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Creative learning for children continues with Pellissippi State’s summer classes

Summer months may give children the chance to take a break from school, but they also give them the opportunity to explore topics they might remember long into adulthood. Children as young as 6 can have fun learning about subjects ranging from art and history to acting and computers in Pellissippi State Community College’s summer creative learning classes.

Creative learning camps for kids continue through July, with classes beginning on July 8. Early registration is encouraged. The youth summer course selection for July, offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“Girls on the Run”—July 8-12, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces participants to the physical-activity-based Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Self-Defense for Teen Girls”—July 8-12, 2-4 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $95. Attendees learn basic self-defense skills, safe-dating strategies, predator awareness, escape techniques and assault prevention in an age-appropriate way.

“CreACTivity”—July 8-12, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Students explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage, with the chance to display their skills in a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“ImaginACTion”—July 15-19, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants use imagination and technique to create characters for the stage in this active class. The class is capped off with a showcase performance. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Claymation”—July 15-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Working in small groups, attendees write a script, create clay figures, take photographs and compile a short animated movie. Includes a movie premiere featuring all final projects.

“The Amazing History Adventure”—July 15-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ages 9-13; $169. Presented in conjunction with historic Ramsey House, this day-camp experience offers hands-on activities, games and crafts based on early American history. Participants must register by July 8 and should visit the BCS website for a list of materials to bring each day. Classes meet at Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, in East Knox County.

“App-tastic”—July 15-18, 9-noon; ages 8-15; $115. This four-day class teaches students how to build their own app that will work on an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android with Wi-Fi capabilities.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—July 15-16, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class helps younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—July 17-18, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students learn how to boost confidence and decrease feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Keyboarding and Basic Computer Skills”—July 22-25, 9-noon; ages 6-10; $115. Youngsters have fun learning their way around the computer in age-appropriate activities, including doing online searches and making greeting cards.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 22-25, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $115. Attendees can get a head start on future job skills by learning the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel).

“Cambridge ACT Test Prep Class”—July 20, 8:30-noon (pre-test); July 29-20, 5-8 p.m. (math/science); Aug. 5-6, 5-8 p.m. (English/reading); Aug. 10, 8:30-noon (post-test); $425, with $100 discount to those registering by July 5. Students preparing to take the ACT gain test strategies in this curriculum, which has a solid record of improving scores. Must register by July 12.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional 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.

Pellissippi State kicks off creative learning for kids beginning June 3

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer creative learning classes in June and July for children as young as 7. All classes are open for immediate registration.

Classes in June begin on June 3, and the late summer classes begin on July 8. The June youth summer course selection, available through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

“The CSI Experience”—June 3-7, 9-11 a.m.; grades 5-8; $105. Students will have the chance to solve a mock crime using simple forensic techniques. Lab activities may include fingerprinting, blood typing with simulated blood and more.

“Adventure Into the Digital Science Classroom”—June 3-7, noon-2; grades 5-8; $105. A class for the “not so faint,” this course begins with virtual dissections and then moves on to actual dissections using forensic techniques.

“Girls on the Run”—June 10-14, 9-noon; ages 8-12; $75. This summer camp introduces attendees to the Girls on the Run program and helps them prepare for the 10-week fall season. Fee includes healthy snacks, water and a gift. Space is limited.

“Confident Teens in Today’s Changing World”—June 10-11, 12-1:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65. Students will learn how to boost their confidence and decrease their feelings of awkwardness in this social skills class.

“Self-Defense for Kids”—June 17-21, 2-3:30 p.m.; ages 7-12; $85. Using role play and games, participants will learn basic self-defense techniques, as well as strategies covering escapes, strangers and bullies.

“Jewelry and Wearable Art”—June 17-21, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 10 and up; $119. Students will leave this course with several completed pieces, which may include bracelets, earrings, pendants and more.

“Young Artist”—June 24-28, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Activities may include basic drawing, figure drawing, perspective drawing, book and journal making, oil pastels, polymer clay, portraits, or sculpture.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 25-26, 10:30-noon; ages 7-12; $65. This class is meant to help younger students develop tools to make friends easily and feel confident as they learn manners for all occasions.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Participants may bring snacks or money for snack machines (optional).

