Pellissippi State Community College will hold a “Painted Paper Baskets” exhibit Feb. 16-March 4 in the lobby of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Admission is free; hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays. The exhibit will showcase baskets crafted from painted paper that were created by students in a non-credit basket making course. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
Appalachian photographer Rob Amberg will be at Pellissippi State Community College Thursday, Feb. 18, for a lecture and exhibit of selected works covering five decades chronicling Appalachia. Amberg’s lecture begins at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The lecture is free and the community is invited. The exhibit of Amberg’s art will be in the Educational Resources Center’s new first floor exhibition space, also at 10915 Hardin Valley Road, through Feb. 29. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
Ten employees of Y-12 National Security Complex have completed the classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College as part of the first class of an apprenticeship program that grows talent from within Y-12.
The students — Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady — received classroom instruction and hands-on training at Pellissippi State on topics related to working in an advanced technological workplace.
The completion ceremony was at Marble Springs, the historic home of Governor John Sevier. The apprentices built and donated a lawnmower and informational kiosk to the site.
“Our apprenticeship program has been a big investment at CNS Y-12,” said Beth Green, senior staff to the director of infrastructure, at the ceremony. “We wanted to make an investment in growing our employees into journeyman-level positions, and I’m proud to see the results in the work on these projects.”
The apprenticeship program is a four-year investment: the apprentices still must complete the remainder of their fourth year of actual on the job learning at Y-12 in order to finish.
“It’s the end of one phase and the beginning of the next,” said Lovelady. “We’ll finish up this year, and once that is done we’ll be journeyman machinists.”
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 an Engineering Technology degree, with a concentration of the student’s choice.
“You’re giving yourself the best opportunity to grow in the company,” Lovelady said of those who participate.
“Anything in life is worth working for,” said Bachorek. “I’m setting a grand example for my daughter. Once you have your education, no one can take that away from you.”
The participants also make up the first class of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union apprentices at Y-12. The partnership between the college, Y-12 and the union makes training more convenient and affordable.
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.
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Pellissippi State Community College invites individuals and families to attend a special additive manufacturing — more commonly known as 3D printing — class from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
The $35 non-credit class is hosted by Pellissippi State’s Engineering and Media Technologies Department and Business and Community Services Division. Space is limited to 10 participants, and attendees must be at least 12 years old. To reserve a spot, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs, then click on Search/Register for a Course and type in “3-D Printing Workshop,” or call (865) 539-7167.
“3D printing is an exciting and revolutionary technology,” said Lynn Klett, a Pellissippi State faculty member who will teach the course. “We’re celebrating Manufacturing Day this year with this special additive manufacturing workshop.”
Class participants will assist in each step of 3D printing, from modeling to prototyping, and will get hands-on experience with programs like SketchUp, with 3D printers, and with free online designs. Attendees will be able to design, model and print their very own object to keep.
Although the class content is geared toward those 12 years and older, families are welcome to attend. The Muse Knoxville (formerly the Discovery Center) will be on hand to provide age-appropriate activities for younger children.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce.
“No question, partnerships like these are what we’re looking for in Drive to 55,” said Mike Krause, executive director of the state’s Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 initiatives. “This initiative isn’t just about getting students in school but encouraging them to graduate and then join the workforce. That’s what it’s all about.”
The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State a $50,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration prepares students to operate automated manufacturing equipment, including the programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment that are now the industry standard in manufacturing settings.
DENSO and Pellissippi State representatives gathered for a ceremonial check presentation Wednesday morning, Aug. 5, at the college’s Blount County Campus.
“In order for students to be ready to go to work at the most advanced levels of manufacturing, we must continue to integrate newer technology into our programs,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We appreciate DENSO’s support in helping us achieve those goals.”
“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.
DENSO is a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State. Awards from the international automotive supplier during the past decade have included two grants that have helped the college build its Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration was launched in 2013.
“In a global economy, DENSO is continually investing in ways to improve our competitiveness through highly skilled employees and advanced equipment,” said Mike Brackett, DENSO North America Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “This donation represents an investment in the future of our region, as well as in the advanced technology needed by our customers in the automotive industry.”
For more information about Automated Industrial Systems or other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.