Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Basic Digital Photography at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to effectively use a digital camera and gain basic knowledge about exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Students must bring their own digital SLR camera. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 12. Cost is $109. For more information or to register online, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.
Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Appalachian Dulcimer Beginner Course at its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn to play the traditional Appalachian mountain dulcimer. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Students must bring their own dulcimers or acquire one after the first class session. Class times are 5:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 10. Cost is $95 with a $37 materials fee. Class space is limited to 12; register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.
Pellissippi State Community College offers the non-credit course Our Appalachia: Uncivil Conflict in the Coves: The Civil War in Southern Appalachia at its Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Learn the history and legacy of the Civil War in Appalachia. Class times are 6:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 25. Cost is $89 plus a $15 materials fee. To register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.
Whether you’re considering retirement or simply seeking relevant financial planning information, Pellissippi State Community College offers informative, up-to-date non-credit courses to meet your needs.
Non-credit classes are offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services. For more information or to register for a class, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. All classes are offered at the Hardin Valley Campus unless otherwise stated.
Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement — learn the basics of financial needs, investments and taxes related to retirement. The class will be offered at the Blount County Campus from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 2-23, and at the Hardin Valley Campus from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 4-25. Cost is $79 and includes one person and a spouse or guest at no extra charge.
How to Thrive Financially in Retirement — learn to ensure your money serves your retirement goals properly, including topics like estate planning and health care. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 16 and 23. Cost is $59 per person.
Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income — learn important rules and strategies for claiming Social Security benefits. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 9 and 11. Cost is $59 for one person and spouse.
Savvy Social Security & Life Planning Strategies for Women — specialized rules and strategies for claiming Social Security benefits as a woman. Class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Aug. 15. Cost is $29 per person.
Planning for Long Term Care: How to Identify, Obtain & Pay It — learn the importance of financial planning for long-term care. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 18. Cost is $39 per person.
Tennessee Estate Planning: It’s Not Just Having a Will! — learn about the importance of planning for disabilities, living wills, death and state and federal taxes. Class will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 16 and 18. Cost is $49 per person.
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 for one of these courses, email email@example.com.
Ten employees of Y-12 National Security Complex have completed the classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College as part of the first class of an apprenticeship program that grows talent from within Y-12.
The students — Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady — received classroom instruction and hands-on training at Pellissippi State on topics related to working in an advanced technological workplace.
The completion ceremony was at Marble Springs, the historic home of Governor John Sevier. The apprentices built and donated a lawnmower and informational kiosk to the site.
“Our apprenticeship program has been a big investment at CNS Y-12,” said Beth Green, senior staff to the director of infrastructure, at the ceremony. “We wanted to make an investment in growing our employees into journeyman-level positions, and I’m proud to see the results in the work on these projects.”
The apprenticeship program is a four-year investment: the apprentices still must complete the remainder of their fourth year of actual on the job learning at Y-12 in order to finish.
“It’s the end of one phase and the beginning of the next,” said Lovelady. “We’ll finish up this year, and once that is done we’ll be journeyman machinists.”
The program allows students the opportunity to earn substantial credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, plus the opportunity to finish additional coursework, including 15 credit hours of general education courses required to complete an Engineering Technology degree, with a concentration of the student’s choice.
“You’re giving yourself the best opportunity to grow in the company,” Lovelady said of those who participate.
“Anything in life is worth working for,” said Bachorek. “I’m setting a grand example for my daughter. Once you have your education, no one can take that away from you.”
The participants also make up the first class of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union apprentices at Y-12. The partnership between the college, Y-12 and the union makes training more convenient and affordable.
Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology faculty and Business and Community Services Division developed the curriculum for the program. BCS works with employers to create customized training and development solutions. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.
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Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce.
“No question, partnerships like these are what we’re looking for in Drive to 55,” said Mike Krause, executive director of the state’s Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 initiatives. “This initiative isn’t just about getting students in school but encouraging them to graduate and then join the workforce. That’s what it’s all about.”
The DENSO North America Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State a $50,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the Engineering Technology degree program’s Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration prepares students to operate automated manufacturing equipment, including the programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment that are now the industry standard in manufacturing settings.
DENSO and Pellissippi State representatives gathered for a ceremonial check presentation Wednesday morning, Aug. 5, at the college’s Blount County Campus.
“In order for students to be ready to go to work at the most advanced levels of manufacturing, we must continue to integrate newer technology into our programs,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “We appreciate DENSO’s support in helping us achieve those goals.”
“Manufacturing is now high-tech. I don’t know of any manufacturing job that doesn’t include automation,” said Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean of Engineering and Media Technologies.
DENSO is a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State. Awards from the international automotive supplier during the past decade have included two grants that have helped the college build its Automated Industrial Systems concentration. The concentration was launched in 2013.
“In a global economy, DENSO is continually investing in ways to improve our competitiveness through highly skilled employees and advanced equipment,” said Mike Brackett, DENSO North America Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “This donation represents an investment in the future of our region, as well as in the advanced technology needed by our customers in the automotive industry.”
For more information about Automated Industrial Systems or other academic offerings at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.