For additional 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, as well as descriptions of the youth summer classes that begin in July.

Pellissippi State offers five-day training to be solar photovoltaic installer

In only five days, students who enroll in the Solar Photovoltaic Training Series at Pellissippi State Community College will be prepared to enter the growing field of solar design and installation. Those who complete the course will also be eligible to take the optional North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners exam. The series is offered through the Business and Community Services Division.

Solar photovoltaics, the conversion of solar power to electricity, is a growing field in Tennessee. As of May 2012, Tennessee is second only to California in the number of solar photovoltaic installers employed. Approximately 670 individuals worked as installers in the state last year, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.

No specialized knowledge is required to take the class. Basic high school math is reviewed, and the foundations of electricity and electronics are covered. Students then go on to the design and installation portions of the coursework. Additional topics include photovoltaic history, market developments and safety.

The class is May 20-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus. The cost is $799, plus a textbook fee of $175. The fee for the optional NABCEP exam is $125.

To register or to learn more about this and other classes, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Learn golf, sound investing, dulcimer and more at Pellissippi State

Greet spring’s arrival by learning something new in one of the many non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College. The Business and Community Services Division boasts options that range from sports-related and music classes to financial workshops, genealogy research, and writing courses.

Classes beginning soon include the following:

“Street Hip Hop” – Mondays, March 18-April 22, 5-6 p.m.; $65. Learn several styles of this dance, such as popping, waving, isolations and breakdancing. Hip hop provides great exercise and is not as difficult as one might think. Instructor Wojciech “V” Wiktor is an experienced choreographer and dance instructor.

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing” – Tuesdays, March 19-April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Blount County Campus); $65. This class gives students a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing, while also providing tips on identifying and avoiding the most common investment mistakes.

“Beyond Basic Genealogy” – Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75. Instructor Sam Maner, local author of several genealogical publications and previous Ancestry.com worker, shares his years of genealogy expertise with class participants. Field trips include visits to the health department and a local cemetery.

“An Introduction to Golf” – March 25-28, April 8-11 or May 6-9, 6-7 p.m.; Target Golf, 5311 W. Beaver Creek Dr., Knoxville; $65, plus $10 facility fee paid to instructor at first class. This four-hour class over four consecutive days provides consistent practice in the basic mechanics of golf. Students will also learn course etiquette and golf cart operation, and they will play a hole.

“Making Money Writing and Selling Articles and Short Stories to Magazines” – Mondays, March 25-April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $99. The emphasis of this class is getting written material published. Topics include best query practices, copyright protection and manuscript preparation.

“Tennessee Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Having a Will!” – Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-28, April 16-18 or May 21-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $49. Students will learn about the legal documents needed to plan for disability or death, as well as a brief overview of state and federal death taxes.

“Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (I)” – Tuesdays, March 26-May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $95, plus $30 material fee paid to instructor at first class. No musical experience is needed for this popular nine-week class. Dulcimers required at first class. Instructor can provide sources, including inexpensive cardboard-body dulcimers. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer (III)” – Thursdays, March 28-May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.; $95, plus approximate $40 material fee paid to instructor at first class. Students who have already completed “Novice Appalachian Dulcimer (II)” can continue to develop their skills with instructor Rudy Ryan. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Introduction to Scuba Diving” – April 6-7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Ski/Scuba Center, 2543 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville; $212, plus $87.25 course material fee paid to instructor at first class. This weekend course introduces the fundamentals, as well as covers training needed for qualifying dives for SSI certification. All equipment is provided. Students must pick up a book and DVD for home study about three days before class.

“’Hablando Español’ (Talking Spanish)” – Mondays, May 6-June 10, 7-9 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $110, includes book. Designed for those with little or no prior instruction in the Spanish language, this course provides a fundamental understanding in speaking, reading and writing basic Spanish.

