Pellissippi State Announcements, Oct. 19

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Charles Dodd White, assistant professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, has received the 2015 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award from Morehead State University in Kentucky. The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers. White is the author of “A Shelter of Others,” “Lambs of Men” and “Sinners of Sanction County.” Previous winners of the Chaffin Award include Denise Giardina, Silas House and Donald Ray Pollock.

Julie Reed leads a book discussion at Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Reed will speak about the history and culture of the Cherokee in Appalachia. The event is free and open to the community. The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

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Pellissippi State Foundation names new board members

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Tom Ballard
Tom Ballard

Pellissippi State Community College’s Foundation has named the new chair of its board of trustees for 2015: Tom Ballard, chief alliance officer at Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

“Higher education is a lifelong pursuit. What Pellissippi State does is critical for this region, and will be even more critical in the years ahead,” Ballard said.

“The Foundation Board plays a key role in helping advance Pellissippi State’s mission to educate, and that role is even more significant than before, now that Pellissippi State is the largest community college in Tennessee.”

The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.

The Pellissippi State Foundation’s 2015-2016 board members include Joy Bishop, Charles “Wes” Carruthers Jr., David Clothier, Carl Esposito, Henrietta Grant, Charles Griffin, Sharon Hannum, Jonathan Hayes, Sherri Gardner Howell, Joseph Johnson, Andrew Lorenz, Wallace McClure, Peggy McCord, Bobby Malone, Todd Moody, Melissa Ogden, Heather Overton, Rebecca Paylor, Lezah Pinnell, Rick Rushing, Dennis Upton, Harley “Andy” White and L. Anthony Wise Jr.

“If you as an individual want to be successful and have a robust quality of life,” said Ballard, “you need education after high school.

“Pellissippi State plays a critical role in the education continuum in East Tennessee, and we’re always looking for people with similar passions about higher education and Pellissippi State to serve on the board.”

For more information about the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit or call (865) 694-6528.

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Pellissippi State Announcements, Oct. 12

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Community College Week has recognized Pellissippi State Community College in CCW’s 2015 rankings as awarding the fifth-highest number of associate’s degrees in the nation, among both two-year and four-year institutions, in the communication technologies/technicians and support services field. Pellissippi State offers four concentrations in its Media Technologies degree program.

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Pellissippi State, Alcoa Foundation partner to give industrial scholarships

Miguel Balladares
Pellissippi State Community College student Miguel Velez Balladares received a scholarship from the Alcoa Foundation that is allowing him to earn his Industrial Maintenance Technology degree.


Students in two Engineering Technology concentrations at Pellissippi State Community College are eligible for new scholarship money, thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

The Pellissippi State Foundation received $50,000 from the Alcoa Foundation last month. The grant funds scholarships for students in Industrial Maintenance and Automated Industrial Systems, both of which are concentrations in the Engineering Technology degree program, over the next two years.

“These scholarships will empower students to secure the critical skills necessary to obtain a high-skill, high-wage job after earning their degree,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement.

Earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance prepares students to work in manufacturing settings as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. The Automated Industrial Systems concentration prepares students to work with modern manufacturing control systems, including robotics, electrical systems and industrial process controls.

“These Engineering Technology concentrations are filling the gap that exists between the skills local manufacturing employers need and the skills that potential employees have,” Wilson said. “Student scholarships like those funded by the Alcoa Foundation make a higher education possible for students, whether they’re looking to start out in a promising field, transitioning between jobs or improving their knowledge base.”

“We are excited about Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology program,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa’s Tennessee operations location manager. “Alcoa is just one of the many manufacturing companies in our community that are expanding and looking for a qualified technical workforce. These scholarships are helping students gain the necessary skills to fill the pipeline and create a qualified workforce for manufacturing jobs.”

Alcoa Foundation grants funded 94 student scholarships in the 2013 and 2014 academic years.

The Alcoa grant funds came through 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 Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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