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Pellissippi State student awarded prestigious scholarship to study abroad

Young female in portraitPellissippi State Community College student Ciara Sheets is the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this summer.

Sheets is one of only two community college students in the state to receive the award. She plans to study biology during a summer study abroad program to Ecuador with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

“I am thrilled to have won the award. It’s such an honor,” Sheets said.

“I’ll be going to the Galapagos Islands and am taking my Biology II course there, getting to take hikes and visit caves and natural observation points. We’ll take a trip to the observatory where scientists like Charles Darwin and others have studied.”

The Gilman Scholarship offers grants for undergraduates—particularly those who are typically underrepresented in international studies, such as students of limited financial means, community college students and minority students—to pursue academic studies or career-oriented internships abroad. The program is intended to better prepare students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

“Ciara is participating in our Ecuador program, a four-week course in the Galapagos Islands that focuses on the study of biology and genetics. It’s a unique program that offers field work with an outdoor laboratory,” said Tracey Bradley, executive director of TnCIS.

“Study abroad opportunities are traditionally thought of as arts or humanities related, but we’re very proud to offer one that is strongly science based.”

Sheets plans to graduate from Pellissippi State in May 2015 and then attend the University of Tennessee to pursue pre-veterinary coursework.

TnCIS, whose headquarters are at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education throughout the state. More than 425 students and 65 faculty from across Tennessee participated in the summer 2013 study abroad programs organized by TnCIS. There are 18 study abroad programs planned for summer 2014.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call (865) 539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding student achievements

Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2014 Academic Awards ceremony. The event took place April 29 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They received the honor in recognition of scholarly achievement as members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Inductees into the 2013-2014 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Leina Beckner, Katherine Chambers, Betty Edwards, Andrew Frantz, Lisa Grunwald, Christian Harris, Tresse Hicks, Joyanna Hirst, Chisa Huffman, Christina Kampas, Morgan Lay, Belinda Lewis, Cassie Lopez, Lori Monroe, Michelle Morgan, Whitney Oslonian, Neel Patel, Sandra Pringle, Ethan Richardson, Chelsea Temple, Jordan Toney and Janice Vowell.

The Pellissippi State Altruist/Scholar is Daisy Falin. Service Leadership Excellence Award winners are Chisa Huffman and Andrea Pappas. Campus Leadership Award winners are Andrew Frantz (Hardin Valley), Sheila Hayden (Division Street), Angela McGee (Blount County), Kari Sanders (Magnolia Avenue) and Rachel Skyles (Strawberry Plains).

Colby Dorcely and Barbara Alfonzo-Tinoco were named winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award–International, presented to students with international backgrounds in recognition of diligence in the pursuit of excellence.

Awards of Merit were presented to students in several areas: Jerri Reed (Citizenship), Kalyn Smith (Communication Graphics Technology), Derrick Barrow (Engineering Technology/Civil Engineering), Whitney Wolff (Interior Design Technology), Rachel Collier (Engineering Technology/Mechanical Engineering), Heath Long (Nursing freshman) and Jason Childers (Nursing sophomore).

Outstanding Graduate Awards went to Krystalee Bailey, Alexander Bishop, Sophie Bogdanski, Laura Bourque-Kliethermes, Chris Caserta III, David Copcutt, April Coward, Eric Cutshaw, Emily Davidson, Emily Davis, Christopher Elliott, Daulton Ellis, Madeline Enderle, Robbeline Enyenihi, Matthew Gibbs, Lisa Grunwald, Brighton Hatfield, Jessica Haynes, Chisa Huffman, Wallace Hynds, Brandi Jones, Michelle Lehmann, Andrew Leming, Belinda Lewis, Victoria Long, Daniel Mace, Nicholas McCloskey, McKalie Merriman, Lori Monroe, Nikita Mounger, William Overby, Andrea Pappas, Joshua Patterson, Nadine Raines, Michael Smith, Laurie Spoon, Robert Tallent, Jefferson Thompson, Andrew Valesky, Tavish White and Sarah Zarczynski.

Jerry Sherrod was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award.

For additional information about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State students only Grainger scholarship recipients in state

Michael Swihart
Michael Swihart

Pellissippi State Community College students Robert Sanders and Michael Swihart are the only two Tennessee recipients of $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships.

