Pellissippi State offers Valentine’s Day special pricing for non-credit courses

Pellissippi State Community College is offering Valentine’s Day special pricing for select non-credit courses.

All classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified. Register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The special Valentine’s Day pricing is valid for course registrations made Jan. 25-Feb. 14. Use the code VALENTINE when registering to take $10 off any course price listed below.

  • Ballroom Dancing, Level I — 6:45-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 30-March 13. Take time to dance with your darling – you’ll learn the basic dance steps for popular dances such as swing, tango, salsa, waltz and more. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.

  • Ballroom Dancing, Level II — 6:45-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 31-March 14. Sweep your partner around the dance floor. You’ll go beyond basics to get tips on footwork, arm styling and floor craft. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.
  • Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People — 6-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 or Wednesday, March 1. Serenade your sweetheart once you’ve learned these shortcuts for playing piano. Learn all the chords you need to play a pop song by ear in one evening. You’ll focus on chords rather than individual note reading. Some knowledge of pianos or keyboards is preferred, but not required. Cost is $59 with a $25 materials fee. Feb. 6 course taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Working with Yarn — 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 21-April 11. Make something by hand to warm your Valentine’s heart. Work with patterns and experiment with basic stitches for knitting and crochet. You will choose the stitch you want to use to create a beautiful, handcrafted item by the end of class. Cost is $69.
  • Estate Planning: It’s Not Just Having a Will — 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 14 and16. There’s more to protecting your loved ones than writing a will. An attorney will help you understand the basics of estate planning, and you will leave the first class with a properly executed living will. Instructor is an attorney. Cost is $49.
  • Basic Digital Photography — 6:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 15-March 15. Capture priceless moments forever when you understand the basics of exposure, composition, lighting and color theory with a digital camera. Course includes in-class critiques. You must bring a digital SLR camera or a point-and-shoot camera with manual mode. Cost is $119.
  • Girls on Guard: Six-Week Women’s Self-Defense Course — 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 23-March 30. Give your best girl the gift of self-confidence with a self-defense course designed specifically for women and teens through the Women’s Self-Defense Institute Girls on Guard program. She’ll put classroom instruction into practice with scenario based physical instruction on self-defense techniques. Cost is $89.
  • Flyfishing 101 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Spend an idyllic day outdoors as you start at the beginning and learn the right way to fly fish. You will learn the basic skills of fly fishing – learn about fly rod and reel, line, leader and tippet; how to rig your outfit; where to find fish; how to cast and about types of flies. Instructor is a guide, custom rod maker and member of the Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild. Cost is $95.

To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

Pellissippi State non-credit courses open in January

Pellissippi State Community College offers non-credit courses that are perfect for those New Years’ resolutions or just beating the winter blues.

All classes are held on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified. Register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

  • The Mind of the Mountaineer — Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Feb. 28-April 11. Part of the “Our Appalachia” series, this course studies Appalachia following the Revolutionary War, particularly the Scots-Irish influence on American politics, religion and literature. Cost is $89 plus $15 materials fee. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

  • Savvy Social Security & Life Planning Strategies for Women — 6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Learn about spousal benefits, coordinating benefits, marital status changes and planning for long life. Cost is $29. Taught at Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Traditional Mixed Martial Arts — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 17-May 4. Learn Isshinryu Karate, Jiu Jitsu, weapons and self-defense. Suitable for any skill level and any age. Cost is $300.
  • Home Comfort: Using Natural Remedies — Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Jan. 18-Feb. 22. Learn to make teas, tonics and tinctures as homemade remedies to common discomforts. Instructor is a certified herbalist. Cost is $95.
  • Strength and Tone for Fitness — Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., Jan. 24-April 18. Strengthen and tone your body by using bands, bars, free weights and machines. Cost is $109.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level I — Mondays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 30-March 13. Learn the basic dance steps for popular dances such as swing, tango, salsa, waltz and more. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.
  • Ballroom Dancing, Level II — Tuesdays, 6:45-7:30 p.m., Jan. 31-March 14. Go beyond basics: get tips on footwork, arm styling and floor craft. Cost is $85 per person or $100 per couple. Taught at Dance Tonight, 9119 Executive Park Drive.

To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

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’s non-credit classes make unique holiday gifts

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Pellissippi State Community College offers a number of non-credit courses during the months of November and December. Whether for yourself or others, consider the gift of knowledge.

All non-credit courses are available through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services division. To register for a class, or to buy a gift card for a friend or family member, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

All classes are offered on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise noted.

  • Beyond Basic Digital Photography, 6:15-8:15 p.m, Wednesdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 14. Concentrate on the artistic side of photography. Learn how to “see” with a camera in order to capture interesting subjects and the basics of computer imaging. Class also includes two Saturday field trips. Cost is $119.
  • Microsoft Outlook, 5-8 p.m., Nov. 16. Learn basic features and best practices for using Microsoft Outlook to save time and be more efficient. Cost is $65.
  • Quickbooks Level I, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov. 18. Quickly and efficiently gain control over the financial aspects of your business, including how to set up a company and work with lists and how to use QuickBooks Pro to invoice for services, process payments and pay bills. Cost is $175.
  • Savvy Social Security Planning & Life Planning Strategies for Women, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Learn more about spousal benefits, coordinating benefits with your spouse, what to do if your marital status changes and planning for a long life. Cost is $29.
  • Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 8. Baby Boomers will learn tips for coordinating retirement, spousal and survivor benefits to maximize benefits over your lifetime. Cost is $29.
  • Introduction to Scuba Diving, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Dec. 10-11. Learn the fundamentals of scuba diving in order to pursue the SSI certification. Course includes classroom instruction and pool training that you need prior to taking the qualifying dives required for certification. Cost is $212 plus a $99.90 course materials fee and $85 equipment rental fee.

To request accommodations for a disability for any of these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information about non-credit courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

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