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CSI, BMX bikes, self-defense among creative summer camps at Pellissippi State

Children and youth may have the summer away from school, but those months are still an opportunity to explore topics as wide-ranging as East Tennessee vertebrates, GarageBand, self-defense, manners and remote control racing—all at Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning camps.

Creative learning camps are available throughout June and July. Early registration is encouraged.

The youth summer course selection for June, offered through the college’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Self-Defense for Kids”—June 2-6, 10-11 a.m., ages 7-12; $75. Using role-playing and games, children learn self-defense that includes bully and stranger defense and escape techniques.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—June 2-6, noon-1:30, ages 13 and up; $95. Teenagers learn basic self-defense through thoughtful discussion and role-play. Covered are bully defense, stranger defense, predator awareness and escape techniques. Safe dating strategies and assault prevention are discussed in age-appropriate ways.

“Junior Summer Team Tennis”—June 2-July 28; practices Mondays 8-10 a.m. and matches Wednesday or Thursday, 12:30 or 2 p.m., ages 9 and up; $135. Former ATP world-ranked professional Andy Frost leads Junior Team Tennis. Players are separated by ability and age, and participants have one practice and one match per week.

“Vertebrates of East Tennessee”—June 9-13, noon-2, grades 2-5; $105. Children learn about all of the scaly, slimy, furry and feathery animals that call East Tennessee home.

“The CSI Experience”—June 9-13, 9-11 a.m., grades 5-8; $105. Participants use simple forensic techniques and solve a mock crime. Lab activities may include blood typing with simulated blood, finger printing and DNA extraction.

“Manners Matter and Mean Success”—June 16-19, 9-noon, ages 5-8, and 1-4 p.m., ages 9-12; $129. Attendees are taught the well-known manners program “The Etiquette Factory,” including more than 50 different social and manners skills. Only 12 youth accepted in each age group.

“Race Engineering Ten80”—June 23-27, 8:30-noon, ages 13-18; $150. Ten80 is a fast-growing program that delivers remote-control car racing in an exciting new way, through the lens of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Camp takes place in partnership with The Boy Scouts of America. To register, contact Sarah Barnett at (865) 243-8057 or sarah.barnett@scouting.org.

“USA BMX Bikes”—June 23-27, 1-5 p.m., ages 13-18; $150. Discover BMX bike racing through STEM, in partnership with The Boy Scouts of America. To register, contact Sarah Barnett at (865) 243-8057 or sarah.barnett@scouting.org.

“Basic Computer and Typing Skills”—June 23-27, 9-noon, ages 6-12; $119. Students learn the basic tools and keys to navigate through different computer applications. They create comic strips, greeting cards, posters, slideshows and more.

“GarageBand Music Creation”—June 23-27, 1-4 p.m., grades 6-12; $119. Participants learn the Mac program GarageBand, which allows them to create their own music or record themselves singing or playing. Attendees add backgrounds, record voices or instruments and edit music.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines.

To find out more or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Building Operator Certification starts at Pellissippi State end of May

The Building Operator Certification course, a national workforce training and certification program, begins in May at Pellissippi State Community College. The course is offered by the Business and Community Services Division.

“Programs of this kind are often geared to the traditional student—the recent high school graduate who is able to attend class two to three days during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a semester or more,” said Debi Bolton, BCS project manager. “But we have scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Each class is only a day or two long.”

The BOC offers facilities personnel the job skills and knowledge to improve the energy performance of their buildings. To become Level I certified, participants must attend seven classes and complete class exams and assigned projects, for a total of 74 hours. The cost of the course is $1,595.

The classes, all of which run 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and their dates:

  • Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems, May 27-28
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance, June 17
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals, July 15
  • HVAC Controls Fundamentals, Aug. 19
  • Indoor Environmental Quality, Sept. 16
  • Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement, Oct. 21

A final, supplemental course on Facility Electrical Systems will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 18.

The Level I curriculum for the BOC core courses has been approved by the Green Building Certification Institute as acceptable for continuing education hours toward the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credential maintenance program.

For more information about the BOC program and other job training courses offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry permit class at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College will offer its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class in May at a special two-for-one price.

The Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, May 17, session at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training in the afternoon takes place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: ‘Train the Trainer’ workplace electrical safety course begins May 8

Pellissippi State Community College will offer a “Train the Trainer” NFPA 70E course for supervisors, operators, mechanics, engineers and safety personnel during the month of May.

The four eight-hour classes are geared toward teaching safe electrical practices and hazard recognition and mitigation in the workplace. Cost is $3,000 per person, and classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Classes are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8, 15, 22 and 29.

“This onsite training module will equip students with the resources needed to articulate both the skilled worker training and unskilled worker training requirements for NFPA 70E compliance,” said instructor Travis Perry.

“Participants also will receive the materials needed to customize onsite training for all of their qualified employees, supervisors, operators and other personnel about electrically safe work practices.”

For more information about the job training and other courses offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Two-for-one special on December handgun carry-permit class at Pellissippi State

Once again, Pellissippi State Community College is offering its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class at a two-for-one price. The special deal applies to the course scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

A similar two-for-one price was made available in November, and that class quickly reached maximum capacity. This month’s Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit course is also expected to fill up quickly.

The non-credit class is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour class earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another relevant training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus for classroom instruction. Range training in the afternoon will take place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists the latest class schedules and information on new course offerings.

To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Small Business Development Center names ‘Rising Star’ business excellence winner

Group of 3 males and 1 female.
(From left) Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen, the winners of Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s Rising Star honor, accept the award honoring their businesses, Bliss and Bliss Home, from Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr. and Knoxville TSBDC Director Larry Rossini during an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In an award ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is administered by Pellissippi State Community College, presented Bliss and Bliss Home as its 2013 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area.

“From start-up to success, Bliss owners Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel took advantage of the services of the Knoxville Tennessee Small Business Development Center by participating in one-on-one consulting for budgeting, inventory control and financial projections,” said Laura Overstreet, TSBDC spokesperson.

Sorensen and Schimmel also completed the Strategic Management Learning System series of 12 business training modules, provided by TSBDC and sponsored by the Knoxville Chamber.

Bliss recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Today, the business operates at three locations with the support of approximately 40 employees.

“Our TSBDC counselor has been a phenomenal asset and a great sounding board for our business,” Schimmel said. “He always figures out a way to ask us the right questions so we can do our homework and make the right decisions for our business.

“There are business principles that go hand in hand with any business, and TSBDC counselors have a great understanding of those business principles. They’re able to shed light on the questions we have, able to apply those principles to our specific business ideas and issues. Their one-on-one counselors help us feel relaxed about our decisions.”

Sorensen and Schimmel first opened Bliss, a gift and accessory shop, on Market Square in 2003. In 2005, they followed that start-up success with the opening of Bliss Home, a furniture and interior design store, also on Market Square. In 2008, the partners opened another Bliss Home location in West Knoxville.

TSBDC offers a network of professional business consultants at 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry permit class at Pellissippi State

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, Nov. 16, session at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another handgun training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included is classroom instruction in the morning and range training after lunch. The instructor leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at a designated location off campus. Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Another session of the course will be offered Dec. 21 for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on Nov. 16. The regular rate of $65 per person will apply to the December class, which also is at the Hardin Valley Campus.

To learn more or register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches veterinary, medical assistant programs

Pellissippi State Community College is launching two new job training programs: Clinical Medical Assistant and Veterinary Assistant. Designed to meet the needs of today’s adults, the new programs begin in November.

“Programs of this kind are often geared to the traditional student — the recent high school graduate who is able to attend class two to three days during the week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a semester or more,” said Debi Bolton, a manager in Business and Community Services. “We scheduled our programs with the busy adult in mind. Classes meeting either two evenings a week or on Saturdays.”

A free informational session on both programs is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 206, Alexander Building, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. To register for the session, call (800) 830-2228.

Completion of the Clinical Medical Assistant program generally takes less than seven months, and the Veterinary Assistant program can be completed in two.

The CMA program combines 134 hours of classroom and online training with 160 hours of hands-on clinical experience at a local medical practice. Students learn to perform duties such as taking vital signs, preparing examination rooms, assisting with medical examinations and administering medication.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. They are prepared for employment in a physician’s office, urgent-care facility or other clinical setting.

