Pellissippi State opens Strawberry Plains Megalab

Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., far right, welcomed visitors to the new Megalab at the college's Strawberry Plains Campus Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured with Wise, from left, are Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean; Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor for community colleges; and Rhonda Sparks, continuous learning business partner at Keurig Green Mountain Inc.
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr., far right, welcomed visitors to the new Megalab at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus Friday, Sept. 18. Pictured with Wise, from left, are Mike North, Strawberry Plains Campus dean; Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor for community colleges; and Rhonda Sparks, continuous learning business partner at Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Today, Pellissippi State Community College hosted the grand opening of what it’s calling the Megalab, an economic and workforce development partnership initiative. The Megalab is located in the Jenny and Randy Boyd Building at the college’s Strawberry Plains Campus.

The lab houses equipment for advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing (3D printing), homeland security and sustainable living courses. The facility’s unique setup is available to students not only from Pellissippi State, but from Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville and the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State.

“Each and every one of our students has promise, each of our students has a pathway to success, and every one of our students can benefit from our partnerships with the community, both on and off campus,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State’s president, during the grand opening ceremony. “Those facts are very evident in this Megalab, this place of shared vision in how to create educational and economic opportunities in this area of East Tennessee.”

Students using the Megalab will learn skills important to local industry. The Megalab will be a focal point for those pursuing certificates, degrees or other credentials in a variety of fields, including welding, automated industrial systems, industrial maintenance, cyber security and even agri-economics. National associations and corporations such as the American Welding Society, FANUC Robotics and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills will offer credentials to students who learn in the lab.

Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development, said, “I was blown away by this space when I walked in. Students in Tennessee, through the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, can now go to college free of tuition, but students need modern equipment and modern, great facilities.

“This facility is such a blessing for this area. It’ll be even more exciting when students go in there and begin to learn.”

Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges, also lauded the Megalab as an example of what can happen when educational institutions work with community partners.

“We’re truly the topic of conversation across the nation,” he said.

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

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Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development.
Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner of economic and community development.
Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges.
Warren Nichols, Tennessee Board of Regents vice chancellor of community colleges.
Pellissippi State Community College student Seth Giles demonstrates equipment in the Megalab.
Pellissippi State Community College student Seth Giles demonstrates equipment in the Megalab.
Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State students demonstrate equipment in the Megalab.
Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State students demonstrate equipment in the Megalab.

Potential students, community invited to Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus

Students and others interested in learning more about earning a Nursing degree are invited to attend the Nursing Preview at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. The event is Aug. 15.

The preview includes tours of the college’s state-of-the-art patient simulation lab, as well as information sessions about Pellissippi State’s Nursing program and the admissions and financial aid process. Attendees may also participate in free vision, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings.

In addition, there will be a drawing for one $250 scholarship, to be given courtesy of the Pellissippi State Foundation. Potential recipients must be present to participate in the drawing.

The Nursing Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register online at www.pstcc.edu/nursingpreview.

“Pellissippi State is about to enter its fourth year of operation at the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Mike North, campus dean. “We are excited about the renovations that we anticipate at Strawberry Plains within the year, and we wanted to show off our facility to anyone interested in Nursing. Prospective students will also have an opportunity to hear about what life in the program is like from the dean, faculty and a former student.”

“This is our second year admitting a freshman Nursing class to the Strawberry Plains Campus,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of Nursing. “We’re pleased to bring this degree program to students across Knox and Blount counties.”

Each of Pellissippi State’s five campuses offers pre-nursing courses, and the Nursing program is offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and the Strawberry Plains campuses. The program began in 2010 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

For more information about the Strawberry Plains Campus, call (865) 225-2300. To learn more about the Nursing program and Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State brings new Engineering Technology offerings to Strawberry Plains

This fall, students at Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus have the option of enrolling in two Engineering Technology concentrations and a number of courses newly available at the East Knox County site.

Registration for the fall 2015 semester is going on now. The application deadline for fall is Aug. 12, and classes begin Aug. 24.

The new concentrations, both in the Engineering Technology associate’s degree program, are Industrial Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering. Industrial Maintenance prepares graduates for careers with manufacturing companies serving as industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. Mechanical Engineering teaches students skills related to mechanical component and system design.

Courses in the Engineering Technology program also have been added in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. The concentrations and courses also are available at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about the offerings at the Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, call (865) 225-2300. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

NHC donation funds Pellissippi State nursing equipment

Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.
Pellissippi State Community College officials accepted a donation of $10,000 from NHC’s East Tennessee facilities during a brief ceremony Friday, June 12. The donation will fund laboratory simulation equipment for the college’s nursing program. Pictured, from left, are NHC vice president Ray Blevins, Pellissippi State professor More Herington, NHC Farragut director Karla Lane, Pellissippi State vice president of College Advancement Peggy Wilson and President L. Anthony Wise Jr., with Jeff Tambornini, Keith McCord and Brad Shuford.

A $10,000 donation to the Pellissippi State Community College Foundation by local affiliates of the National HealthCare Corporation is earmarked for the purchase of state-of-the-art teaching equipment for the college’s Nursing degree program.

The equipment includes a bed with a headwall containing electronic patient monitors and is to be used in the simulation lab at the Strawberry Plains Campus.

The donation was presented to the Pellissippi State Foundation by Ray Blevins, senior regional vice president of the NHC, Eastern Region, June 12. L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement, accepted the check. The Foundation works on the college’s behalf to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

“The Nursing department is very grateful for NHC’s support,” said Lisa Stamm, dean of the program at Pellissippi State. “We currently have students completing clinical rotations at NHC Farragut, and we appreciate the many opportunities NHC continues to provide for our students, in addition to this gracious gift.”

The donation was made by NHC Farragut, NHC Fort Sanders, NHC Knoxville, Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center, and NHC Oak Ridge. NHC affiliates operate long-term health-care centers, as well as home-care programs, independent living centers and assisted living communities throughout the country.

Pellissippi State’s Nursing degree program began in 2010 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Each of the college’s five campuses in Knox and Blount counties offers pre-nursing courses, and the Nursing program is offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and Strawberry Plains campuses.

The program runs two years, and students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. They are then prepared to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

Pellissippi State also offers a fast-track degree option through the Bridge to Registered Nurse program that allows licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics to enter nursing school following the successful completion of one summer transitional course. The college partners with other schools to offer the RN to BSN path for students interested in going on for a bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about the college’s Nursing program, visit www.pstcc.edu/nursing or call (865) 981-5353. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To find out more about the Pellissippi State Foundation, including opportunities to give, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.

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