Pellissippi State students finish tops in Math Bowl

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Gabrielle Thress placed first in Tennessee in the 2015 Math Bowl Competition for her scores in precalculus.
Gabrielle Thress placed first in Tennessee in the 2015 Math Bowl Competition for her scores in precalculus.

A group of Pellissippi State Community College students woke early on a Saturday in late November to take part in the annual Pellissippi State Math Bowl.

The competition allows participants to compete for high scores in five divisions: survey of mathematics, calculus A and B, precalculus, and statistics. Students’ test scores are then compared to those of students at other community colleges in Tennessee for statewide prizes.

Pellissippi State student Gabrielle Thress placed first in the state in the precalculus division. Also in the statewide competition, Pellissippi State students Hani Patel and Patrick Stephens placed second and third, respectively, in calculus A, while Chelsey Buchanan and Madison Bauer finished second and third, respectively, in survey of mathematics.

Pellissippi State’s Math Bowl is part of the annual State Mathematics Competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. In addition to state prizes, Pellissippi State — thanks to a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities — awards its top finishers in each subject with additional cash prizes.

Students who finished in the top three in each test category: Madison Bauer, Chelsey Buchanan, Hong Do, Eryca Henry, Tamia Hurst, Nabel Jaser, Andrew Jerome, Rebecca Lengfellner, Hani Patel, Son Quang, Alec Riden, Patrick Stephens, John Studer, Gabrielle Thress and Victoria Villella.

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

Download this press release: Math Bowl 2015

Nabeel Jaser
Nabeel Jaser
Hong Do, left, and Hani Patel.
Hong Do, left, and Hani Patel.
From left, Son Quang, Madison Bauer and Andrew Jerome.
From left, Son Quang, Madison Bauer and Andrew Jerome.

Pellissippi State students raise record amount of canned food for Second Harvest

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SAACS Food Donation
Pellissippi State Community College’s Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society club recently collected more than 1,810 pounds of canned goods in the club’s annual Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee canned food drive. The SAACS club broke its previous record of 1,400 pounds of food, and its goal of 1,000 pounds of food. In a friendly competition, the University of Tennessee SAACS club raised 1,485 pounds of food — bringing the grand total of donated canned goods to 3,295 pounds. Pictured, from left, are Pellissippi State students Victoria Brooks, Nathan Kaufmann and Beck Hester with Rachel Glazener, the club’s faculty advisor. Not pictured are the club president Kristen Michaud and the other faculty advisor, Leslie Adamczyk.

Pellissippi State: Y-12 machinists complete classroom portion of apprenticeship program


Y-12 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony
Pictured, in no order, are students in a Pellissippi State Community College and Y-12 National Security Complex apprenticeship program: Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady.

Ten employees of Y-12 National Security Complex have completed the classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College as part of the first class of an apprenticeship program that grows talent from within Y-12.

The students — Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady — received classroom instruction and hands-on training at Pellissippi State on topics related to working in an advanced technological workplace.

The completion ceremony was at Marble Springs, the historic home of Governor John Sevier. The apprentices built and donated a lawnmower and informational kiosk to the site.

“Our apprenticeship program has been a big investment at CNS Y-12,” said Beth Green, senior staff to the director of infrastructure, at the ceremony. “We wanted to make an investment in growing our employees into journeyman-level positions, and I’m proud to see the results in the work on these projects.”

The apprenticeship program is a four-year investment: the apprentices still must complete the remainder of their fourth year of actual on the job learning at Y-12 in order to finish.

 “It’s the end of one phase and the beginning of the next,” said Lovelady. “We’ll finish up this year, and once that is done we’ll be journeyman machinists.”

The program allows students the opportunity to earn substantial credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, plus the opportunity to finish additional coursework, including 15 credit hours of general education courses required to complete an Engineering Technology degree, with a concentration of the student’s choice.

“You’re giving yourself the best opportunity to grow in the company,” Lovelady said of those who participate.

 “Anything in life is worth working for,” said Bachorek. “I’m setting a grand example for my daughter. Once you have your education, no one can take that away from you.”

The participants also make up the first class of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union apprentices at Y-12. The partnership between the college, Y-12 and the union makes training more convenient and affordable.

Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology faculty and Business and Community Services Division developed the curriculum for the program. BCS works with employers to create customized training and development solutions. For more information, visit or call (865) 539-7167.

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


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Pellissippi State: Orientation sessions set for new spring enrollees

All degree-seeking students who have been accepted to attend Pellissippi State Community College for the spring 2016 semester should make plans now to attend a New Student Orientation session. Classes begin Jan. 19.

The sessions, which take place in December and January, are required of all new degree-seeking students, both freshmen and transfer. Reserve a space as soon as possible at

Orientation gives new students the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff; learn about what they can expect in college and what the college expects of them; learn strategies for college success; explore degree, major, and transfer options; and discover campus services and resources such as financial aid, tutoring, and computer resources.

Students are encouraged to take part in a session at the campus they’ll be attending for class.

Dates, time and locations of general orientation sessions:

  • Blount County Campus — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11
  • Division Street Campus — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 (includes a special session for international students)
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 (includes special sessions for international students and for veterans)
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13

Additionally, an orientation just for transfer students (with a special session for veterans) is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, on the Hardin Valley Campus. Transfer students may attend any New Student Orientation session.

Pellissippi State encourages parents, spouses and others supportive of the student to attend orientation, too. They’ll receive special information in separate sessions.

To sign up for an orientation session, visit or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, email or call (865) 539-7153.

Download this press release: NSO Spring 2016

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