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Pellissippi State offers QuickBooks workshop for small-business owners

Keeping track of finances can be a real headache for small-business owners, but the fix may be fairly simple and painless: QuickBooks.

Debi Bolton of Pellissippi State Community College says QuickBooks software enables businesspeople to quickly find what they need when they need it, including money coming in and money going out of the business. Bolton is manager of the Computer Training Institute for the college’s Business and Community Services Division.

Pellissippi State is joining forces with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to offer a $99 Introduction to QuickBooks workshop four times this fall: Sept. 14; Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. The workshop takes place at the TSBDC office, located at the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Since class size is limited, pre-registration is required.

The 3.5-hour workshop focuses on setting up business finances using QuickBooks Pro. The class covers company setup, chart of accounts creation, invoicing, bill payment, check writing, customer and vendor management, report generation, and preferences.

Gabe Beck, CPA and QuickBooks instructor, uses systematic instructions, making the material easy to understand.

To register or find out more, go to www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call Debi Bolton at (865) 539-7008.

Pellissippi State administers the Knoxville branch of the TSBDC, whose mission is to provide free counseling and training for those interested in starting or improving a small business. The TSBDC serves 16 counties in East Tennessee.

Get new customers with Pellissippi State workshop

Savvy entrepreneurs know that advertising on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube can bring in lots of new customers.

If you’re a business owner who wants to broaden your advertising base, plan to spend four Mondays in July at Pellissippi State Community College’s four-part non-credit workshop and watch your customers multiply.

“Social Media for Small Business” is a hands-on class offered Mondays, July 9-30, 9-noon on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Workshops take place in the Alexander Building, Room 129.

You don’t have to be a social media whiz. All you need is a basic understanding of the internet. And even if you already spend hours a day on sites like Facebook, you will benefit from the technical advertising knowledge of instructor Mark Schaefer.

Schaefer is a globally recognized blogger, educator, business consultant and author. He has worked in global sales, public relations and marketing for nearly 30 years. He is executive director of U.S.-based Schaefer Marketing Solutions.

Schaefer’s clients include both startups and global brands such as Cisco, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and the United Kingdom government. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organizational development and holds seven patents.

The instructor assists class members in developing a sound social media marketing strategy to boost their business’ bottom line. The workshop fee is $250. Class size is intentionally limited to provide ample opportunity for discussion and problem-solving.

To register or find out more, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State unveils 2012 summer class offerings for youth

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer classes for youth, and courses are open for immediate registration. The youth summer course selection provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division includes the following:

“Adventures in Paper”—June 25-28, 10-noon; ages 8 and up; $89. Students will have the chance to make paper books, beads, baskets, pop-up cards, windsocks and kites. Quilling and paper casting lessons are also available. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Social Networking for Teens”—June 27-28, 10:30-noon; ages 13 and up; $65. Topics include communication skills, dining etiquette and behavior in social settings. Participants will learn and practice skills to achieve confidence in a variety of situations.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 27-28, 12:30-2 p.m.; ages 7-12; $65. This class uses songs and games to teach manners for a variety of situations, including parties, dinners and conversation. Students come away from this friendly, rhythmic approach to learning with social confidence.

“Art”—July 9-13, 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, sculpture and more. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Claymation”—July 9-13, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Students will work in groups to write a script, create clay figures and backgrounds, and take photographs to compile a short animated movie on a computer. Final projects will be burned to CD and viewed at a movie premiere on the final class day.

“CreACTivity”—July 9-13, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Participants will explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage through creative dramatics, games and exercises. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Photo-rrific”—July 16-19, 9-noon; ages 12 and up; $115. Using digital photographs on the computer, attendees will learn to create a photo site, a scrapbook and/or a collage. Instruction will be given on photo sharing and photo manipulation techniques.

“Webpage Design”—July 16-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. This class covers basic concepts that allow students to create dynamic, interactive Web-based applications that run within a browser.

“ImaginACTion”—July 16-20, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants will use imagination, technique, games and exercises to create characters for the stage. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Keyboarding”—July 23-26, 9-noon; ages 10 and up; $115. Typing can be fun? In this class, yes. Using an entertaining approach, instruction is given in keyboard touch-type. Emphasis is placed on correct finger reach and accuracy.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 23-26, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. Attendees will learn the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel). Skills can be used for creative projects, homework assignments and future job activities.

