Learn the basics of metalsmithing at Pellissippi State Community College with two new non-credit courses, both themed “Playing With Copper.”
“Playing With Copper: Beginning” is Mondays, Oct. 20-Nov. 10, on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The class times are 6:30-9 p.m., and the cost is $130. No prerequisite or experience is required.
Learn traditional metalsmithing techniques, including forming, sawing, and disk cutting, using copper sheet and wire. All tools and supplies are included in an additional materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor, Kathy Bradley. Bring your own safety glasses.
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“Playing With Copper: Hot and Cold Connections” is Mondays, Nov. 17-Dec. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., also at the Hardin Valley Campus. Cost is $130. To take part in this class, students must have metalsmithing experience or should have taken “Playing With Copper: Beginning.” This course explores different ways to connect copper pieces, including soldering and riveting.
Bradley is an artist who has studied metalsmithing at Arrowmont School, John C. Campbell Folk School, Spruill Center and the Appalachian Center for Craft. Each of the “Playing With Copper” classes introduces metalsmithing as a way of creating art and jewelry.
The courses are being offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Can’t commit to a weekly class? BCS offers a number of one-night classes in creating art and making jewelry this fall: “Wire Jewelry Design,” Oct. 13; “Basic Jewelry Beading,” Oct. 27; and “Jewelry Wire Working,” Nov. 10.
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For more information and a full listing of these and other classes offered by Business and Community Services, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability, email email@example.com.
Pellissippi State Community College is taking part in Blount County’s Manufacturing Week this week, culminating in the nationwide Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 3.
“Manufacturing is an important part of industry in this region,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “At Pellissippi State, we’re devoted to providing a state-of-the-art environment for education and workforce development. We support the education and training needed for manufacturing in East Tennessee—for new technicians, company employees, and students transitioning in their careers.”
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Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration that addresses common misperceptions about the industry. The day allows local manufacturers and community partners to connect and help ensure the prosperity of the entire industry.
Blount County Chamber of Commerce members will visit Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus on Friday to enjoy on-site demonstrations of a 3D printer, workforce development discussions and a tour of the Manufacturing/Technology Lab. This event is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and registration is available at http://www.mfgday.com/events/2014/pellissippi-state-community-college-2.
Pellissippi State has a long history of partnering with local industry and providing education for those entering manufacturing fields. This fall at the Blount County Campus, the college launched the Automated Industrial Systems concentration in the Engineering Technology degree program.
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AIS prepares students to operate state-of-the-art automated manufacturing equipment, including programmable controller training systems, robotics and motor training equipment. The curriculum was drafted with help from DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee.
Also this fall, in response to industry requests, Pellissippi State introduced a new Computer Aided Manufacturing certificate. Computer-aided manufacturing, or CAM, is specific computer programming that assists in detailed, precise machine movements used in the manufacturing process.
Pellissippi State is part of a number of community partnerships that support manufacturing in the area, including the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototype Center of East Tennessee, or AMP! Students working with AMP! participate each semester in an “Innovation Challenge” that pairs them with young companies in need of assistance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
During the summer, Pellissippi State participated in an Advanced Manufacturing Internship program, a pilot effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Twenty-four student veterans received an accelerated, hands-on introduction to advanced manufacturing in partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The college also leads the Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium, a partnership of six colleges throughout the Southeast that are working together to develop and expand innovative training programs in partnership with local employers, including Boatmate Trailers, Keurig Green Mountain, Knoxville Utilities Board, Standard Aero and Y-12 National Security Complex.
The consortium received $12.7 million in federal funding to support its efforts. At Pellissippi State, approximately $4.5 million of those funds will be used to expand welding, machining and manufacturing programs.
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.
In a culture in which the passage of time is often rushed, one Pellissippi State Community College faculty member has unveiled an interactive public art installation designed to encourage visitors to pause in the moment and engage in their surroundings.
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Brian R. Jobe, an art adjunct faculty member, completed the permanent piece, titled “Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses),” at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum during the summer. The 100-linear-foot pathway is constructed of brick, mortar, and paint and is designed to increase the mindfulness of visitors who walk through it.
“‘Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses)’ is a series of open pathways allowing visitors to come in and interact with it at multiple points,” Jobe said. “The universal nature of the angled corridors creates a space of increased awareness for a person within the piece. When the zigzag motion slows visitors, they become more engaged and aware of their surroundings.
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“I hope that it can be a place for people to gather, rest, move and think. It invites all ages to walk through it, lean against it, sit on top of it or next to it. That interactive experience is something people will remember being part of, and it’s designed to be a destination spot for people to return again and again.”
Jobe’s projects are focused on altering foot traffic to engage walkers in a physical, sensory experience.
To complete “Right Angle Reply (Tall Grasses),” Jobe partnered with General Shale, Johnson & Galyon Construction, and Sequatchie Concrete, which donated materials and labor in full. He also worked with project consultants Christopher King of Smee + Busby Architects; John McRae, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design; and Carri Jobe, a painter and the artist’s wife.
“The use of brick and other modular building units suggests permanence, yet houses the fluid movement of the public within these passages,” said Brian Jobe. “There’s a terrific tension embedded in that dynamic of static and active.”
For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. For more about Brian Jobe, visit www.brianjobe.com.
One million dollars in funds to integrate new educational and career training strategies for students with disabilities was awarded to Pellissippi State Community College Monday, Sept. 29.
“All of our students deserve an equal opportunity to learn,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “This grant, the Universal Pathways to Employment Project, will help us deliver integrated education and career training to students with disabilities.”
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The Universal Pathways to Employment Project grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The award is renewable for the next five years, for up to $5,199,269. Vice President Joe Biden announced the grant as part of a $450 million job-training initiative, jointly administered by the federal departments of Labor and Education, to fund programs at roughly 270 community colleges across the country.
At Pellissippi State, the funds will be used to coordinate and expand academic and career support services, expand partnerships with local school systems and employers, and assist student with disabilities in obtaining assistance—both at the college and in outside systems like public transportation or housing.
The grant also will be used to employ new staff to handle the funds and support services, as well as to train faculty and staff in support for students with disabilities.
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“This grant puts the needed supports in place for students with disabilities,” said Ann Satkowiak, director of Disability Services. “We’ll work to identify any potential barriers to graduation that exist for students with disabilities, which could include improving accommodations or making programs and courses more accessible.”
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Funding, grants and scholarships at Pellissippi State are managed by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment. 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.