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Pellissippi State presented $10,000 BP Fueling Communities donation by KenJo Markets for students with disabilities

From left to right are L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president; Charles W. “Wes” Carruthers Jr., KenJo Markets president; Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement, Pellissippi State, and executive director, Pellissippi State Foundation; and Michele DeFelice, Services for Students With Disabilities coordinator, Pellissippi State.

Pellissippi State Community College has received a $10,000 BP Fueling Communities grant from KenJo Markets in support of the college’s students with disabilities.

KenJo Markets President Charles W. “Wes” Carruthers Jr. nominated the college for the grant, and he presented the check to the Pellissippi State Foundation at the Hardin Valley Campus. As a BP branded marketer, KenJo services BP stations throughout East Tennessee.

Pellissippi State began offering classes at the Strawberry Plains Campus, formerly the Philips Consumer Electronics East Tennessee headquarters, fall 2012. The donation from BP and KenJo Markets will be used at the college’s campuses for new equipment and technology to better serve students with disabilities. The institution has five campuses: Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue, Division Street, Blount County and Strawberry Plains.

The BP Fueling Communities funds will go toward purchase of such equipment as a high-speed color scanner to scan textbooks and other classroom items. It also will fund laptop computers to provide real-time transcription services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and state-of-the-art dynamic FM systems to enhance speech recognition for students who are hard of hearing.

“I am proud to present this donation on behalf of KenJo Markets and BP,” said Carruthers. “This new equipment and technology will assist students with disabilities in the classroom and underscores a critical mission at Pellissippi State, which is access to education.”

As a member of the Pellissippi State Foundation’s Board of Trustees as well as an alumnus and a longtime supporter, Carruthers understands firsthand the mission of the college.

To learn how you can support Pellissippi State and its students, visit the Foundation at or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State awards three Gnosis student club scholarships

L-R, Scottie Wood, recipient; Lindsay Delay, recipient; Delonda Anderson, recipient; Annie Gray, Gnosis co-advisor; and Nathan Bowman, Gnosis president.

Three scholarships totaling $2,500 have been awarded on behalf of the student organization Gnosis by the Pellissippi State Foundation.

The scholarships went to Pellissippi State Community College students Delonda Anderson in English, Lindsay Delay in Paralegal Studies and Scottie Wood in Nursing. All three students have a 4.0 grade point average.

Gnosis, founded in 2009, is a student-led service-learning organization. The club draws its name from the Greek word for the highest form of knowledge, that which comes about only through experience. Gnosis membership includes students as well as faculty members with a love of learning and community service.

“The scholarships are designed for students who do not qualify for other types of financial aid but who still need financial assistance to complete their programs of study, ” said Annie Gray, Gnosis founder, co-advisor and English faculty member. Scholarship applicants submitted essays that outlined their commitment to community service, academic achievements, goals and financial need.

Funds were generated by faculty and community donations and proceeds from club sales at college events. All scholarship support goes through the Pellissippi State Foundation.

Gnosis has sponsored a wide variety of faculty and student lectures, as well as initiated many community service projects. The club has been named Pellissippi State’s Outstanding Student Organization for the past three years.

For more information about Gnosis or the scholarship, contact Annie Gray at (865) 694-6492 or call Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State presents fall 2012 dean’s list

Pellissippi State Community College has named 914 top students to the fall 2012 semester dean’s list. Students are eligible for the dean’s list upon completion of 12 college-level hours per semester of coursework with a 3.5-4.00 GPA. Pellissippi State honorees include the following:

