The community is invited to a Health and Wellness Fair at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus Wednesday, April 12.
The free event will feature health exhibitors providing demonstrations, free materials and free health checks from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. A Medic blood drive will be held on campus from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. that same day.
Exhibitors including AccuQuest Hearing, Alcoa Chiropractic Center, Blount County Eye Center, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Ridge Family Dentistry, Gold’s Gym, Healthy Living Essential Oils, Healthy Mind Counseling Services, Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, Profile by Sanford Weight Loss Center, Smart Trips, Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic, Tennessee Vein Center and UT Medical Center.
For more information about this event, contact the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pellissippi State Community College announced today that it would offer a last-dollar scholarship for adult students beginning in fall 2017.
The scholarship program, Reconnect Now, will cover tuition and mandatory fees, allowing qualified students to attend Pellissippi State for free.
Interested students can visit www.pstcc.edu/reconnect to find out more. Registration for the fall semester opens April 3. Pellissippi State will hold a special open house for adult students from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 1, at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The open house is free, but interested students should RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/reconnect.
“This spring, Governor Haslam introduced his plan to expand the Tennessee Reconnect grant to give more adults the opportunity to attend college in the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We applaud that idea, but wanted to find a way for adult learners to get started right away.
“Through Reconnect Now, Pellissippi State will cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adult students in order to open the doors of higher education to everyone,” he added.
To qualify for the scholarship, students must qualify as an independent on the FAFSA and can’t have previously earned a college degree. Students must enroll at least part-time (at least six credit hours) in an associate degree program and keep a 2.0 grade point average. Visit www.pstcc.edu/reconnect for a full list of scholarship criteria.
In conjunction with the launch of Reconnect Now, Pellissippi State will offer expanded evening and weekend classes, as well as online pathways to a degree, to accommodate all types of student schedules. As always, the college offers support services like mentoring, tutoring and academic and career advising to all students.
Celebrate 10 years of the Festival of Cultures with Pellissippi State Community College from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.
The Festival of Cultures honors East Tennessee’s and Pellissippi State’s diverse community and heritage. This year’s 10th annual celebration will include not only the popular “Taste of International Food” but performers as varied as bagpipers and belly dancers, traditional rangoli kolam (Indian folk art) and even an international fashion show.
The event is free and open to the community and will be held in the Goins Administration Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
Pellissippi State alumni Rashmi Gomatom, Neelima Mertya and Niloo Ranjan will return to the college to create rangoli kolam, a type of Indian folk art that has been a popular staple at the Festival over the past ten years.
Entertainers include: Bella Wang classical Chinese dancers, bagpiper Kelly Shipe, Debka and the Oasis Dancers, Carlos Gonzales, Ogya World Music Band and Dancers, Tollkretsen Skandinavian Dancers, Natana Manohari School of Performing Arts Indian classical dancers, John Hausmann on the sitar and Pellissippi State’s own bluegrass band, the Hardin Valley Thunder.
Booths will allow attendees to try Asian calligraphy, hair braiding and Spanish conversation. Additional exhibits will showcase the cultures of Brazil, Congo, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Kenya, Spain, Romania, Vietnam and more.
New this year, the Festival of Cultures will culminate in an international fashion show coordinated by Pellissippi State’s international students.
The Festival of Cultures is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The event is co-sponsored by Student Life and Access and Diversity at Pellissippi State, as well as Bellevue University.
For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 email@example.com.
Pellissippi State Community College will host Tatevik Gharibyan, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, April 2-8.
Gharibyan works for the Ministry of Education and Science for the Republic of Armenia, where she is a higher education policy development specialist.
“My goal is to explore how effectively higher education contributes to economic development and the wellbeing of society in America,” Gharibyan said. “I hope to connect with policy-makers and researchers who focus on the ethical internationalization of learning.”
As part of her work in Armenia, Gharibyan works with the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, which focuses on education, training and sport activities for youth — as well as the opportunity to study or volunteer abroad.
“I want to compare the education perspective of the American system with the European system,” Gharibyan said.
During her week at Pellissippi State, Gharibyan will spend time with administrators and may visit local civic organizations and businesses in order to help her research on America’s higher education system. She will lead a presentation to college students, employees and the community at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 6.
Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.
Gharibyan’s fellowship year is sponsored by Penn State University.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.