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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Pellissippi State offers ‘Natural Remedies’ non-credit class

Alternative health enthusiasts and DIY herbalists are invited to a new non-credit course about natural remedies at Pellissippi State Community College.

Home Comfort: Using Natural Remedies will explore medicinal foods and basic herbs — including chamomile, mints, lemon balm and turmeric — as well as their uses and indications. Participants will be able to make their own herbal kits, as well as learn basic skills for creating teas, tonics and tinctures.

 Class times are 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25. Cost of the course is $105.

This course is offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services division, which offers workforce development, customized skills training and personalized, non-credit courses. For more information or to register for these courses, visit or call 865-539-7167.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this course, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or


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Pellissippi State Announcements: Caroline Covington will headline art exhibit


This piece, titled "Skateboard," is part of Caroline Covington's upcoming "Vincible" exhibit.
This piece, titled “Skateboard,” is part of Caroline Covington’s upcoming “Vincible” exhibit.

Pellissippi State Community College will feature the sculpture of new faculty member Caroline Covington during the “Vincible: Knoxville’s Collection” exhibit that runs Sept. 12-30. “Vincible” examines the moments when we discover that our bodies are no longer invincible. The exhibit, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 12. For more information, visit


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