Pellissippi State Announcements: Voter Registration at Magnolia Avenue Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus will host a free voter registration event for students and the community from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in room 100. Attendees can register to vote in the upcoming presidential election as well as practice in a voting booth. The event is sponsored by Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or For more information, contact the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., at 865-329-3100.


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Pellissippi State reaching out to ITT Technical Institute students

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Pellissippi State Community College is reaching out to students and alumni from the recently-shuttered ITT Technical Institute.

ITT Technical Institute, which had a campus in Knox County, shut its doors earlier this week following new Department of Education conditions for federal financial aid to the for-profit college.

Pellissippi State encourages ITT Tech students and alumni to contact Pellissippi State’s Admissions Office to find out more information about the possible transfer of credits and about degree programs similar to those offered by ITT Tech. Students and alumni can visit for more information.

Pellissippi State will hold enrollment information sessions in the coming weeks for former ITT students. All the sessions will take place in the Goins Building Auditorium, at 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Interested students should RSVP to attend their desired session at Dates and times:

  • 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14
  • 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16
  • 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19
  • 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23

ITT Tech students and alumni may not be able to transfer all of their credits, and may already have used all or a substantial portion of the federal financial aid (like Pell Grants) for which they are eligible. However, Pellissippi State offers programs like Prior Learning Assessment — which can allow students to earn academic credit for life and job experience, other certifications and prior education — as well as dozens of college scholarships for all types of students.

“The closure of ITT Technical Institute has left ITT students and alumni in a tough situation,” said Rebecca Ashford, Pellissippi State’s vice president of Student Affairs. “We want those students to know that Pellissippi State is here to help them continue their path to a degree. We can help them transfer eligible credits, find scholarships or financial aid and have them ready to begin class again as soon as possible.”

Some ITT Technical Institute students may be able to transfer credits and begin classes during this fall semester.

For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State receives Tennessee Promise Forward grant

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The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has granted Pellissippi State Community College $144,460 as part of its Tennessee Promise Forward program.

This is the second year Pellissippi State has received a Tennessee Promise Forward grant.

Tennessee Promise Forward began in 2015 with the goal of increasing retention rates among community college students, or the number of students who complete their college education once they’re enrolled. The grants are tied to retention-based services for Tennessee Promise students.

Pellissippi State will use its Tennessee Promise Forward funding to continue an “intrusive advising” model that was piloted last year at the college’s Blount County, Division Street and Hardin Valley campuses.

In an “intrusive advising” model, advisors are in continual communication with students and respond proactively when students are considered at-risk — for example, if their midterm grades are low, or if they miss a certain number of classes. As part of the constant contact model, the Advising Center uses a two-way text messaging platform to reach students in their preferred mode of communication.

“While this text advising portion of this program can be used to provide information and set up appointment times, its greatest advantage is giving students access to someone at their fingertips who can answer college-related questions whenever they arise,” said Rachael Cragle, Pellissippi State’s director of Advising.

“What’s most important is that we’re emphasizing ongoing communication with students throughout the semester, when they need it,” she added.

This year, the text advising program will be expanded to include all of Pellissippi State’s campuses.

During the pilot program last year, Pellissippi State saw more than 50 percent engagement among students through the text messaging program. More than 90 percent of the students who had three or more contacts from their advisor were retained from the fall to spring semester.

For more information about Tennessee Promise at Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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Pellissippi State writer-in-residence publishes two books

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Pellissippi State Writer-In-Resident Edward Francisco
Pellissippi State Writer-In-Resident Edward Francisco

Pellissippi State Community College writer-in-residence and English professor Ed Francisco has published two books — a literary textbook and a collection of poems for children.

“Mallory’s World from A to Z” was co-created by Francisco and his great-niece, Mallory Dillon, and published by Celtic Cat Publishing. The collection of alphabetical poems in large part features Ed’s and Mallory’s favorite animals, from the farm to the zoo. Nine-year-old Mallory illustrated each poem with an original drawing — sometimes illustrating a poem that had already been written, other times creating a drawing that later inspired Francisco’s poetry. Inspired by poet laureate Richard Wilbur’s Opposites series, the whimsical poems and illustrations appeal to children and parents.

“The Literary Relationships of Robert Coles and Walker Percy: An American Search for Meaning” is published by Edwin Mellen Press. The textbook explores the literary relationship and personal friendship of Robert Coles and Walker Percy, as well as the concept of “thirdness,” or the idea that humans exist and operate as trinities — that all humans have an internal mediator who can observe and reconcile the dual natures of man’s soul and man’s body.

Coles was a child psychiatrist, Harvard professor and author, winning the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Humanities Medal. Percy was an author from Louisiana with interests in philosophy and semiotics. His works were awarded the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and he helped found the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.


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