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

Pellissippi State math students mark record finish in national competition

Pellissippi State finished second in the Southeast in the 2011-12 national Student Math League competition sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Some of the top-scoring participants, left to right, are Trevor Sharpe, who won first place in the individual category in the region; Chris Salvo; Hannah Hale; and Christopher Shutt.

It all adds up to a historic finish for Pellissippi State Community College math students.

The college’s team has placed second in the Southeast Region and student Trevor Sharpe has taken the top individual score in the second and final round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Mathematics League Math Competition.

The results were announced this month. Sharpe, a 16-year-old high school student enrolled in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program during the recently ended school year, retained his individual ranking of number one in the Southeast from the first round. Fast Forward, the institution’s dual enrollment program, allows high school juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for the same course.

The math competition consists of two tests each academic year: round one in the fall and round two in the spring. The Pellissippi State team placed second both times.

The one-hour multiple-choice test at the precalculus level is administered at local campuses across the country during a two-week window. Any student who has not already earned a degree is allowed to compete. About 180 students took part at Pellissippi State.

Bobby Jackson, associate math professor and contest coordinator for the college, estimates that well over 10,000 students participate nationally each year. Pellissippi State awards top-scoring students locally, and the AMATYC awards the top national team and individual honors.

“We’ve never scored this high before,” Jackson said. “Our team maintained second place despite having to compete without our number two team member during round two.”

The Pellissippi State team came in just behind Georgia Perimeter College, and ahead of 22 other schools, including Wake (N.C.) Technical Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Chattanooga State Community College.

The top five scorers for Pellissippi State in the fall competition were Sharpe, Christopher Shutt, Harry Hughes, Connor Corcoran and Isa Dauti. Top scorers this spring were Robert Drake, Christopher Salvo, Calvin Scott, Jonathan Rowe and Sharpe.

Pellissippi State has participated in the AMATYC competition since 1998, Jackson says.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to take part in something outside of the classroom that is challenging, fun and competitive,” he said.

The Student Mathematics League was founded in 1970 by Nassau Community College in New York. The AMATYC assumed sponsorship in 1981, and the league has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, as well as Bermuda.

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 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 or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains site begins student services June 21

Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus begins offering student services on Thursday, June 21.

Prospective students who need to apply for admission, submit documentation, register for classes or seek assistance with financial aid or other enrollment-related items will be able to receive help at the new campus. These services will be available every Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, just off Interstate 40.

Students are encouraged to come by and get started on the enrollment process for fall semester. Classes begin August 25.

For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

High-schoolers, home-schoolers get ahead in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program

Left to right, Trevor Sharpe, Josh Beck and Reed Stracener get help from Beth Long, an associate professor of Mathematics at Pellissippi State. The three students earned high school and college credit for taking Long’s Calculus II course in Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program last semester. Nearly 2,000 high school students participated in the program during the past academic year.

To say home-school junior Trevor Sharpe was able to hold his own in a college-level math competition would definitely be an understatement.

The 16-year-old student, who was enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program at Pellissippi State Community College during the recently ended academic year, took part this past fall in a Student Math League competition. The event took place at Pellissippi State and was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Sharpe took home top honors—first place in the individual competition category in the Southeast region—and it’s likely that his participation in Dual Enrollment was of benefit.

Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program allows area students to earn high school and college credit for the same course. About 2,000 high school students participated in the program this year. Classes are offered at both the high schools and the college.

For a future engineer who is already looking at graduate schools for his master’s work, earning credit towards college is completely logical.

“Since my dad’s a mechanical engineer and math and science have always been my favorite subjects, engineering seems like a natural fit,” Sharpe said. “If you have to take a class anyway, why not get college credit for it?”

Sharpe started at Pellissippi State with Calculus I last fall, then moved on to Calculus II spring semester.

“College is definitely different than what I’m used to,” said Sharpe. He says he intentionally transitioned into postsecondary courses slowly, but things have gone so well, he’s now ready to take three college-level classes per semester.

Sharpe traveled to Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus twice a week for classes. Last semester he met fellow high school students Josh Beck and Reed Stracener in Calculus II.

Calculus II was the seventh Pellissippi State course for Beck, 18, also a home-school student. Beck’s two years in the Dual Enrollment program have made a significant dent in the credits he’ll need to become a mechanical or nuclear engineer.

