Pellissippi State earns TBR grant to expand ESL courses

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Pellissippi State Community College will expand its class offerings in English as a Second Language to Tennessee residents for whom English is not a native language.

This expansion of ESL courses is thanks to a Tennessee Board of Regents Student Engagement, Retention and Success grant. The $20,080 grant will fund an outreach initiative, called REACH, to non-native English speakers in Knox and Blount counties through civic and cultural organizations, places of worship, community gathering places and businesses.

Students register for ESL courses as they would for any other class at Pellissippi State. Students also can enroll in an academic program at Pellissippi State while taking three ESL courses during their first semester, before beginning their program-specific credit courses.

Although Pellissippi State’s international student population may also take ESL courses, this grant’s purpose is to encourage greater participation from Tennessee residents for whom English is a second or other language. Additionally, the grant provides for a partnership between Pellissippi State and Walters State Community College, which does not currently offer ESL courses. Walters State will encourage its eligible students to attend Pellissippi State for these ESL courses and then return to Walters State to enter their degree programs.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about ESL courses at Pellissippi State, email reach@pstcc.edu.