Grace Aaron
Ashlee Acuff
Kayla Adams
Ashley Adkins
Ronald Agresta
Edwar Aguiar
Britni Alatorre
Brett Alden
Christopher Alexander
Ariana Alfaro
Barbara Alfonzo
Antonio Alicea
Daniel Allen
Rachael Allen
David (Trey) Alley
Alexandra Amanns
Timothy Amos
Avery Anderson
Delonda Anderson
Mercy Anderson
Michael Anderson
Alicia Armstrong
Tess Arnold
Narin Artiniyan
Willia Arwood
Anna Astorga
Patrick Atchley
Alexandria Atkins
Melissa Atkins
Kyle Aungst
Christine Austin
Esra Avgin
Denisha Avrett
Ahmad Awad
Mohammad Awad
Haven Axmacher
Lauren Bacon
Tori Bacon
Krystallee Bailey
Seth Baird
Victoria Baker
Travis Banks
Jordan Barber
Jessica Barnhill
Scarlett Bartos
Nicholas Bashore
Felicia Bauer
Abigail Baumann
Allie Bays
Amy Beam
Carmen Bean
Brittany Beavers
Sudie Beierschmitt
Chelsea Belcher
Su Bell
Leland Biles
Caitlyn Bishop
Christopher Bishop
Felicia Bishop
Brandon Blanchard
Tonya Blasco
Chad Blaylock
Dagny Block-Ward
Kelvin Bolton
Taylor Boothe
Caleb Bost
Jeffrey Boswell
Analise Botello
Jason Bowers
Sarah Bowers
Carmen Bowers
Joshua Bowers
Luke Bowes
Joshua Bowman
Nathan Bowman
Andrew Brandon
Angela Breen
Renee Breiner
Cory Brewer
Kelly Bridges
Tabatha Bristow
Adam Brock
Anne Broome
Allison Brown
James Brown
Joshua Brown
Rachel Brown
Savannah Brown
William Brown
Cheryl Brownlee
David Bryant
Jacob Buchanan
Kevin Buckner
Stephanie Bullock
Kyle Bumpus
Corey Burdette
Brittany Burkett
Matthew Burkhart
Katherine Burns
Michaela Buxton
Christopher Bynum
Kristin Byrd
Virginia Byrd
Kayla Byrd
Racheal Byrd
Abigail Cacace
Jessica Cammuse
Hannah Campbell
Kaitlin Campbell
Makayla Campbell
Sarah Campbell
Willard Campbell
Christopher Cannon
Rachel Cannon
Richard Cantrell
Emily Card
Geoffrey Card
Zachary Carey
Miranda Carpenter
Cameron Carr
Daniel Carrell
Kayla Carroll
Jacob Carroll
Samuel Carroll
Tara Carroll
John Carter
Rebecca Carter
Shaun Carter
Timothy Carter
Tanairi Casanova-Carlton
Jonathan Caylor
Rachel Cecil
Johan Cespedes
Adam Chadwick
Melanie Chandler
Carolyn Chapman
Elizabeth Chapman
Kyle Charnley
Aja Charpentier
Jonathan Chase
Caleb Chastain
Eric Childers
Eun Jeon Cho
Donald Chouinard
Daric Christensen
Sarah Christopher
Caitlin Clark
Christopher Clark
Sarah Claxton
Amy Clayton
Kile Cleer
James Clenney Jr.
Nick Clevenger
Kimberlin Cline
John Cochran
Whitley Cole
Andrea Collins
John Cook
Caleb Cooper
Steven Cooper
Zachary Copeland
Jacob Cornett
Diana Correa
Marsha Cosey
Krista Covert
Jessica Cox
John Cox
Kelsey Cox
Adam Crabtree
Rachel Craig
Dwight Cross
Kelly Crotty
Anna Crozier
Darian Cruze
Cheyanne Curl
Jonathan Curtis
Cierra Dailey
Clayton Damato
Cassandra Daniels
Jason Daniels
Niraj Dave
Emily Davidson
Rebecca Davidson
Allan Davis
Emily Davis
Hope Davis
Louis Davis
Matthew Davis
Charles Deaderick
Joshua Deckard
Kristin Deese
Darlene DeHart
Edward Deiderich
Mark Dejulia
Nicholas Dejulia
Lindsay Delay
Joshua Dennis
Kyle Denton
Clark Derrington
Jeffrey Detring
Prithviraj Dhandapani
