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Info meetings set for new Pellissippi State accelerated Business Administration pathways

Prospective Business Administration students are encouraged to attend an informational meeting in November to learn more about two new accelerated cohort degree pathways—Business Administration/Management and Business Administration/Computer Accounting—to be offered spring semester at Pellissippi State Community College.

Students who successfully complete the coursework will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in either Management or Computer Accounting.

Two info meetings are scheduled: at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The accelerated pathway allows students to earn a degree more quickly than normal thanks to shorter-length courses. It’s an ideal choice for those who work during regular school hours, who have family or other responsibilities and/or who may have been out of school for a while.

In a cohort, students begin and progress through a program together, as one supportive group.

Both accelerated cohorts meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, in mostly five-week courses, for 16 months. The Management concentration provides the skills necessary to effectively manage and lead.  The Computer Accounting concentration prepares students for entry-level accounting positions in business and industry.

For more information about accelerated pathways and cohorts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/cohorts or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State tops in Tennessee for associate’s degree graduates

For students like Daniel Mace and Chisa Huffman, May 2014 was a milestone month in their lives. Both graduated from Pellissippi State Community College, with Huffman planning to enter a post-grad nursing program and Mace to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

The success of Mace and Huffman is definitely worthy of celebration, but the two students are also part of another cause for celebrating: they helped contribute to a new college record.

For the second year in a row, Pellissippi State leads the state in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by a two-year college.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Pellissippi State awarded 1,286 associate’s degrees—more than last year’s record-setting 1,265 degrees. According to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body, the college also awarded 693 certificates.

“We’re incredibly proud to again be first in the state in the number of associate’s degrees we award,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “But the importance of these numbers isn’t in the statistics—it’s in the lives that are changed when our students earn their degrees and reach their goals.”

Huffman entered the doors of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus in 2013, when she decided to return to school at age 30 to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. She’s now enrolled in Pellissippi State’s partnership RN to BSN program with King College, taking her coursework at the Blount County Campus.

Mace, who as an employee of Thompson-Boling Arena actually helped build the Commencement stage he walked across, plans to enroll at Austin Peay State University and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Those classes are offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about Pellissippi State and the many ways it offers to help students succeed, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State associate professor of Spanish wins teaching award

portrait of femaleMarilyn Palatinus, foreign languages program coordinator and an associate professor of Spanish at Pellissippi State Community College, has been named this year’s Jacqueline Elliott Award recipient by the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association.

The award honors exemplary work and recognizes outstanding service by foreign language educators at the postsecondary level. According to the TFLTA, Palatinus was recognized “in glowing terms” by her coworkers and colleagues for her support to foreign language at the college and to the TFLTA.

“I was very surprised and humbled to learn that my colleagues felt I deserved the award,” said Palatinus. “I’m so very proud of our program at Pellissippi State. We’ve been very successful because of all of our great faculty members.”

Jane Stribling nominated Palatinus for the teaching award.

“I was personally acquainted with the late Jacqueline Elliott,” said Stribling, an associate professor of French at Pellissippi State. “Marilyn demonstrates the debrouillard spirit which shone with Jacqueline—the ability to tackle any project and handle it with grace.”

Palatinus has taught Spanish at Pellissippi State for 25 years. She also formerly served as department head of Humanities.

“I’ve always been interested in different languages, and I studied Spanish in college and high school,” Palatinus said. After she completed graduate school, she and her husband spent two years in Panama, where she spoke Spanish every day.

She enjoys teaching the language to students and, she says, uses learning by experience—like her own immersive language opportunity in Panama—when possible.
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Palatinus put her passions for teaching and language into practice this summer when she accompanied Pellissippi State students to Spain for study abroad through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. It was the sixth summer she had taught Spanish on a TnCIS trip to Spain. TnCIS, which is based at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state.

Palatinus is the third foreign language faculty member from Pellissippi State to earn the Jacqueline Elliott Award. Beverly Burdette, who taught Spanish, and Joan Easterly, who teaches French, were recipients of the honor in 2011 and 2001, respectively. Elliott was a French professor at the University of Tennessee.

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

Pellissippi State to host open house for high school seniors

Photo of the exterior of the Hardin Valley Campus Education Resource Center with the words Fall Open House Thursday, October 23rd. High school seniors who attend will be placed in a drawing for two 250 dollar scholarships awarded by the Pellissippi State Foundation!

All prospective students and their guests are invited to attend an open house at the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College on Thursday, Oct. 23.

The open house is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about the educational opportunities at Pellissippi State. The event is 5:30-8 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center. The campus is at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
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“The open house will allow guests to hear presentations regarding admissions and financial aid,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “Guests will be able to speak with current students and all our support services representatives, as well as with faculty.”

Tours of the campus will be provided, as will Pellissippi State’s academic options and information on how to apply to the college. Students and their guests should register at www.pstcc.edu/prsvp.

High school seniors who attend will be placed in a drawing for two $250 scholarships awarded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

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.

Pellissippi State student starts scholarship for homeless students

A Pellissippi State Community College student is taking steps to ensure homeless students have the funds they need to attend college.

Through a partnership with the Pellissippi State Foundation, student Stephanie Davis has started the Homeless Students Scholarship, which will help fund tuition, books and school supplies for students who are homeless.

The Homeless Students Scholarship is dependent upon donations from the community. To make a donation, contact the Foundation at (865) 694-6528.

“In the spring, I wrote an argument essay in my English 1010 class about homeless students,” said Davis. “During the research for that paper, I found out that Pellissippi State has had homeless students attend classes, and I came up with the idea of starting a fund to help those students.
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“It is heartbreaking that homeless students sometimes feel that they have nowhere to turn, or that they’re embarrassed to ask for help. It just takes one person to speak up before we see change.”

Davis hopes the scholarship is up and running by the spring 2015 semester.

“Stephanie is enthusiastic and inspiring in her desire to help other students,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “By setting up this scholarship, we hope to help students in need achieve their dreams.”

To qualify for the scholarship, a student would need to meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Validate that he/she is homeless.
  • Provide a written recommendation from a high school or college advisor, counselor, teacher or other professional.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. Scholarships would be awarded annually, and the award would depend on the funding available.

“Even $5 would buy a pack of pens,” Davis said. “We can start small and grow.”

The Pellissippi State Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about this and other scholarships and grants offered through the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.
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Pellissippi State ranks high nationwide in number of communication graduates

Pellissippi State Community College ranks second in the U.S. among two-year colleges in the number of students who graduated from the institution in 2013 in the communications field.

The rankings are published in the Aug. 18 issue of Community College Week, and the college places high in the category of Top 50 Associate Degrees: Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services.

Pellissippi State was the only community college in Tennessee recognized in the category. The college’s ranking rose 9 percent from 2012.
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The institution awarded 93 associate’s degrees in communication/media technologies in the 2012-2013 academic year, only 10 fewer than the top two-year school, the Institute of Production and Recording in Minnesota.

“We are honored to receive this national recognition for the number of graduates we have in this program,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs. “Our faculty are deeply committed to helping students achieve their academic goals, and I am very proud of the excellent work they do in preparing students for successful careers in media technologies.”

The college offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Media Technologies. Students can choose from four concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.
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Pellissippi State was one of only three Tennessee two- and four-year schools recognized in the Community College Week issue, which records the top 100 associate’s degree producers in 2013 across a variety of disciplines and categories.

Community College Week is published biweekly. It covers community college news and features, analyses of academic trends and issues, statistics, and technology updates.

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

Pellissippi State invites students to Scholarship Days

Pellissippi State Community College will host two Scholarship Days events, one this month and one next, to encourage and help eligible students to sign up for Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise is a “last-dollar” scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students once other assistance has been applied. It essentially gives high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with spring 2015 graduates.

Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin college next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1.

Pellissippi State’s Scholarship Days take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and noon-2 Sunday, Oct. 26. Both events are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Sept. 20 session is in the Educational Resources Center, Room 147. The Oct. 26 session is also in the ERC, in the third-floor computer lab.
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“We’re inviting students to come out for Scholarship Days so we can help them through the process of signing up for Tennessee Promise,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet the Nov. 1 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.”
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Pellissippi State also is hosting a number of informational sessions throughout this month and October to share details about program requirements and deadlines and to highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. For a full list of those sessions, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise.

“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 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.
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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.

New Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate offered at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College students have the opportunity beginning this fall to earn a Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate. Pellissippi State is the first Tennessee Board of Regents school to offer a CAM certificate.

CAM uses specialized software to create precise instructions for the machinery used to manufacture parts. It is the manufacturing step after computer-aided design (CAD), which uses computers to create and manipulate a design.

The certificate is available as a stand-alone credential or as a stepping stone toward earning an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing.
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CAM career opportunities include machinist, manufacturing technician, engineering assistant and machine operator or programmer positions. The certificate is also an opportunity for continuing education for students who are already employed.

“The certificate is based on developing machining and programming skills in applied mathematics, technical drawing, geometric dimensioning, and solids modeling,” said Pat Riddle, professor and program coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering concentration in Engineering Technology.

“Modern manufacturers require skilled machinists who can oversee operations and program this very sophisticated software to produce highly precise, dimensional components,” Riddle said. “The certificate program will train people who want to enhance their skills or who are interested in learning advanced manufacturing processes.”

The curriculum is determined primarily by the educational and training needs of local businesses. Students who earn the certificate won’t need extensive additional education and training to be productive immediately on the job.
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For more information about Engineering Technology and other programs at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State introduces Sustainable Design concentration

At Pellissippi State Community College, “sustainability” is more than just a buzzword. It’s an educational pursuit.

This fall, students can enroll in the Engineering Technology degree program with a concentration in Sustainable Design. The curriculum is offered at the college’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Sustainable design practices seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings,” said Greg Armour, who teaches in Engineering and Media Technologies. “We can enhance living and working spaces while still reducing the consumption of nonrenewable resources.
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“Students will learn a holistic approach to design that considers life-cycle costs such as building efficiency and energy. The idea of sustainability, or ecological design, is to ensure that our actions today don’t inhibit the opportunities of future generations.”

Sustainable Design is open to all Pellissippi State students interested in pursuing Engineering Technology. It is also part of the curriculum at the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy, which opened this month at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Sustainable Design is one of eight pathways from which the high school students can choose.

The concentration is useful for students interested in the construction industry and in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification exam, as well as for students interested in fields as wide-ranging as business, consulting, and science. The curriculum includes topics such as passive solar design, construction techniques, site selection and design, building information modeling software, and LEED sustainability concepts.
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“The Sustainable Design concentration offers a great foundation of the most essential ideas for those who wish to be an agent of change,” said Armour, who is an architect and LEED accredited professional.

Students who complete the Sustainable Design coursework at Pellissippi State earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The 60-hour concentration includes classroom and open-lab time.

The Sustainable Design concentration checklist is available online.

For more information about Engineering Technology or other degree programs at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.