Like Sharpe, Beck has thrived in the Dual Enrollment program.

“[Dual Enrollment] has prepared me more for college,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge, which is nice.”

Stracener, an 18-year-old student at Mount Pisgah Baptist Academy in Oliver Springs, had already completed English Composition I and II in the Dual Enrollment program when he took calculus.

“I don’t know what I was expecting at Pellissippi State,” said Stracener, “but the resources and infrastructure have been very impressive. All of it has been absolutely good.” Stracener says he hopes eventually to become a physicist.

For information about Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State appoints new vice president of Academic Affairs

Pellissippi State Community College has named Ted Lewis, a college administrator from Texas, to be the new vice president of Academic Affairs.

The appointment comes after a nationwide search that resulted in more than 40 applicants for the position. Lewis begins on July 2, when he will be welcomed by faculty, staff and students of the five campuses: Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and, starting fall semester, Strawberry Plains.

“I am duly impressed by Lewis’ commitment to student success, his creativity and energy, and his interest in our work at the college and in the community,” said Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State.

Lewis served most recently as the dean of instruction at Lone Star College–CyFair in Cypress, Texas. Located outside Houston, Lone Star College–CyFair is part of the Lone Star College System, which includes six colleges serving more than 75,000 credit-seeking students.

During his nine years as the dean of instruction, Lewis oversaw the administration of the institution’s science and public services division. He also brought together a unique collaboration with local emergency services agencies in order to train first responders. Lone Star College–CyFair and local agencies teamed to train more than 500 first responders, establish a special fire academy and provide a free Community Emergency Response Team academy made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to his tenure at Lone Star College–CyFair, Lewis spent 12 years with Collin County Community College. Located north of Dallas, the educational institution is a seven-campus college serving more than 27,000 credit-seeking students. Lewis served as a professor, chair of the political science department and director of the school’s award-winning learning communities program.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in political science from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lewis spent many years in Texas and was very involved in the Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) community. He served on the Cypress-Fairbanks Educational Foundation Board, was an active member of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Cy-Fair Rotary Club.

Lewis has been an advisory board member for numerous organizations, including the Safety Management Program of the University of Houston–Downtown and the Prepare America Network. The network supports the Office of Domestic Preparedness and the Department of Homeland Security in delivering education, training, and credentialing for security and emergency preparedness.

He has received numerous awards, among them, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002), Lone Star College–CyFair’s Administrative Excellence Award (2005, 2009), the Chair Academy’s International Exemplary Leadership Award (2007) and the Lone Star College System’s Writing Award (2007, 2010).