Kseniia Diakiv
Joseph Didgeon
William Dieter
Mingli Ding
Brittney Dingess
Nicholas Dixon
Hoang Do
Chrystine Dodd
Christopher Donaldson
Elizabeth Donaldson
Kristy Donaldson
April Doss
Brian Douthat
Robert Drake
William Duggan
Courtney Dukes
Lee Dunlap
Laurel Dunn
Sarah Duran
James Durham
Garrett Eason
Cierra Easterday
Nathan Eckel
Patricia Eckhart
Kristen Edds
Ashlyn Edwards
Betty Edwards
Kathy Eisenhower
Lucas Eldridge
Daniel Elliott
Hannah Elliott
Cody Elswick
Rachel Emerson
Melissa Emrick
Marshall Eng
Nathan England
Elise Ergen
Kristin Eubanks
Agnes Evans
Brianna Evans
Isaac Evans
Jessica Evans
Chad Everett
Tanner Everett
Neill Everhart
Sean Fain
Daisy Falin
Amanda Fancher
Megan Fandrich
Clarke Farnham
Maria Farnham
Daniel Farnsworth
Ryan Farrell
Sophronia Febbo
Patrick Feiten
Caroline Fine
Nichole Fiore
Devin Fladd
Katie Flener
Aaron Floch
Brent Floyd
Jesse Ford
Miranda Fortner
Brandon Foster
Jennifer Foster
Justin Foster
Cathryn Foster-Coode
Brooklyn Foust
Jeffery Foust
Elizabeth Francis
Matt Franklin
David Freels
Courtney French
Shanon Friauf
Bridgette Fritz
Ryan Froula
Stephanie Fry-Thomas
Lori Fuller
Priscilla Furlong
Janet Furtner
Steven Gallaher
Refik Gara
Vasile Garbulet
Alice Garland
Tina Garland
Daniel Geisel
Jacob Gencay
Kayla Gentry
Seanion George
Anthony Georgiafandis
Savannah Ghormley
Eric Gibson
Kimberly Gilbert
Sandra Gililland
Sonja Girardi
Haley Glandon
Scottie Godfrey
Raven Goller-Brown
Katrina Goode
Zara Goodlaxson
Sanquez Goodman
Isaac Goodson
Spencer Goosie
Kassandra Grace
Nicholas Graziano
Hannah Green
Christopher Green
Chelsea Grindstaff
Kayla Grubb
Sarah Grubb
Lisa Grunwald
Logan Gunter
Arturo Guzman
Rebekah Gyger
Tyler Hagerman
David Haines
Charles Hajko
Katherine Halford
James Halk
Angela Hamby
Derrick Hamilton
Laura Hamon
Laura Haney
Fred Harber
Christian Hardin
Ronald Harness
Brandon Harp
Jesse Harper
Lesli Harrell
Alyssa Harrelson
Christian Harris
Rachel Harris
Sable Harris
Janet Hastings
Brighton Hatfield
Brent Hattley
Avery Hawk
Shane Hawkins
Lacy Hayes
Tyler Hayes
Pamela Hays
Tori Headrick
David Hedger
Nicole Hedger
Dustin Heidel
Andrew Heil
Brandy Heller
Alana Henley
Joshua Henson
Kaila Herd
Aaron Hess
Katherine Hester
Joshua Hickey
Michael Hines
Linda Hinkle
Chandler Hinton
Rahim Hirani
Joyanna Hirst
Matthew Hobbs
David Hodge
Katelin Hodges
Ezekiel Holden
William Holland
Neil Holland
Crystal Hong
Grant Howard
Kelly Howard
Davis Hu
Christopher Hubbard
Amanda Huber
Bryan Huddleston
Holly Hudson
Kyle Hudson
Chisa Huffman
Christopher Hughes
Jennifer Hughes
Paige Hughes
Virginia Hughes
Megan Huiting
Bethany Hunt
Kelsie Hunt
Carissa Huskins
Andrea Hutchins
Torey Hyder
Wallace Hynds
Parker Hysmith
Michael Infante
Muhammad Iqbal
Jenna Irwin
Ciara Jackson
Emery Jackson
Taylor Jackson
Patrick Jarman
Rachel Jeffries
Leah Jenkins
Roy Jennings
Christine Jensen
Heather Jensen
Kerry Jett
Elliott Jetton
Amanda Johnson
Bethany Johnson
Candacey Johnson
