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Pellissippi State student starts scholarship for homeless students

A Pellissippi State Community College student is taking steps to ensure homeless students have the funds they need to attend college.

Through a partnership with the Pellissippi State Foundation, student Stephanie Davis has started the Homeless Students Scholarship, which will help fund tuition, books and school supplies for students who are homeless.

The Homeless Students Scholarship is dependent upon donations from the community. To make a donation, contact the Foundation at (865) 694-6528.

“In the spring, I wrote an argument essay in my English 1010 class about homeless students,” said Davis. “During the research for that paper, I found out that Pellissippi State has had homeless students attend classes, and I came up with the idea of starting a fund to help those students.
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“It is heartbreaking that homeless students sometimes feel that they have nowhere to turn, or that they’re embarrassed to ask for help. It just takes one person to speak up before we see change.”

Davis hopes the scholarship is up and running by the spring 2015 semester.

“Stephanie is enthusiastic and inspiring in her desire to help other students,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “By setting up this scholarship, we hope to help students in need achieve their dreams.”

To qualify for the scholarship, a student would need to meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Validate that he/she is homeless.
  • Provide a written recommendation from a high school or college advisor, counselor, teacher or other professional.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. Scholarships would be awarded annually, and the award would depend on the funding available.

“Even $5 would buy a pack of pens,” Davis said. “We can start small and grow.”

The Pellissippi State Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about this and other scholarships and grants offered through the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.
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Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus hosts career fair

Dozens of local companies will be ready to talk to job seekers at a career fair at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The career fair is open to the community and takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville.

Participating companies include the Boys and Girls Club, Clayton Homes/Vanderbilt Mortgage, Cellular Sales Contact Center, Comfort Keepers, DENSO, Express Employment Professionals, the FBI, Harrison Construction, H&R Block, K12 Call Center, Modis, Resource Accounting, and US Foods, among others. Most of the companies are located in Blount and Knox counties.
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“The Placement Office and the Blount County Campus host this event for Pellissippi State students—as well as members of the community— to speak with local professionals in specific careers,” said Holly Burkett, campus dean.
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“Our career fair allows easier access to ask questions about each company and its hiring process, available job openings, and future career opportunities. We encourage our students to begin thinking about what can be possible after graduation.”

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 students named to summer 2014 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 39 top students to the summer dean’s list. Students are eligible for inclusion upon completing 12 college-level hours in a semester with a 3.5-4.0 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees:

Julia Allison
Leea Butler
Joan Chamberlain
Dylan Chun
Ryan Clapp
Montana Coward
Jennifer DeFoe
Kelsey Dotson
Kelsey Elam
Morgan Everett
Angela Fields
Gregory Flynn
Sophie Fourniquet
Caroline Gowin
Hannah Hicks
Jessica Hughes
Jean Jamison
Jillian Jeffcoat
Marjorie Kennedy
Viola Kriston
Maddie Kulpa
Abigail Lane
Ahmad Mahmaud
Tim Marcum
Katilyn Mitchell
Robert Neel
Lynsey O’Barr
Dylan Powell
Cody Ricker
Mary Robinson
Joshua Roy
Yvette Satchel
Stephanie Shipp
Katharina Snyder
Edward Warren
Joshua Wilson
Brian Withrow
Kaylee Worsham
Courtney Young

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

Pellissippi State invites students to Scholarship Days

Pellissippi State Community College will host two Scholarship Days events, one this month and one next, to encourage and help eligible students to sign up for Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise is a “last-dollar” scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students once other assistance has been applied. It essentially gives high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with spring 2015 graduates.

Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin college next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1.

Pellissippi State’s Scholarship Days take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and noon-2 Sunday, Oct. 26. Both events are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Sept. 20 session is in the Educational Resources Center, Room 147. The Oct. 26 session is also in the ERC, in the third-floor computer lab.
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“We’re inviting students to come out for Scholarship Days so we can help them through the process of signing up for Tennessee Promise,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet the Nov. 1 deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding. If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship.”
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Pellissippi State also is hosting a number of informational sessions throughout this month and October to share details about program requirements and deadlines and to highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. For a full list of those sessions, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise.

