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Pellissippi State to dedicate Pond Gap Elementary community garden

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Pellissippi State Community College’s Service-Learning Program invites community members, students, families and volunteers to celebrate the conversion of lawn to garden plot at a ceremony at the Pond Gap Elementary School.

The community garden ceremony takes place 3-4 p.m. Monday, May 12, marking the official dedication of the Pellissippi State Edible Schoolyards Project launched last fall. The garden is an outreach project of the college’s Service-Learning program, in which students pair community service with classroom learning.

Through the community garden, students at Pond Gap have worked with Pellissippi State students and volunteers to learn about food insecurity, food access, and food production.

“The garden has been a great educational opportunity to the children here,” said Matt Callo, project manager of the garden and an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. “Even at a young age, their interest in the garden is immediate. I think it distills an interest in the field of agriculture—it’s awesome to see the initiatives they take.”

The dedication ceremony will include remarks from Tim Burchett, Knox County mayor; Madeline Rogero, Knoxville mayor; Jim McIntyre, Knox County Schools superintendent; L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president; and others.

“We are very proud of all we have accomplished in this inaugural year of the Pond Gap community garden,” said Annie Gray, English professor and Service-Learning coordinator.

“By partnering with the University of Tennessee University-Assisted Community Schools Program at Pond Gap Elementary and local businesses in the creation and support of a sustainable community garden project, the Service-Learning program is promoting urban agriculture education in the Pond Gap area.

“We hope it will be part of an economic stimulus effort rooted in the individual and communal sharing of resources.”

Through “edible curricula”–based school programming, community workshops, and Service-Learning projects, the Pond Gap community garden has served as a community demonstration space for fostering the skills needed to grow easily accessible and affordable produce for healthy lifestyles. Community participants have had the opportunity to hone their gardening skills, make new friends and even explored ways of making a viable career out of growing food.

For more information about Service-Learning at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning or call (865) 694-6400.

‘Pell-Aware’ Alcohol and Drug Awareness Day scheduled at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College hopes to help students succeed when it hosts a campuswide Alcohol and Drug Awareness Day Wednesday, April 16.

The free event, Pell-Aware, is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited.

Representatives of area mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers and health-care organizations will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Participating are representatives of Blount Memorial Hospital’s Emotional Health and Recovery Center, Cherokee Health, Cornerstone of Recovery, English Mountain Recovery, Knox County Health Department, and private medical practices, among others.

“We want to provide information but also link people with services that they may need or find useful,” said Kathleen Douthat, a counselor at Pellissippi State.

“Drug and alcohol abuse is a fairly big issue for college-age students, so an awareness of what drugs and alcohol can do is important, as is knowing who to go to for help if they’re having trouble, or if they know someone who is having trouble, with substance abuse.

As much as 30 percent of failure in school by college students may be tied to alcohol abuse, according to Douthat.

“If we can work with substance use and get that under control, maybe we can retain more students and help them be more successful.”

Pellissippi State’s Counseling staff, the planners of Pell-Aware, are available to help students manage obstacles that threaten their academic, career and life goals. The office provides career, personal and academic counseling.

For more information about Pell-Aware, visit www.pstcc.edu/counseling or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Community invited to Blount County Campus Health and Wellness Fair

Pellissippi State Community College hosts a Health and Wellness Fair at the Blount County Campus Wednesday, April 16.

The fair features health-care exhibitors providing demonstrations, materials and health checks. The free event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main lobby of the campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. The community is invited.

The health fair is organized with the help of Alcoa Chiropractic, which will offer complimentary chair massages and spinal screenings. Marino Therapy Centers will conduct bone density assessments, and Pellissippi State’s nursing students will take blood pressure and glucose screenings. Other free health checks and demonstrations include allergy testing and acupuncture.

Exhibitors include Healthy Mind and Counseling, Acuquest Hearing, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, The Eye Group, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Complete Nutrition, Rx Relationships, the American Red Cross, Blue Ridge Family Dentistry and the Tennessee Vein Center, among others.

“Choosing to be healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is a choice we all make,” said Holly Burkett, dean of the Blount County Campus. “I want the students, faculty, and staff at Pellissippi State and the community to have the opportunity to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

To learn more about the fair, call (865) 981-5300. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches online ‘Career Coach’ for students, community

Pellissippi State Community College has announced a partnership with Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore potential careers.

