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Genealogy, women’s self-defense, estate planning— Pellissippi State hosts array of non-credit classes in April and May

Trace your family history. Take up digital photography. Discover the serenity of fly-fishing.

Sign up now for one or several of these fun and informative non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College in April and May. All classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified.

  • Basic Genealogy—Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Find out how to trace your family tree. Cost is $75.
  • Introduction to Color Theory—Wednesdays, April 8-May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Study color theory and complete a painting. Cost is $120.
  • Playing With Copper: Torch-Fired Enamels—Mondays, April 13-May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Discover how to fire traditional enamels on copper. Cost is $130 plus a $40 materials fee.
  • Beyond Basic Digital Photography—Thursdays, April 9-23, 6:15-8:15 p.m. on the Hardin Valley Campus or Thursdays, April 30-May 14, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Learn basic digital photography techniques. Cost is $119.
  • Women’s Self-Defense: Reduce the Odds—Saturday, April 11, 1-3:30 p.m. Open to women over age 18. Learn self-defense based on the Women’s Empowerment Series’ Girls on Guard module. Cost is $40.
  • Tennessee Estate Planning, Beyond the Basics: The Importance and Flexibility of Trusts—Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discover the many types of trusts. Cost is $29.
  • Flyfish 101—Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn the basics of fly-fishing. Cost is $85.

For more information about these and other classes offered by the college’s 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.

Non-credit courses at Pellissippi State offer baby boomers retirement info

In late April and May, Pellissippi State Community College gives baby boomers several opportunities to learn more about retirement planning.

  • “Savvy Social Security and Life Planning Strategies for Women” is offered at the Strawberry Plains Campus April 21 and the Hardin Valley Campus June 2. Class times are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.
  • “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” is offered at the Blount County Campus April 28 and 30 and at the Hardin Valley Campus May 26 and 28. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $59, and married couples may attend for the cost of one registration. Seating is limited.

The classes cover explanations of various types of Social Security benefits, the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to check your earnings record for accuracy, how to take advantage of spousal benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, how to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income.

For more information about this and other classes offered by the college’s 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.

Family feuds and more: Discover Appalachian history at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two early-spring non-credit classes on the history of Appalachia, covering everything from the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys to the coal-field wars to the Cherokee nation.

Leading the classes is Mark Davidson, a retired William Blount High School teacher who developed an Appalachian studies program while at the school.

“Our Appalachia: The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” is 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3-April 14, at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. “Our Appalachia Part II: More Mountain Mayhem—Feuding, Hard Times and Such” is also at the Blount County Campus, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 2-April 13.

“The Little Tennessee—The Valley of the Cherokee” takes on the history of the Little Tennessee valley, from the earliest exploration of the area to the forcible removal of the Cherokee. The class includes visits to Fort Loudoun, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tellico Blockhouse, Chota and Tanasi.

“Feuding, Hard Times and Such” covers the difficulties of life in the coal fields, the dangers of building railroad lines through the mountains, the Blair Mountain war, and various Appalachian feuds, including that of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys.

The cost of each class is $89, plus a $15 material fee.

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.

Non-credit course at Pellissippi State offers baby boomers retirement info

Baby boomers: Are you thinking about retiring?

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a class that can guide you in making your decision. “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” is being offered on several dates in February through May, at three campus locations.

The non-credit course takes place at the Blount County Campus Feb. 24 and 26 and April 28 and 30, at the Strawberry Plains Campus March 24 and 26, and at the Hardin Valley Campus on May 26 and 28. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A full schedule of class times and locations is available at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

The course is designed for baby boomers—people between the ages of 60 and 67—and anyone else approaching or planning for retirement. Cost of the class is $59. Married couples may attend for the cost of one registration. Seating is limited.

The class includes explanations of various types of Social Security benefits, the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to check an earnings record for accuracy, how to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income.

For more information 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.

Painting, jewelry making, landscape design and more: Plan to sign up for spring non-credit courses at Pellissippi State

Aspiring artists, crafters, travelers and even landscapers, Pellissippi State Community College has a non-credit class tailored specifically to your interests this spring.

The college’s Business and Community Services Division offers dozens of courses—among them, painting, jewelry making, and landscape design—beginning in February, March, and April. All take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified.

Here’s a sample of our multi-session classes:

  • “Playing With Copper: Beginning,” Mondays, Feb. 23-April 6, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $130 plus $40 materials fee. No prerequisite required. Learn traditional metal-smithing techniques using copper sheet and wire.
  • “Playing With Copper: Torch-fired Enamels,” Mondays, April 13-May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $130 plus $40 materials fee. No prerequisite required. Learn to fire traditional enamels on copper with a torch for art or for jewelry.
  • “Fabric and Figure Art: A West African Art and Culture Class,” Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-March 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $69. Participants will need to provide their own materials. Learn to make popular African folk art and wearable art, including a head wrap, dress or baby wrap. This course is at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.
  • “Landscaping Made Easy and Fun,” Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 24-March 5, 1-3 p.m. Cost is $89. Learn the principles of landscape design and how to plant and care for plants.
  • “Beginning Watercolor and Acrylics,” Wednesdays, Feb. 4-March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Learn about brush strokes, washes, composition, and use of color when painting with watercolors and acrylics.
  • “Sketching and Drawing,” Thursdays, Feb. 5-March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, or Wednesdays, April 29-June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $120. Learn to record quickly your impressions of an image, idea or principle through sketching.
  • “Introduction to Color Theory Wheel,” Wednesdays, March 18-April 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Study color theory techniques and applications, and create original compositions using oil or acrylic paints.
  • “Basket Making,” Mondays, March 2-23, 6-9 p.m. Cost is $79. Create a market basket, round bushel basket and wine basket. Some experience is helpful, but it’s not necessary.
  • “Working With Yarn,” Tuesdays, Feb. 3-March 31, 7-8 p.m. Cost is $69.  Learn the basics of knitting or crochet, and create a handcrafted item.
  • “Beginning Chinese for Practical Travel and Business,” Wednesday, Feb. 25-Apr. 29, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $120. Learn pinyin, the Romanized version of the Chinese language, plus Chinese tones (that clarify the meaning of words) and 150 basic characters, and 10 short, practical conversations.

            Or attend a one-night course:

  • “Jewelry Wire Working,” Monday, March 2, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $59 plus $10 material fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Create at least one set of matching earrings and pendant by learning how to form copper and wire into designs.
  • “Wire Jewelry Design,” Monday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $59 plus $12 material fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Create at least one pendant necklace during class using jewelry wire-wrapping techniques.

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

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.