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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.

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

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, Nov. 16, 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 handgun 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 instructor 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 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.

Another session of the course will be offered Dec. 21 for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on Nov. 16. The regular rate of $65 per person will apply to the December class, which also is at the Hardin Valley Campus.

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

Pellissippi State launches veterinary, medical assistant programs

Pellissippi State Community College is launching two new job training programs: Clinical Medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant. Designed to meet the needs of today’s adults, the new programs begin in November.

“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, a manager in Business and Community Services. “We scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Classes meeting either two evenings a week or on Saturdays.”

A free informational session on both programs is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 206, Alexander Building, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the session, call (800) 830-2228.

Completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program generally takes less than seven months, and the Veterinary Assistant program can be completed in two.

The CMA program combines 134 hours of classroom and online training with 160 hours of hands-on clinical experience at a local medical practice. Students learn to perform duties such as taking vital signs, preparing examination rooms, assisting with medical examinations and administering medication.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. They are prepared for employment in a physician’s office, urgent-care facility or other clinical setting.

The CMA training program begin Nov. 9 and ends March 8. It meets 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each Saturday at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The VA program includes 35 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of volunteer, hands-on training in veterinary facilities. Students learn how to assist vets and vet technicians with examining pets, feeding, and watering. They also learn how to clean and disinfect cages, as well as how to sterilize surgical, examination, and lab equipment.

VA training begins Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 12, with classes meeting 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are also at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about these programs and other job training offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167.

Pellissippi State: Non-credit right-brain drawing, pastels classes begin Oct. 16, 17

Discover your inner artist at non-credit classes being offered to the community this fall at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Our art classes have been popular in the past, and these two new classes are wonderful additions to our non-credit programming,” said Nancy Corum, a Business and Community Services coordinator.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20. Cost is $119 and the instructor is Jennifer Austin Jennings.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is meant to help attendees who have the desire to draw—but don’t feel they necessarily have natural talent—to overcome typical challenges encountered when attempting to draw realistically. The class will teach attendees methods of rethinking how to perceive subject matter and how to translate that visual information into line, shape, and spatial arrangements.

Participants need to provide their own art supplies.

Jennings is a children’s book illustrator and artist who studied at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. She has been featured in exhibits by the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance, and the National Juried Show.

“Drawing With Pastels, Pencils and Charcoal” is set for 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 21, on the Blount County Campus. The cost is $105 and instructor is Mary Ruden.

The class will teach the basics of drawing with charcoal, color and standard pencils, and pastels, in addition to the art of composition and how to balance drawings.

Attendees will work from a still life set up in class or from photos of people or places. Participants provide their own art supplies.

Ruden is an artist and sculptor who has taught adult education art classes for many years. Her sculptures, which include large outdoor sculptures, have been featured in the Dogwood Arts Festival, at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and by the City of Knoxville.

For more information about these and 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.

Pellissippi State offers community self-defense classes

In today’s culture, self-awareness and preparedness are important traits to cultivate, and Pellissippi State Community College is offering four self-defense classes in October and November to help reach that goal.

Three of the classes are geared to women, children and teenage girls. They cover topics as varied as bullying, self-defense and confidence. The fourth is open to women and men.

“Self-defense and bullying are being mentioned a lot in the media and in culture,” said Nancy Corum, “and we believe there is a need for instruction in these areas that Pellissippi State can help meet.” Corum is a coordinator for Business and Community Services, which is offering the courses.

All of the self-defense and bullying non-credit classes are open to the public.

“Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Level 1” is 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The class is open to females ages 14 and up and costs $40.

The class will teach attendees basic self-defense techniques, aiming specifically at situations in which a woman might be endangered in a remote area—e.g., parking lots and garages—and need to prevent an attacker from taking her to another location.

“Bully-Proof Kids 101” is Saturday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, also at the Hardin Valley Campus. The class is open to children ages 5-12 and costs $30. Class times for ages 5-9 are 12:30-1:30 p.m. Times for ages 10-12 are 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In “Bully-Proof Kids,” children will learn what bullying behavior looks like and how to face difficult situations with self-confidence. They will discover strategies for self-protection through fun role-playing and games. Very basic physical self-protection techniques also are included.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls” is 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hardin Valley Campus. The course is open to teenage girls ages 13 and up. The class costs $40.

Attendees will learn bullying defense strategies, stranger defense skills, predator awareness and escape techniques. Basic self-defense skills and techniques will be presented through thoughtful discussion and role-playing. Attendees also will learn safe dating strategies and assault prevention, discussed in age-appropriate ways.