All courses listed are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

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, June 23, session.

The non-credit course is being offered 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 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 are four to five hours of classroom instruction and approximately three hours of range training. 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 takes place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Road. Class hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Four additional sessions of the course will be offered this summer for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on June 23. The regular rate of $75 per person will apply to classes offered on July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Class times, meeting locations and guidelines are the same.

For additional information or registration for classes offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Engineering Tech students install Pellissippi State’s first solar panel array

Pellissippi State Engineering Technology students Jeff Station (left) and Anthony Hudson install solar panels on the Hardin Valley Campus’ McWherter Building as a class project earlier this semester.

As Ken Swayne’s students tightened the screws on the new solar panels, they also strengthened Pellissippi State Community College’s investment in alternative energy education.

Swayne, a professor of Electrical Engineering in the Engineering Technology degree program, pooled the talents of two of his classes this semester in order to install the first-ever solar panel array at Pellissippi State.

His Applied Electricity class wired the six panels to an inverter located in a classroom in the McWherter Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. Then the Photovoltaics Alternative Energy class installed brackets and the solar panels on the roof of the building. The panels are expected to produce 324 watts of electrical energy under peak sun conditions.

Both classes then worked in a frigid wind on the rooftop to put the finishing touches on installing the solar panel array.

“The system will be a great learning tool for our technology students,” said Swayne. “I am very grateful to the college for supporting this project. I believe any contribution toward green energy production and training is a plus for Pellissippi State and the Knoxville community.”

Last year the college installed electric vehicle charging stations on its Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses. Pellissippi State earned the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for its collegewide sustainability and environmental efforts.

William Draney, a 28-year-old Electrical Engineering student at Pellissippi State, says he was first drawn to the idea of solar energy during Swayne’s campuswide lecture on photovoltaics last year.

“I wanted to know how to put solar panels on my own house,” he said. “Plus, I had been an electrician for five years and wanted to see if solar panel installation would be a good thing to get into on the side.”

Pellissippi State offers many green courses, both in the classroom and online. Among them are Photovoltaic System Design and Installation, Green Building for Contractors, and classes for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

For more information, contact the college’s Business and Community Services Division at (865) 539-7167. To learn more about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: National ‘Advisor of the Year’ teaches retirement finances course April 10-17

The nation’s 2011 Advisor of the Year, as recognized by financial industry publication Senior Market Advisor, is local resident Jim Brogan. A non-credit instructor at Pellissippi State Community College since 2007, Brogan is still delivering his popular finance courses. His next offering, “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement,” begins on April 10.

Brogan is owner and president of Brogan Financial, a Knoxville-based retirement and legacy planning firm. The author, talk show host and philanthropist earned his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and is a certified retirement financial advisor. Brogan’s class is offered on Tuesdays, April 10-17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers the same course on Thursdays, April 12-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Blount County classes are led by Jim Kraeske, an investment advisor representative with Brogan Financial. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The course fee for “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement” is $59.

For additional information about this or other non-credit courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The entire course catalog is available online.

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 March 17 session.

The non-credit course is being offered 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 special $75 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 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 are four to five hours of classroom instruction and approximately three hours of range training. The instructor 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 Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Road. Class hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

To register for the carry-permit class or other courses offered through the Business and Community Services Division of Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.

Multiple motorcycle riding classes offered by Pellissippi State

From classes geared to novice motorcycle riders to courses designed for experienced three-wheeled riders, Pellissippi State Community College offers a full slate of non-credit classes beginning in March. All courses are offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division and take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

MSF Basic RiderCourse®—Classes are offered every weekend, with the exception of holiday weekends, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $225. This two-day course is aimed at beginning riders 15 years and older. The class includes five hours of classroom work and 10 of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment. This is the Tennessee state–certified licensing Motorcycle Rider Education program.

Street RiderCourse® 1—Classes begin March 10 and run 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $195. For newly licensed riders, this class is designed to be a first street-riding experience under the supervision and guidance of a Rider Coach. The five-hour course includes classroom activities that improve perception, as well as practice time on the range to ensure basic riding skills.

