Pellissippi State pilot program to target adult learners

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Adult learners at Pellissippi State Community College will have the opportunity to take part in a pilot mentoring  project designed to enhance student engagement and increase retention rates, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents. TBR is the college’s governing body.

The Student Engagement, Retention and Success grant funds a mentoring program for 50 students. The participants will be able to work closely with Pellissippi State faculty and staff to complete an academic plan, attend workshops for personal and academic development, and participate in unique social gatherings. Each participating student also will be paired with a mentor at the college.

“This project will help close the achievement gaps among underrepresented minority, adult and low-income students at Pellissippi State,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity.

“It also will help increase the number of adult students currently without a degree that will find there are resources and people available to help them attain a degree, starting with community colleges.”

The program kicks off for students registering for the fall 2014 semester. Registration is going on now.

Each student who takes part in the program and meets federal financial aid guidelines receives a $500 scholarship per academic year. If the pilot is successful, the adult student learner program, Programming for Adult Student Support, will be expanded.

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

Pellissippi State offers daytime, evening GED test dates

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The job market looks as if it’s picking up, and now is the time to earn your GED. Pellissippi State Community College is offering two opportunities this month—one during the day and one at night—to take the exam.

The first GED test takes place in the daytime on Saturday, June 15. The second is split between two evenings, June 27 and 28. Both tests are given at the Hardin Valley Campus.

“According to the statistics, there are more than a million working-age adults who have started but not finished the current GED test,” said Joan Newman, director of Academic Education and Adult Education. “These adults need to complete the test as soon as possible. It will open doors to college, training and better jobs.”

The June 15 test is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The June 27-28 test is 5-9:30 p.m. Cost is $65. Test takers need to register with Pellissippi State 48 hours in advance, to be age 17 or over, and to have completed an official GED practice test.

The GED test covers writing, reading, science, social studies and math. The five parts may be taken separately, but all must be passed to receive the corresponding credential.

In 2014, the GED test will change from its current format to one given entirely on a computer. The revised exam will reflect new Common Core state standards and will require higher-level math proficiency and generally be more rigorous. It also will be more expensive.

Anyone who has not completed the GED before Jan. 1, 2014, will have to start over with the new format.

“We are trying to encourage people to go ahead and take it, or finish taking it, this year,” Newman said.

Even if adults have been out of school for years, they shouldn’t fear taking the GED, she says.

“Approximately 70 percent of adults who take the GED pass,” Newman said. “Unfortunately, only about 1.5 percent of all adults who did not graduate from high school even attempt it. The odds really are in your favor, especially when you’re prepared.”

Newman said Adult Education at Pellissippi State offers several hours of instruction to students planning to take the GED. The college also provides free practice tests that often are reliable predictors of actual GED scores.

“We encourage you to study with us and, through that, build your skills, boost your confidence, and help yourself reach your goals.”

To find out more or to sign up, call Adult Education at (865) 539-7109 or the Testing Center at (865) 694-6454. To learn more about Pellissippi State programs, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

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