The CMA training program begin Nov. 9 and ends March 8. It meets 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each Saturday at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The VA program includes 35 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of volunteer, hands-on training in veterinary facilities. Students learn how to assist vets and vet technicians with examining pets, feeding, and watering. They also learn how to clean and disinfect cages, as well as how to sterilize surgical, examination, and lab equipment.

VA training begins Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 12, with classes meeting 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are also at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For more information about these programs and other job training offered at Pellissippi State, contact Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167.

Pellissippi State: Non-credit right-brain drawing, pastels classes begin Oct. 16, 17

Discover your inner artist at non-credit classes being offered to the community this fall at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Our art classes have been popular in the past, and these two new classes are wonderful additions to our non-credit programming,” said Nancy Corum, a Business and Community Services coordinator.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is offered at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20. Cost is $119 and the instructor is Jennifer Austin Jennings.

“Right-Brain Drawing” is meant to help attendees who have the desire to draw—but don’t feel they necessarily have natural talent—to overcome typical challenges encountered when attempting to draw realistically. The class will teach attendees methods of rethinking how to perceive subject matter and how to translate that visual information into line, shape, and spatial arrangements.

Participants need to provide their own art supplies.

Jennings is a children’s book illustrator and artist who studied at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. She has been featured in exhibits by the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance, and the National Juried Show.

“Drawing With Pastels, Pencils and Charcoal” is set for 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 21, on the Blount County Campus. The cost is $105 and instructor is Mary Ruden.

The class will teach the basics of drawing with charcoal, color and standard pencils, and pastels, in addition to the art of composition and how to balance drawings.

Attendees will work from a still life set up in class or from photos of people or places. Participants provide their own art supplies.

Ruden is an artist and sculptor who has taught adult education art classes for many years. Her sculptures, which include large outdoor sculptures, have been featured in the Dogwood Arts Festival, at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and by the City of Knoxville.

For more information about these and other classes offered by BCS, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers community self-defense classes

In today’s culture, self-awareness and preparedness are important traits to cultivate, and Pellissippi State Community College is offering four self-defense classes in October and November to help reach that goal.

Three of the classes are geared to women, children and teenage girls. They cover topics as varied as bullying, self-defense and confidence. The fourth is open to women and men.

“Self-defense and bullying are being mentioned a lot in the media and in culture,” said Nancy Corum, “and we believe there is a need for instruction in these areas that Pellissippi State can help meet.” Corum is a coordinator for Business and Community Services, which is offering the courses.

All of the self-defense and bullying non-credit classes are open to the public.

“Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Level 1” is 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The class is open to females ages 14 and up and costs $40.

The class will teach attendees basic self-defense techniques, aiming specifically at situations in which a woman might be endangered in a remote area—e.g., parking lots and garages—and need to prevent an attacker from taking her to another location.

“Bully-Proof Kids 101” is Saturday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, also at the Hardin Valley Campus. The class is open to children ages 5-12 and costs $30. Class times for ages 5-9 are 12:30-1:30 p.m. Times for ages 10-12 are 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In “Bully-Proof Kids,” children will learn what bullying behavior looks like and how to face difficult situations with self-confidence. They will discover strategies for self-protection through fun role-playing and games. Very basic physical self-protection techniques also are included.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls” is 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hardin Valley Campus. The course is open to teenage girls ages 13 and up. The class costs $40.

Attendees will learn bullying defense strategies, stranger defense skills, predator awareness and escape techniques. Basic self-defense skills and techniques will be presented through thoughtful discussion and role-playing. Attendees also will learn safe dating strategies and assault prevention, discussed in age-appropriate ways.

Teaching each class is Michelle Kirk, founder and lead instructor of Pink Diamond Defense, a Knoxville affiliate of the Women’s Self-Defense Institute.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” is open to men and women and is designed to offer a variety of options for learning crime prevention and personal safety strategies. Two sessions are available on the Hardin Valley Campus, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Cost of the class is $50.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” also will offer a session for anyone interested in becoming an instructor for the class. It begins 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and continues  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Cost of the class, which is at the Hardin Valley Campus, is $225.

Conducting both “Refuse to Be a Victim” classes is Jerry Huffman, an NRA certified training counselor and Tennessee certified handgun safety instructor.

For more information about these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email accommodations@pstcc.edu.