Both Sanders and Swihart are in the Mechanical Engineering concentration of the Engineering Technology degree program. The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship supports technical education and promotes careers in technical areas of work. Grainger is an Illinois-based distributor of facilities maintenance supplies.

“Pellissippi State is the only college in Tennessee that has students who receive this scholarship,” said Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“Grainger classifies Pellissippi State as a veteran-friendly college, and each student who receives a scholarship from Grainger must be a veteran.”

Robert Sanders
Robert Sanders

The Grainger awards go through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The $2,000 scholarships are earmarked for students in an Engineering Technology field. Upon graduating, recipients also receive $2,500 worth of Grainger hand tools, each with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

“Robert and Michael are outstanding students, and both are very deserving of this scholarship,” said Pat Riddle, program coordinator of Mechanical Engineering.

“We appreciate that Grainger has a scholarship that recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of our student veterans—the hard work they put into their education and their drive to better themselves.”

Sanders, a stay-at-home father, said, “I felt honored that Mr. Riddle picked me as an applicant for the scholarship. For him to single me out was a privilege in itself, and to win is a wonderful bonus.” Sanders, whose career interest lies in green construction, plans to donate a portion of the scholarship back to the Pellissippi State Foundation for another student to use.

Swihart relocated to Knoxville from Chicago, transferring credits to Pellissippi State and starting classes at the college in spring 2012. He plans to graduate this year and hopes to work for a geotechnical firm.

“When Mr. Riddle approached me and told me I was one of the few chosen,” said Swihart, “I was speechless and honored. I am very grateful to receive the scholarship. I’m very grateful to my instructors at Pellissippi State, because of their commitment and the extra time they’ve sacrificed to help me.”

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

Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center receives Eagle Award

TSBDC-SBA-Award
The Tennessee Small Business District Knoxville Office received an Eagle Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District Thursday, March 20. Pictured, from left to right, are Jane Shelton, Bruce Hayes and Laura Overstreet of the TSBDC, Walter Perry, district director of the SBA Tennessee District Office; Larry Rossini, executive director of the TSBDC; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College; Maria Lloyd of the SBA; and Teri Brahams, executive director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pellissippi State.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District has presented the Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center, which is administered by Pellissippi State Community College, with the first Eagle Award.

The honor, given during an awards ceremony March 20, recognized the TSBDC office with the highest dollar volume of SBA loans for clients during 2013. TSBDC is a statewide network of centers that provide resources to assist small-business and potential small-business owners. The Small Business Administration is a federal agency.

Last year, Pellissippi State’s TSBDC directly assisted eight clients who obtained a cumulative total of more than $9.3 million in SBA loans.

“Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center has always been committed to helping businesses in our community to find the resources they need in order to be successful,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “This recognition by the Small Business Administration is an affirmation of that good work.”

“Pellissippi State’s diligence in working with small-business owners and East Tennessee lenders demonstrates that dollars are available to start or expand a small business,” said Walter Perry, district director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office.

“The Eagle Award represents superior dedication of the Pellissippi State staff collaborating with area banks and credit unions to identify working capital for their clients.”

The SBA guarantees small-business loans and, through a cooperative agreement with Pellissippi State, provides counseling and training to small-business owners. A key component of that assistance is helping small-business owners acquire capital through SBA-guaranteed loans made by area lenders.

A wide variety of small businesses in the area were provided funding in 2013—among them, a veterinary practice, winery, restaurant, retail store, transportation services firm, research and development firm, and temporary services agency. East Tennessee lenders that assisted Pellissippi State clients included United Community Bank, Jefferson Federal Bank, UT Federal Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank and Areawide Development Corporation.

A total of 21 jobs were created and 42 jobs retained as a result of the SBA loans, according to the small businesses that were funded.

The area Small Business Development Center serves the counties of Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union. In 2013, the center provided more than 1,695 hours of small-business counseling and trained 1,263 people in small-business-related subjects.

Pellissippi State earns prestigious Engineering Technology accreditation

Pellissippi State Community College joined the ranks of a select few when it recently received accreditation of its Engineering Technology degree program in six concentrations from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.

