Pellissippi State gem class compliments traditional Valentine’s Day gifts

Do you ever wonder why one diamond is priced more than another? And how do you know which one to select? Pellissippi State Community College is offering a noncredit class that will teach you the ins and outs of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.

Gemology Certificate with Jewelry Television is a 12-hour class that the college is offering in partnership with Jewelry Television in Knoxville. The class will teach you how these raw materials are formed, mined, identified, graded and priced.

As an added bonus, if you register for a gem class before Feb. 15, you will receive a coupon for 15 percent off your entire regular priced purchase at the Gemstore by Jewelry Television. There is not an expiration date, so the coupon can be used at your convenience for an entire regular price purchase. The Gemstore is located at 9933 Kingston Pike.

Hobbyists, artists, jewelry lovers and anyone looking to explore a career in the industry will enjoy this series.

“This class is an opportunity to learn extremely technical gem information in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable environment,” said instructor Hillary Spector. “Participants get to touch and feel product and use high-tech lab equipment to identify gems.”

Spector, a graduate gemologist and former Gemological Institute of America (GIA) instructor, has more than 25 years of experience in the gemological industry and is presently the instructional specialist for Jewelry Television.

Classes are held at Jewelry Television’s Jewel School Institute in West Knoxville March 5-8, and sections are scheduled mornings or evenings, from 9 a.m.-noon or from 6-9 p.m. You may register for individual sections or for the full four-day lineup. Cost is $395 for the full four-day session or $99 per class.

For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers free ‘lifelong learning’ classes at Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to take part in free lifelong learning classes this spring at Weekend College at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Lifelong learning classes are non-credit continuing education courses. Although the classes are free, registration is required at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167. New classes are available each Saturday from Jan. 27 to April 7.

January

  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing — 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27. Artist and instructor Jordan Byrd will demonstrate how she creates pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, using a wax-resist dye/etching technique on eggshells.

February

  • Handgun Safety — 9:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 3. State handgun certified officers teach basic handgun safety and how to choose the best handgun to fit your needs.
  • Social Media Marketing Bootcamp for Small Business — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 10.
  • Identified Flying Objects: Drones — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 17. FAA-certified pilot Cole Hood discusses how to develop and improve your drone flight skills.
  • Welcome to Beginner Mandolin — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. WDVX Blue Plate special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner class that requires no musical experience.
  • Welcome to Basket Making — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. Appalachian artist Sheri Burns demonstrates an easy basket for beginners.

March

  • Leadership Skills for the 21st Century — 9-11:30 a.m., March 3. Leadership coach Jeff Rowe will introduce key leadership concepts to help you build your business.
  • Resume Workshop — 9:30-11 a.m., March 3. Begin or improve a resume with professional guidance.
  • Welcome to Beginner Dulcimer — 9-11:30 a.m., March 24. Instructor Rudy Ryan plays the dulcimer, answers questions and demonstrates basic techniques.

April

  • Beginner Cyber Security — 9-11:30 a.m., April 7. Learn basic techniques to keep your personal computer secure, create strong passwords and avoid common phishing scams.

 

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/weekend or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers sterile processing training to fill local demand

Beginning in January, Pellissippi State Community College will offer a non-credit course to become a certified registered central sterile processing technician.

The course is designed for students who wish to jump-start or transition to a healthcare career by taking a sterile processing certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management.

“There are regional job openings for certified technicians right now, so conceivably everyone who enrolls in this class could find an opportunity for a good entry-level position in a healthcare setting,” said Joshua Reist-Connor, a sterile processing manager at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and an instructor of Pellissippi State’s course.

Based on demand from area healthcare providers, Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services developed this program in cooperation with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

New employees hired as central sterile processing technicians within Tennessee must complete training like this course within two years of initial hire. Pellissippi State’s course is the only in-person course in East Tennessee.

“This course will be an immersive experience. It will partner students with a local healthcare facility and give hands-on experience with the central sterile processing technology and equipment,” Reist-Connor said.

Students who complete the 14-week course, which is offered on Sundays, 2-5 p.m., must also complete 400 hours of job shadowing at an area hospital. Students who take the course are not certified until they successfully complete the examination and job shadowing.

The Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician course at Pellissippi State costs $2,600 and includes textbook and study materials, two pairs of surgical scrubs and the cost of the IAHCSMM certification application and examination.

This class is an approved Veterans Administration training program and an approved American Job Centers Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act training program.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for this course, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College — extending its outreach to adult and nontraditional college students — will launch a Weekend College starting with the spring 2018 semester.

Weekend College will include credit courses and free non-credit classes. Registration for spring credit classes opens Oct. 30.

“This semester, Pellissippi State paved the way for adult students to come to college free of tuition, but we understand that finances are not the only hindrance to adults enrolling in college,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “For adults and working students, traditional class times simply do not fit the bill.”

Weekend College is part of Pellissippi State’s ongoing outreach to adult students, which includes the launch of Reconnect Now this fall. Reconnect Now is a last-dollar scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adults. Students who participate in the program at Pellissippi State this year may roll into the Tennessee Reconnect program when it launches in fall 2018.

“Weekend College opens the doors to more adult and nontraditional students. Saturday classes will make earning a college degree from Pellissippi State easier than ever,” Wise said.

All Weekend College classes will be offered at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Weekend College will launch with general education and other courses, from English Composition and Survey of Math Principles to General Psychology, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Social Welfare. Through weekend-only classes, students can earn a general transfer degree or an associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Accounting, Business Administration or Social Work.

This semester, Pellissippi State piloted free lifelong learning (non-credit) classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus, including options from Women’s Self Defense to Smart Cycling Traffic Skills, presented with the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation. This spring, the college will offer more free non-credit classes each Saturday.

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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