Three-Wheeled Experienced RiderCourse®—Classes begin March 10 and are scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $95. The nine hours of instruction includes classroom and range time. Instruction is focused on the unique handling characteristics of riding a trike. A Gold Wing Road Riders Association completion card and state certificate are presented to riders who successfully complete the course.

Advanced RiderCourse®—Class is March 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $95. This one-day course is for experienced riders who want to learn and practice more in-depth riding techniques. On-cycle range exercises provide practice in cornering, braking and swerving. A Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card, which may be used for insurance discounts, will be issued to students who complete the course successfully.

Basic RiderCourse® 2—License Waiver—Classes begin March 24, and they run 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $95. This eight-hour course is designed for students who already know how to ride and want to increase their knowledge and skill on their own motorcycle. This is an excellent followup to the Basic RiderCourse®, and graduates are welcome to enroll immediately after completing the first course.

Three-Wheeled Basic RiderCourse®—Classes begin April 21-22 and take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $250. This two-day course is an entry-level, learn-to-ride training and education class designed to prepare riders for entry into the complex world of traffic. Participants learn fundamental riding skills and safety strategies similar to the training provided in the MSF Basic RiderCourse®, but on a three-wheeled, three-track vehicle.

Each class has different requirements regarding age, proof of insurance, necessary equipment, skill level and other entry guidelines. Motorcycle classes are offered beginning in March and continuing through the first half of November. All have limited class size.

Please visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167 for information regarding a particular motorcycle class, as well as for descriptions of the many other non-credit and certificate courses offered by BCS.

Pellissippi State offers fun children’s camps in June and July

Parents, here’s your chance to give the children a fun and educational summer experience! Enroll them in one or more summer camps at Pellissippi State Community College. Attending an exciting camp can open up a brand new world and provide a great sense of accomplishment.

Camps start in June and take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Here are the camps offered this summer:

  • Social Networking for Teens—ages 13 and up, $65
    June 4-5 and June 27-28, 10:30-noon
  • Manners Come From the Heart—ages 7-12, $65
    June 4-5 and June 27-28, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Adventure Into the Digital Science Classroom—grades 5-8, $105
    June 11-15, 12-2 p.m.
  • The CSI Experience—grades 5-8, $105
    June 11-15, 9-11 a.m.
  • Basket Making—ages 8 and up, $89
    June 18-21, 10-noon
  • Adventures in Paper—ages 8 and up, $89
    June 25-28, 10-noon
  • Art—ages 8-15, $119
    July 9-13, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • Claymation—ages 8-15, $119
    July 9-13, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • CreACTivity—ages 8-10, $115
    July 9-13, 1-4 p.m.
  • ImaginACTion—ages 11-13, $125
    July 16-20, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Photo-rrific—ages 12 and up, $115
    July 16-19, 9-noon
  • Webpage Design—ages 12 and up, 115
    July 16-19, 1-4 p.m.
  • Keyboarding—ages 10 and up, $115
    July 23-26, 9-noon
  • Microsoft Office Sampler—ages 12 and up, $115
    July 23-26, 1-4 p.m.

Parents may register their children by phone or online: (865) 539-7167 or www.pstcc.edu/bcs. For more information, contact the Business and Community Services office at 539-7167 or bcs@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers sign language classes for children and adults

Teach your baby to communicate with sign language, introduce a child to a “new” language, or learn the basics yourself in upcoming sign language classes at Pellissippi State Community College.

The following courses are offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. They take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • “Beginner Sign Language”—March 1-29, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.; $59

Open to children and adults, the course teaches the basics of this rich language and explores the culture and history of the deaf. Discussion includes an exploration of careers as an interpreter for the deaf or as an educator at a school for the deaf.

  • “Baby Sign Language”—March 3-24, Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m.; $59

Reduce your baby’s frustration by teaching him or her sign language that can be used to clearly communicate thoughts, wants and needs before or after the development of speech. Research has shown that sign language also helps improve a baby’s motor skills and social development. Adult students will learn basic signs such as “eat,” “sleep” and “thirsty,” as well as finger spelling, in a fun, interactive setting.

Full class descriptions, along with a schedule of all courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, are available at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

For additional information or to register, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.