A Certificate of Accreditation in Engineering Technology was presented for Civil Engineering, Electrical Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing, and Mechanical Engineering. Students who complete the two-year Engineering Technology program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“The accreditation of Engineering Technology in these six concentrations distinguishes Pellissippi State as one of only 43 community colleges nationally to achieve ATMAE recognition,” said Ted Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs. There are approximately 1,700 public two-year schools in the U.S.

Accreditation became official late in 2013 and extends through November 2017.

“We are very pleased to receive accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “This accreditation will mean local industry and business leaders can be confident that our graduates have received relevant training and a quality education.”

“I am very proud of the faculty and leadership of our Engineering and Media Technologies Department in earning this accreditation,” said Lewis, who oversees all of the college’s academic departments.

“ATMAE accreditation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies, “provides confirmation to students, industry, employers and the community that Pellissippi State is dedicated to providing engineering technologies education that has met public scrutiny and evaluation.

“It certifies quality and denotes academic rigor. It ensures that our students graduate with a degree that meets nationally endorsed and recognized standards in their profession.”

ATMAE was founded in 1967 and is recognized as the premier professional association responsible for promotion of technology in industry and education, the accreditation of technology programs at higher education institutions, and the certification of technologists.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Engineering and Media Technologies programs and concentrations, visit www.pstcc.edu/emt or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State students named to All-Tennessee Academic Team

Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.
Pellissippi State students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized Feb. 4 in Nashville for academic accomplishments, as both were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team. Pictured, from left, are Judith Sichler, Pellissippi State Phi Theta Kappa advisor; Baker; Marilyn Harper, director of Academic Support Programs; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president; Youngman, and Casey Lambert, PTK advisor. Additional PTK advisor Ann E. Kronk is not pictured.

At a ceremony in Nashville on Feb. 4, Pellissippi State Community College students Victoria Baker and Sydney Youngman were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team.

In all, 28 community college students from the Tennessee Board of Regents system earned the honor. The Academic Team is sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes students with a 3.5 grade point average or above.

“Pellissippi State is immensely proud of Victoria and Sydney and their academic accomplishments,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We recognize the hard work they’ve put into their studies. They know the value of investing in their future, and we wish them well.”

Baker completed an associate’s degree at Pellissippi State in December and is enrolled at the University of Tennessee. She plans to major in education for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Youngman will graduate from Pellissippi State in May. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University, where she will major in biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field.

“Each year, it’s a privilege to recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” said John Morgan, TBR chancellor.

“They’ve not only achieved a high degree of success in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”

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

Pellissippi State ranks at top for National Voter Registration Day

A student-led voter registration effort fall semester at Pellissippi State Community College ranked among the top highest in number of registered voters in the nation.

Pellissippi State’s National Voter Registration Day 2013 event registered 251 voters, earning the college a ranking of 21st in the nation in registering the most voters at individual events, according to National Voter Registration Day’s Communications and Field Report, prepared by Voto Latino.

National Voter Registration Day was Sept. 24. That day, there were 809 registration events around the nation, including at colleges, civic and community clubs, and other community service-oriented organizations.

“We partnered with Knoxville’s League of Women Voters to sponsor voter registration among college students, to help publicize the League of Women Voters, to help voters judge candidates and to help citizen organizations host effective candidate forums,” said Lisa Bogaty, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology.

Pellissippi State’s event took place all week at the Hardin Valley Campus. The college teamed up student, faculty and staff volunteers with members of the League of Women Voters Knoxville/Knox County.

Four classes at the two-year school also worked on various aspects of the event, from conducting marketing research to designing and producing posters to developing databases for surveys.

“It’s wonderful from a Service-Learning perspective, because each class has had an opportunity to learn and volunteer,” Bogaty said.

The Service-Learning program encourages Pellissippi State students to engage in a culture of civic engagement and altruism, partnering traditional academic experiences with opportunities for volunteerism and community service.

Overall, National Voter Registration Day resulted in 56,196 voters being registered among all 50 states.

