Department of Labor awards Pellissippi State $3.8 million grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Pellissippi State Community College a $3.8 million workforce development grant that will allow the college to enhance its recruitment and training of women, young adults and other underrepresented minorities in the information technology and advanced manufacturing fields.

Pellissippi State is expected to begin recruiting students from around the region through the Knoxville Area Information Technology and Engineering, or KITE, grant in January 2017. In particular, KITE will focus on young adults (ages 17-29) with barriers to gainful employment, particularly women and minorities. KITE also will be open to nontraditional college students, particularly those between the ages of 45 and 60, who are under- or unemployed and who also lack skills to obtain jobs or promotions.

“Pellissippi State leads the way in workforce development in East Tennessee,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Through KITE, we’ll partner with local employers to combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training to help boost the local economy and fill high-demand jobs with skilled employees.”

KITE will pair Pellissippi State students with a number of key regional employers, including DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Jewelry Television, Staffing Solutions, Scripps Networks Interactive and others for on-the-job training — in the form of internships, apprenticeships or co-ops. Knoxville-Knox County CAC – Workforce Connections and KnoxWorks will provide students with interviewing, resume writing and job placement assistance.

 “KITE is going to address identified gaps in training within the fields of information technology and advanced manufacturing, including the fact that women, minorities and other underrepresented populations are often rare in these fields,” Wise said.

Additionally, a portion of the DOL grant will go toward the purchase of specialized computer equipment at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses, where high-tech computer labs will support the college’s new Cyber Defense concentration. Other funds will augment Engineering Technology programs offered at the Blount County, Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

Pellissippi State was one of 39 institutions across the country to win a Department of Labor TechHire award, and the only Tennessee institution to do so. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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TSBDC earns Eagle Award for small business loans

TSBDC director Larry Rossini, left, with Walter N Perry of the U.S. Small Business Association and L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College.
TSBDC director Larry Rossini, left, with Walter N. Perry of the U.S. Small Business Administration and L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College.

Knoxville’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Pellissippi State Community College have been recognized for their excellence in facilitating working capital loans to small businesses.

The TSBDC and Pellissippi State recently received the Eagle Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District, in recognition of the TSBDC having the highest number of clients assisted with small business loans among all 14 regions within the TSBDC network. The Eagle Award launched in 2013; Pellissippi State’s TSBDC has won the award two of the past three years.

In 2015, TSBDC Knoxville directly assisted seven clients who obtained a cumulative total of more than $4 million in Small Business Administration loans. As reported by the small businesses receiving funding, a cumulative total of 13 jobs were created and 32 jobs retained as a result of the firms receiving SBA loans to finance their capital needs. Four businesses were started with the loans.

“Pellissippi State’s leadership is evident to identify sources of capital for small business owners” said Walter Perry, District Director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office. “And it is through their relationships with East Tennessee lenders that dollars are available to start or expand a small business.” 

 “Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center has always been committed to helping businesses in our community find the resources they need in order to be successful” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College. “This recognition by the Small Business Administration is an affirmation of that good work.”

The SBA guarantees small business loans and through a cooperative agreement with Pellissippi State and the TSBDC, provides counseling and training to small business owners. A key component of this assistance is helping small business owners acquire capital through SBA-guaranteed loans made by area lenders. 

 A number of small businesses benefited from this funding, including a veterinarian, winery, restaurant, retail store, transportation services firm, research and development firm and a temporary services agency. Participating East Tennessee lenders assisting Pellissippi State clients included Commercial Bank, Pathway Lending, Peoples Bank, Renaissance Bank and UT Federal Credit Union.

Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center serves Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties.  In 2015, it served 466 clients for a total of 2,135 counseling hours. The TSBDC helped 30 new businesses start up, create 183 new jobs and retain 1,280 jobs. The firms TSBDC aided went on to create more than $11 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center, visit or call 865-246-2663. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Country Music Television brings Morgan Myles to Pellissippi State

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Morgan Myles

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Country Music Television, invites everyone to hear up-and-coming country music singer Morgan Myles at a free concert March 18.

Myles is a rising country music singer whose lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” helped land her at No. 22 on the iTunes country music chart. She has also been identified as an artist to watch by Nashville Lifestyles and Country Weekly magazines and

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although the event is free, tickets are required to ensure seating availability. Tickets are available at locations on each campus.

Pick up your tickets at these locations:

  • The main offices at the Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Marketing and Communications, Goins Administration Building, Room 264 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Community Outreach, Goins Administration Building, Room 207 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Student Life, Goins Administration Building, Room 141 on the Hardin Valley Campus

The concert also will feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s own Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass ensemble, as well as testimonials from Pellissippi State students.

The concert is presented by Pellissippi State in partnership with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. Empowering Education works with colleges to capture student success stories, support local recruitment and foster local economic development.

For more information, visit or call Patricia Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement, at 865-539-7242.  To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


Download this press release: Morgan Myles at PSCC

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