“The Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise 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 Internet coming back online

The Internet at all five Pellissippi State Community College campuses went down earlier this week, but it was expected to be operational later today (Sept. 5).

The outage affected Pellissippi State’s website, www.pstcc.edu, as well as classroom software and some email systems. The outage began intermittently on Tuesday, and it impacted traffic both on and off campus.
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Technicians have been working around the clock to restore the Internet and bring the college’s website back online. On campus, classroom software and Internet access were restored Wednesday. An emergency notice was sent to students advising them of the best way to access classroom software from home. Off campus, access to all Pellissippi State Web-based systems was expected to be restored Friday afternoon.

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

Pellissippi State’s Civic Engagement Week introduces ‘Good Food For All’

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to join the fun during Civic Engagement Week, Sept. 10-17, with events that profile community service, sustainability, and local and regional food and agriculture.

Local and national speakers will highlight the week, whose theme is “Good Food For All.” All events are free and open to the community, and all take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The weeklong series of events is being hosted by the college’s Service-Learning program.
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The annual Call2Service Volunteer Fair kicks off the week. Community partners will be in the Courtyard and the Goins Building College Center sharing ways students and employees can volunteer in the community. The fair is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 10.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 features a brief address from Capt. Bill Robinson, a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war. His presentation and a moment of silence begin at 9 a.m. in the Courtyard.

Chad Hellwinckel delivers a lecture titled “Wanted: 10,000 Lunatic Farmers!” 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Hellwinckel is founder of the Knoxville Permaculture Guild and a research assistant professor at the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center of the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jones, president and CEO of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, speaks 12:25-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, on “Global Food Politics: Sovereignty From Farm to Fork,” in the Goins Building Cafeteria Annex.

The week closes with a Constitution Day presentation by David Key, a Pellissippi State history professor. The talk is titled “Citizen Farmer: Thomas Jefferson’s Agrarianism.” The lecture is 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Goins Building Auditorium. Free pocket Constitutions will be available for attendees.
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Each of Pellissippi State’s four site campuses—Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains—will host additional events during Civic Engagement Week. A full listing is available on the calendar at www.pstcc.edu.

Now in its fourth year, the Service-Learning program allows Pellissippi State students and faculty to integrate meaningful community service and reflection with more traditional learning experiences, teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities.

For more information about Service-Learning, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning 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 kicks off 40th year with campus events

WHAT: Pellissippi State will kick off its anniversary year, themed “40 Years of Achieving Success, One Story at a Time,” with a celebration at each campus the first week of September. The events will features short programs, stories, music and light refreshments. Pellissippi State first opened its doors as State Technical Institute at Knoxville on Sept. 4, 1974.

WHO: Appearing at one or more events: Pellissippi State president L. Anthony Wise Jr., and past presidents Allen Edwards and J.L. Goins; State Senator Becky Duncan Massey; State Reps. Roger Kane and Joe Armstrong; Blount County officials and community leaders Jerome Moon, Joy Bishop, Peggy McCord and Sharon Hannum; Career Magnet Academy students and principal John Faulconer, as well as Pellissippi State students, employees and supporters.
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WHEN AND WHERE: At all five Pellissippi State campus locations Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 2-5.

  • Division Street, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 2
  • Hardin Valley, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 3
  • Blount County, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 4
  • Magnolia Avenue, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sept. 5
  • Strawberry Plains, 12:30 -2:30 p.m., Sept. 5

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/anniversary or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State holds informational sessions for Tennessee Promise

In September and October, Pellissippi State Community College invites students who will enter college in fall 2015 to attend informational sessions about the Tennessee Promise.

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that will cover tuition and fees for community college students across the state, essentially giving high school graduates the opportunity to attend college for free, beginning with incoming freshmen in fall 2015. Although students won’t be eligible to receive funding until they begin school next fall, the deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1, 2014.