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

Pellissippi State students named to fall semester 2013 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 966 top students to the fall semester 2013 dean’s list. Students are eligible for the dean’s list upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of college coursework with a 3.50-4.00 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Thomas Adams
Jordan Adkins
Devon Aeschlimann
Hunter Albert
Jenna Albrycht
Kaitlyn Aldridge
Jayson Alexander
Cody Alford
Daniel Allen
Savannah Amanns
Tyler Ammons
Julianne Anders
Avery Anderson
Tiffany Andrews
Garrett Angel
Robert Anthony
Ben Aptaker
Mobin Araghi
Aaron Archer
Luke Armitage
William Arwood
Winston Asher
Megan Aslinger
Karolina Assadova
Alexandria Atkins
Jenna Aungst
Keegan Austin
Michael Avery
Oscar Avila
Denisha Avrett
Eric Ayala
Alvaro Ayo
Krystallee Bailey
Jordan Baker
Timothy Baker
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Destiny Ballew
Frankie Ballew
Jason Ballinger
Peramuda Bandara
Travis Banks
Jordan Barbour
Kaitlyn Barger
Carrie Barnawell
Courtney Barnes
Sierra Barnett
Renee Barnum
Christopher Bartell
Desiree Bates
Abigail Baumann
Allie Bays
Amy Beam
Carmen Bean
Barbara Bearden
LeIna Beckner
Stephen Behan
Chelsea Belcher
Eric Belew
Nick Belitz
Brittany Bell
Erdenesuvd Bell
Taylor Bellisle
Charles Bennett
Amie Berney
Caroline Berrong
Alex Berry
Titus Berry
Ryan Best
Travis Bigwood
Felicia Bishop
Kourtney Blackburn
Cain Blanchard
Kendall Blankenship
Gabriela Bledsoe
Patrick Bledsoe
Johnathan Blevins
Dagny Block-Ward
Jesse Blum
Simon Jude Boka
Taylor Boothe
Jordan Boring
Chris Botsis
Caitlin Bowen
Carmen Bowers
Jason Bowers
Joshua Bowers
Samantha Bowers
Steven Bowling
Elizabeth Bradley
Erikah Bradley
Troy Bradley
James Bradwell
Alyssa Bragg
Nathan Branch
Shaylee Bratton
Heather Breazeale
Krista Breedlove
Renee Breiner
Lauren Brennan
Kendra Brent
Cory Brewer
Jason Brewer
Jessica Bridges
Cullen Briere
Amanda Brock
Kennedy Brock
Adam Brock-Dagnan
David Brooks
Jennifer Brooks
Anne Broome
Anna Brown
Joshua Brown
Raymond Brown
Sydney Brown
Tyler Brown
Kevin Brudecki
Bailey Bryant
James Bufton
Petr Bulkhak
Kyle Bumpus
Wyatt Bumpus
Krista Burchfield
Jackson Burdette
Landon Burke
Lisa Burleson
Clint Burner
Dustin Burnette
Katherine Burns
Summer Burns
Jacob Butler
Justin Bybee
Mercedes Byrge
Lauren Byrum
Jennifer Caldwell
Jeremiah Caldwell
Jonathan Caldwell
Billy Calwell
Cori Camp
Kaitlin Campbell
Kelli Canan
Vincent Cannon
Sokun Carathers
Christian Cardona
Zachary Carey
Kristen Carlson
James Carmichael
Dillon Carpenter
Miranda Carpenter
Cameron Carr
Daniel Carrell
Alicia Carter
Lancia Carter
M. Carter
Phillip Carter
Chris Caserta
Jesse Cate
Tyler Cate
Michael Cavitt
Angela Celaya
Rebecca Cesare
Brandon Chapel
Tiffany Chaperon
Carolyn Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman
Jeremy Chapman
Sharon Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Eric Childers
Taylor Childres
Edwar Aguiar Chinchilla
Dylan Chun
Justin Church
Nicholas Ciparro
Elizabeth Clanton
Ellen Clark
John Clark
Keira Clark
Rachael Clark
Casey Clarke
David Claybourne
James Clenney
Nathaniel Clifton
Trevor Cloninger
Maycie Cochran
Zachery Coffey
Darcy Coffy
Ashley Colantoni
Claudia Coleman
Devan Coleman
