Student artwork from abroad on display at Pellissippi State

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Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled "Language Barrier" during a study abroad experience in Italy.
Pellissippi State Community College student Julianna Myers created this piece, titled “Language Barrier,” during a study abroad experience in Italy.

 

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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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 www.pstcc.edu/itt 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 www.pstcc.edu/itt. 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 www.pstcc.edu/itt or call 865-694-6400.

 

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Alcoa, DENSO grant funds for equipment at Pellissippi State

Alcoa and DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee have awarded Pellissippi State Community College a combined $150,000 for the purchase of new equipment for Engineering Technology students.

Alcoa’s grant of $100,000 will be used to purchase textbooks and advanced programmable logic controllers, which are computers used for industrial automation processes. The $50,000 grant from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee will be used to purchase Elvis boards and multimeters, which are types of testing and learning equipment for electrical and electronic engineering technology.

The new equipment will be used by students enrolled in the Automated Industrial Systems and Industrial Maintenance Technology concentrations at Pellissippi State. AIS trains students to operate automated manufacturing equipment — including programmable logic controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment — which are now the industry standard in manufacturing settings. IMT teaches students how to maintain and operate advanced manufacturing equipment.

Funding for these grants goes through the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation also provides scholarships and emergency loans to students, improves facilities and secures new equipment for the college.

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.

 

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Pellissippi State to participate in total solar eclipse experiment in 2017

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Pellissippi State Community College is one of 55 educational institutions across the United States that will participate in a high-altitude ballooning experiment — sponsored by NASA — during next year’s total solar eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will move from the West Coast to the East Coast throughout the day of Aug. 21. The moon’s shadow will come between earth and the sun at approximately 2 p.m. in East Tennessee. It’s the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.

Pellissippi State will launch a high altitude balloon to gather data and conduct experiments during the two-minute window of the total eclipse. Video from the balloon of the eclipse will be streamed live to NASA’s website.

“This is an amazing learning opportunity,” said Lynn Klett, instructor in Engineering and Media Technologies, and a faculty advisor to Pellissippi State’s high altitude ballooning team. “The last total solar eclipse was years ago, so we have the opportunity to learn a lot about what happens during an eclipse. But high altitude ballooning has its own challenges that require critical thinking and problem-solving, whether you’re flying during a solar eclipse or not.”

As an example of those challenges, Pellissippi State’s balloon must be within the proper altitude range — 60,000 to 100,000 feet — precisely during the two-minute window of the total eclipse. The scientific equipment within the payload must be able to withstand temperatures of -60 degrees Celsius and survive a controlled fall from approximately 100,000 feet in space.

And that’s just the beginning.

Jerry Sherrod, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, and this project’s other faculty advisor, is working with predictive software to determine where the payload is likely to land.

“East Tennessee has geographic challenges when it comes to predicting where a 12-pound payload on a small parachute will land,” Sherrod said. “We don’t want the equipment to land in a lake or in the national park where it may be impossible to retrieve, or where the scientific equipment will be lost or damaged.”

Klett and Sherrod will be working with the students on the high altitude ballooning team — as well as students in their classes — not only to discuss the project, but to design experiments, improve the payload structure and create predictive algorithms for the device’s retrieval.

“This is an accessible project to the STEM field,” student Sarah Graham said. “Everyone can understand a solar eclipse because it’s a real, visible phenomenon. It’s a great way to learn about physics and engineering in a less intimidating way.”

Pellissippi State’s high-altitude ballooning team will spend the next year improving the payload structure and conducting test launches, as well as working with predictive software to improve retrieval. The team also has the chance to create additional experiments, so long as they add less than two pounds to the payload, to include in the launch next year.

The high altitude ballooning effort is being funded through the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium. Pellissippi State is one of only three colleges in Tennessee that are participating in the NASA-sponsored effort.

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

 

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