For additional information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

Pellissippi State presents spring dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 939 top students to the spring 2012 semester dean’s list. To make the list, a student must take a full course load and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Rhett Abrahamson
Stephanie Adams
Anastacia Adaska
Katie Adcock
Ronald Agresta
Dawn Ahlgren
Zachary Ahmad
Britni Alatorre
Taylor Albert
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Nada Alkadi
Burdette Allen
Allison Allen
Anthony Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Chrissy Almeida
James Amann
Timothy Amos
Sarah Andereck
Daniel Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Jourdan Anderson
Lauren Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Anna Angelini
Julia Apple
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Donna Arthur
Richard Asher
Anna Astorga
Daniel Atkins
Alexandria Atkins
Victoria Ault
Esra Avgin
Haven Axmacher
Sharyn Bachleda
Lydia Badgett
Ian Baeske
Brian Bailey
James Bailey
Michael Baird
Zachary Baird
Victoria Baker
Jacob Balfe
Micah Ballard
Travis Banks
Kareem Baradei
Myrtle Barnes
Emory Barnett
Amy Barton
Nicholas Bashore
Kevin Bass
Sarah Baxter
Amy Beam
Amanda Bearden
Jaclynn Beasley
Amanda Beebe
Lauren Beeler
Garrett Beeson
Su Bell
Charles Bennett
Ashton Berry
Matt Birdwell
Misty Bishop
Tonya Blasco
Patrick Bledsoe
Amy Blevins
Jacob Boling
Joshua Boling
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Mariah Bowers
Jordan Bowling
Nathan Bowman
Austin Boyd
Elise Brackin
Allison Bradley
David Bradley
Keyonna Bragg
Carol Brakebill
Andrew Brandon
Misty Branton
Emily Breeden
Christopher Brewer
Katherine Brewer
David Bridges
Alexander Briggs
Heather Brinton
Nathan Brisk
Amy Brock
Robin Brockman
Amanda Brogden
Joshua Brooks
Michael Brotherton
James Brown
Phyllis Brown
Savannah Brown
William Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
Amelia Brumbaugh
Kaitlyn Brummett
David Bryant
Ericka Bryant
Tiffany Bryant
Amy Bryson
Jacob Buchanan
Rochelle Buck
James Buckley
Kevin Buckner
Amanda Buffalo
Andrick Buggs
Rachel Bullock
Stephanie Bullock
Billie Bunting
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
Ashley Burt
Sarah Busby
Eden Butler
Emily Butters
Simon Byrne
Eric Byrnes
Abigail Cacace
John Cadotte
Cynthia Campbell
Zackary Caldwell
Edward Canada
Melanie Cannon
Evan Cantey
Geoffrey Card
Nicole Carnival
Cecilia Carreras
Madalyn Carrier
Katherine Carrigan
Jacob Carroll
Mandee Carroll
Kyle Carter
John Carter
James Carver
Jonathan Caylor
Deidre Caywood
Rachel Cecil
Amanda Chambers
Sadonna Chandler
Tiffani Chapman
Jonathan Chase
Logan Chesney
Eric Chestnutt
Kymberly Childers
Yuming Childress
Christopher Chilton
Eun Jeong Cho
Jeeyoung Chung
John Clark
Sarah Claxton
Amy Clayton
Christopher Cline
Patrick Clow
Kelly Coches
Claudia Coleman
Dakota Coffman
Rachel Coffman
Andrea Collins
Kenneth Colquitt
Andrew Connell
Aimee Conner
Shelby Conrad
Andrew Cook
Caleb Cooper
Katelyn Cooper
Kevin Coughlin
Krista Covert
Jaclyn Covington
Jessica Cox
Adam Crabtree
Mark Cragle
Rachel Craig
Jessie Crane
Brandon Criswell
Mark Croswell
Emily Crowder
Betty Culver
Gail Cunningham
Nathan Curtis
Joshua Curtis
Erik Dahlke
Victoria Dailey
Katlyn Dalton
Christina Damron
Dianne Daniell
Eythan Davich
Emily Davidson
Rebecca Davidson
Emily Davis
Jackie Davis
Natalie Davis
Nick Davis
Rachel Davis
Jessy Dawson
Charles Deaderick
Phylicia Dean
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Steven DeJonge
Vanessa Delamain
Lindsay Delay
Mehri Delsimhashemi
Eric Denny
Kyle Denton
James Derrick
Samantha Derus
Katie Dickenson
Kirk Dickinson
Brittney Dingess
Joshua Dixon
Hoang Do
Brandi Dockins
Victoria Donaldson
Katherine Donovan
Sarah Doty
Tyler Doub
Daron Douglas