Daniel Collins
Emily Collins
Kristan Collins
Tara Collins
John Cook
Austin Cooper
Nick Coover
Meghan Copeland
Alex Corlew
Lakan Cornett
Micaela Cornett
Jaclyn Covington
Kaitlyn Cox
Laura Cox
Adam Crabtree
Rachel Craig
Brandi Crass
Catherine Crockett
Dwight Cross
Kelly Crotty
Nick Csercsevits
Betty Culver
Amy Cupp
Kendall Cupp
Jonathan Curtis
Nathan Curtis
Samantha Curtis
Douglas Dagley
Cassandra Daniels
Jason Daniels
Frank Darwin
Niraj Dave
Allan Davis
Allison Davis
Angela Davis
David Davis
Emily Davis
Howard Davis
Matthew Davis
Emanuelly Maria De Oliveira Sobreira
Kenneth Deal
Erica Dean
Natalie Decker
Jennifer DeFoe
Samuel Degregorio
Edward Deiderich
Amanda Del Moro
Joseph Delaney
Lindsay DeLay
Sarah Dennis
Kurt Denton
Robert Denton
Madison Dentz
William Derington
Jonathan Diegel
Brian Diggs
Alexis Dillard
Joni Dipatri
Victoria Dishner
Jacob Dohm
Christopher Donaldson
Kristy Donaldson
Guillermo Dorado
Kirsten Douglas
Michael Douglas
Brett Downey
Taylor Drinnen
Kimberly Duncan
Darren Dunlap
Thomas Duran
Angela Duran Lamberson
Katrina Duval
Joshua Eakle
Sarah Edens
Allyn Edmiston
AnnaMarie Edwards
Christopher Edwards
Jake Elkins
Kevan Elkins
Daulton Ellis
Payden Ellis
Cody Elswick
John Estes
Kristin Eubanks
Leslie Eubanks
Janelle Evans
Jordan Evans
Mikeala Evans
William Evers
Cody Ewing
Daisy Falin
Christopher Fancher
Megan Fandrich
Cody Ferguson
Leslie Ferrer
Lowell Fields
Gabriel Figueroa
Richel Finfrock
Almondo Fiori
Kaitlyn Fisher
Tyler Fisher
Whitney Fitzgerald
Emily Fitzpatrick
Devin Fladd
Tawney Flores
Brent Floyd
Sandra Fonseca
Ashley Fortenberry
Justin Foster
Savannah Foster
Sharleen Foster
Brooklyn Foust
Aaron Frank
Marissa Frankel
Matt Franklin
Samuel Franklin
Amanda Freuler
Bridgette Fritz
Christopher Gallaher
Steven Gallaher
Vasile Garbulet
Daniel Garey
Alice Garland
Charles Garrett
Kristina Garrett
Matthew George
Anthony Georgiafandis
Natasha Ghezawi
Matthew Gibbs
Margaret Gicheru
Rachel Giles
Shimikia Gillespie
Estille Gilliam
Erin Gilliland
Scottie Godfrey
Christopher Goetze
Jonathan Goggans
Madison Gold
Rebeca Gonzalez
Rosendo Gonzalez
Natalie Goodin
Zara Goodlaxson
Elissa Goodson
Analiza Gordy
Richard Grant
Darren Green
Gus Green
Nicky Greene
Caleb Grider
Jeanne Griswold
Christian Groff
Lisa Grunwald
Christopher Guider
Clarissa Guidry
Logan Gunter
Igor Gussev
Zachary Guzman
Rebekah Gyger
Nicholas Hager
Joshua Halcomb
James Hamblen
Jesse Hamby
Andrew Hamilton
Anna Hamilton
Valerie Hamilton
Riley Hammett
Laura Haney
Holley Hannah
Carleigh Harbin
Christian Hardin
Jennifer Hardin
Tommy Hardin
Abigail Harmon
Adam Harms
Ashley Harrell
Alyssa Harrelson
Christian Harris
William Harris
Ashton Harrison
Cassie Hart
Nathaniel Hartley
Janet Hastings
Brighton Hatfield
Brent Hattley
Avery Hawk
Kaitlyn Hay
Jackie Hayes
Jessica Haynes
Lauren Heath
Heather Helton
Scott Henderson
Erik Heng-Fischbach
Alana Henley
Rocky Henry
Aaron Hess
Katilyn Hibbert
Eric Hickman
Jeffrey Hickman
Christopher Higgins
Holly Hill
William Hill
Chelsea Hines
Steven Hines
Connor Hinkle
David Hodge
Hannah Hodge
Amy Holloway
Kelsey Holloway
Rachel Hopkins
Jason Horner
Jacob Houston
Ryan Howard
Kerry Howell
Bryan Huddleston
Sarah Huddleston
Wesley Huffaker
Candice Huffstetler
Jerad Hughes
John Human
Anna Humphreys
Kelsie Hunt
Samantha Hunt