Teaching each class is Michelle Kirk, founder and lead instructor of Pink Diamond Defense, a Knoxville affiliate of the Women’s Self-Defense Institute.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” is open to men and women and is designed to offer a variety of options for learning crime prevention and personal safety strategies. Two sessions are available on the Hardin Valley Campus, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Cost of the class is $50.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” also will offer a session for anyone interested in becoming an instructor for the class. It begins 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and continues  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Cost of the class, which is at the Hardin Valley Campus, is $225.

Conducting both “Refuse to Be a Victim” classes is Jerry Huffman, an NRA certified training counselor and Tennessee certified handgun safety instructor.

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.

Creative learning for children continues with Pellissippi State’s summer classes

Summer months may give children the chance to take a break from school, but they also give them the opportunity to explore topics they might remember long into adulthood. Children as young as 6 can have fun learning about subjects ranging from art and history to acting and computers in Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning classes.

Creative learning camps for kids continue through July, with classes beginning on July 8. Early registration is encouraged. The youth summer course selection for July, offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Girls on the Run”—July 8-12, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces participants to the physical-activity-based Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—July 8-12, 2-4 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $95. Attendees learn basic self-defense skills, safe-dating strategies, predator awareness, escape techniques and assault prevention in an age-appropriate way.

“CreACTivity”—July 8-12, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Students explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage, with the chance to display their skills in a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“ImaginACTion”—July 15-19, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants use imagination and technique to create characters for the stage in this active class. The class is capped off with a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Claymation”—July 15-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Working in small groups, attendees write a script, create clay figures, take photographs and compile a short animated movie. Includes a movie premiere featuring all final projects.

“The Amazing History Adventure”—July 15-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ages 9-13; $169. Presented in conjunction with historic Ramsey House, this day-camp experience offers hands-on activities, games and crafts based on early American history. Participants must register by July 8 and should visit the BCS website for a list of materials to bring each day. Classes meet at Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, in East Knox County.

“App-tastic”—July 15-18, 9-noon; ages 8-15; $115. This four-day class teaches students how to build their own app that will work on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android with Wi-Fi capabilities.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—July 15-16, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class helps younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—July 17-18, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students learn how to boost confidence and decrease feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Keyboarding and Basic Computer Skills”—July 22-25, 9-noon; ages 6-10; $115. Youngsters have fun learning their way around the computer in age-appropriate activities, including doing online searches and making greeting cards.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 22-25, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $115. Attendees can get a head start on future job skills by learning the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel).

“Cambridge ACT Test Prep Class”—July 20, 8:30-noon (pre-test); July 29-20, 5-8 p.m. (math/science); Aug. 5-6, 5-8 p.m. (English/reading); Aug. 10, 8:30-noon (post-test); $425, with $100 discount to those registering by July 5. Students preparing to take the ACT gain test strategies in this curriculum, which has a solid record of improving scores. Must register by July 12.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional 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.

Pellissippi State kicks off creative learning for kids beginning June 3

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer creative learning classes in June and July for children as young as 7. All classes are open for immediate registration.

Classes in June begin on June 3, and the late summer classes begin on July 8. The June youth summer course selection, available through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“The CSI Experience”—June 3-7, 9-11 a.m.; grades 5-8; $105. Students will have the chance to solve a mock crime using simple forensic techniques. Lab activities may include fingerprinting, blood typing with simulated blood and more.

“Adventure Into the Digital Science Classroom”—June 3-7, noon-2; grades 5-8; $105. A class for the “not so faint,” this course begins with virtual dissections and then moves on to actual dissections using forensic techniques.

“Girls on the Run”—June 10-14, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces attendees to the Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—June 10-11, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students will learn how to boost their confidence and decrease their feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Self-Defense for Kids”—June 17-21, 2-3:30 p.m.; ages 7-12; $85. Using role play and games, participants will learn basic self-defense techniques, as well as strategies covering escapes, strangers and bullies.

“Jewelry and Wearable Art”—June 17-21, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 10 and up; $119. Students will leave this course with several completed pieces, which may include bracelets, earrings, pendants and more.

“Young Artist”—June 24-28, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Activities may include basic drawing, figure drawing, perspective drawing, book and journal making, oil pastels, polymer clay, portraits, or sculpture.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 25-26, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class is meant to help younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional 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, as well as descriptions of the youth summer classes that begin in July.

Pellissippi State offers five-day training to be solar photovoltaic installer

In only five days, students who enroll in the Solar Photovoltaic Training Series at Pellissippi State Community College will be prepared to enter the growing field of solar design and installation. Those who complete the course will also be eligible to take the optional North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners exam. The series is offered through the Business and Community Services Division.

Solar photovoltaics, the conversion of solar power to electricity, is a growing field in Tennessee. As of May 2012, Tennessee is second only to California in the number of solar photovoltaic installers employed. Approximately 670 individuals worked as installers in the state last year, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.