“Living Single: Financial Strategies for Women” – Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m.; $35. This three-hour workshop is specifically for single women who wish to create a sound financial roadmap. Topics include the basics on investments, savings, debt reduction, insurance and planning for the unexpected.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For information on additional classes or to register, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Twelve-hour class offers immersion in Appalachian heritage

To say that the Appalachian region is a source of rich heritage is an understatement. From its distinctive history, language, and music to its varied folkways, geography, and wildlife, Appalachia has been the subject of numerous studies, books, films, and musical compositions. A non-credit class offered by Pellissippi State Community College distills that history into 12 hours of exploration geared both to lifelong residents and those new to the area.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” offers students a sampling of the Great Smoky Mountains region of the Tennessee–North Carolina border, with special emphasis on Blount, Sevier, Graham, Monroe and Swain counties. Attendees will learn about Appalachian heritage, as well as explore possible connections between the mountains and their own families.

Instructor Mark Davidson is a retired Blount County social studies teacher who developed an Appalachian Studies program for students at William Blount High School. Depending on the interest of class participants, an optional field trip led by Davidson may be scheduled as part of the course. Additional costs associated with a field trip will be announced in class.

“Our Appalachia: The Smokies and Beyond” is offered at two Pellissippi State locations. Dates and times are as follows: Thursdays, March 14-April 18, 6-8 p.m., Hardin Valley Campus; Mondays, March 18-April 22, 6-8 p.m., Blount County Campus.

Class fee is $89. An additional materials fee of approximately $18 is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

The non-credit class is offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. 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.

Clinical Medical Assistant program offered at Pellissippi State

Employment in all occupations is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with some areas experiencing more than double that rate. Health-care support occupations, for instance, are expected to expand by 25 percent, while the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent during the next seven years.

To meet the needs of area students seeking entry into the field, Pellissippi State Community College’s non-credit division is offering the Clinical Medical Assistant program, a series of Saturday-only classes that begin in March.

Consisting of 134 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of medical office externship, the total program is designed to be completed in only five months. Students who successfully finish the course are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association or the exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

Pellissippi State is providing the program in collaboration with Boston Reed, a private educational institution based in California. Boston Reed, which has provided health-care training for more than 20 years, has 125 locations nationwide.

Students will gain practical experience in such skills as assisting with patient exams and minor surgery, taking patients’ vital signs, performing lab tests, administering medications, and conducting electrocardiography evaluations.

The series prepares participants to assist physicians in settings such as offices and clinics. The fee for the Pellissippi State offering is $2,995. Financial assistance, including payment plans, credit-based loans and scholarships, is available through Boston Reed: www.bostonreedcollege.com.

The Clinical Medical Assistant program is being offered through Pellissippi State’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services. Early registration is encouraged.

Classes meet on Saturdays, March 9-June 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hardin Valley Campus. Externship placement is guaranteed by Boston Reed and will be discussed with students upon enrollment.

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.

Landscaping class offered by Pellissippi State

Instant flower gardens. It’s a tempting thought during the winter season. While the upcoming landscaping class at Pellissippi State Community College won’t give attendees a full-blooming garden-on-the-spot, it will give them plenty of design ideas and how-to information.

“Landscaping Made Easy and Fun” provides eight hours of instruction to those seeking to learn more. Instructor Valarie Huffman, expert landscaper and owner of Instant Flower Gardens, will guide students through basic design principles, materials selection, plant installation and maintenance. Topics include flowering shrubs, small trees, flowers, and grasses, as well as mulching, fertilizing, watering, and pruning.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25-March 6, 1-3 p.m. at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The class fee is $79.

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

Pellissippi State leads region in manufacturing education and training

Last year, Pellissippi State Community College enhanced its reputation as a leader in manufacturing education, marked the graduation of its first Nursing class, and achieved full state approval for its Nursing program. Nursing is offered at the Blount County Campus in Friendsville and the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville.

This year, the college is poised to build on its academic programs, as well as on its student participation in study abroad—already the highest of any U.S. community college.

Supporting students in completing college and increasing access to and placing graduates in good jobs serve as key priorities in 2013, said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

“We continue to focus on helping students complete their studies in both transfer programs and career/technical fields that lead to outstanding transfer opportunities and excellent jobs,” Wise said.

Pellissippi State also is reviewing its distance education program to find ways to provide additional pathways to degree completion.