Career Coach can be accessed at Pellissippi State’s website, www.pstcc.edu.

Career Coach provides real-time information customized to East Tennessee, including career prospects for certain degrees, detailed wage estimates and up-to-date job postings for nearly any career. Users also are directed to Pellissippi State’s program offerings when searching for specific jobs.

“We are excited to offer our students and our community this opportunity to identify careers they would like to pursue and the pathways that will take them there,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs.

On Career Coach, users can search for openings in their current field, or for similar jobs if their original search—or present job—doesn’t seem like a good fit. The site also shows the education required to move from one career to another. In addition, users can search for careers based on Pellissippi State’s top programs or the programs the users are most interested in.

Career Coach includes a resume builder to help students and job seekers quickly and efficiently highlight their key skills and job experience.

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

Pellissippi State hosts Computer Careers Open House for Knox-area women

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a Computer Careers Open House for Knoxville-area women Monday, April 7.

The event is 5:15-7:15 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The open house is funded through a $1,000 grant to help encourage women in computing and information technology fields. The grant is administered by the National Center for Women and IT Academic Alliance.

The Computer Career Open House is open to female rising eighth-grade and high school students, their parents, Pellissippi State and other college students, and other women in the community interested in learning more about careers in computing.

“We are excited about and grateful for the opportunity to share and be an influence on young women in their career choices,” said Christy Watson, a Computer Science and Information Technology student and chair of the student club that received the Symantec Student Seed Fund grant.

“In some of my Computer Science and Information Technology classes,” she said, “I’m the only woman or in the minority among mostly male students. I think women often relegate computers and technology to being the equivalent of ‘gaming,’ or they feel that they’ve outgrown their interest in computers.”

Presenters at the Computer Career Open House will include Pellissippi State faculty and students, as well as local professionals and employers in the computer science and IT industries.

After the open house portion of the event, an optional hour-long “Hour of Code” session will be offered to the first 50 people to register. Sign up by contacting Sharon Burlingame, CSIT program coordinator at Pellissippi State, at (865) 694-6588.

The NCWIT Academic Alliance includes more than 275 colleges and universities. The program is charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, particularly in providing access to leading-edge best practices for recruiting and retaining women. Symantec, a NCWIT sponsor member, is a computer security software corporation and Fortune 500 company.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Community invited to Seventh Annual Festival of Cultures at Pellissippi State

Photo of 4 Indian females in blue and red ornamental dresses, dancing on stage.
Indian cultural dance group from 2012 Festival of Cultures

Pellissippi State Community College once again shines a light on the many cultures represented by its student body when the school hosts the Seventh Annual Festival of Cultures Friday, April 11.

The Festival of Cultures is 4-8:30 p.m. in the Goins Building of the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“Each year, the Festival of Cultures promotes a wide array of cultural experiences,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, which coordinates the celebration. “We hope each event encourages our students, faculty, and staff members and the community at large to look at the world from a new cultural perspective.”

At the Festival of Cultures, attendees will receive a Festival Passport booklet. As they browse cultural booths and exhibits, they’ll receive stickers representing various countries to place in their passports.

Festival of Cultures will include performances by Mawre & Company, a West African dance and drum group; Miyagi Ryu Okinawan Dancers, a Japanese traditional dance group; the Alexia School of Middle Eastern Dance; the Tellico Tappers; Bhangra; the East Tennessee Chinese School dance team; and Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder.

An exhibit depicting rangoli floor art, a traditional Indian design, will be on display in the Goins Building Rotunda. The design is created by Pellissippi State student Donna Kaur. Various personal artifact collections of Pellissippi State students with international backgrounds also will be on display. In addition, event attendees can receive henna art tattoos from Knoxville henna artist Kajal Patel.

Children’s activities will include face painting, balloon twisting and other arts and crafts. Stilt-walker “Jake,” from One World Circle, will be on hand. He will read “Abiyoyo,” an African folk tale written by Pete Seeger.

Finally, the Festival of Cultures boasts food tastings from international cuisines representing Canada, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Iraq, Kenya, Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The Festival of Cultures is one of the events that make up The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For more information about Festival of Cultures, call the Access and Diversity Office at (865) 539-7160 or visit www.pstcc.edu/diversity. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts annual Faculty Senate Book Sale

Pellissippi State Community College will stage its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale in late March and early April, and the community is invited to take part.

