For the second year in a row, Pellissippi State Community College is the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment.
Pellissippi State has 10,244 students enrolled, which is the largest headcount enrollment among community colleges in the state.
“Even though we serve a large number of students each year, we work very hard to make certain that each student can find a pathway to their goals,” said President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We do so with an outstanding faculty and staff, small class sizes and high-impact educational practices and programs geared toward student success.”
Enrollment among a number of educational pathways for students has grown in the past year as well. The growth rate at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus rose 34 percent from 2015 to 2016, while the growth rates for dual enrollment and online courses rose 6.5 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, in the same time frame. From fall 2015 to 2016, the number of students who participate in the Volunteer Bridge program — which allows students who wish to attend the University of Tennessee to complete their first year at Pellissippi State — grew from 122 to 178.
This fall, Pellissippi State has approximately 2,705 first- and second-year Tennessee Promise students.
“No matter what pathway Pellissippi State students choose to follow, we work hard to ensure their college experience is meaningful and prepares them for the rest of their lives,” Wise said. “It’s all about our students.”
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.
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Knoxville’s high-school age writers are invited to the third annual Young Creative Writers Workshop at Pellissippi State Community College, Saturday, Oct. 8.
The workshop is a free, day-long event open to any local high school students who have an interest in creative writing. Individual sessions will include poetry writing, fiction writing, screenplay writing and songwriting. The workshop will be held at Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike. Lunch will be provided.
Students will have the opportunity not only to learn writing skills, but be able to tour the Strawberry Plains Campus and interact with professors, administrators and other students. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to perform or recite their original works; parents and teachers are invited to attend the showcase.
Though the event is free, space is limited. Register at www.pstcc.edu/writersworkshop by Oct. 5.
Instructors at the event will include two of Pellissippi State’s own faculty members plus Kali Meister, playwright and theatre instructor, and Nashville songwriter and composer Chris Robbins.
“This year’s Young Creative Writers Workshop will be our best yet,” said Patricia Ireland, Pellissippi State English instructor and planner of the event. “We’re aiming higher than ever in the quality of the workshops and the value of the whole experience for local high-school age writers.”
The Young Creative Writers Workshop is funded through an Arts Builds Communities grant from the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, which is matched by funds from the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or email@example.com.
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Artwork inspired by study abroad experiences will be on display at Pellissippi State Community College for the Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit, Oct. 3-21.
The exhibit will include artwork created by Pellissippi State students and faculty during study abroad experiences over this past summer. Countries featured in the exhibit include Cuba, Germany, India, Italy and Scotland.
The Paper Trail Vol. III exhibit is free and open to the public and will be held in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A reception to meet the student and faculty artists will be held from 3-5 p.m., Oct. 3. Some of the art will be for sale over the course of the exhibit.
“Study abroad is an amazing opportunity for our students” said Jennifer Brickey, a Pellissippi State art associate professor and frequent faculty advisor on study abroad trips. “This exhibition helps us all stop, reflect on our travel experiences and celebrate the impact it makes on our lives. I’ve had the enormous opportunity to witness students stepping outside their comfort zones and becoming totally immersed in a different culture.”
Brickey, who organized the exhibit, teaches in and directs the study abroad program to Italy through the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.
“It really is one of the best parts of my job, knowing that I may have contributed to the impact that a trip like this makes on student lives,” Brickey said.
Tennessee Consortium of International Studies, headquartered at Pellissippi State, organizes study abroad opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. In 2015, the college was nationally recognized for its work with TnCIS in sending 204 Pellissippi State students to study abroad.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280.
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Learn sign language to teach your baby at Pellissippi State Community College. The four-week non-credit course “Baby Sign Language” will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 3-24, at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Cost is $79 plus a $17 fee for the book. Learning sign language can help your child communicate needs, wants and thoughts before and after he or she has learned to vocalize. For more information or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People,” a one-night non-credit course at Pellissippi State Community College, will be offered from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The course teaches shortcuts for playing piano by focusing on chords rather than individual note reading. Some knowledge of pianos or keyboards is preferred. Cost of the class is $59 plus a $25 materials fee. For more information or to register, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or email@example.com.
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