Summer 3D printing course for young women hosted by Pellissippi State

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Hey, young women, want to make your own 3D printer this summer?

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a hands-on 3D printing class — for young females exclusively — June 8-12.

In MakeHERSpace, one of the college’s summer camp classes, female students who are rising eighth- through 12th-graders will discover about everything related to 3D printing. Students will learn how to use the beginner-friendly modeling program SketchUp, as well as assemble — and keep — their own 3D printer along with a basic toolkit and starter supplies.

MakeHERSpace is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The class costs $450. Reserve a space at

Students in MakeHERSpace also have an opportunity to tour the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and to receive mentoring from women in engineering- and technology-related fields. Even after the course is over, students will have access to thousands of free 3D designs they can print at home.

“This class is specially created for young women,” said Lynn Klett, a Pellissippi State instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies who is teaching the summer camp class.

“So often, engineering or manufacturing have this stigma of being ‘masculine’ or intimidating. But we want women to understand that they can invent, create, make. They can do anything they want to do.”

MakeHERSpace is sponsored through a NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program grant. The grant seeks to boost enrollment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields among women and underrepresented students. The funding also pays for scholarships and other recruitment and retention activities.

For more information about this and other summer camp classes offered by the college’s Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

To learn more about 3D printing and Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology degree program, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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

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Pellissippi State Community College offers its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class this month at a special two-for-one price.

The class is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to the two-for-one rate on the Saturday, May 16, session at the Hardin Valley Campus. The eight-hour course begins at 8 a.m.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $65 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 complete the eight-hour course satisfactorily can apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another related 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 are 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 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

Genealogy, women’s self-defense, estate planning— Pellissippi State hosts array of non-credit classes in April and May

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Trace your family history. Take up digital photography. Discover the serenity of fly-fishing.

Sign up now for one or several of these fun and informative non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College in April and May. All classes are at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise specified.

  • Basic Genealogy—Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Find out how to trace your family tree. Cost is $75.
  • Introduction to Color Theory—Wednesdays, April 8-May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Study color theory and complete a painting. Cost is $120.
  • Playing With Copper: Torch-Fired Enamels—Mondays, April 13-May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. Discover how to fire traditional enamels on copper. Cost is $130 plus a $40 materials fee.
  • Beyond Basic Digital Photography—Thursdays, April 9-23, 6:15-8:15 p.m. on the Hardin Valley Campus or Thursdays, April 30-May 14, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Learn basic digital photography techniques. Cost is $119.
  • Women’s Self-Defense: Reduce the Odds—Saturday, April 11, 1-3:30 p.m. Open to women over age 18. Learn self-defense based on the Women’s Empowerment Series’ Girls on Guard module. Cost is $40.
  • Tennessee Estate Planning, Beyond the Basics: The Importance and Flexibility of Trusts—Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discover the many types of trusts. Cost is $29.
  • Flyfish 101—Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn the basics of fly-fishing. Cost is $85.

For more information about these and other classes offered by the college’s Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

Non-credit courses at Pellissippi State offer baby boomers retirement info

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In late April and May, Pellissippi State Community College gives baby boomers several opportunities to learn more about retirement planning.

  • “Savvy Social Security and Life Planning Strategies for Women” is offered at the Strawberry Plains Campus April 21 and the Hardin Valley Campus June 2. Class times are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.
  • “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” is offered at the Blount County Campus April 28 and 30 and at the Hardin Valley Campus May 26 and 28. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $59, and married couples may attend for the cost of one registration. Seating is limited.

The classes cover explanations of various types of Social Security benefits, the factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to check your earnings record for accuracy, how to take advantage of spousal benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, how to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with other retirement income.

For more information about this and other classes offered by the college’s Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email

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