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 hosts annual Fall Choral Concert Oct. 25

Pellissippi State Community College presents the second performance in its 2012-13 free music series with the Oct. 25 staging of the Fall Choral Concert.

The annual event features a variety of music styles and includes compositions from the Baroque and Classical periods and the 20th century.

The 60-voice Concert Chorale and the 40-voice Variations Ensemble, both student vocal groups, perform, in addition to selected student soloists. The concert offers piano accompaniment highlighting works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as contemporary pieces by Moses Hogan and Eric Whitacre.

The Variations Ensemble premieres much of the concert literature the group will be performing on tour in Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia, Spain, during Spring Break in March 2013.

Many of the student performers are pursuing the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. Through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, all credits from the degree transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions and the University of Tennessee.

This is the second season that Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in 2010 in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

The Fall Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available, and admission is free. Donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Son of Henrietta Lacks, subject of NYT bestseller, to speak at Convocation

On Oct. 4, David “Sonny” Lacks will share what it meant to find out—decades after the fact—that the cells of his mother, Henrietta, were being used in labs around the world, bought and sold by the billions.

Sonny Lacks is the keynote speaker for the Convocation for the Common Book at Pellissippi State Community College. He speaks at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The story of the Lacks family was recorded by Rebecca Skloot in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the 2012-13 Common Book at Pellissippi State. The Common Book is required reading for incoming freshman and is the centerpiece for activities throughout the year.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” took more than a decade to research and write and instantly became a New York Times bestseller.

“We are delighted to have Sonny Lacks on campus,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president.” He puts a personal face on some big issues that will be discussed on campus this year.”

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, were discovered to be “immortal”: they can grow indefinitely and be frozen for decades, divided into different batches, and shared among scientists. Henrietta Lacks’ cells were coined “HeLa” by Dr. George Gey, a researcher and physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Her cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization—yet for many years her family couldn’t afford health insurance.

The book will be used as a discussion springboard for such issues as the birth of bioethics, the history of medical research involving African-Americans and the legal battles over informed consent, says Carol Luther. Luther is a Pellissippi State English professor and the coordinator of Common Book activities.

Convocation for the Common Book is free, and visitors may park in any lot designated “Open.” To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

For information about Common Book activities, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State receives prestigious American Council on Education grant to benefit working adults

Pellissippi State Community College is the recipient of a $23,000 grant awarded by the American Council on Education for its Adult Education Demonstration projects.

The grant is part of ACE’s initiative to help more working adults in the U.S. earn college degrees. Pellissippi State is one of only six higher education institutions nationwide to be chosen for the award.

“We’re honored to partner with the American Council on Education on this initiative,” said Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president. “This grant helps us reach a growing population on our campuses and contributes toward a more skilled, educated workforce in our region. It will also support our goals under Complete College Tennessee.”

Pellissippi State plans to use the grant funds to expand the process of awarding course-specific credits to adult learners who are in Department of Labor apprenticeship programs or the military. The college is already working with several area employers and will target its efforts on the Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology.

The Engineering Technology program offers concentrations in Civil Engineering, Electrical Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering. Credits may also be used toward Pellissippi State’s General Technology program.

For Pellissippi State, this is not unfamiliar territory. The college has developed curricula for several local companies and is currently writing course content for a new general maintenance mechatronics program announced by the Automotive Manufacturers Technical Education Collaborative. The AMTEC curriculum takes into consideration skills employees have learned on the job, which can result in academic credit for those who make satisfactory scores on assessments and curriculum modules.

The institutions that won grants present their project results at the ACE Annual Meeting, March 2-5, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The other grant recipients are the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia, Eastern Connecticut State University, Campbellsville (Ky.) University, University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College in Ohio, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Learn more about Pellissippi State at www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

‘Tres Vidas’ brings Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to end

Pellissippi State Community College marks the close of its recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance of “Tres Vidas” in October.

The presentation celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peace activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

The performance is scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

“Tres Vidas” is one component of the college’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The award-winning Core Ensemble, of Lake Worth, Fla., brings “Tres Vidas” to life with a blend of music, dance and writing in a unique performance format the group calls “chamber music theatre.”

The storylines include Kahlo’s passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera; Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the 1981 massacre in the village of El Mozote, El Salvador; and Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet. Chilean poet and writer Marjorie Agosin’s script for “Tres Vidas” features traditional Mexican folk songs and Argentine music made famous by singers Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured every region of the U.S., as well as England, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Access and Diversity Office, Student Life and Recreation, and Liberal Arts Department.

For additional information about “Tres Vidas” or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Corn hole comes to Pellissippi State tomorrow

Got good aim? Show it off at Pellissippi State’s first-ever Corn Hole Challenge!

Student Life and Recreation and the Entrepreneurs of Pellissippi student organization are hosting the competition in the Courtyard on the Hardin Valley Campus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 21.

