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Two-for-one special on handgun carry-permit class at Pellissippi State

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry-Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, Nov. 17, session at the Hardin Valley Campus.

The non-credit course is being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included are four to five hours of classroom instruction and approximately three hours of range training. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Road. Class hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Two additional sessions of the course will be offered before the end of 2012 for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on Nov. 17. The regular rate of $65 per person applies to classes offered on Dec. 1 at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus and on Dec. 15 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 694-6400. The BCS website also lists updated class scheduling and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State offers fitness and personal safety classes

From sessions with a personal trainer to self-defense for women, Pellissippi State Community College is offering an array of non-credit fitness and personal safety classes this fall. The selection, provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, includes the following:

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Level 1”—Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m.; $40. This new course is the first in a series of three. Open to females ages 14 and up, the three-hour class covers the basics, including dealing with attacks in parking lots, garages and other sites where it is imperative that a potential victim not be taken to a secondary location.

Jujitsu”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 5:30-6:30 p.m.; $75. Suitable for any skill level and age, this 15-session course provides in-depth training in both ground and standing joint locks, chokes, and striking. Students may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas.

Karate”—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 22), 6:30-8 p.m.; $100. The course includes 22.5 hours of instruction in isshinryu karate, jujitsu and self-defense. Participants may choose to specialize their training in one or more of these areas. Classes are suitable for any skill level and age.

Refuse to Be a Victim®”—Friday, Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m.; $39, plus $6 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Started in 1993, this National Rifle Association program teaches men and women the skills to prepare their own crime prevention and personal safety strategies. Topics include safety at home, in automobiles, and during travel; safety when using the phone and Internet; and fraud prevention.

Zumba Fitness®”—Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 5:45-6:45 p.m.; $45. This Latin-inspired dance fitness program blends international music created by Grammy Award–winning producers with contagious steps to form a “fitness party.” A certified Zumba Fitness® instructor leads participants in a dynamic, fun and effective option for exercise.

Personal Training for Fitness”—Six one-hour sessions with dates and times to be determined by student and trainer; $270 for one participant, $150 each for two participants, $120 each for three or more participants. This new class allows students to discover the benefits of working with a certified personal trainer in a one-on-one or small-group setting. From fitness novices to exercise experts, students receive a customized workout plan.

All courses listed take place at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Non-credit courses also are currently being offered by Pellissippi State in Blount County. For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State, Cherokee Millwright collaborate on apprenticeship program

Pictured from left, Cherokee Millwright’s Dalton Robinson, Pellissippi State instructor Tim Napier, and Cherokee’s Steve Smith and Brandon Waggoner. Four nights a week, Cherokee Millwright apprentices train at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus.

When Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical decided to redesign and improve its apprenticeship training program, the company turned to a trusted partner: Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Services.

With home offices in Maryville and Morristown, Cherokee Millwright moves and installs equipment in factories and plants. The work is intense, takes place in a variety of industrial settings, and calls for employees with a broad range of on-the-job experience and sound technical skills.

“We provide [people] and labor to do jobs all over the country,” says Dave Bennett, CEO of Cherokee Millwright. “So we’re only as good as the people we have working with us.”

That’s where Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services comes in. BCS collaborated with Cherokee to develop a new curriculum for the company’s four-year apprenticeship program.

The courses have been delivered at the Blount County Campus’ Manufacturing Tech Lab since January of this year. The state-of-the-art lab has 2,500 square feet dedicated to workforce training and also features the Claude F. Moon Welding Center.

A Cherokee Millwright apprentice practices welding at Pellissippi State’s Claude F. Moon Welding Center at the Blount County Campus. The college’s Business and Community Services Division worked with the East Tennessee–based company to create a new four-year apprenticeship program.

BCS offers its services to area employers who need workforce training designed specifically for their needs. In addition to serving companies, the division offers affordable short-term continuing education to individuals for professional and personal growth.

Cherokee Millwright owner Randy Massey says he is pleased with the quality of the training provided by Pellissippi State instructors and the responsive service of the BCS staff.

“If we want our training modified, it’s a phone call,” said Massey. “Or if we want something added, it’s a phone call. And they have the expertise on site to add it to our training program.”

Cherokee Millwright first created an apprenticeship program with Pellissippi State in the mid-1990s. A few years later, the company decided to take over the training of its employees. Upon reviewing the program about two years ago, however, Cherokee officials realized that their top project leaders were those who had gone through the apprenticeship classes with Pellissippi State.

Now Pellissippi State instructors once again work with Cherokee Millwright apprentices. There are four separate apprenticeship training groups, and each apprentice class attends training one night a week. The training increases in difficulty and complexity each year as employees progress in the program.

The training is critical for a company that sees itself as a one-stop shop for industrial clients and looks to recruit and retain a range of skilled employees such as millwrights, the jacks-of-all-trades among technical workers.

