Pursue lifelong learning at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Explore Appalachian history, learn more about investing or even master basic digital photography skills through lifelong learning classes at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus throughout the month of September.

Two classes in the “Our Appalachia” series will explore the history and biology of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each class will grant attendees 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which may count towards teacher continuing education requirements.

  • Critters in the Coves and on the Crags — Wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. Learn the lore and legends regarding wildlife in the Smokies.
  • Family, Faith & Freedom — The Scots-Irish in the Southern Mountains, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 11-Oct.23. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. Explore the heritage of the Scots-Irish in Appalachia.

Other non-credit courses offered beginning in September:

  • Basic Digital Photography, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12. Cost is $119. Learn the basics of exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Bring your own digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera with manual mode.
  • Demystifying Investing, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. Cost is $39. Explore the investment tools and strategies that can help you reach your financial goals.

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

Pellissippi State offers ‘Drone Flight Skills’ course

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Learn how to fly a drone at a new lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Drone Flight Skills” will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The non-credit course costs $159.

The course is for unmanned aerial vehicle pilots who wish to improve flight skills and understand licensing requirements. Class attendees will practice drone flight maneuvers as well as tips on all-weather handling and waypoint navigation. Additionally, attendees will learn airspace rules and regulations, privacy restrictions and safety and emergency procedures. Drones will be available to students, but those who own their own may bring it.

The class instructor is Cole Hood, co-owner of Falcon Aerial Engineering and Inspections in Maryville.

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

Pellissippi State hosts summer camp classes

Pellissippi State Community College will host plenty of summer camp class options for children (and adults!) this year.

  • Junior Summer Team Tennis — Ages 9 and up. Enjoy fun, friendly tennis team competitions. Instructor Andy Frost separates players by ability and age. Teams have one practice and one match per week. Cost is $135. May 31-July 26; practices are 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays and matches are 2 p.m., Thursdays.
  • STEAM Camp Adventure — Ages 10-17. Spend a week specializing in Minecraft coding, robotics or videography. Cost is $320. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 12-16, 19-13, 26-30 or July 10-14.
  • Self-Defense for Kids — Ages 6-9. Learn fun and easy self-defense moves for common scary scenarios. Cost is $79. Monday-Friday, 9-10 a.m., July 24-28.
  • Self-Defense for Preteens — Ages 10-12. Learn fun and easy self-defense techniques for common scenarios like bullying. Cost is $79. Monday-Friday, 10:15-11:30 a.m., July 24-28.
  • Girls on Guard: Self-Defense for Young Teens — Ages 12-14. Engage in practical self-defense techniques for specific situations. Cost is $89. Monday-Friday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., July 24-28.
  • Reduce the Odds: Self-Defense for Older Teen Girls — Ages 15-17. Learn to recognize and escape dangerous situations through practice with technique and role play. Cost is $89. Monday-Friday, 1:15-2:30 p.m., July 24-28.
  • Multigenerational Class: Did You Get That On Film? — All ages. Learn to use your cell phone camera to capture better videos and use apps for special effects. Cost is $159. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., June 19-23 and Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., July 17-21.

All classes are available through Business and Community Services, which offers lifelong learning opportunities to individuals through personalized, non-credit courses in everything from career training to personal hobbies.

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

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.

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