Y-12 machinists complete classroom portion of apprenticeship program at Pellissippi State

Ten employees of Y-12 National Security Complex have completed three years of classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College as part of the second class of an apprenticeship program that grows talent from within Y-12.

The students — Russell “Rusty” Chambers, Charles Clinton, Ashley Dawson, Billy Farr, James Fielden, Randy Fields, Douglas Hamby and David Trexler — received classroom instruction and hands-on training at Pellissippi State on topics related to an advanced technological workplace.

As part of their classroom instruction, the apprentices built and donated an information kiosk to Norris Dam State Park and a trailer to Marble Springs State Historic Site.

“The apprenticeship program at Y-12 is paying CNS back in taking our employees and helping them grow their skills, as well as allowing them to work alongside our journey workers picking up on the tools of the trade,” said Beth Green, senior staff to the director of infrastructure at Y-12.

The apprenticeship program is a four-year investment: The apprentices still must complete a yearlong internship at Y-12 in order to finish the program.

Ashley Dawson, the only female machinist in this group of apprentices, said, “This is a big deal for me because it’s out of my realm of comfort. My bachelor’s degree is in business and finance, so this gives me the opportunity to change that and go more mechanical.”

The program allows students the opportunity to earn substantial credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, plus the opportunity to finish additional coursework, including 15 credit hours of general education courses required to complete a degree in Engineering Technology in a concentration of the student’s choice.

Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology faculty and Business and Community Services division developed the curriculum for the program. BCS works with employers to create customized training and development solutions. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State recognized for its study abroad practices

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The Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Pellissippi State Community College for exceeding its study abroad goals during the 2014-2015 school year.

The college was one of only 12 higher education institutions to be recognized during the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, D.C. This is the second year in a row that Pellissippi State has been recognized by the IIE.

This past summer, Pellissippi State sent 204 students on study abroad trips in partnership with Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. That exceeds Pellissippi State’s annual goal for study abroad participation.

“Students who study abroad have been shown to earn better grades and are more likely to persist through college to earn their degree,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Study abroad isn’t something that should be reserved only for the few.”

According to IIE research, fewer than 10 percent of American undergraduates study abroad. Pellissippi State offers students scholarships, up to half the cost of the trip, to make study abroad accessible to more students.

“Just two years after joining Generation Study Abroad, colleges and universities across the country are seeing measurable results in their study abroad participation rates,” said Allan Goodman, the president and CEO of IIE. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways to prepare to enter and succeed in the interconnected, globalized workforce, yet 90 percent of American college students do not study or intern outside of the United States. We owe it to the next generation of Americans to explain why study abroad is more crucial than ever and to find ways to make it more accessible to a wider range of students.”

TnCIS, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In the nine years since its founding, TnCIS has supported 2,656 students statewide in pursuing a global education.

IIE Generation Study Abroad grants funding and scholarships to community partners and higher education institutions in its network.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Pellissippi State launches Welding Technology program

welding student

This fall, Pellissippi State Community College announces its newest academic offering — Welding Technology, an Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Welding Technology will train students to weld in gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc, flux core welding and plate and pipe welding. The program is aligned with guidelines from the American Welding Society and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Graduates from the program could find career opportunities as welder fabricators, welding inspectors, pipe fitters and welding educators. Welding Technology classes are currently being offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Employers in our area need skilled employees who have a level of expertise in welding and engineering technology skills that an associate degree provides,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State.

“Graduates from this program will have attained blueprint reading, pattern development, non-destructive testing, metallurgy, math and communication skills. They’ll have the knowledge needed to communicate with welding engineers and the design team. They will be capable of stepping into supervisory or management roles,” he added.

The Welding Technology program also will offer a collaborative partnership with Knox County Schools’ Byington-Solway Career and Technical Education Center, which serves students from Karns and Powell high schools and Hardin Valley Academy. The welding lab at Byington-Solway will be a shared resource — used during the day by high school students and in the evenings by Pellissippi State students.

One goal of this high school partnership is to create a seamless pathway from Byington-Solway into Pellissippi State’s Welding Technology program, allowing students to earn their Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology only one year after graduating from high school. In addition, plans are in the works for Byington-Solway to become an American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility.

At the Strawberry Plains Campus, Pellissippi State and TCAT-Knoxville will pursue a similar partnership, sharing space and welding equipment for both institutions’ students in the Pellissippi State Megalab.

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

 

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Department of Education awards $1.9 million grant to Pellissippi State

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pellissippi State Community College a five-year, $1.9 million grant to support student success and engagement through providing comprehensive professional development for faculty.

“Faculty development is often fragmented,” said Kellie Toon, Pellissippi State’s Quality Enhancement Program director and the grant lead. “But a comprehensive professional development program will strengthen our faculty, which will in turn strengthen our students — and that’s what it’s all about.”

The grant will fund a center for teaching excellence that will include pedagogical training programs and other professional development opportunities to teach faculty members the newest and best-practice methods of teaching in meaningful, engaging ways.

“Professional development opportunities through a center for teaching excellence will give faculty the ability to lead change through academics,” Toon said. “Through improved academic quality and teaching, we can strengthen student learning and retention.”

Pellissippi State’s Quality Enhancement Program, “Strong to the Core,” focuses on improving student learning in targeted academic courses, including writing, oral communication and mathematics. Pellissippi State’s QEP was first developed as part of the college’s accreditation renewal process in 2012 through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The QEP continues to support student success and engagement through promoting active learning techniques to faculty members — from a new faculty academy to online training and beyond.

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

 

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