“We’re very specialized, and it’s not training you can get just anywhere,” said Massey.

Pellissippi State’s customized training for local industry also meets a need in post-secondary education, as Gov. Bill Haslam looks to make higher education more effective in Tennessee and meet the growing demand for more skilled and educated workers.

Learn more about Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.

Pellissippi State offers wide range of non-credit classes at Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College has scheduled a variety of non-credit courses this fall at its Blount County Campus, and they are open for immediate registration. The fall non-credit course selection provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division includes the following:

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing”—Sept. 17-Oct. 8, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $65. Learn the “rules of the road” to gain a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing. Tips will be given to identify and avoid the most common investment mistakes.

“Crash Course—Not Your Typical Guitar Class for the Adult Beginner”—Oct. 2-16, Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up; $65, plus $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class. Students will pick up quick, easy methods of guitar playing without having to learn lots of chords. Methods require the use of one or two fingers, making this the perfect class for those with hand or finger limitations.

“Tennessee Handgun Carry-Permit Class”—Oct. 6, Nov. 3 or Dec. 1, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; $65, plus $5 range fee payable to the instructor. Successfully completing this eight-hour course satisfies the requirement necessary for application for a state permit. About three of the hours are spent on the firing range (Location is to be announced). Students must furnish gun and ammunition.

“How to Thrive Financially in Retirement”—Oct. 9-16, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $59. Designed for those who are retired or getting close to retiring, this course covers topics such as retirement investing, tax reduction, estate planning and IRA/401K strategies.

“Basic Digital Photography”—Oct. 10-Nov. 7, Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m.; $99. Participants will learn how to use a digital camera effectively. The course covers exposure, composition, lighting and color theory. Students must bring a digital SLR camera. A point-and-shoot camera may be used if it has a manual mode.

“Introduction to Using Herbs”—Nov. 8-Dec. 6 (No class Nov. 22), Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.; $65, plus required textbooks (Call for information). Susan Jane Fidler, a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, teaches students how herbs work, safe preparation for different body systems and drug-herb interaction safety tips.

All of the classes are at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

Non-credit courses also are currently being offered by Pellissippi State in Knox County. For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State offers QuickBooks workshop for small-business owners

Keeping track of finances can be a real headache for small-business owners, but the fix may be fairly simple and painless: QuickBooks.

Debi Bolton of Pellissippi State Community College says QuickBooks software enables businesspeople to quickly find what they need when they need it, including money coming in and money going out of the business. Bolton is manager of the Computer Training Institute for the college’s Business and Community Services Division.

Pellissippi State is joining forces with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to offer a $99 Introduction to QuickBooks workshop four times this fall: Sept. 14; Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. The workshop takes place at the TSBDC office, located at the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Since class size is limited, pre-registration is required.

The 3.5-hour workshop focuses on setting up business finances using QuickBooks Pro. The class covers company setup, chart of accounts creation, invoicing, bill payment, check writing, customer and vendor management, report generation, and preferences.

Gabe Beck, CPA and QuickBooks instructor, uses systematic instructions, making the material easy to understand.

To register or find out more, go to www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call Debi Bolton at (865) 539-7008.

Pellissippi State administers the Knoxville branch of the TSBDC, whose mission is to provide free counseling and training for those interested in starting or improving a small business. The TSBDC serves 16 counties in East Tennessee.

Get new customers with Pellissippi State workshop

Savvy entrepreneurs know that advertising on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube can bring in lots of new customers.

If you’re a business owner who wants to broaden your advertising base, plan to spend four Mondays in July at Pellissippi State Community College’s four-part non-credit workshop and watch your customers multiply.

“Social Media for Small Business” is a hands-on class offered Mondays, July 9-30, 9-noon on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Workshops take place in the Alexander Building, Room 129.

You don’t have to be a social media whiz. All you need is a basic understanding of the internet. And even if you already spend hours a day on sites like Facebook, you will benefit from the technical advertising knowledge of instructor Mark Schaefer.

Schaefer is a globally recognized blogger, educator, business consultant and author. He has worked in global sales, public relations and marketing for nearly 30 years. He is executive director of U.S.-based Schaefer Marketing Solutions.

Schaefer’s clients include both startups and global brands such as Cisco, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and the United Kingdom government. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organizational development and holds seven patents.

The instructor assists class members in developing a sound social media marketing strategy to boost their business’ bottom line. The workshop fee is $250. Class size is intentionally limited to provide ample opportunity for discussion and problem-solving.

