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Jewelry making, metalsmithing and much more offered at Pellissippi State

Learn painting, jewelry making, photography and foreign language at Pellissippi State Community College through a host of non-credit community courses this fall. All courses are offered through the college’s Business and Community Services Division.
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“Spanish Conversation” and “Hablando Español” both begin in late October and teach conversational Spanish that can be used for everyday encounters, travel, and business.

“Spanish Conversation” is 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 27-Dec.1, at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $105 plus a $17 materials fee. “Hablando Español” is 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 2, also at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $105 plus an $11 materials fee.

Other non-credit courses this fall:

  • “Beginning Watercolor”—6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 30-Dec. 11, at the Blount County Campus. Cost is $120. Learn watercolor brush strokes, washes and composition.
  • “Basic Jewelry Beading”—6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $59 plus a $10 materials fee.
  • “Jewelry Wire Working”—6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $59 plus a $10 materials fee.
  • “Playing With Copper: Hot and Cold Connections”—6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 17-Dec. 8, at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $130.
  • “Beyond Basic Digital Photography”—6:15-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 19-Dec. 10, at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $109.
  • “Stop Emotional Eating”—6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 3-17, at the Blount County Campus. Cost is $75.

For more information and a full listing of these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

‘Playing With Copper’ classes teach basic metalsmithing at Pellissippi State

Learn the basics of metalsmithing at Pellissippi State Community College with two new non-credit courses, both themed “Playing With Copper.”

“Playing With Copper: Beginning” is Mondays, Oct. 20-Nov. 10, on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The class times are 6:30-9 p.m., and the cost is $130. No prerequisite or experience is required.

Learn traditional metalsmithing techniques, including forming, sawing, and disk cutting, using copper sheet and wire. All tools and supplies are included in an additional materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor, Kathy Bradley. Bring your own safety glasses.
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“Playing With Copper: Hot and Cold Connections” is Mondays, Nov. 17-Dec. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., also at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $130. To take part in this class, students must have metalsmithing experience or should have taken “Playing With Copper: Beginning.” This course explores different ways to connect copper pieces, including soldering and riveting.

Bradley is an artist who has studied metalsmithing at Arrowmont School, John C. Campbell Folk School, Spruill Center and the Appalachian Center for Craft. Each of the “Playing With Copper” classes introduces metalsmithing as a way of creating art and jewelry.
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The courses are being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Can’t commit to a weekly class? BCS offers a number of one-night classes in creating art and making jewelry this fall: “Wire Jewelry Design,” Oct. 13; “Basic Jewelry Beading,” Oct. 27; and “Jewelry Wire Working,” Nov. 10.
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For more information and a full listing of these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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

Pellissippi State Community College offers its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class this month at a special two-for-one price.

The class is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to the special pricing on the Saturday, Sept. 20, session.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at a cost 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 class covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.
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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.

Fall semester brings non-credit courses to Blount County

The history of Appalachia is the topic of two upcoming Pellissippi State Community College non-credit courses at the college’s Blount County Campus.

“The Little Tennessee: Valley With a Big Story” is offered 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30. “Our Appalachia: Mountain Mayhem, Misery and Music” is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 15-Oct. 27. Both courses will be taught by Mark Davidson.

“The Little Tennessee” covers the history of the East Tennessee valley, from the Cherokee Nation to the Secret City project in Oak Ridge. Cost of the class is $89, plus a $15 materials fee. The focus of “Our Appalachia” is the difficulties of mountain life. The course is $89, with a $15 materials fee.
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Both classes are presented by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Other fall courses in Blount County:

  • “Drawing With Pastels, Pencils and Charcoals,” for all ages. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct.23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $105; instructor is Mary Ruden. Learn the basics of drawing with charcoal, pencils and pastels. Participants must provide own art supplies.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Art, fishing, self-help among new non-credit courses at Pellissippi State this fall

Sketching, fly-fishing, and emotional eating avoidance are three new non-credit courses offered this fall through Business and Community Services at Pellissippi State Community College.
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All classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • Sketching: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 23. Instructor: Diann Bishop; cost: $120. Learn to record quickly your impressions of an image, idea or principle through sketching. Sketching trains the artist to observe, and sketches can be made in any medium. Along with other required materials, participants should bring several photos for painting and drawing ideas.
  • Stop Emotional Eating: Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 13. Instructor: Tammy Hardin; cost: $75. Stress is the No. 1 reason people overeat. Focus on reducing stress by understanding how you create stress, then learn the quick and powerful Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate or change your perception of stress.
  • Flyfish 101: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 20. Instructor: Marshall Hall; cost: $85. Learn the basics of fly-fishing: fly rod and reel; line, leader, and tippet; how to rig your outfit; what you will need; where to find fish; how to cast; and types of flies. Hall is a guide, custom rod maker, and member of Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild.

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

Learn traditional dulcimer tunes, techniques at Pellissippi State

Learn to play the Appalachian dulcimer and discover the instrument’s Appalachian heritage at Pellissippi State Community College this fall.

The nine-week Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer course is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18. Classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The course fee is $95, payable to Pellissippi State. An additional materials fee of $37 is payable to the instructor, Rudy Ryan.

During the class, students will learn traditional tunes and techniques, including basic strumming, fretting, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and some chords. No prior musical knowledge is required.
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Students need to have an Appalachian dulcimer by the first day of class. The instructor can provide sources if needed.

Class is limited to the first 12 students who register.

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

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.