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Acting, art, dance among July creative summer camps at Pellissippi State

Creative learning opportunities continue through July at Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning camps. Early registration is encouraged.

The youth summer course selection for July, offered through the college’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“BizSmart: Shark Tank Meets Talented Kid”—July 7-11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., rising 4-8 grades; $209. Turn your art, craft, jewelry or photography into a business. Come up with a product or service, name your company, design a logo and marketing materials, and create a commercial. Participants need to bring a lunch, drink and snack every day.

“CreACTivity”—July 7-11, 1-4 p.m., ages 8-10; $115. Students will enjoy creative drama, theatre games and exercises as they expand their acting abilities. Instruction is provided by The WordPlayers.

“ImaginACTion”—July 14-18, 1-4:30 p.m., ages 11-13; $125. Through theatre games and acting, students will build their acting repertoire. Focus is on using imagination and technique to create characters for the stage. The week culminates in a performance showcase. Instruction is provided by The WordPlayers.

“Young Artist”—July 14-18, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m., ages 8-15; $119. Improve fine arts skills and learn new skills, including basic drawing, figure drawing, proportion, portraits, sculpture, polymer clay, oil pastels, book and journal making, color theory, and perspective.

“Kid News: Lights, Camera, Action”—July 14-18, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m., grades 4-8; $119. Create a news program from start to finish. Participants will work in teams to write scripts, rehearse, develop music and background, work green screens, record video, and edit footage. Students will screen videos at the end of the week.

“Basket Making”—July 21-24, 9-noon, ages 10 and up; $129. Projects may include a wooden base basket, basketry bowls from round reed, paper baskets from watercolor paper and a woven birdhouse.

“More Than Just Knitting”—July 21-24, 1-4 p.m., ages 11 and up; $109. Make your own knitting needles, dye yarn with KoolAid and learn the basics of knitting, including how to read a pattern.

“Claymation”—July 21-25, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m., ages 8-15; $119. Learn the process of creating claymation movies and cartoons. Participants will work in small groups, and each group will write a script, create clay figures and backgrounds, take photographs, and compile the images into short animated movies. Students will screen videos at the end of the week.

“Zumba Kids ‘Dance Around the World’”—July 21-25, 9-noon, rising 4-6 grades; $105. Learn basic dance steps for salsa, samba, mambo, reggaeton and merengue. At the end of the week, students will perform the top three dances in a showcase for parents.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines.

To find out more or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State partners with Boy Scouts to offer kids’ summer camps

Pellissippi State Community College is joining forces with the Boy Scouts of America to offer two children’s summer camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math education.

“STEM camps such as these help kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers, and can help prepare them for the technological innovations they will face,” said Nancy Corum, a coordinator for Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division.

“In these camps, kids can discover how much fun and interesting these subjects can be and will take this interest with them. Hopefully, their experiences will inspire them toward a career in science and engineering fields to help fill the gap in America’s workforce.”

The following STEM summer camps take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • Race Engineering Ten80, ages 13-18, 8:30-noon, June 23-27. Students will build and race remote-controlled cars. The hands-on course encourages learning about mechanics and technology. Cost: $150.
  • USA BMX Bikes, ages 13-18, 1-5 p.m., June 23-27. Students will learn and have fun as they build and ride BMX bikes. Cost: $150.

To enroll in one or more of the STEM-related camps, contact the BSA’s Sarah Barnett at (865) 243-8057 or sarah.barnett@scouting.org.

In addition to the STEM classes, Pellissippi State is offering a variety of other summer camps for children of all ages. To learn more, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches non-credit commercial food service repair course

Pellissippi State Community College has joined forces with Ignitor Labs to offer a unique, fast-track technician training program for commercial food service equipment repair. The online course is presented through the college’s Business and Community Services Division.

“This is a specialized industry for which there is no official training,” said Heather Price of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association, which developed the Basic Technician Training program in conjunction with Ignitor Labs. “There is a need for qualified technicians nationwide.”

No prerequisites are required to enroll in Basic Technician Training. The non-credit course teaches the fundamentals of electricity, gas and steam as they relate to commercial food equipment repair. The 24-hour, interactive online class costs $1,495. Most students complete the program in a month.