“We’re going to change the way we use distance education—and this will certainly affect Blount County—to help students at our site campuses complete career and transfer degrees on those campuses,” Wise said.

Manufacturing education and training

At the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Tech Lab, the Blount County Campus has experienced an uptick in apprenticeship training through the college’s Business and Community Services Division and Engineering Technology degree program. For example, Cherokee Millwright revived its apprenticeship program with the consultation and expertise of BCS. BCS and Engineering Technology also developed curricula and training for Y-12 machinist apprentices at the Hardin Valley Campus.

This past year, the college played a key role in creating a national curriculum for the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative. AMTEC is a collaboration of colleges and industry to better prepare skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for work in auto manufacturing and technology. The curriculum contribution helped Pellissippi State land two federal grants to fund manufacturing education, training and workforce development in East Tennessee.

“These types of advanced manufacturing programs, they really feed into what seems to be a growth in manufacturing in the local economy,” Wise said. “In terms of our career programs, that’s exactly where we need to be.”

The first grant came through the U.S. Department of Labor in September. The Labor Department awarded $15 million to an educational consortium that included Pellissippi State. The grant provides a minimum of $760,000 to each consortium member during a three-year period.

The award funds manufacturing job training to fill a shortage of skilled workers locally. The goal of the grant meets a long-term ambition, one that dovetails with Pellissippi State’s mission: to help transform manufacturing education.

The funding will boost instructional capacity, pay for equipment and technical support, and improve online delivery of the college’s Engineering Technology classes.

A few weeks after the Labor Department grant was announced, Pellissippi State learned it was the recipient of a second federal grant for manufacturing education.

The college plays a key role in the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototype Center of East Tennessee (AMP!), one of 10 public-private partnerships to receive a total of $20 million to revitalize U.S. manufacturing and create jobs. Pellissippi State’s partners on the grant include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services and Tech 20/20, the lead grant applicant.

The regional consortium’s proposal was selected through a federal multi-agency competition called the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

The grant enables Pellissippi State to offer a certificate in Additive Manufacturing and update existing curricula. It funds more than $250,000 in scholarships for students in Advanced Manufacturing courses.

Additive manufacturing describes the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal or concrete. Using 3D printers, companies can create prototypes quickly, with less waste and cost than traditional methods. In addition, additive manufacturing is being used more and more to make finished products.

The certificate will be offered through BCS and Engineering Technology.

International Education

Study abroad by American students has more than tripled over the past two decades. During the 2010-11 academic year, 174 Pellissippi State students studied abroad, making the college the top two-year school in the U.S. in terms of the number of study abroad students.

The numbers come from the most recent Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A key factor in Pellissippi State’s study abroad success is its robust scholarship program. Funded through the international education fee, study abroad scholarships at Pellissippi State total more than $300,000 each year.

“Our study abroad programs are designed to help students earn credits towards degrees and to develop a broader understanding of the world in which they study, live, and work,” said Wise.

“Scholarship support allows our students to travel to places they might never have imagined. Very often they come back better students and citizens and with a much better sense of who they are and what they want to do.”

Electrical safety classes offered by Pellissippi State

NFPA 70E requirements. LOTO compliancy practices. PPE applications and care. To some, this may all sound like alphabet soup. For area professionals tasked with maintaining electrical safety in the workplace, however, these acronyms are crucial topics of study.

In January, those professionals can learn even more about their trade by taking one of three electrical safety classes being offered by Pellissippi State Community College.

“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” courses focus on the National Fire Protection Association’s 70E requirements. Originally developed at the request of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast.

The courses cover the requirements for safe work practices that protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. Included is information on topics such as lockout/tagout practices (LOTO) and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The non-credit courses are being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Students may elect to enroll in any of three versions of the course: refresher, standard or train the trainer.

Early registration is encouraged. All classes meet at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

“Refresher Course” (4 hours)—Jan. 30, 8-noon; $249. Areas covered include but are not limited to safety-related work practices, flash and shock protection boundaries, training requirements, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Standard Course” (8 hours)—Jan. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $499. Areas covered include but are not limited to introduction to NFPA 70E and OSHA 1910.331-335, flash and shock protection boundaries, site-specific applications and work practices, determination of LOTO compliancy practices, PPE applications and care, and NFPA 70E 2012 changes.