The Book Sale kicks off at the Blount County Campus, running 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24-25 and 8-noon March 26 in the upstairs lobby.

The sale then moves to the Hardin Valley Campus, where it’s scheduled 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 31-April 1 and 9-noon April 2 in the College Center of the Goins Building. The sale wraps up at the Magnolia Avenue Campus lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 7-8.

The Faculty Senate Book Sale raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

“This is really a community event,” said Ashley Boone, a book sale planner and associate professor of Mathematics. “A lot of students and community members look forward to the sale, because the prices are so good for these books, music, and movies.”

All type of books will be available—fiction to nonfiction, craft to cook books—as well as collectible magazines like National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs.

Donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff, and students and community members.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Hardin Valley at 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Magnolia Avenue at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State to host forum featuring mayors Burchett, Rogero

Pellissippi State Community College hosts a forum that features an interview and Q&A with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero on Thursday, April 10.

The mayoral forum, “How Local Politics Impacts Business and You,” begins at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“We are very excited and honored to have mayors Rogero and Burchett at Pellissippi State,” said Lucinda Alexander, an associate professor of Business and Computer Technology. “This will be a great venue to expose our students and the community to what local government does and how it impacts our lives.”

The forum will focus on the vision for metro Knoxville, areas of success and those in need of improvement in the local economy, and how local government is involved in economic development.

The forum is scheduled to last about an hour. It will include interviews with Rogero and Burchett, beginning with questions about each mayor’s background and what led each to a career in public service. In addition to questions from the moderator, Pellissippi State students will be able to ask questions that have been prescreened by faculty.

The forum is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Business and Computer Technology Department, the League of Women Voters, and the college’s student Rotaract Club.

To learn more about the forum, call (865) 694-6656. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State announces new Automated Industrial Systems concentration

Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing. Now training in that technology is available at Pellissippi State Community College, and it’s linked to a degree.

In fall 2013, Pellissippi State launched a new Automated Industrial Systems concentration within the Engineering Technology program. Students who graduate in Engineering Technology earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.

The new AIS concentration will train students to operate state-of-the-art automated manufacturing equipment, including programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment.

“In order for students to be ready to go to work,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, “we must continue to integrate newer technology into our training programs.

“The cutting-edge equipment used in our AIS concentration courses also will be used for our new and existing engineering technology, workforce training, and STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] awareness programs.”

Much of the new training equipment was purchased through a $50,000 grant from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee.

“At DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, we specialize in robot design and programming and now have more than 800 robots on our production lines,” said Mike Brackett. Brackett is a DENSO Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee.

“Automation will continue to be critical in the future of DENSO and our automotive customers, meaning we need talented and knowledgeable people in this area.”

DENSO is not the only local manufacturer that uses automated industrial systems.

“Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. utilizes advanced automation and robotic systems throughout our production process,” said Kennon Rollins, engineer manager for Green Mountain. The Vermont-based company has a manufacturing facility at Forks of the River in East Knox County.

“With the advancement of automated control systems, the need for proficient skills in computers and electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical systems and controls has only increased. It is an absolute necessity to have not only technical knowledge but also critical thinking skills that can be used for troubleshooting or getting to a root cause of a problem.”

For more information about Engineering Technology and other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Knoxville Opera for ‘Magical Music of Shakespeare’

“The Magical Music of Shakespeare” is the theme of a special Knoxville Opera Company performance at Pellissippi State Community College on Monday, Feb. 24.

The KOC program features musical selections from operas and Broadway musicals that were inspired by Shakespeare plays, among them, “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Othello.” Performers include University of Tennessee Opera Theatre alumni. Brian Salesky is executive director and conductor of the Knoxville Opera.

“The Magical Music of Shakespeare” is at 2 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“We’re delighted to have the Knoxville Opera come to present a program of Shakespeare-inspired opera,” said Carol Luther, professor of English at Pellissippi State.

“Shakespeare’s influence has spread to many other arts. The musical adaptations reveal new facets in Shakespeare’s plays and once again confirm his genius.”

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.