Female students earn engineering technology degrees through ‘Women in STEM’ grant

Makayla Edwards
Makayla Edwards
Tara Walker
Tara Walker

When Tara Walker and Makayla Edwards cross the stage at Pellissippi State Community College’s commencement ceremony on May 5, they will have a special grant, funded by NASA, to thank.

Walker and Edwards are two of 14 female Engineering Technology students at Pellissippi State to have earned scholarships funded through the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, which is part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program. The grant funds are earmarked for women and other underserved populations in STEM programs.

“I have absolutely loved the time I have spent at Pellissippi,” Walker said. “The teachers I’ve had make me want to come to class every day because they are so enthusiastic about their jobs. I do not believe, as a whole, any school has better teachers than Pellissippi. They are truly here because they want to see us learn and help us in any way they can.”

“I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without Pellissippi State and my professors,” Edwards said. “Pellissippi introduced me to 3D printing, and that helped me start my own business.”

Edwards started AMTec Fishing (an abbreviation of Additive Manufacturing Technologies Fishing) at the end of 2016. She designs and 3D prints fishing lures, then has them mass manufactured. Edwards intends to transfer to Austin Peay State University this fall, where she will study mechanical engineering.

Walker will transfer to Tennessee Technological University, where she will study chemical engineering.

“I like the engineering field because I feel like it gives me the opportunity to apply the knowledge I have gained in math and science while in college in a practical way. Chemical engineering is a fairly broad field, and there are a lot of different directions I could go with it. I would really like to work on the environmental side of chemical engineering in waste water treatment,” she said.

Walker, who graduated from Hardin Valley Academy in 2013, was not always interested in STEM fields.

“When I was in high school, I wasn’t always a very good student. But in my senior year, something clicked and I realized I needed to do well to be successful. That success mindset has continued here at Pellissippi State,” she said. “I first enrolled in an education program, but I realized it takes a very special person to be an educator and that wasn’t me.”

Walker first came to Pellissippi State as part of the tnAchieves scholarship, the precursor to Tennessee Promise — as did Edwards.

“The tnAchieves scholarship was one of my biggest reasons for originally attending Pellissippi,” Walker said. “I wasn’t sure if I would do well in college because of my not-so-stellar academic performance in high school, so I didn’t want to go to a huge university.”

 “The NASA grant brought a lot of the female engineering technology students together,” Edwards said. “It’s nice to know you’re not alone when you’re studying in a traditionally male-dominated field. It also introduced me to the community; I was able to go to local middle schools and speak to students about STEM.”

The NASA grant funds more than just scholarships for the students who earn it. Pellissippi State students have traveled to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and to the Society of Women Engineers conference.

“At the SWE conference, I was able to speak to companies who wanted to hire female engineers,” Walker said. “Those contacts and the SWE organization may help me find companies hiring engineers when I graduate. Plus, it was amazing to see all of the accomplishments women in engineering are making.”

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

 

Theatre students premier original plays at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College theatre students will premiere their own original, one-act plays April 14-15 and 21-23.

The collection of plays, entitled “One’s Night,” will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 14-15 and 21-22 and 2 p.m., April 23.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, available at the door or online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

“We hope the community enjoys this special evening of never-before-seen and original short plays written, directed by and starring Pellissippi State theatre students,” said Pellissippi State professor and theatre program director Charles R. Miller. “Each of these one-act plays is the culmination of months of hard work and dedication — and is an incredible display of the talents and creativity of our students.”

The evening will include the original one-act plays “The Stubborn Artichoke and the Pompous Potato,” written by Olivia Webb; “Lauren Spencer is Ready to Die,” by Cypress Wade; “Serve and Protect,” by DeSean Blevins; “Alexandra,” by Jeremy Law and “Dominant Women,” by Olivia Webb.

“One’s Night” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts 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 accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers last-dollar scholarship for adult students

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2016 fall graduation ceremony

Anthony Wise
L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College announced today that it would offer a last-dollar scholarship for adult students beginning in fall 2017.

The scholarship program, Reconnect Now, will cover tuition and mandatory fees, allowing qualified students to attend Pellissippi State for free.

Interested students can visit www.pstcc.edu/reconnect to find out more. Registration for the fall semester opens April 3. Pellissippi State will hold a special open house for adult students from 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 1, at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The open house is free, but interested students should RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/reconnect.

“This spring, Governor Haslam introduced his plan to expand the Tennessee Reconnect grant to give more adults the opportunity to attend college in the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “We applaud that idea, but wanted to find a way for adult learners to get started right away.

“Through Reconnect Now, Pellissippi State will cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adult students in order to open the doors of higher education to everyone,” he added.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must qualify as an independent on the FAFSA and can’t have previously earned a college degree. Students must enroll at least part-time (at least six credit hours) in an associate degree program and keep a 2.0 grade point average. Visit www.pstcc.edu/reconnect for a full list of scholarship criteria.

In conjunction with the launch of Reconnect Now, Pellissippi State will offer expanded evening and weekend classes, as well as online pathways to a degree, to accommodate all types of student schedules. As always, the college offers support services like mentoring, tutoring and academic and career advising to all students.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. For a full list of Reconnect Now requirements, visit www.pstcc.edu/reconnect.

 

 

 

 

 

Pellissippi State Announcements: Students invited to adult, home school open houses

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Pellissippi State Community College invites area home-schooled students to an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 6 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about transfer degree programs and dual enrollment, which allows students to earn high school and college-level credit at the same time. Students who attend the open house can enter to win a $250 scholarship provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/hsrsvp/. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Community College invites adults considering college to an open house from 9:30 a.m.-noon, April 1 at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Learn more about accelerated, online and evening programs; financial aid and even how to earn college credit for career and life experience. Although the open house is free, please RSVP at www.pstcc.edu/adult. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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