Brian Douthat
Jennifer Downey
Robert Drake
William Draney
Geoffrey Duesterbeck
Marian Dunlap
Megan Duncan
Laurel Dunn
Thomas Duran
Jonathan Durham
Zachary Dyar
Ashley Dykeman
Derek Earhart
Leslie Easterday
Elizabeth Edwards
Betty Edwards
Meagan Egli
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Andrew Eldridge
Kestle Eldridge
Emily Ellenberg
Cody Elswick
Andrew Emanuel
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Matthew Engman
Richard Ensor
Charmane Erb
Agnes Evans
ReGina Evans-Truss
Stephen Everette
Sean Fain
Amanda Fancher
Deirdre Farmer
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Ryan Farrell
Amanda Feather
Lauren Fielden
Caroline Fine
Richel Finfrock
Nichole Fiore
Aaron Floch
Brent Floyd
Caylee Ford
Andrew Forgione
Caitlin Fortner
Jonathan Foster
Elliott Foster
Brandon Foster
Lauren Foster
Jordan Fouts
Eric Fowler
Seth Franklin
Barrett Frazier
Carrie Frazier
David Freels
Sara French
Christiane Frith
Thomas Frost
Ryan Froula
Priscilla Furlong
Tina Garland
Alice Garland
Nathan Garner
Jessica Garner
Robert Garrard
Phillip Gaul
Erica Gaylor
Daniel Gibson
Eric Gibson
Darren Gideon
Michael Giles
Sonja Girardi
Kathy Girdlestone
Rebecca Goethe
Amanda Gonzalez
Maria Goodin
Natalie Goodin
Elizabeth Goodman
Spencer Goosie
Sharita Goosie
Hannah Gordon
David Gotthold
Katherine Goyeau
Kelsea Grala
Elizabeth Gray
Julianna Graybeal
Hannah Green
Jeff Greenberg
Daniel Greene
Eliza Greene
Sarah Greenway
Elizabeth Groover
Lisa Grunwald
Chelsea Guy
John Hagen
Hannah Hale
James Halk
Steve Hall
Amanda Hall
Angela Hamby
Joshua Hamilton De Leon
Amber Hampton
Almedin Hamzic
Senada Hamzic
Morgan Hankins
Elizabeth Harding
Andrew Hargis
Brandon Harp
Chelsea Harrington
Christian Harris
Bradford Harrison
Lawrence Harrison
Chad Hatala
Marty Hawkins
Jessica Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Tyler Hayes
Lacy Hayes
Christopher Hayes
James Haynes
Ashley Hays
Daniel Headrick
Kelsey Heath
David Hedger
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Brandy Heller
Jessica Helton
Joshua Hemphill
Zachary Henderson
Samuel Henley
Morgan Henning
Lindsey Henson
Kaila Herd
Caroline Herron
Mary Herron
Aaron Hess
Evgenia Hester
Emily Hill
William Hill
Chris Hinds
Michael Hines
Trevor Hobbs
Matthew Hobbs
Hannah Hodge
Jessica Hodges
Katelin Hodges
Sherian Holiday
William Holland
Kristina Holloway
Julia Homan
Tyler Hood
Martika Horn
Cherie House
Cherie House
Luakia Houston
Sara Howard
Grant Howard
Shandie Howell
Amanda Huber
Marcus Hudson
Candice Huffaker
Travis Huffstetler
Christopher Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Daniel Hullett
John Human
Kelsie Hunt
Carissa Huskins
Andrea Hutchins
Courtney Hutchinson
Amanda Hyatt
Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal
Jenna Irwin
Julie Isbell
Michael Ishee
Chloe Ivens
Paul Izbicki
Sidney Jackson
Taylor Jackson
Lauren Jackson
Cristy Janik
Patrick Jarman
Laura Jenkins
James Jenkins
Charlie Jennett
Christine Jensen
Steven Jett
Kerry Jett
Tammy Johnson
Michael Johnson
Tate Johnson
Erica Johnson
Tammy Jo Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Timothy Jones
William Jones
Stephanie Jones
Ashley Jones
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
Antoinette Juhl
Joe Junemann
Tyler Justus
Benjamin Kadron
Christina Kakanis
Kristina Kallstrom
Christina Kampas
Robert Kasik
Saiid Kassaee
Richard Keeble
Jamie Kelly
Christy Kendall
Hannah Kennedy
John Kennedy
Benjamin Kershaw
Jeffrey Key
Sadia Khan
Nicholas Kilano
Kilho Kim
Wonki Kim
Eric Kinder
Mia Kirby
Aaron Kitts
Jennifer Kitts
Brett Kleinhans
Kimberly Klemm
Jiyoung Koh
Katie Kolwyck
Lukresse Kouam Tchuendem
Taylor Kress
Paige Krizan
Brian Lam
Erin Lambert
Anna Land
Sarah Langman
April Larrabee
Jaclyn Lassetter
Jessica Lauth
Christopher Lawrence
E Lawson
Morgan Lay
Trang Le
Kyndall Leach
Katrina Leatherwood
