Pellissippi State offers sterile processing training to fill local demand

Beginning in January, Pellissippi State Community College will offer a non-credit course to become a certified registered central sterile processing technician.

The course is designed for students who wish to jump-start or transition to a healthcare career by taking a sterile processing certification exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management.

“There are regional job openings for certified technicians right now, so conceivably everyone who enrolls in this class could find an opportunity for a good entry-level position in a healthcare setting,” said Joshua Reist-Connor, a sterile processing manager at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and an instructor of Pellissippi State’s course.

Based on demand from area healthcare providers, Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services developed this program in cooperation with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

New employees hired as central sterile processing technicians within Tennessee must complete training like this course within two years of initial hire. Pellissippi State’s course is the only in-person course in East Tennessee.

“This course will be an immersive experience. It will partner students with a local healthcare facility and give hands-on experience with the central sterile processing technology and equipment,” Reist-Connor said.

Students who complete the 14-week course, which is offered on Sundays, 2-5 p.m., must also complete 400 hours of job shadowing at an area hospital. Students who take the course are not certified until they successfully complete the examination and job shadowing.

The Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician course at Pellissippi State costs $2,600 and includes textbook and study materials, two pairs of surgical scrubs and the cost of the IAHCSMM certification application and examination.

This class is an approved Veterans Administration training program and an approved American Job Centers Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act training program.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for this course, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Never too early: DIY holiday gifts at Pellissippi State

pysanky dyed eggs

It’s never too early to look for gift ideas for the holidays — and Pellissippi State Community College offers a do-it-yourself opportunity to make creative holiday gifts.

Learn the ancient batik dye process of creating pysanky, eggs dyed using a Ukrainian wax-resist method, in non-credit courses this fall. The elaborately decorated eggs make unique and beautiful tree ornaments or gifts.

Pysanky: The Art of Ukrainian Egg Dyeing will be held from 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10. Cost is $79 plus a $55 materials fee. Create two to three ornaments from eggshells, learning the process from blowing and prepping the shells to varnishing the dyed product.

Pysanky Jewelry: Designing Batik Eggshell Jewelry will be held from 7-9 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 9. Cost is $79 plus a $65 materials fee. Using the same classic Ukrainian batik art, make earrings and matching pendant or brooch from goose eggshells.

Pysanky Sampler: Batik Ornaments in a Day will be held from 5-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5. Cost is $45 plus a $15 material fee. Create an ornament or hanging art display.

For more information about lifelong learning and non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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

drone and drone pilot

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.

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