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 March 17 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 special $75 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 instructor 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 Pellissippi 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.

To register for the carry-permit class or other courses offered through the Business and Community Services Division of Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 539-7167.

Pellissippi State hosts expert on religion, culture, politics in Africa

The strife in Uganda is worlds away for most Americans, just something they hear about occasionally on the news. But when University of Tennessee professor Rosalind Hackett went to the East African country for the first time in 2004, she was totally rattled by the realities of the ongoing civil war.

Hackett, who is also the head of UT’s religious studies department, decided to do something to help. Since then she has spearheaded efforts to bring relief and healing to Uganda and has made many return trips.

She discusses her experiences in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa at Pellissippi State Community College on Monday, March 12. The community is invited to “Africa Matters: For Whom and Why,” 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The free presentation is one of Pellissippi State’s 2011-2012 Common Book events. Each school year a new Common Book is incorporated into classes in many disciplines to serve as a springboard for discussion and activities.

This year’s book choice is “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” by William Kamkwamba. As a teenager in Malawi, one of the world’s least developed countries, Kamkwamba used his ingenuity to build a windmill to bring electricity into his parents’ house.

Hackett says the same kind of resourcefulness William Kamkwamba applied to his situation is apparent in Uganda.

“Since the early 1990s, the Lord’s Republic Army in northern Uganda has abducted women and children,” said Hackett, “pillaging villages and homes, and stealing anyone and anything beneficial to ensure the success of the rebel movement against the Ugandan government.

“I don’t want to downplay Africa’s problems—underdevelopment, resource exploitation, poor government,” she said, “but at the same time I want to show that Africans themselves, sometimes working in partnership with people overseas, are generating creative, pragmatic responses to these challenges.”

Hackett lectures widely in the U.S. and around the world. She is frequently consulted by government, development, and media organizations on religious conflict in Nigeria and the war in northern Uganda.

For more information about this event, contact Pellissippi State’s English Department at (865) 694-6708. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Multiple motorcycle riding classes offered by Pellissippi State

From classes geared to novice motorcycle riders to courses designed for experienced three-wheeled riders, Pellissippi State Community College offers a full slate of non-credit classes beginning in March. All courses are offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division and take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

MSF Basic RiderCourse®—Classes are offered every weekend, with the exception of holiday weekends, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $225. This two-day course is aimed at beginning riders 15 years and older. The class includes five hours of classroom work and 10 of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment. This is the Tennessee state–certified licensing Motorcycle Rider Education program.

Street RiderCourse® 1—Classes begin March 10 and run 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $195. For newly licensed riders, this class is designed to be a first street-riding experience under the supervision and guidance of a Rider Coach. The five-hour course includes classroom activities that improve perception, as well as practice time on the range to ensure basic riding skills.

Three-Wheeled Experienced RiderCourse®—Classes begin March 10 and are scheduled 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $95. The nine hours of instruction includes classroom and range time. Instruction is focused on the unique handling characteristics of riding a trike. A Gold Wing Road Riders Association completion card and state certificate are presented to riders who successfully complete the course.

Advanced RiderCourse®—Class is March 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $95. This one-day course is for experienced riders who want to learn and practice more in-depth riding techniques. On-cycle range exercises provide practice in cornering, braking and swerving. A Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card, which may be used for insurance discounts, will be issued to students who complete the course successfully.

Basic RiderCourse® 2—License Waiver—Classes begin March 24, and they run 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $95. This eight-hour course is designed for students who already know how to ride and want to increase their knowledge and skill on their own motorcycle. This is an excellent followup to the Basic RiderCourse®, and graduates are welcome to enroll immediately after completing the first course.

Three-Wheeled Basic RiderCourse®—Classes begin April 21-22 and take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee is $250. This two-day course is an entry-level, learn-to-ride training and education class designed to prepare riders for entry into the complex world of traffic. Participants learn fundamental riding skills and safety strategies similar to the training provided in the MSF Basic RiderCourse®, but on a three-wheeled, three-track vehicle.