John Lee
Soyoung Lee
Rachel Lee
Cortnee Lee
Paige Leffel
Rachel Leffew
Michelle Lehmann
Tina Lett
Billi Lewellyn
Michael Lindsey
Peter Lomax
Teresa Long
Angela Long
Justin Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Heather Lowery
Jeffery Lowery
David Loy
Kari Loy
Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy
Brandon Lusby
Rhett Lyle
Ashley Lynn
Cassie Lyons
Breanna Maginness
Eric Mailahn
Charles Maitlen
Yared Mamo
Caleb Mangum
Joshua Maniaci
Anthony Manilla
Kristen Manning
Brittany Manning
Diana Mannis
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel II
Ashley Maples
Michaela Maples
Kendall Maples
Jeanette Marengo Jimenez
Luke Marinac
James Martin
Timothy Martin
Joshua Martin
Randy Martin
Jennifer Martin
Katie Mason
James Massengill
Philip Mathews
Mason Matlock
Marie Mattus
Cameron Mauk
Tina May
Kassy Maynard
Brandon McCallum
Brandi McCarter
Daniel McCloud
Hannah McCollum
Andrea McCune
Jamie McDaniel
Ryan McDonald
David McGhee
Joshua Mcgill
Amy McGinnis
Scott McGugin
Ashley McInturff
Sarah McKee
Ciara McKelvey
Matthew McKinney
Caitlin McLean
Lauren McMillan
Matthew McNeilly
M.Tracie Meares
Cortney Melton
Ines Mena-Solano
Kelly Merrill
Erin Merten
Robert Metz
Tamara Meyers
Andrew Meyers
Stephanie Michel
Alexandra Miller
Elizabeth Miller
Mitchell Miller
Denna Miller
Ashton Miller
David Miller
Grady Milligan
Sara Mills
Natalia Mock
Tania Mod
Leanne Moe
Mario Moncada Urbina
Lori Monroe
Rebecca Montgomery
Stephen Montierth
Mindy Moore
Michelle Morgan
Melissa Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Shawn Morgan
Chara Morris
Nicholas Morrissey
Aaron Morton
Pamela Moses
Trevor Motz
Matthew Mulloy
Kelly Mulvey
Darla Murphy
Amanda Murr
Philip Naglitch
Gladys Nance
April Napier
Melinda Narro
Brooke Nathan
Allison Neal
Nathan Neal
Scott Neely
Julia Newman
Carthel Newton
Trang Nguyen
Erin Nicely
Travis Nicely
Lauren Nicholson
Jeremy Nix
Mary Noe
Shelby Norman
Travis Norman
Robert Norris
William Norris
William Nunn
Reilli O’Brien
Carla Odham
Leah Odom
Gretchen Ogle
Lisa Ogle
Ronald Ogle
Jonathan Olkowski
Callie Orr
Whitney Oslonian
Daniel Ostrom
Stefanie Over
Marie Owen
Casey Owens
Kendall Owens
Daniel Pack
Ana Karolina Paiva
Deborah Palmer
Christopher Pappas
Melanie Parker
Hannah Parkman
Joshua Parrott
Logan Parrott
Kassandra Parsley
Danny Pate
Neel Patel
Nikunj Patel
Dinaben Patel
Morgan Patrick
Hannah Payne
Lynette Payne
Sarah Perry
Jessica Perry
Erica Peters
Courtney Pfab
Emilee Phelps
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Douglas Phelps-Shirreffs
Ethan Phillips
John Phillips
Taylor Phillips
Sharde Pianowski
James Pickens
Maria Pinzon
Jacob Pio
Erin Pittman
Amber Poole
Amber Poole
Richard Poppert
Courtney Posey
Mico Posey
John Potter
Sara Pounds
Stephanie Powers
Savannah Prator
Chelsea Price
Brittany Price
Britany Probst
Tyson Proffitt
Munira Punjvani
David Quraishi
Joy Raby
Spencer Raby
Walter Radny
Ryan Ramirez
Ashley Rasar
Daryl Ray
Joshua Ray
Grayson Reedy
Hanna Reeves
Micah Reppuhn
Nestor Reyes
Amy Reynolds
Sheldon Reynolds
Carrissa Richardson
Joseph Ridgell
Kye Riehl
Alan Riggs
Haley Roach
Courtney Roach
Jason Roberts
Jeff Roberts
Abbey Roberts
Daniel Robertson
Lauren Robinson
James Robinson
Alisha Robson
Tessie Rockwell
Kayla Roddy
Aaron Rodrigues
Kenyatta Rogers
Shelly Rogers
Matthew Rogers
Tommie Lou Rogers
Jeffrey Roller
Rachel Rollick
Josh Roop
Benjamin Rouse
Jonathan Rowe
Ethan Rucker
Delaina Ruddell
Cory Russell
Sarah Russell
Abbigail Rutherford
Amber Ryan
Patricia Safadi
Christopher Salvo
Randolph Salzwedel
Kaitlin Sandberg
Michelle Sanders
Brooke Sands
Ashley Satterfield
Dylan Sauls
Travis Schappel
Emily Scheideler
Scott Schermerhorn
Philip Schnepp
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Pellissippi State offers free GED prep amid increasing state standards