Kathryn Hunter
Jacques Hurst
Rachel Hutchens
Erin Hyde
Kristin Hylton
Courtney Irwin
Harold Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Taylor Jackson
William Jaggers
Heather Jannett
Brittany Janous
James Jardet
James Jarnigan
Nabeel Jaser
Leah Jenkins
Taylor Jensen
Jared Jett
Megan Jewell
Kimberly Job
Audrey Johnson
Bret Johnson
Juliana Johnson
Kaitlin Johnson
Lacy Johnson
Luke Johnson
Brandi Jones
David Jones
Forrest Jones
Maleah Jones
Michaela Jones
Brian Jordan
Elise Jorgensen
Richard Justice
Hailey Kachmarchik
Ali Kameh
Christina Kampas
Matthew Kane
Stephanie Kaser
Whitney Kaul
Noah Keener
Marc Keirn
Erin Keith
Robert Keith
Lindsey Kelly
Jason Kennedy
Otis Kennedy
Emily Keyser
Christian Kidd
Kevin Kidder
Hearan Kim
Sharyllynne King
Hunter Kitts
Matthew Kleinschmidt
Christian Klenk
Melanie Knapp
Rebekah Knause
Tanya Kocer
Maggie Kubarewicz
Matthew Labelle
Megan Ladd
Lucas Lafond
Lauren Lamson
Anna Land
Andrew Landguth
Jessie Lane
Michael Lane
Pierce Lane
Rosita Lane
Lauren Lange
Ashley Lawson
Sarah Lawson
Janie Lay
Morgan Lay
Nhu Le
Cade Leach
Kandyn Leach
Haley Ledford
Hope Ledger
Ji Ho Lee
John Lee
Riitta-Maija Lehtinen
Andrew Leming
Rachel Lemons
Rebecca Lengfellner
Christine Lentz
Chelsea Lessard
Charles Levan
Belinda Lewis
Kandyce Lewis
Nathan Lewis
Warren Lewis
Robert Lilligren
Joshua Lindamood
Michelle Lindsay
Mary Lindstrom
Anthony Lis
Candice Littleton
Jason Littleton
Olivia Lobertini
Wesley Logan
Lee Logsdon
Emmanuel Lokure
Amber Long
Angela Long
Caitlin Long
Victoria Long
Jennifer Loveday
Cynthia Lozano
Shirley Ludington
Dallas Ludwig
Seth Luedtke
Jose Luna Garcia
Tia Luneke
Brandon Lusby
Kaitlynn Lusk
Edward Lutsyk
Edward Lyman
Taylor Lyon
Justin MacDonald
Daniel Mace
Austin Madden
Logan Madden
Boubacar Maiga
Daniel Maley
Caleb Mangum
Jade Mann
Kristen Manning
Kendall Maples
Larry Maples
Victoria Marler
Brett Marshman
Joshua Martin
Megan Martin
Tamara Martin
Zachariah Martin
Amber Marzec
Bryan Mason
Justin Matthews
Chiquila Mattress
Patricia Maynard
Michelle McAlister
Rebekah McBride
Allison McClanahan
Nicholas McCloskey
Shaun McComas
Melody McComb
Sarah McComb
Lidia McCord
Sandra McCroskey
Stephanie McCuiston
Rocky McCulloch
Katherine McGaha
Angela McGee
Dennis McGhee
Jessica McGinley
Jonathan McGuire
Jennifer McLean
Emily McNeil
Jorge Mejia
Victoria Mellen
Benjamin Mellon
Cortney Melton
Jacob Melton
Abbey Merriman
Gregory Mersing
Michael Mersing
Julianna Meyers
Jessica Michel
Jairus Miller
Tyler Miller
Susan Minehan
John Mitchell
Stephanie Mojica
Laura Molen
Brittany Monday
Christopher Monhollan
Lori Monroe
Richard Monroe
Hannah Montgomery
Travis Montsinger
Eric Moore
Jessi Moore
Shawn Moore
Adam Moreno
Tiffany Morrison
Robert Morrow
Tricia Mounger
Andrea Muehlenberg
Agiimaa Munkhsukh
Conley Munsey
Celeste Murphy
Alexia Murriel
John Music
Kelvin Myers
Rachel Myers
Joshua Najmola
Gladys Nance
Jordan Neely
William Newell
Seth Newport
Quynh Ngo
Cung Nguyen
Khoa Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
Van Nguyen
Julianna Nikolai
Abbie Nipper
Brad Nipper
Hannah Noe
Victor Noe
Thomas Noll
Sydney Norman
Amanda Ogle
Rachael Ogle
Morgan Onusic
Marion Osborne
Mollie-Kathleen O’Shaughnessy
Shih-Huei Ou
William Overmyer
Hannah Overton
Jessica Ownsby
Matthew Pack
Miranda Paiva