“Train the Trainer” (32 hours)—Jan. 22-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $3,000. This course is applicable for all supervisors, mechanics, engineers, safety personnel and management. “Train the Trainer” enables the student to train a workplace team. Areas covered include but are not limited to safe work practice programs, hazard recognition and mitigation.

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.

Pellissippi State launches machinist apprenticeship program with IAM union, Y-12

Pellissippi State hosted representatives of B&W Y-12 and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers officials and apprentices for the onset of a new partnership apprenticeship program fall semester. From left to right: Tim Wright (IAM); Pat Riddle (Pellissippi State); Steve Passmore and Danny Lowry (IAM); Rick Heath (Pellissippi State); apprentice Rachel Henley; Bill Klemm (Y-12); apprentice Ryan Johnson; Mike Thompson (ATLC); apprentice Jason Brown; John Whalen (ATLC); apprentice Jonathan Bryant; Beth Green (Y-12); Steve Jones (ATLC); apprentices Rachel Bachorek, Rashaad Gibbs, Jeff Bryant, Justin Dupas, and Micheal Lovelady; and Robert Goins (Y-12).

Pellissippi State Community College welcomed its first class of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union apprentices from the B&W Y-12 National Security Complex this semester.

Thanks to a partnership that began early this year, Y-12’s IAM&AW workers are now receiving instruction in the classroom and hands-on training in the engineering labs at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The new apprenticeship program, which launched with 10 students, focuses on building the skills the workers need to succeed on the job: among them, machining, materials and maintenance print reading.

“Y-12 is a highly specialized and classified work environment,” said Rick Heath, solutions management director for the college’s Business and Community Services Division and a key player in the new partnership. “It’s logical and smart for them to grow apprentices from their own talent within the organization.”

“IAM is very committed to the apprenticeship training, but it doesn’t have the lab facilities or staff to train locally,” said Tim Wright, IAM District 711 business representative. The partnership between the college, Y-12 and the union makes training more convenient and saves Y-12, which pays for the apprenticeships, the expense of having to send workers out of town.

Beyond proximity and affordability, quality of programs factored into the IAM’s decision to choose Pellissippi State for the training contract.

“We have long been aware of the good work Pellissippi State does,” Wright said. “The training partnership is a win for everyone.”

The apprenticeship at Pellissippi State will take four years to complete. During that time, the machinists also have the opportunity to earn 45 credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Since apprentices can finish the program only 15 hours short of earning a 60-credit degree, the college is also developing a 15-credit path to complete a General Education degree. The curriculum will be structured as a cohort, in which students proceed through their coursework as a group.

Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology faculty and Business and Community Services developed the curriculum for the program. BCS works with employers to create customized training and development solutions, and Y-12 ultimately contracted with the division to offer the apprenticeship.

The effort is sponsored and the curriculum has been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, says Heath. It also has the support of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council.

This is the first time Pellissippi State, Y-12 and IAM have collaborated on an apprenticeship program. Y-12 and union representatives initially met with Pellissippi State faculty and staff in early January. Curriculum development took place throughout spring and summer semester.

“They brought their experts over—the people who are doing the work,” said Heath. “They told us, ‘This is what you need to teach for our employees to be successful.’”

So far, the partnership seems to be working well for all parties, but there’s still plenty of room for fine-tuning.

“We’re going to analyze as we go along and see what’s working, what’s not working,” said Pat Riddle. Riddle coordinates and teaches in the Mechanical Engineering concentration of the Engineering Technology degree program. “We’ll meet with the IAM and Y-12 partners and see where we stand, see what they think we might want to change or reemphasize.

“This is a continuous improvement cycle that we’re working on, to make sure that the program meets the partners’ needs and still follows the academic guidelines set by the Tennessee Board of Regents.”

To find out more about the apprenticeship program and other contract training opportunities, email Rick Heath at rbheath@pstcc.edu. To learn more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.