No specialized knowledge is required to take the class. Basic high school math is reviewed, and the foundations of electricity and electronics are covered. Students then go on to the design and installation portions of the coursework. Additional topics include photovoltaic history, market developments and safety.

The class is May 20-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. The cost is $799, plus a textbook fee of $175. The fee for the optional NABCEP exam is $125.

To register or to learn more about this and other classes, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Learn golf, sound investing, dulcimer and more at Pellissippi State

Greet spring’s arrival by learning something new in one of the many non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College. The Business and Community Services Division boasts options that range from sports-related and music classes to financial workshops, genealogy research, and writing courses.

Classes beginning soon include the following:

“Street Hip Hop” – Mondays, March 18-April 22, 5-6 p.m.; $65. Learn several styles of this dance, such as popping, waving, isolations and breakdancing. Hip hop provides great exercise and is not as difficult as one might think. Instructor Wojciech “V” Wiktor is an experienced choreographer and dance instructor.

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing” – Tuesdays, March 19-April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Blount County Campus); $65. This class gives students a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing, while also providing tips on identifying and avoiding the most common investment mistakes.

“Beyond Basic Genealogy” – Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75. Instructor Sam Maner, local author of several genealogical publications and previous Ancestry.com worker, shares his years of genealogy expertise with class participants. Field trips include visits to the health department and a local cemetery.

“An Introduction to Golf” – March 25-28, April 8-11 or May 6-9, 6-7 p.m.; Target Golf, 5311 W. Beaver Creek Dr., Knoxville; $65, plus $10 facility fee paid to instructor at first class. This four-hour class over four consecutive days provides consistent practice in the basic mechanics of golf. Students will also learn course etiquette and golf cart operation, and they will play a hole.

“Making Money Writing and Selling Articles and Short Stories to Magazines” – Mondays, March 25-April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $99. The emphasis of this class is getting written material published. Topics include best query practices, copyright protection and manuscript preparation.

“Tennessee Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Having a Will!” – Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-28, April 16-18 or May 21-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $49. Students will learn about the legal documents needed to plan for disability or death, as well as a brief overview of state and federal death taxes.

“Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (I)” – Tuesdays, March 26-May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $95, plus $30 material fee paid to instructor at first class. No musical experience is needed for this popular nine-week class. Dulcimers required at first class. Instructor can provide sources, including inexpensive cardboard-body dulcimers. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer (III)” – Thursdays, March 28-May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.; $95, plus approximate $40 material fee paid to instructor at first class. Students who have already completed “Novice Appalachian Dulcimer (II)” can continue to develop their skills with instructor Rudy Ryan. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Introduction to Scuba Diving” – April 6-7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Ski/Scuba Center, 2543 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville; $212, plus $87.25 course material fee paid to instructor at first class. This weekend course introduces the fundamentals, as well as covers training needed for qualifying dives for SSI certification. All equipment is provided. Students must pick up a book and DVD for home study about three days before class.

“’Hablando Español’ (Talking Spanish)” – Mondays, May 6-June 10, 7-9 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $110, includes book. Designed for those with little or no prior instruction in the Spanish language, this course provides a fundamental understanding in speaking, reading and writing basic Spanish.

“Living Single: Financial Strategies for Women” – Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m.; $35. This three-hour workshop is specifically for single women who wish to create a sound financial roadmap. Topics include the basics on investments, savings, debt reduction, insurance and planning for the unexpected.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For information on additional classes or to register, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Twelve-hour class offers immersion in Appalachian heritage

To say that the Appalachian region is a source of rich heritage is an understatement. From its distinctive history, language, and music to its varied folkways, geography, and wildlife, Appalachia has been the subject of numerous studies, books, films, and musical compositions. A non-credit class offered by Pellissippi State Community College distills that history into 12 hours of exploration geared both to lifelong residents and those new to the area.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” offers students a sampling of the Great Smoky Mountains region of the Tennessee–North Carolina border, with special emphasis on Blount, Sevier, Graham, Monroe and Swain counties. Attendees will learn about Appalachian heritage, as well as explore possible connections between the mountains and their own families.

Instructor Mark Davidson is a retired Blount County social studies teacher who developed an Appalachian Studies program for students at William Blount High School. Depending on the interest of class participants, an optional field trip led by Davidson may be scheduled as part of the course. Additional costs associated with a field trip will be announced in class.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” is offered at two Pellissippi State locations. Dates and times are as follows: Thursdays, March 14-April 18, 6-8 p.m., Hardin Valley Campus; Mondays, March 18-April 22, 6-8 p.m., Blount County Campus.

Class fee is $89. An additional materials fee of approximately $18 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

The non-credit class is offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. 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.