reconnect grant

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Female Veteran in UniformPellissippi State Community College stands ready to offer veterans an improved process for translating military experience into college credit beginning next fall.

Pellissippi State has about 500 students who are military veterans.

The $70,190 Veteran Reconnect grant will boost the college’s Prior Learning Assessment program. Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, allows students to earn college credit for work experience, professional certifications, military experience and more. The grant will specifically focus on new and improved ways to seamlessly translate military experience into academic credit.

“There are about 83,000 veterans in Tennessee with some college credit but no degree,” said Eric Bollmann, director of Veterans Services at Pellissippi State. “For these veterans attempting to transition from military service into higher education, the ability to obtain credit for military experience is crucial.”

Many colleges only evaluate students’ military service for credit after enrollment, leaving veterans to enroll without clarity of how their training will translate to academic credit in their chosen program of study.

With this grant, Pellissippi State will create new evaluation processes and better align academic credit with military training, and ensure this information is available to veterans before they enroll.

The college is one of 13 colleges and universities in Tennessee to receive funding through the state’s Veteran Reconnect grant.

For more information about Veterans Services at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/veterans or call 865-539-7368.

Pellissippi State student earns CyberCorps scholarship for service

Joshua Wilson
Joshua Wilson

Joshua Wilson, a Pellissippi State Community College student, has earned a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service award to attend Tennessee Technological University.

 “I returned to college as a non-traditional student,” Wilson said. “After eight years as a Marine and traveling to 28 countries, I took advantage of the GI Bill and wanted to pursue something I enjoyed. I’ve always loved computers and technology, so that’s what I chose.”

Wilson has been in school full-time since 2014, and will graduate this May with two degrees: an associate degree in Computer Science and an associate of applied science degree in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Networking. He then plans to transfer to Tennessee Tech.

“I’ve really enjoyed it here at Pellissippi State. I like all my professors — you can tell that they care about what they’re doing and want to help you. With the small classes, you get to know your professors and can learn at a manageable pace,” Wilson said. “And for me, the Veterans Club has helped me find a place to fit in. We’re really close.”

The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program is administered through the federal Office of Personnel Management. Its intent is to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. CyberCorps provides scholarships and stipends that typically cover the full cost of tuition and fees. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

The scholarship not only will pay for Wilson’s final year at Pellissippi State and his bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, but also will pay him a stipend to allow him to focus solely on school. For three years after graduation, he will work for the federal government in a cybersecurity post.

“Cybersecurity is becoming a more and more important issue, and there simply aren’t enough people in the field,” Wilson said.

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

Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new spring enrollees

 

All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the spring 2017 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session. Classes begin Jan. 17.

The free sessions are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer, and will be held in November and early January. Reserve a space as soon as possible at www.pstcc.edu/orientation.

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring and computer resources.

Students are encouraged to attend orientation at the campus that they will be attending for class.

Dates, time and locations of New Student Orientations:

  • Blount County Campus — 1-4 p.m., Jan. 11
  • Division Street Campus — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 12
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 5-8:30 p.m., Nov. 29; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 6; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 13
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 4:30-8 p.m., Jan. 10
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 1-4 p.m., Jan. 10

Additionally, a special session just for students transferring from another institution will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 9, on the Hardin Valley Campus. Some sessions are recommended for veterans or for international students; visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation for more details.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend New Student Orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit www.pstcc.edu/orientation or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact Disability Services at accommodations@pstcc.edu or 865-539-7153.

Pellissippi State honors veterans in Knox, Blount counties

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Pellissippi State will honor veterans and their service and sacrifice this week with events all five of its campuses.

Blount County Campus

Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. — William Blount High School Color Guard Flag Ceremony, First-Floor Lobby

Division Street Campus

Nov. 7-11 — Service Commemoration: Tribute to Veterans. Students are invited to sign a military seal that represents their service or the service of someone they know. The signed seals are to be grouped by branch of service on the wall.

Hardin Valley Campus

Nov. 7-11 — “Missing Man” Table Display & Veterans Photo Display, Goins Building Rotunda 

Nov. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. — Free Breakfast for Student, Faculty and Staff Veterans, Goins Building Cafeteria Annex

 Nov. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. — Live Streaming of Knoxville Veterans Day Parade, Goins Building College Center

 Nov. 11, 11 a.m. — Cake Reception with Speaker and Live Music, Goins Building College Center

Magnolia Avenue Campus

Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. — Luncheon for Veterans, Community Room

Strawberry Plains Campus

Nov. 11, 9 a.m. — Flags for Veterans. Students are invited to plant an American flag in honor of our veterans’ service. Flags will be placed in designated areas leading up to the campus.

Nov. 11, 11 a.m. — Flag Ceremony and Performance by Carter High School choir

To request accommodations for a disability for any of these events, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.