Denis Johnson
Erica Johnson
Eugene Johnson
Grace Johnson
Jesse Johnson
Bradley Jones
Christa Jones
Jonathan Jones
Roshni Joseph-Biles
Antoinette Juhl
Joe Junemann
Richard Justice
Benjamin Kadron
Matthew Kane
Robert Karnes
Richard Keeble
Ava Kelly
Alanna Kelsey
Otis Kennedy
Haley Kerr
Hearan Kim
Eric Kinder
Blakelen King
Ryan King
Stephen King
Tammi King
Michael Kirchoff
David Kirk
Joshua Kirk
Trey Kirkland
Seth Kitchens
Andrea Kitzmiller
James Knickerbocker
Daniel Knisley
Jiyoung Koh
Amanda Kohler
Katie Kolwyck
Matthew Krebs Jr.
Angela Kremser
Kristo Kukk
Chad Lamon
Anna Land
Rosita Lane
Lauren Lange
Jessica Langley
Levi Lanzoni
Olga Lavrinovich
James Lawson
Matthew Lawson
Janie Lay
Morgan Lay
Christina Layne
Nhu Le
Trang Le
Victoria Leake
Dustin Ledbetter
Haley Ledford
Cortnee Lee
Elizabeth Lee
Ji Ho Lee
John Lee
Michelle Lehmann
Riitta-Maija Lehtinen
Amanda Lerch
Chelsea Lessard
Tina Lett
Belinda Lewis
Samantha Lewis
Whitney Lewis
Joshua Lindamood
Julia Lindsey
Jan Lomax
Maria Long
Neila Long
Robin Loope
George Lopata
Kevin Lowe
Robert Lowe
Tanya Lowe
Antonio Lugo
Marcus Lundegreen
Robert Luning
Margaret Lunsford
Edward Lutsyk
Rhett Lyle
Ashley Lynn
Taylor Lyon
Justin MacDonald
Breanna Maginness
Daniel Maley
Rahel Mammo
Caleb Mangum
Elizabeth Mann
Brittany Manning
Diana Mannis
Benjamin Manuel
Michaela Maples
Krisstina Marcie
Alina Markevych
Joshua Martin
Timothy Martin
Zachariah Martin
Katie Mason
Jeffrey Mason
James Massengill
David Mathis
Cameron Mauk
Erik Maxwell
Erin McAlister
Lauren McAllister
Talie McBrayer
James McCann
Ariel McCasland
Anna McClure
Chelsea McCollum
Jonathan McCowan
Sandra McCroskey
Katherine McGaha
Zachary McGee
Michaella McGill
Ashley McInturff
Kelly McKeever
Jovi McMichael
Lauren McMillan
David McNeil
Kyle McRary
Allison Medley
Jorge Mejia
Maria Mejia
Victoria Mellen
Benjamin Mellon
Cortney Melton
Justin Mendoza
Abbey Merriman
McKalie Merriman
Neelima Mertya
Christina Metz
Robert Metz
Parker Michael
Alexandra Miller
Dashiell Miller
David Miller
Denna Miller
Jordan Miller
Tyler Miller
Paul Minton
Matthew Moats
Stephanie Mojica
Mario Moncada Urbina
Lori Monroe
Richard Monroe
Evan Montgomery
Hannah Montgomery
Stephen Montierth
Tony Moore
Angela Mordan
Adam Moreno
Clayton Morgan
James Morgan
Melissa Morgan
Chara Morris
Kate Morrissey
Nicholas Morrissey
Susie Mubarak
Julia Mullins
Tori Mullins
Agiimaa Munkhsukh
Celeste Murphy
Sharita Murphy
Alexia Murriel
John Music
Katelyn Myers
Michael Myers
Edward Nai
Joshua Najmola
Gladys Nance
Michael Nash
Hope Nelson
Suzanne Neubert
William Newell
Travis Nicely
Chelsea Nicley
Mary Noe
Victor Noe
Corey Norman
Jesika Norman
Travis Norman
Hannah O’Banion
Chelsea Oliver
Anthony Olson
Morgan Onusic
Mirriam Osborn
Daniel Ostrom
Travis Outlaw
Garrett Overholt
Marie Owen
Casey Owens
Joseph Owens
Daniel Pack
Kimberly Page
Whitney Palmer
Christopher Pappas
Crystal Parent
Ryan Parker
Amie Parrott
Jan-Marie Passafume