Ignitor Labs promises course graduates a job interview with a regional employer. There are approximately 800 companies nationwide that specialize in commercial food service equipment repair.

Students who complete the Basic Technician Training course are ready for entry-level positions in the commercial food equipment repair industry. Graduates also have the opportunity for hands-on training once in the industry.

“Through this online program, Pellissippi State can begin to bridge the gap between job training and job placement in this field,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pellissippi State. “This is a first step toward meeting the needs of the commercial food repair industry in our area.”

Ignitor Labs offers scholarships to qualified veterans through Vet2Tech. Veterans can apply for the scholarship at www.vet2tech.org/application.

To learn more about Pellissippi State or to register for this or other BCS courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.  To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Learn to play the dulcimer at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is offering an opportunity to learn the Appalachian dulcimer this summer at the Blount County Campus.

The nine-week course is 5:30-7 p.m. beginning Monday, June 9. The fee is $95, payable to Pellissippi State. An additional materials fee of $37 is payable to the instructor.

No prior musical knowledge is required.

Students will need to have an Appalachian dulcimer by the first day of class. The instructor can provide sources for dulcimers if needed.

To register or find out more about this and other classes offered by the Business and Community Services Division, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

CSI, BMX bikes, self-defense among creative summer camps at Pellissippi State

Children and youth may have the summer away from school, but those months are still an opportunity to explore topics as wide-ranging as East Tennessee vertebrates, GarageBand, self-defense, manners and remote control racing—all at Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning camps.

Creative learning camps are available throughout June and July. Early registration is encouraged.

The youth summer course selection for June, offered through the college’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Self-Defense for Kids”—June 2-6, 10-11 a.m., ages 7-12; $75. Using role-playing and games, children learn self-defense that includes bully and stranger defense and escape techniques.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—June 2-6, noon-1:30, ages 13 and up; $95. Teenagers learn basic self-defense through thoughtful discussion and role-play. Covered are bully defense, stranger defense, predator awareness and escape techniques. Safe dating strategies and assault prevention are discussed in age-appropriate ways.

“Junior Summer Team Tennis”—June 2-July 28; practices Mondays 8-10 a.m. and matches Wednesday or Thursday, 12:30 or 2 p.m., ages 9 and up; $135. Former ATP world-ranked professional Andy Frost leads Junior Team Tennis. Players are separated by ability and age, and participants have one practice and one match per week.

“Vertebrates of East Tennessee”—June 9-13, noon-2, grades 2-5; $105. Children learn about all of the scaly, slimy, furry and feathery animals that call East Tennessee home.

“The CSI Experience”—June 9-13, 9-11 a.m., grades 5-8; $105. Participants use simple forensic techniques and solve a mock crime. Lab activities may include blood typing with simulated blood, finger printing and DNA extraction.

“Manners Matter and Mean Success”—June 16-19, 9-noon, ages 5-8, and 1-4 p.m., ages 9-12; $129. Attendees are taught the well-known manners program “The Etiquette Factory,” including more than 50 different social and manners skills. Only 12 youth accepted in each age group.

“Race Engineering Ten80”—June 23-27, 8:30-noon, ages 13-18; $150. Ten80 is a fast-growing program that delivers remote-control car racing in an exciting new way, through the lens of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Camp takes place in partnership with The Boy Scouts of America. To register, contact Sarah Barnett at (865) 243-8057 or sarah.barnett@scouting.org.

“USA BMX Bikes”—June 23-27, 1-5 p.m., ages 13-18; $150. Discover BMX bike racing through STEM, in partnership with The Boy Scouts of America. To register, contact Sarah Barnett at (865) 243-8057 or sarah.barnett@scouting.org.

“Basic Computer and Typing Skills”—June 23-27, 9-noon, ages 6-12; $119. Students learn the basic tools and keys to navigate through different computer applications. They create comic strips, greeting cards, posters, slideshows and more.

“GarageBand Music Creation”—June 23-27, 1-4 p.m., grades 6-12; $119. Participants learn the Mac program GarageBand, which allows them to create their own music or record themselves singing or playing. Attendees add backgrounds, record voices or instruments and edit music.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines.