Pellissippi State Community College’s Adult Education program offers free classes for the General Educational Development exam, a test adults might want to take sooner rather than later.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Adult Education division is preparing for major changes to the GED test to take effect in 2014.

“We encourage eligible Tennesseans who have not earned their GED to do so now,” said Commissioner Karla Davis. “Beginning January 1, 2014, the GED test will cost more, must be taken on a computer and will contain significant content changes.”

Pellissippi State’s free program offers small class sizes, individualized tutoring and computer tutorials.

“Our program will work with you toward a brighter future—whether it is to become employed, find a better job, or enroll in a training program or postsecondary education,” said Joan Newman, director of Academic Testing and Adult Education at Pellissippi State.

The GED test is undergoing its biggest overhaul since the credentialing test began in 1942. The revised test will measure knowledge and core skills that more closely reflect common core state standards, which is the body of information young people are expected to learn in school and need for success in college and the workforce.

The 2014 test will be more rigorous in general and requires higher-level math proficiency. As before, the new GED test covers these subject areas: writing, reading, science, social studies and math.

Pellissippi State’s GED preparation is available both day and evening hours at several locations throughout Knoxville. Enrollment is open to everyone, and classes are taught by small-group or one-on-one instruction.

Pellissippi State also offers a free practice test that, according to Newman, provides a reliable predictor of actual GED scores.

To find out more or to sign up, call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine

Pellissippi State Community College serves one of the largest veteran populations of any Tennessee community college, and the institution does it with distinction, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

The publishers of G.I. Jobs selected Pellissippi State for inclusion on the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools in the fall. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the country’s service members and veterans as students.

“I was very pleased with the recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine, in part because of the work and the support systems that we had put into place for these students,” said Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise.

“I think part of it is just being intentional, understanding that this particular population of students does have specific needs and concerns, and making sure, as an institution, we’ve found a means of addressing those.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on the list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other support for those who served.

Pellissippi State’s recent initiatives to improve veterans’ services took shape out of a working group that began three years ago. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs, leads the group.

Ashford says the group’s first step was to create a brochure for veterans attending or considering attending Pellissippi State. The brochure lists services such as admissions, financial aid, advising, and veterans’ assistance, as well as disability and personal and career counseling. There are phone numbers and email addresses for staff in each department. Having points of contact was important for veterans, the group learned from a survey of Pellissippi State students.

The college offers an assortment of educational assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Last year, 512 students received VA benefits, says Sharon Shastid, a financial aid coordinator and the college’s VA certifying official. That number represents 5 percent of the institution’s student population and includes veterans, service members, and their dependents.

Applying for benefits can be a lengthy process, so the college initiated early advising to ensure that veterans’ tuition funds arrived in time for the start of classes. At Pellissippi State’s Student Assistance Center, staff members Rachael Cragle and Ben Sugg give priority access to service members, veterans, and their dependents.

That approach eased National Guard member Mohammed Amran’s transition into school. Amran, a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, began taking classes at Pellissippi State when he transferred from another National Guard unit.

“When I registered, they worked with me because I’d just moved to Tennessee due to the change of station,” said Amran, an accounting student. “They were able to work with me on in-state tuition because of that, so I thought that was nice. Of course, you have a veteran representative there, Sharon Shastid—she’s wonderful—and Ben Sugg.

“They have been very helpful throughout. I see them every semester and they’ve been very on top of everything.”

Amran says his teachers, too, have been supportive.

“The teachers, there are times when I had [National Guard] training that went over on Monday or started on Friday; they were very accommodating,” he said.

Those kinds of support are why Pellissippi State made the “military-friendly” list.

“I think it’s also the attitude,” said Kathy Douthat, a Pellissippi State counselor. “It’s being willing to go the extra mile for people who have put themselves on the line for us.”

Beyond supportive faculty and staff, Pellissippi State also provides its service members and veterans with recognition through special events—the “Conflict Zone” photography exhibit in conjunction with Memorial Day, the Remembrance Day Roll Call on Nov. 11—as well as with organizations like the Student Veterans Association. In addition, staff, faculty and the administration are offered training through webinars and conferences about veterans’ issues.

Learn more about the veterans’ assistance at Pellissippi State by visiting or calling (865) 694-6405.

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN