Pellissippi State hosts workshop for college-bound high school students with disabilities

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Pellissippi State Community College will host a workshop for high school students with disabilities interested in pursuing a college degree. Parents are invited to attend as well.

The event is meant to provide information to help students make a seamless transition from high school to community college. The workshop is sponsored by the Universal Pathways to Employment Project at Pellissippi State.

The workshop is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The session is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at

At the UPEP workshop, students and their parents will learn about the requirements to receive accommodations in college for a disability, how to obtain required testing and paperwork, and other information needed to make a smooth transition to college.

UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor. UPEP’s goal is to expand Pellissippi State’s capacity to deliver integrated education and career training to students with disabilities.

For more information about UPEP at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6596. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or

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Pellissippi State Announcements, Oct. 19

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Charles Dodd White, assistant professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, has received the 2015 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award from Morehead State University in Kentucky. The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers. White is the author of “A Shelter of Others,” “Lambs of Men” and “Sinners of Sanction County.” Previous winners of the Chaffin Award include Denise Giardina, Silas House and Donald Ray Pollock.

Julie Reed leads a book discussion at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Reed will speak about the history and culture of the Cherokee in Appalachia. The event is free and open to the community. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

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Pellissippi State Foundation names new board members

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Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard

Pellissippi State Community College’s Foundation has named the new chair of its board of trustees for 2015: Tom Ballard, chief alliance officer at Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

“Higher education is a lifelong pursuit. What Pellissippi State does is critical for this region, and will be even more critical in the years ahead,” Ballard said.

“The Foundation Board plays a key role in helping advance Pellissippi State’s mission to educate, and that role is even more significant than before, now that Pellissippi State is the largest community college in Tennessee.”

The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

The Pellissippi State Foundation’s 2015-2016 board members include Joy Bishop, Charles “Wes” Carruthers Jr., David Clothier, Carl Esposito, Henrietta Grant, Charles Griffin, Sharon Hannum, Jonathan Hayes, Sherri Gardner Howell, Joseph Johnson, Andrew Lorenz, Wallace McClure, Peggy McCord, Bobby Malone, Todd Moody, Melissa Ogden, Heather Overton, Rebecca Paylor, Lezah Pinnell, Rick Rushing, Dennis Upton, Harley “Andy” White and L. Anthony Wise Jr.

“If you as an individual want to be successful and have a robust quality of life,” said Ballard, “you need education after high school.

“Pellissippi State plays a critical role in the education continuum in East Tennessee, and we’re always looking for people with similar passions about higher education and Pellissippi State to serve on the board.”

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit or call (865) 694-6528.

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Pellissippi State Announcements, Oct. 12

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Community College Week has recognized Pellissippi State Community College in CCW’s 2015 rankings as awarding the fifth-highest number of associate’s degrees in the nation, among both two-year and four-year institutions, in the communication technologies/technicians and support services field. Pellissippi State offers four concentrations in its Media Technologies degree program.

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