AT&T donates $5,000 to Pellissippi State for student scholarships

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Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise, left, and Pellissippi State Foundation Executive Director Peggy Wilson, right, accept a check from AT&T, along with, from left, Pellissippi State scholarship recipient Kyle Beanblossom, AT&T regional director of external affairs Alan Hill, and State Rep. Roger Kane.


AT&T has donated $5,000 to Pellissippi State Community College to support non-traditional, underserved students studying in accelerated cohort programs. The donation will fund student scholarships.

“This type of support from private business is important as we work to find ways to advance higher education in East Tennessee,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “The scholarship this contribution will fund will allow students to complete degree programs that give them the skills to complete in today’s technology-based economy.”

This donation is part of AT&T’s $65,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents, Pellissippi State’s governing body. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges will receive $5,000 toward student scholarships that target non-traditional and underserved students.

“To meet the needs of our ever-growing economy, Tennessee’s institutions of higher education must ensure new entrants to the workforce are prepared and obtain the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in a modern workplace,” said Sen. Richard Briggs. “Through programs like those offered at Pellissippi State, pathways are created for non-traditional students to gain these skills, benefiting all Tennesseans.” 

“Tennessee’s community colleges serve as crucial pathways to prosperity for students who want to enter the job market as soon as possible,” said Rep. Roger Kane.  “AT&T’s commitment to good corporate citizenship in education will allow our future workforce to reach its full potential reaping benefits for all Tennesseans.”

“The relationship between business and education is an important one for job creation in Tennessee,” said Rep. Harry Brooks, chairman of the House Education Committee. “Statistics continue to show that the jobs of the future will require some type of secondary education, and helping our students obtain degrees and certificates will lead to more job growth and development for Tennessee.”

In January 2010, the Tennessee legislature passed the Complete College Tennessee Act, which seeks to increase the higher education completion rates of students across the state.

 “We are delighted to support Tennessee students who are acquiring the skills they need to enter the workforce,” said Alan Hill, regional director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Tennessee. “Accelerated certificate and degree programs are a great way to ensure our students are fully prepared to enter the workforce and that they can find good jobs right here in Tennessee when they graduate.”

The AT&T scholarships will support students studying programs that are accelerated cohorts, which can allow students to complete their associate degrees at an accelerated rate. Accelerated cohorts especially help students who are attending college while also working full-time.

For more information about AT&T and its Philanthropy & Social Innovation outreach, visit For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State offers Business concentrations for adult learners

Pellissippi State Community College is offering two new accelerated cohorts in concentrations that are part of the Business program.

Cohorts allow students to progress through a degree program together, as a cohesive unit. In accelerated cohorts, students will take classes two evenings per week for four semesters over the course of 16 months. That schedule especially caters to students with full-time jobs.

Students can study two concentrations: Accounting and Management. Both concentrations kick off in January 2017. Registration for spring 2017 classes opens Oct. 24.

Management students learn skills like supervisory management, project design, quality improvement and organizational behavior. Accounting students learn accounting techniques for payroll and taxes, as well as skills like business finance and accounting systems.

Pellissippi State offers additional support services and academic pathways that appeal to adult students — from online classes and degree programs to programs like Prior Learning Assessment, which can offer academic credit for life experiences, job training and prior education.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State graduate earns double degree

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Fred Williams, a Pellissippi State Community College graduate, earned a degree from Pellissippi State and from Austin Peay State University on the same day.

On the morning of May 6, Fred Williams rushed from his commencement ceremony at Austin Peay State University to another at Pellissippi State Community College — but his path to a degree hasn’t been quite so fast.

Williams first stepped through the doors of Pellissippi State in 1988.

He continued with school, off and on, while working full time until 2000, when he earned an associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. But Williams didn’t stop there. He stayed enrolled at Pellissippi State until 2006, when he and his wife adopted their son. He decided to take time off from school to help raise him.

“When he started going to kindergarten, I started back to school too,” Williams said. “I wanted my son to see me graduate. That’s a memory I always wanted him to have.”

Williams came back to Pellissippi State in 2010, and in 2013 entered the Austin Peay 2+2 program, which allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

He completed the 2+2 program this spring, earning a general associate’s degree from Pellissippi State and a Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree from Austin Peay. On May 6, Williams walked the stage at both Pellissippi State and Austin Peay’s commencements. He rushed from Clarksville to Knoxville in order to take part in both ceremonies.

“As I walked across the stage to shake Dr. Wise’s hand, I leaned in to say, ‘You know I walked the stage at Austin Peay this morning, don’t you?’” Williams said. “He got a chuckle out of that, and after the ceremony came to track me down.”

“I thought it was an accomplishment to graduate twice in one day, so I knew I wanted to be in both ceremonies,” said Williams, who is a senior electrical designer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source.

This fall, Williams plans to return to college. He lacks only six courses to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, another 2+2 program offered by Pellissippi State and Austin Peay. He hopes the additional degrees will allow him to continue to improve and grow his career at ORNL.

“I like Pellissippi State. It’s helped me out a lot over the years.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State hosts open houses for adult learners, home schoolers

Are you a home schooled student interested in attending college? Or are you looking to reconnect to higher education after time in the workforce?

Whatever your situation, Pellissippi State Community College has upcoming open houses to answer your questions.

Adult learners — or those students over age 24 — are invited to an open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Home-schoolers and their parents or guardians may attend an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Both open houses will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although both events are free, those interested in attending the adult learner open house are asked to RSVP at, and those interested in attending the home-schooler open house are asked to RSVP at

Each open house will allow prospective students to meet with representatives who can answer questions about Pellissippi State’s degree programs, admissions and financial aid.

At the home-school open house, parents and students can learn special information about Dual Enrollment, which allows high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for select courses. Attendees who are high school seniors will be entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship to Pellissippi State, provided through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation supports student success by providing scholarships, new technology and equipment.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or

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