Akshay Patel
Neel Patel
Nihar Patel
Veronica Patterson
Hannah Payne
Jonathan Payne
Jeremy Pearson
Brian Pearson
Brandon Penland
Grace Pennell
Heather Perez
Jordan Perkins
Jessica Perry
Michael Pettet
Emilee Phelps
Ethan Phillips
Terry Phillips
Zebulon Phillips
Austin Phipps
Sharde Pianowski
Gary Pierce
Robert Plumley
Charles Pogue
Billy Pogue
Angela Polly
Sridevi Ponnuchamy
Richard Poppert
Ian Powell
Danae Powers
Sandra Pringle
Michael Propes
Kenton Pryor
Seth Purkey
Megan Queen
Spencer Raby
Amanda Radford
Nicole Ramirez
Ryan Ramirez
Jessica Raney
Ashley Rasar
Daryl Ray
Mark Reece
Michael Reed
Grady Reeves
Taylor Regan
Robert Renfro
Teisha Renshaw
Micah Reppuhn
Caleb Reynolds
Kacie Reynolds
Kelsey Rhode
James Rhoton
Emily Richards
Jeremy Richards
Bethany Richardson
Kye Riehl
Matthew Riley
Anthony Ritch
Rebecca Ritter
Rachel Roback
Tabitha Robbins
Abbey Roberts
Tiffany Roberts
Daniel Robertson
James Robinson
Lauren Robinson
Luke Robinson
Mary Robinson
Alisha Robson
Jared Roney
Karina Rosamond
Joshua Rosenberg
Don Roth
Arica Rowan
Rebekah Ruckart
Delaina Ruddell
David Russell
Alizabeth Russell
Cassandra Russell
Micah Russell
Joshua Rust
John Saah
Rachel Saffron
Rebecca Sagraves
Joshua Sales
Laresa Sallee
Kaitlin Sandberg
Amanda Sandlin
Lucas Saylor
Nicolette Scarfo
Allie Scherf
Sidney Scialdone
David Scott
Kristin Scott
Mycol Scott
Zachary Scott
Brittany Scrivner
Austin Seal
Talia Seiber
Noah Seiple
Halie Sellers
Jane Sellers
Katie Sellers
Sara Sellers
Carlie Serpa
Zachery Shalhoup
Ross Shapton
Bryan Sharpe
Mandy Shelby
Wendy Sherrod
Norman Siglow
JenaLee Silva
David Silverberg
Will Simmons
Andrew Simpson
Bradley Sims
Dylan Sizemore
Melissa Sizemore
Wendy Skiles
Amber Slaterbeck
Brian Smith
Caleb Smith
Denisa Smith
James Smith
Jennifer Smith
Katherine Smith
Kalyn Smith
Katryna Smith
Kayela Smith
Kelsea Smith
Lillian Smith
Michael Smith
Samuel Smith
William Smith
Sara Smock
Hannah Snelling
Bobby Snodderly
Joanna Snyder
Kayla Snyder
Sophia Soard
Veronica Solis
Sarah Sommerfield
Joshua Spalding
Nikolas Spangler
Anna Sparks
Owen Spears
Jared Spence
Laurie Spoon
Stephanie Spoon
Cody Sprague
Thomas Spriggs
Wendy Stafford
Cindy Standifer
Ameena Stanley
Wesley Steese
Julia Steinmann
Micaela Stephens
Brooke Stevenson
Cole Stines
Tyler Stinnett
Michael Stinson
Richard Stogsdill
Loretta Strange
Matthew Studwell
Ashley Suadi
Melodie Summers
Matthew Swearingen
Michael Swihart
Katherine Swisher
Truc Ta
Greg Tanner
Craig Taubert
Andrew Taylor
Courtney Taylor
Jenny Taylor
John Taylor
Matthew Taylor
Ashley Teague
Abigail Teasley
Zack Thayer
Jessica Thomas
Joel Thomas
Rachel Thomas
William Thomas
Zachary Thomas
Betty Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Douglas Thompson
Jefferson Thompson
Robert Thompson
Samantha Thompson
Tanner Thompson
Madison Thress
Sadie Tibbs
Whittney Tindell
Cory Tindell
Michelle Tipton
Hayley Torres
Abbey Towe
Chloe Tragesser
Adam Treadway