“It’s extremely important that students understand that they must meet this deadline to qualify to receive Tennessee Promise funding. If a student misses this deadline, there will not be another opportunity to take advantage of the Promise scholarship,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.
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Informational sessions at Pellissippi State will share details about program requirements and deadlines and highlight the educational offerings at Pellissippi State. Sessions will be offered at all five Pellissippi State campuses, from 6-7 p.m. each night:

  • Sept. 8: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 11: Strawberry Plains, Lobby
  • Sept. 15: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 18: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Sept. 22: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Sept. 25: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Sept. 29: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 2: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 6: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 9: Blount County, West Chevrolet Auditorium
  • Oct. 13: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 16: Division Street, Educational Resources Center
  • Oct. 20: Magnolia Avenue, Lobby
  • Oct. 27: Hardin Valley, Goins Building Auditorium
  • Oct. 30: Strawberry Plains, Lobby

“The Tennessee Promise is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the state,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. “We hope the students in our region will take advantage of this scholarship at Pellissippi State.”

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/promise 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.

NASA to grant scholarships to Pellissippi State students

Enrollment in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—at community colleges across the U.S. comes up short for women and underrepresented students, but at Pellissippi State Community College, a new grant will seek to change that.

NASA has awarded $499,689 to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program. The consortium is made up of Pellissippi State and four other Tennessee Board of Regents colleges.

“Pellissippi State is a major provider of qualified engineering technicians to local manufacturers,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “Similarly, NASA is committed to increasing the number of students graduating with STEM degrees.
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“While women represent about 61 percent of the total enrollment in the state’s community colleges, they only account for about 11 percent of the enrollment in engineering technology programs.” Underrepresented groups make up about 13 percent of engineering technology program enrollment.

As part of the Community College Space Grant Consortium, the college plans to recruit more women and underrepresented groups into STEM-related associate’s degree and certificate programs, particularly in the areas of engineering technology and robotics.

The grant will provide $45,000 in scholarships to Pellissippi State. This is the first time that a Space Grant scholarship has been awarded to Tennessee community college students.

The grant also will help the school hire a part-time “completion coach” to provide Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology students the support they need to graduate. The Engineering Technology program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Additionally, it will pay for membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as for travel to the IEEE SoutheastCon’s robotics competition and the NASA Summer Robotics Institute at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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Other members of the consortium include Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Northeast State Community College and Roane State Community College.

For more information on the grant or the college’s engineering technology offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State introduces Sustainable Design concentration

At Pellissippi State Community College, “sustainability” is more than just a buzzword. It’s an educational pursuit.

This fall, students can enroll in the Engineering Technology degree program with a concentration in Sustainable Design. The curriculum is offered at the college’s Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains campuses.

“Sustainable design practices seek to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings,” said Greg Armour, who teaches in Engineering and Media Technologies. “We can enhance living and working spaces while still reducing the consumption of nonrenewable resources.
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“Students will learn a holistic approach to design that considers life-cycle costs such as building efficiency and energy. The idea of sustainability, or ecological design, is to ensure that our actions today don’t inhibit the opportunities of future generations.”

Sustainable Design is open to all Pellissippi State students interested in pursuing Engineering Technology. It is also part of the curriculum at the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy, which opened this month at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus. Sustainable Design is one of eight pathways from which the high school students can choose.

The concentration is useful for students interested in the construction industry and in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification exam, as well as for students interested in fields as wide-ranging as business, consulting, and science. The curriculum includes topics such as passive solar design, construction techniques, site selection and design, building information modeling software, and LEED sustainability concepts.
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“The Sustainable Design concentration offers a great foundation of the most essential ideas for those who wish to be an agent of change,” said Armour, who is an architect and LEED accredited professional.

Students who complete the Sustainable Design coursework at Pellissippi State earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. The 60-hour concentration includes classroom and open-lab time.

The Sustainable Design concentration checklist is available online.

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