Each class has different requirements regarding age, proof of insurance, necessary equipment, skill level and other entry guidelines. Motorcycle classes are offered beginning in March and continuing through the first half of November. All have limited class size.

Please visit or call (865) 539-7167 for information regarding a particular motorcycle class, as well as for descriptions of the many other non-credit and certificate courses offered by BCS.

Public invited to art exhibit and closing reception at Pellissippi State

“E(labor)ated Surfaces,” an art exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College, features the creations of eight artists working in what is billed as “an entirely fabricated production.”

The exhibit continues through March 21, and it is free and open to the public. A closing reception honoring the artists takes place on the last day, 1-3 p.m. The reception is also free and open to the public.

Artists exhibiting in “E(labor)ated Surfaces” are James Arendt, Nick DeFord, Briena Harmening, Carri Jobe, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Herb Rieth, Jessie Van Der Laan and Charlotte Wegrzynowski.

“E(labor)ated Surfaces” is at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State students record school’s highest finish ever in national math contest

Five Pellissippi State Community College students distinguished the college with its highest placement ever in Round One of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ annual Student Mathematics League Math Competition. Now they’re taking part in Round Two.

Pellissippi State took first in the state and second in the Southeast region during Round One of the October competition, which involves administration of a math exam at the precalculus level. The Southeast region includes two-year colleges in eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The same students are now participating in the second round. Round Two started Feb. 17 and continues through March 10. Any school may enter that competition.

“We have never been higher than about 10th place in the Southeast region,” said Bobby Jackson, an associate professor of mathematics. “We were only three points behind ‘perennial power’ Georgia Perimeter College.”

Pellissippi State students Trevor Sharpe and Christopher Shutt placed first and second, respectively, for their team and in the region.

Typically about 80 students from Pellissippi State take the exam, but that number increased this time around. Round One drew 111 Pellissippi State students. Each participating college administers the test according to AMATYC guidelines.

“It’s a very challenging test— very challenging,” said Jackson, who has overseen the SML test for more than a decade at Pellissippi State. “We’re just proud of the students who took part.”

Sharpe’s score is the highest Pellissippi State has ever recorded, says Jackson. Sharpe is a dual enrollment student who is taking classes at Pellissippi State and also home-schooling through Homelife Academy in Knoxville. Shutt, a sophomore, is scheduled to graduate in May.

The top five qualifying scores count toward the team total. Pellissippi State students Harry Hughes, Connor Corcoran and Isa Dauti rounded out the college’s top five in the competition. Hughes is also a dual enrollment student. Corcoran and Dauti are sophomores.

Nationally, Pellissippi State finished 42nd in a field of 185 colleges in Round One.

Learn more about the many programs offered at Pellissippi State. Visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Adult Education program at Pellissippi State offers free GED preparation

Thinking about earning your GED this year? The Adult Education program at Pellissippi State Community College can give you the help you need to succeed. Even better, GED support at Pellissippi State is free.

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.

Even if you’ve been out of school for years, there’s no reason to fear the GED, says Joan Newman, director of Academic Testing and Adult Education.

“Approximately 70 percent of adults who take the GED pass,” she said. “Unfortunately, only about 1.5 percent of all adults who did not graduate from high school even attempt it. The odds really are in your favor, especially when you’re prepared.”

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

Don’t put it off any longer. To find out more or to sign up, call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State offers fun children’s camps in June and July

Parents, here’s your chance to give the children a fun and educational summer experience! Enroll them in one or more summer camps at Pellissippi State Community College. Attending an exciting camp can open up a brand new world and provide a great sense of accomplishment.

