Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding student achievements

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Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2016 Academic Awards ceremony, which was held April 25 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Mikaela Kami Woods and Brenda Padre TIrado were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Inductees into the 2014-2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Victoria Culpepper, Hong “Rose” Do, Christina “Haley” Emitt, April Gilbert, Liat Koenig, Rebecca Lengfellner, Carlie Sims and Courtney Young.

Pellissippi State’s Altruist Scholar 2014-2015 is Mikaela Kami Woods. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership Award winner is Julian Martinez. Outstanding Service-Learning Award winners are Mariana Marron and Abby Breeden.

Awards of Merit were presented in several academic disciplines to the following students: Jessica Anderson, Ryan Duncan, Ashley Elcan, Sharleen Foster, Chris Goode, Faiza Khan, Angela Lamberson, Thea McGhee and Felicia Murret.

For the third year in a row, Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Gamma Beta Phi recognized, College a Top-10 Tech-Savvy School

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter has received an “Exemplary Chapter” designation from the national Gamma Beta Phi Society, an honors and service organization for college students. Pellissippi State inducted 176 students into its inaugural Gamma Beta Phi class in fall 2014, a number which proved to be a record for the largest community college class of inductees in national Gamma Beta Phi history. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.

The Center for Digital Education has recognized Pellissippi State Community College as a Top 10 Tech-Savvy Community College in its 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey. The survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community. Pellissippi State placed ninth in the large colleges category, those with 10,000 students or more. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State finalist for national Award of Excellence

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Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College was one of four finalists for the 2016 Student Success Award of Excellence, given by the American Association of Community Colleges.

“Everyone deserves access to higher education, and Pellissippi State is proud to be a leader among community colleges in ensuring that everyone has that opportunity to follow their dreams and find their success,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We are very proud to have been a finalist in this prestigious award.”

The Student Success Award recognizes a community college that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to and proactive advancement of the cause of student success. Nominees are evaluated based upon increases in degree completion and transfer rates, as well as innovative programs that encourage retention, graduation and student success.

Pellissippi State was nominated in recognition of its Accelerated Higher Education Associates Degree program, which allows working adults to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in only 16 months. The AHEAD program has a 75 percent completion rate — higher than the national average for similar programs — and has been expanded to include more than 300 students in 20 cohorts in nine different degree areas.

“I attribute a great deal of my life and career success to the AHEAD program,” said Pellissippi State alumna Amber Hampton. “I’m a first-generation college student who thought she wouldn’t make it through the first class. In reality, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pellissippi State in 2012 and from Bryan College in 2014.”

Alumnus Josh Hemphill said, “My success in the business community all started at Pellissippi State when I enrolled in the AHEAD program in 2009. The professors showed support and guidance to help everyone, and thanks to the support of my professors and cohort peers, I’m now entering my second year as a business owner.”

“We are certainly proud of all that AHEAD has done and is doing, but AHEAD is only a small part of all Pellissippi State does to increase access to higher education for all of our students,” Wise said. “We’re devoted to student success and will continue to find new ways to open doors to students.”

The winner of the AACC Award of Excellence in Student Success was announced April 11 to be El Paso Community College.

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


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Pellissippi State hosts open houses for adult learners, home schoolers

Are you a home schooled student interested in attending college? Or are you looking to reconnect to higher education after time in the workforce?

Whatever your situation, Pellissippi State Community College has upcoming open houses to answer your questions.

Adult learners — or those students over age 24 — are invited to an open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Home-schoolers and their parents or guardians may attend an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Both open houses will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although both events are free, those interested in attending the adult learner open house are asked to RSVP at, and those interested in attending the home-schooler open house are asked to RSVP at

Each open house will allow prospective students to meet with representatives who can answer questions about Pellissippi State’s degree programs, admissions and financial aid.

At the home-school open house, parents and students can learn special information about Dual Enrollment, which allows high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for select courses. Attendees who are high school seniors will be entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship to Pellissippi State, provided through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation supports student success by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

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