Several boards will be set up, and all students, faculty, and staff are invited to compete. To make it even more challenging, boards will be positioned at various distances. A leader board will keep track of individual scores.

The corn hole craze is spreading across the country, with players everywhere throwing bags filled with resin (or dyed corn) at a raised platform some 27 feet away. The object is for the bag to stay on the board, or even better, go in the hole.

“There will be lots of great prizes, including gift cards and a $50 grand prize,” said Wesley Steese, Entrepreneurs of Pellissippi president.

For more information, contact Steese at (865) 255-8448.

Pellissippi State instructor speaks on Harry Potter’s connection to higher ed

Harry Potter has entered college. In fact, in academic institutions across the country, Harry Potter–themed courses are under way.

Jake Hamric, a Liberal Arts instructor at Pellissippi State Community College, explores the connections between the famous boy wizard and the state of higher education in an upcoming lecture, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Higher Education.” Hamric speaks on Sept. 25, 4-5 p.m., in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus.

“I’ll look at how and why the Harry Potter books have been used in higher education to discuss and analyze issues such as morality, religion, and politics,” he said. “The characters in J.K. Rowling’s books must make important decisions that affect themselves and others, just like people in all modern societies.”

According to Hamric, Rowling’s books are being used in such postsecondary courses as English literature, sociology and history.

“I believe that the Harry Potter series provides an example of how popular culture can be effectively used in the college classroom,” he said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Gnosis student club.

For information about other Gnosis lectures, contact faculty sponsor Annie Gray at ajgray@pstcc.edu or call the college at (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

The Arts at Pellissippi State: 2012-13 free concert series begins on Oct. 2

The popular free concert series hosted by Pellissippi State Community College throughout each academic year begins its new season on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the Faculty Recital Showcase. The theme for this year’s performance is “Music Faculty Favorites.”

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of the college’s new arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

This will be the second season that Pellissippi State’s Music program presents concerts as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series includes the following performances:

FALL 2012

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.—Fall Choral Concert

Nov. 15, 7 p.m.—Instrumental Concert (Studio Orchestra and Percussion, Brass, Bluegrass, and Guitar ensembles)

Dec. 6, 6 and 8 p.m.—Holiday Spectacular

SPRING 2013

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.—Winter Choral Concert

March 5, 7 p.m.—Student Honors Recital

March 28, 7 p.m.—Jazz Band/Bluegrass Concert

April 18, 7 p.m.— Instrumental Concert (Studio Orchestra and Brass, Guitar, and Percussion ensembles)

May 2, 7 p.m.—Spring Choral Concert

The Oct. 2 showcase begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

For additional information about “The Arts at Pellissippi State,” call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Accreditation of Pellissippi State Business and Computer Technology programs reaffirmed by national organization

Three academic degree programs offered through the Business and Computer Technology Department at Pellissippi State Community College recently received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The programs now accredited through 2022 are Administrative Professional Technology, Business Administration, and Computer Science and Information Technology.

The reaffirmation of accreditation from ACBSP certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the institution meet the rigorous educational standards set up by the organization. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for both two-year and four-year institutions.

Pellissippi State is one of three Tennessee schools to have achieved ACBSP reaffirmation in 2012. The others are Nashville State Community College and Lipscomb University.

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

Pellissippi State presents summer dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 61 top students to the summer semester 2012 dean’s list. Students are eligible for the dean’s list upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of college coursework with a 3.5-4.00 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Brian Bailey
Caroline Barton
Christopher Bass
Megan Beckler
Dominique Blue
Andrew Bobbett
William Bohon
Steven Bowling
Kelly Bridges
Kevin Buckner
Kristyn Burnette
Cayla Cannon
John Carter
David Clark
Callie Crane
Charles Deaderick
Elizabeth Donaldson
Hanane El Moutii Thompson
Ashley Fugate
Vasile Garbulet
Jonathan Giles
Jennifer Grooms
Colleen Hedtke
Aaron Hess
Linda Hinkle
Seth Howerton
Davis Hu
Christine Jensen
Corrie Jones
Joe Junemann
Cassandra Kerr
Jordan Kerr
Jordan Kooijman
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel
Kelly Martin
Kimberly Mathes
Mason Matlock
Julie Miller
Jonathan Nickelson
Jeeten Patel
Grace Prazniak
Alexis Pugh
Daryl Ray
Derek Rider
Mary Rouleau
Travis Silcox
Amber Slaterbeck
James Smith
Bobby Snodderly
Joshua Spalding
Richard Stogsdill
Silvia Sweitzer
Michael Swihart
Justine Tabyate
Kermisha Tate
Madison Thode
Aerielle Thomas
Jefferson Thompson
Vicki Wenke
James Wolfenbarger

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