To find out more or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Building Operator Certification starts at Pellissippi State end of May

The Building Operator Certification course, a national workforce training and certification program, begins in May at Pellissippi State Community College. The course is offered by the Business and Community Services Division.

“Programs of this kind are often geared to the traditional student—the recent high school graduate who is able to attend class two to three days during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a semester or more,” said Debi Bolton, BCS project manager. “But we have scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Each class is only a day or two long.”

The BOC offers facilities personnel the job skills and knowledge to improve the energy performance of their buildings. To become Level I certified, participants must attend seven classes and complete class exams and assigned projects, for a total of 74 hours. The cost of the course is $1,595.

The classes, all of which run 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and their dates:

  • Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, May 27-28
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance, June 17
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals, July 15
  • HVAC Controls Fundamentals, Aug. 19
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, Sept. 16
  • Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement, Oct. 21

A final, supplemental course on Facility Electrical Systems will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 18.

The Level I curriculum for the BOC core courses has been approved by the Green Building Certification Institute as acceptable for continuing education hours toward the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credential maintenance program.

For more information about the BOC program and other job training courses offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry permit class at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College will offer its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class in May at a special two-for-one price.

The Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, May 17, session at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training in the afternoon takes place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: ‘Train the Trainer’ workplace electrical safety course begins May 8

Pellissippi State Community College will offer a “Train the Trainer” NFPA 70E course for supervisors, operators, mechanics, engineers and safety personnel during the month of May.

The four eight-hour classes are geared toward teaching safe electrical practices and hazard recognition and mitigation in the workplace. Cost is $3,000 per person, and classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Classes are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8, 15, 22 and 29.

“This onsite training module will equip students with the resources needed to articulate both the skilled worker training and unskilled worker training requirements for NFPA 70E compliance,” said instructor Travis Perry.

“Participants also will receive the materials needed to customize onsite training for all of their qualified employees, supervisors, operators and other personnel about electrically safe work practices.”

For more information about the job training and other courses offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Two-for-one special on December handgun carry-permit class at Pellissippi State

Once again, Pellissippi State Community College is offering its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class at a two-for-one price. The special deal applies to the course scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

A similar two-for-one price was made available in November, and that class quickly reached maximum capacity. This month’s Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit course is also expected to fill up quickly.

The non-credit class is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour class earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another relevant training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus for classroom instruction. Range training in the afternoon will take place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists the latest class schedules and information on new course offerings.

To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Small Business Development Center names ‘Rising Star’ business excellence winner

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(From left) Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen, the winners of Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s Rising Star honor, accept the award honoring their businesses, Bliss and Bliss Home, from Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr. and Knoxville TSBDC Director Larry Rossini during an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is administered by Pellissippi State Community College, presented Bliss and Bliss Home as its 2013 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area.

“From start-up to success, Bliss owners Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel took advantage of the services of the Knoxville Tennessee Small Business Development Center by participating in one-on-one consulting for budgeting, inventory control and financial projections,” said Laura Overstreet, TSBDC spokesperson.

Sorensen and Schimmel also completed the Strategic Management Learning System series of 12 business training modules, provided by TSBDC and sponsored by the Knoxville Chamber.

Bliss recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Today, the business operates at three locations with the support of approximately 40 employees.

“Our TSBDC counselor has been a phenomenal asset and a great sounding board for our business,” Schimmel said. “He always figures out a way to ask us the right questions so we can do our homework and make the right decisions for our business.

“There are business principles that go hand in hand with any business, and TSBDC counselors have a great understanding of those business principles. They’re able to shed light on the questions we have, able to apply those principles to our specific business ideas and issues. Their one-on-one counselors help us feel relaxed about our decisions.”

Sorensen and Schimmel first opened Bliss, a gift and accessory shop, on Market Square in 2003. In 2005, they followed that start-up success with the opening of Bliss Home, a furniture and interior design store, also on Market Square. In 2008, the partners opened another Bliss Home location in West Knoxville.

TSBDC offers a network of professional business consultants at 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.