Pellissippi State hosts workshop for college-bound high school students with disabilities

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Pellissippi State Community College will host a workshop for high school students with disabilities interested in pursuing a college degree. Parents are invited to attend as well.

The event is meant to provide information to help students make a seamless transition from high school to community college. The workshop is sponsored by the Universal Pathways to Employment Project at Pellissippi State.

The workshop is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The session is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.pstcc.edu/upep.

At the UPEP workshop, students and their parents will learn about the requirements to receive accommodations in college for a disability, how to obtain required testing and paperwork, and other information needed to make a smooth transition to college.

UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor. UPEP’s goal is to expand Pellissippi State’s capacity to deliver integrated education and career training to students with disabilities.

For more information about UPEP at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/upep or call (865) 694-6596. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State, Alcoa Foundation partner to give industrial scholarships

Miguel Balladares
Pellissippi State Community College student Miguel Velez Balladares received a scholarship from the Alcoa Foundation that is allowing him to earn his Industrial Maintenance Technology degree.

 

Students in two Engineering Technology concentrations at Pellissippi State Community College are eligible for new scholarship money, thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

The Pellissippi State Foundation received $50,000 from the Alcoa Foundation last month. The grant funds scholarships for students in Industrial Maintenance and Automated Industrial Systems, both of which are concentrations in the Engineering Technology degree program, over the next two years.

“These scholarships will empower students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain a high-skill, high-wage job after earning their degree,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement.

Earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance prepares students to work in manufacturing settings as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. The Automated Industrial Systems concentration prepares students to work with modern manufacturing control systems, including robotics, electrical systems and industrial process controls.

“These Engineering Technology concentrations are filling the gap that exists between the skills local manufacturing employers need and the skills that potential employees have,” Wilson said. “Student scholarships like those funded by the Alcoa Foundation make a higher education possible for students, whether they’re looking to start out in a promising field, transitioning between jobs or improving their knowledge base.”

“We are excited about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology program,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa’s Tennessee operations location manager. “Alcoa is just one of the many manufacturing companies in our community that are expanding and looking for a qualified technical workforce. These scholarships are helping students gain the necessary skills to fill the pipeline and create a qualified workforce for manufacturing jobs.”

Alcoa Foundation grants funded 94 student scholarships in the 2013 and 2014 academic years.

The Alcoa grant funds came through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

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

Pellissippi State opens Strawberry Plains Megalab

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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.

Pellissippi State TRiO supports students, thanks to continuing grant

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Yvette Satchel
Yvette Satchel, a Pellissippi State Community College Nursing graduate, utilized the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program.

At Pellissippi State Community College, every student comes with his or her own story: the single mother, the working professional, the high school graduate. And each student can find community in the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program. TRiO is part of a federal initiative that supports the unique needs of first-generation and low-income students and students with disabilities.

More than half of Pellissippi State’s students are the first in their family to go to college, and more than a third are from low-income households. An estimated 3 percent of Pellissippi State students have a disability.

“The students who come to TRiO aren’t less academically able or physically able necessarily,” said Mark Cotter, director of TRiO at Pellissippi State, “but many of them just didn’t grow up in a culture that’s familiar with college. TRiO is here to help level that playing field and show those students the ropes.”

Yvette Satchel, who graduated from the Nursing program in May, first heard about TRiO from another student.

“From the first day I stepped into the office, it felt like a home away from home,” she said. “TRiO helped me tremendously during my time at Pellissippi State. They were like family to me.”

Satchel acknowledges TRiO’s role in helping her earn her way into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as well as in helping connect her to scholarships for tuition and study abroad.

In July, Pellissippi State’s TRiO Support Services Program received a federal grant for nearly $1.24 million over five years. The grant was awarded to only four community colleges in the state. The funds will pay to continue support services like tutoring, academic advising, career counseling and even financial literacy education. Each year, the grant will pay to enroll 160 students who demonstrate academic need in support programs that focus on improving students’ academic standing, retention rates and graduation or transfer rates.

“I’ll personally walk other students to the TRiO office so they know the support they can receive there,” Satchel said. “My motto for Pellissippi State has always been that there’s no way to fail here, because they give you all the tools you need to succeed. If you don’t do as you expected, then you didn’t use all the tools — like TRiO — at your disposal.”

This is the fourth time Pellissippi State has won the competitive TRiO Student Support Services grant. The college has operated the program for the past 15 years.

For more information about TRiO, visit www.pstcc.edu/trio or call (865) 539-7267. For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

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