Whitney Palmer
Heemyung Park
Adrienne Parrott
Amie Parrott
Hunter Parton
Neel Patel
Svetlana Patterson
Veronica Patterson
Allison Pavelchik
Denise Payne
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Brian Pearson
Brittany Pemberton
Dallas Pepper
Amber Perrin
Jessica Perry
Lauren Peters
Scott Peterson
Thai Pham
Zebulon Phillips
Austin Phipps
Landon Pierce
Tony Plastino
Andrew Plaxco
Billy Pogue
Amber Poole
Mekenzie Pope
Brittany Powell
Lindsey Powell
William Powell
Audrey Prate
Sara Pressley
Sandra Pringle
Kalie Pritchett
Nichole Proctor
Kenton Pryor
Corey Puckett
Amanda Putnam
Jackson Quiggins
Spencer Raby
Nicole Ramirez
Ryan Ramirez
Lorrie Ramsey
Jessica Raney
Caitlin Ratliff
Samantha Rayder
Robert Raymes
Christany Raymond
Nadia Abdul Razak
Hannah Reagan
Edy Recendez
Madeline Reddick
Jacklyn Redmon
Heather Reece
Mark Reece
Michele Reekie
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Rachel Resciniti
Ronald Retherford
Caleb Reynolds
Kacie Reynolds
Kelsey Rhode
Blair Rhodes
Rachael Rhyne
Ethan Richardson
Cassandra Riegel
Logan Riggs
Rebecca Ritter
Devin Rivera
Misti Rivers
Rachel Roback
Molly Roberson
Clint Roberts
Elena Roberts
Jason Roberts
Zane Robertson
Alisha Robson
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Justin Rose
Macon Rowan
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Dillon Sanders
Greg Schar
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Hayley Schneider
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David Scraggs
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Talia Seiber
Halie Sellers
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Ariel Sexton
Ankit Shah
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Donna Shedd
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Lilianna Sheridan
James Shill
Charles Shipley
Ajen Shireman
Christi Silliman
David Silverberg
Amber Simcox
Katie Simerly
Andrew Simpson
Amy Sims
Abigail Sinders
Darian Singleton
James Sircy
Lauren Sisk
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Corbyn Skeen
Jennifer Skeen
Timothy Slagle
Amanda Slaton
Hristo Slavov
Alyona Smith
Amanda Smith
Austin Smith
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Summer Smith
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Jay Smithson
Sara Smock
Megan Snell
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Elexis Snyder
Katharina Snyder
Madeline Sommer
Channing Sosville
Mellony Spangler
Anna Sparks
Edden Spencer
Laurie Spoon
Stephanie Spoon
Phoebe Spooner
Mark Stanifer
Rachel Stanley
Gabriella Starace
Paul Steciw
Julia Steinmann
Micaela Stephens
Heather Storm
Logan Stuart
Matthew Studwell
Aaron Suffridge
Sharmon Suit
Shane Sullivan
Melodie Summers
David Summey
Chelsea Sutphin
Matthew Swearingen
Silvia Sweitzer
Jamie Swint
Katherine Swisher
David Tallent
Andrew Taylor
Benjamin Taylor
Courtney Taylor
Mathew Taylor
Andrea Tedder
Anna Thomas
Noelle Thomas
Rachel Thomas
Hilary Thompson
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Robert Thompson
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Danielle Wallace
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Susanna Yoder
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Dana Young
Stephanie Young
Sydney Youngman
Megan Zawisza
Kendra Zeitschel
Stacey Zupka

