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Pellissippi State: National ‘Advisor of the Year’ teaches retirement finances course April 10-17

The nation’s 2011 Advisor of the Year, as recognized by financial industry publication Senior Market Advisor, is local resident Jim Brogan. A non-credit instructor at Pellissippi State Community College since 2007, Brogan is still delivering his popular finance courses. His next offering, “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement,” begins on April 10.

Brogan is owner and president of Brogan Financial, a Knoxville-based retirement and legacy planning firm. The author, talk show host and philanthropist earned his M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee and is a certified retirement financial advisor. Brogan’s class is offered on Tuesdays, April 10-17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus offers the same course on Thursdays, April 12-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Blount County classes are led by Jim Kraeske, an investment advisor representative with Brogan Financial. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

The course fee for “How to Thrive Financially in Retirement” is $59.

For additional information about this or other non-credit courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, call (865) 539-7167 or visit The entire course catalog is available online.

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.

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.

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

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.

Get active with outdoor, home repair classes at Pellissippi State

Spring officially starts less than one month from now, so why not get a jump-start on heading outdoors? Enroll now in one (or more) of the non-credit classes at Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division has a great selection of courses for springtime. Classes take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise noted. Here are just a few you can choose from:

  • Flyfish 101—Feb. 25 or April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 24 or May 19 (Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $79 per single/$69 for each additional family member registering simultaneously

This is an introductory course geared to those who have never fly-fished or those who want a better understanding of the basics. Topics covered include fly rod and reel; line, leader and tippet; types of flies; rigging an outfit; finding fish; casting (demonstration, weather permitting). Instructor Marshall Hall is a guide, custom rod maker and member of the Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild.

  • Landscaping Made Easy and Fun—Feb. 28-March 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $79

This is a basic course covering the principles of landscape design for home enhancement. Topics include choosing and installing the proper plants; mulching, fertilizing, watering and trimming; and learning about the different varieties of flowering shrubs, small trees, flowers and grass. Instructor Valarie Huffman, owner of Instant Flower Gardens, is a landscape professional with extensive experience in East Tennessee landscaping.

  • DIY Home Improvement and Repairs for Women—March 10, 9-11 a.m.; $29

Learn how to do basic home repairs from someone who has done them herself. Instructor Lynda Tutko will show students how to complete many repairs without the assistance of a professional, as well as cover home improvements that can be completed with basic skills. Attendees will learn how to save money by using skills taught during class.

  • Simple Home Repairs—March 15, 6-8 p.m., Blount County Campus; $29

Completing home repairs may be easier than you think. Instructor Art Gall will share skills that build confidence in tackling projects. Learn how to troubleshoot problems and make repairs to electrical outlets and switches, leaking toilets and faucets, and more. Students also will learn how to install or make adjustments to door locks and deadbolts.

Full class descriptions, along with a schedule of all courses offered by BCS, are available at

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

Prepare for Certified Welding Inspector exam at Pellissippi State

Many major U.S. and international corporations are now requiring potential employees and employees already in welding inspection positions to become certified.

The 46-hour Certified Welding Inspector Exam Preparation course at Pellissippi State Community College prepares students for the American Welding Society’s Certified Welding Inspector examination. The exam is April 14 at the Pellissippi Campus.

Upon completion of the class, students will be knowledgeable in the principles of visual inspection related to welded fabrication as it applies to a variety of industrial applications. Topics covered include AWS certification, visual inspection, welding processes, nondestructive testing, codes and standards. Practice exams will be administered.

The course is recommended for welding and inspection professionals who have a minimum of five years of experience in welding, inspection, testing, metallurgy, engineering or a closely related field.

The course is Feb. 21-March 29, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Classes take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. A total of 4.6 continuing education units are available. Cost is $995.

The full class description, along with a schedule of all courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, is available at

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

Increase math skills at your own pace with online ‘ReadyMATH’ class

Students who prefer to work at their own pace rather than trying to keep up with a rapidly advancing math class should find a new online course to their liking.

Offered by Pellissippi State Community College’s Business and Community Services, “ReadyMATH” allows participants to pace their studies and progress through the course with the guidance of an experienced academic tutor.

Now available online, ReadyMATH is an advanced system for learning math and preparing for exams. The system assesses each individual’s needs, then targets instruction and practice to fill in specific knowledge gaps. Students master everything from basic arithmetic to intermediate algebra. The custom-tailored online program is meant to improve math skills and provide confidence for those preparing to take the GED test or college math placement exams.

BCS offers a growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Technology is used to uniquely tailor both the content and the method of delivery in order to provide the best instruction for each student.

With each of the online courses, individuals can access the program at any time from any place with an internet connection. New enrollments are processed immediately, and students have access to the program for three months.

Access to the ReadyMATH course is available now, with new sessions starting monthly. Cost is $499.

To enroll or view additional online courses, visit

A schedule of all courses offered by Business and Community Services is available at For additional information, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.

Two-day Lean manufacturing class at Pellissippi State

Learn the management philosophy that optimizes efficiency in the workplace by attending “Introduction to Lean Manufacturing” at Pellissippi State Community College, Feb. 13-14.

Class participants gain an in-depth understanding of project management techniques that identify and eliminate waste, and the Lean manufacturing concept can be applied to a wide variety of businesses. Attendees say that the course helps their businesses gain an edge over competitors.

Barbara Torbett, director of quality assurance with WebTec Converting, LLC, recently completed a Lean manufacturing course at Pellissippi State.

“We need to stay competitive, so we enrolled in a Lean manufacturing class,” said Torbett. “We had great instructors, and our whole business utilizes the skills we learned.”

“Introduction to Lean Manufacturing” is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants who complete the 16-hour course earn 1.6 CEUs (continuing education units). Cost is $545.

The full course description, along with a schedule of everything offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, is available at

To learn more or to register, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.