Camps start in June and take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Here are the camps offered this summer:

  • Social Networking for Teens—ages 13 and up, $65
    June 4-5 and June 27-28, 10:30-noon
  • Manners Come From the Heart—ages 7-12, $65
    June 4-5 and June 27-28, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Adventure Into the Digital Science Classroom—grades 5-8, $105
    June 11-15, 12-2 p.m.
  • The CSI Experience—grades 5-8, $105
    June 11-15, 9-11 a.m.
  • Basket Making—ages 8 and up, $89
    June 18-21, 10-noon
  • Adventures in Paper—ages 8 and up, $89
    June 25-28, 10-noon
  • Art—ages 8-15, $119
    July 9-13, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • Claymation—ages 8-15, $119
    July 9-13, 9-noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • CreACTivity—ages 8-10, $115
    July 9-13, 1-4 p.m.
  • ImaginACTion—ages 11-13, $125
    July 16-20, 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Photo-rrific—ages 12 and up, $115
    July 16-19, 9-noon
  • Webpage Design—ages 12 and up, 115
    July 16-19, 1-4 p.m.
  • Keyboarding—ages 10 and up, $115
    July 23-26, 9-noon
  • Microsoft Office Sampler—ages 12 and up, $115
    July 23-26, 1-4 p.m.

Parents may register their children by phone or online: (865) 539-7167 or For more information, contact the Business and Community Services office at 539-7167 or

Middle, high school students invited to Pellissippi State Young Inventors Fair

By the age of 6, Thomas Edison had managed to burn down the family barn. Luckily, his later experiments with electricity worked out better than his experiments with fire.

Parents with young inventors in the household have a chance to encourage their innovative spirits by bringing them to Pellissippi State Community College’s Young Inventors Fair.

The event, hosted by Pellissippi State’s student Science Club, is free for all middle and high school students. The fair takes place Saturday, March 3, 1-4 p.m.

Students may bring science fair projects or other personal projects to display in the Goins Building College Center at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“If your student has already participated in a science fair at school but didn’t score high enough to be sent on to the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, here’s a second chance,” said Jerry Burns, chemistry professor and Science Club sponsor.

“We will give the students pointers on improving their inventions. We will send four students on to the SASEF, and will give certificate awards to the top three inventors.”

The event is in conjunction with the college’s 2011-12 Common Book activities. Those activities revolve around “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” by William Kamkwamba. The author of the New York Times bestseller was the keynote speaker at the President’s Convocation Sept. 1. He spoke about his experiences building a 16-foot-tall windmill nine years ago in Malawi.

It was the Common Book that inspired this event, said 23-year-old student Lee Beckner, president of the Science Club:

“When I read what William Kamkwamba could do without any support, I wanted to know what the children in the area could do with support. We hope that this will become a yearly event.”

For more information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

Pellissippi State offers sign language classes for children and adults

Teach your baby to communicate with sign language, introduce a child to a “new” language, or learn the basics yourself in upcoming sign language classes at Pellissippi State Community College.

The following courses are offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. They take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • “Beginner Sign Language”—March 1-29, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.; $59

Open to children and adults, the course teaches the basics of this rich language and explores the culture and history of the deaf. Discussion includes an exploration of careers as an interpreter for the deaf or as an educator at a school for the deaf.

  • “Baby Sign Language”—March 3-24, Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m.; $59

Reduce your baby’s frustration by teaching him or her sign language that can be used to clearly communicate thoughts, wants and needs before or after the development of speech. Research has shown that sign language also helps improve a baby’s motor skills and social development. Adult students will learn basic signs such as “eat,” “sleep” and “thirsty,” as well as finger spelling, in a fun, interactive setting.

Full class descriptions, along with a schedule of all courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, are available at

For additional information or to register, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.

Top Pellissippi State student musicians perform in March 1 recital

Slated for March 1, the annual Student Showcase Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument.

Each of 16 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as their academic achievements in traditional courses.

“Our goal is to showcase students who are excelling in every aspect of their educational experience,” said Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, thanks to Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The achievement of becoming an All Steinway School was reached last year as the result of a fundraising campaign begun in 2010 by the Pellissippi State Foundation in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 135 All Steinway schools in the world.

Like all events in Pellissippi State’s music series, admission to the Student Showcase Honors Recital is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The 7 p.m. performance takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Parking is convenient and free.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit

For additional information, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

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