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

Pellissippi State, Alcoa Foundation partner for student scholarships

A growing need for machinery operators with mechanical and electrical engineering training is being met through a partnership between Pellissippi State Community College and Alcoa Foundation.

Alcoa Foundation is supporting Pellissippi State students pursuing an industrial maintenance certificate or associate’s degree with a two-year, $50,000 scholarship grant.

Pellissippi State offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance, as well as a certificate in Industrial Maintenance Technology. The Industrial Maintenance concentration prepares students for careers in large manufacturing companies, working as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians.

“There is an existing shortage of qualified men and women who are able to maintain and repair equipment in local industry,” said Peggy Mahan Wilson, vice president of College Advancement for Pellissippi State and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“A great opportunity exists to provide students with the skills needed to obtain high-paying jobs in our community. The manufacturing industry is on the rebound in our region, and this scholarship grant will help provide students the necessary training to become experienced-and much needed-maintenance personnel.”

The Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance program at Pellissippi State is an Accelerated Higher Education Associate’s Degree program. AHEAD is designed to meet the needs of busy adults by offering shorter-term courses and credit for prior learning. Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance is also a cohort program. Cohorts allow students to move through their courses as a unified group, encouraging collaboration and fostering long-lasting relationships.

The Alcoa Foundation grant is expected to affect 80 Industrial Maintenance students directly through August 2015.

“This grant,” said Wilson, “will empower Industrial Maintenance students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain self-sufficiency through the completion of their degree. We are pleased to receive this grant from Alcoa Foundation and honored to have a long history of partnership with them.”

The grant is a continuation of support from Alcoa Foundation, which last year completed a separate $37,000 donation for scholarships for students pursuing an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology/Industrial Maintenance.

For more about Industrial Maintenance, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/cohorts/industrial. To learn more about the college’s many giving opportunities, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or email foundation@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State student awarded local, national EWI scholarship

Widow. Parental caretaker. Displaced worker trying to earn a college degree to improve her value in the workplace.

If anyone needed a helping hand to pursue an education, it was Barbara “Lugene” Bearden.

Bearden is a student at Pellissippi State Community College, and her need—and efforts to do well in school—did not go unnoticed by the Pellissippi State Foundation and the Knoxville Chapter of the Executive Women International. The two entities partner each year to distribute $3,000 in scholarships to deserving candidates.

Bearden was recently recognized by the EWI local chapter with an ASIST (Adult Students in Scholastic Transition) Scholarship. The support was awarded by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The mother of two grown children, Bearden is one of three students at Pellissippi State who each received a $1,000 scholarship from EWI Knoxville Chapter this year. She has since been named one of the 12 winners of a national EWI scholarship for $2,000.

The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social or physical challenges who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities.

“The Pellissippi State Foundation is proud to partner with Executive Women International to provide scholarship opportunities to women who are working to better their lives by going back to school,” said Peggy Wilson. Wilson is the college’s vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“We like to recognize these women’s hard work as they pursue opportunities to improve their lives.”

Bearden was born and raised in Knoxville. She has been a widow for 10 years. After she lost her job due to downsizing, she cared for her mother, who passed away in 2011. Bearden is now studying Business Administration, concentrating in Management, at Pellissippi State and maintains a 3.65 GPA.

“While searching for a new job, I found that all the companies hiring for the position I knew how to perform required a minimum of an associate’s degree with work experience,” she said. “At age 54 and as a widow, I could not afford to start back to work at minimum wage and work my way back up.

“I need and want to find employment with a company where I will be of service, and where I will be well compensated for my expertise. With more than 25 years of working as an administrative assistant, along with my education from Pellissippi State, I feel confident that I will make a top-notch manager in any office.”

EWI Knoxville Chapter also awarded $1,000 scholarships to Pellissippi State students Leslie Ferrer and Riitta-Maija Lehtinen.

Ferrer is a native of Indiana and has three adult children with her husband, Jeff. She is pursuing Spanish and maintains a 3.8 GPA. Lehtinen immigrated to the United States from Finland and is majoring in Interior Design Technology. She maintains a 4.0 GPA.

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation and its many giving opportunities, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call (865) 694-6528.