To register or find out more, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Pellissippi State unveils 2012 summer class offerings for youth

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer classes for youth, and courses are open for immediate registration. The youth summer course selection provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division includes the following:

“Adventures in Paper”—June 25-28, 10-noon; ages 8 and up; $89. Students will have the chance to make paper books, beads, baskets, pop-up cards, windsocks and kites. Quilling and paper casting lessons are also available. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Social Networking for Teens”—June 27-28, 10:30-noon; ages 13 and up; $65. Topics include communication skills, dining etiquette and behavior in social settings. Participants will learn and practice skills to achieve confidence in a variety of situations.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 27-28, 12:30-2 p.m.; ages 7-12; $65. This class uses songs and games to teach manners for a variety of situations, including parties, dinners and conversation. Students come away from this friendly, rhythmic approach to learning with social confidence.

“Art”—July 9-13, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Activities may include basic drawing, figure drawing, perspective drawing, book and journal making, oil pastels, polymer clay, portraits, sculpture and more. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Claymation”—July 9-13, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Students will work in groups to write a script, create clay figures and backgrounds, and take photographs to compile a short animated movie on a computer. Final projects will be burned to CD and viewed at a movie premiere on the final class day.

“CreACTivity”—July 9-13, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Participants will explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage through creative dramatics, games and exercises. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Photo-rrific”—July 16-19, 9-noon; ages 12 and up; $115. Using digital photographs on the computer, attendees will learn to create a photo site, a scrapbook and/or a collage. Instruction will be given on photo sharing and photo manipulation techniques.

“Webpage Design”—July 16-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. This class covers basic concepts that allow students to create dynamic, interactive Web-based applications that run within a browser.

“ImaginACTion”—July 16-20, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants will use imagination, technique, games and exercises to create characters for the stage. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Keyboarding”—July 23-26, 9-noon; ages 10 and up; $115. Typing can be fun? In this class, yes. Using an entertaining approach, instruction is given in keyboard touch-type. Emphasis is placed on correct finger reach and accuracy.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 23-26, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. Attendees will learn the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel). Skills can be used for creative projects, homework assignments and future job activities.

All courses listed are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry-permit class at Pellissippi State

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry-Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, June 23, session.

The non-credit course is being offered at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included are four to five hours of classroom instruction and approximately three hours of range training. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Road. Class hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Four additional sessions of the course will be offered this summer for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on June 23. The regular rate of $75 per person will apply to classes offered on July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Class times, meeting locations and guidelines are the same.

For additional information or registration for classes offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Engineering Tech students install Pellissippi State’s first solar panel array

Pellissippi State Engineering Technology students Jeff Station (left) and Anthony Hudson install solar panels on the Hardin Valley Campus’ McWherter Building as a class project earlier this semester.

As Ken Swayne’s students tightened the screws on the new solar panels, they also strengthened Pellissippi State Community College’s investment in alternative energy education.

Swayne, a professor of Electrical Engineering in the Engineering Technology degree program, pooled the talents of two of his classes this semester in order to install the first-ever solar panel array at Pellissippi State.

His Applied Electricity class wired the six panels to an inverter located in a classroom in the McWherter Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. Then the Photovoltaics Alternative Energy class installed brackets and the solar panels on the roof of the building. The panels are expected to produce 324 watts of electrical energy under peak sun conditions.

Both classes then worked in a frigid wind on the rooftop to put the finishing touches on installing the solar panel array.

“The system will be a great learning tool for our technology students,” said Swayne. “I am very grateful to the college for supporting this project. I believe any contribution toward green energy production and training is a plus for Pellissippi State and the Knoxville community.”

Last year the college installed electric vehicle charging stations on its Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses. Pellissippi State earned the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for its collegewide sustainability and environmental efforts.

William Draney, a 28-year-old Electrical Engineering student at Pellissippi State, says he was first drawn to the idea of solar energy during Swayne’s campuswide lecture on photovoltaics last year.

“I wanted to know how to put solar panels on my own house,” he said. “Plus, I had been an electrician for five years and wanted to see if solar panel installation would be a good thing to get into on the side.”

Pellissippi State offers many green courses, both in the classroom and online. Among them are Photovoltaic System Design and Installation, Green Building for Contractors, and classes for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

For more information, contact the college’s Business and Community Services Division at (865) 539-7167. To learn more about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology programs, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: National ‘Advisor of the Year’ teaches retirement finances course April 10-17

The nation’s 2011 Advisor of the Year, as recognized by financial industry publication Senior Market Advisor, is local resident Jim Brogan. A non-credit instructor at Pellissippi State Community College since 2007, Brogan is still delivering his popular finance courses. His next offering, “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement,” begins on April 10.

Brogan is owner and president of Brogan Financial, a Knoxville-based retirement and legacy planning firm. The author, talk show host and philanthropist earned his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and is a certified retirement financial advisor. Brogan’s class is offered on Tuesdays, April 10-17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers the same course on Thursdays, April 12-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Blount County classes are led by Jim Kraeske, an investment advisor representative with Brogan Financial. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The course fee for “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement” is $59.

For additional information about this or other non-credit courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The entire course catalog is available online.