Elizabeth Trest
Sierra Trott
Rita Trythall
April Tumlin
Tatiana Tumminello
Christopher Tupps
Matthew Turner
Tina Turner
Elizabeth Turpin
Alyssa Underwood
Ashley Utley
Catherine Varga
Julian Vargas
Darren Vasel
Evan Vass
Matthew Vazquez
Nicholas Veals
Blake Venable
Sanny Vendeline
Terry Vest
Caleb Vibbert
Zachary Vibert
Tina Vinsant
Phong Vo
Tung Vu
Alla Vyazovaya
Logan Wade
Drexel Waggoner II
Mark Wagner
Bonnie Walker
Heather Walker
Leslie Walker
Paul Walker
Seth Walker
Dillon Wallace
Lauren Walton
Haley Ward
Zachary Ward
Elizabeth Washington
Leah Watkins
Troy Watkins
Chelsee Watson
Kathryn Watson
Michael Watson
Lauren Weakley
BriAnna Webb
Bridget Webb
Alexandra Wehrmaker
Chelsea Welch
Stephanie Welch
Ryan Welling
Thomas Wender
Vicki Wenke
Martin Wenzel
Shauna West
Teresa Wheeler
Katelyn White
Macy White
Timothy Whitehead
Andrew Whorley
Major Whorley
Wesley Wier
Justin Wiley
Khloe Williams
Robert Williams
Adam Wilson
Jared Wilson
Mary Wilson
Ryan Wilson
Lacey Winiecke
Levon Winther
Graham Winton
James Wolfenbarger
Susan Wolfenbarger
Whitney Wolff
Zane Womac
Scottie Wood
Tracie Woodall
Travis Woodby
Heather Woods
Kalonji Khafre Woods
Josh Woods
Brittany Woody
Grant Wortley
Antwan Wrancher
Ericka Wright
Kelly Wright
Cody Yankey
Ulugmurod Yarkulov
Alicia Young
Casey Young
Charysse Young
Dana Young
Kellie Young
Sydney Youngman
Lauren Yount
Megan Zawisza
Angelique Zimcosky

Pellissippi State Hospitality student awarded hotel/lodging scholarship

Lisa Grunwald is the first Pellissippi State Community College student to receive an American Express Scholarship from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation.

Grunwald, a student in the Hospitality concentration of the Business Administration degree program, competed nationally with other hospitality students from two- and four-year institutions for the $1,000 scholarship. She was one of the six recent awardees and the only student from Tennessee.

“Lisa is a terrific student and a hard worker,” said Tom Gaddis, head of the Hospitality concentration at Pellissippi State.

The first $500 check was applied to Grunwald’s tuition this semester. She will receive another $500 for spring.

“I was really just honored to be granted a scholarship from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation, since it’s such a prestigious organization,” Grunwald said.

Grunwald, the mother of two grown sons, says she lost her job when the company she was employed with sent all the production-line work overseas. She found a job at a local hotel and discovered she loved the environment. Grunwald decided to go to college for the first time and enrolled at Pellissippi State. She is now in her third semester.

“I hadn’t been to school for 30 years,” she said, “but once I got my study skills back, I’ve been doing really well. My first semester I was on the Academic Achievers list, and my second semester I made the dean’s list.”

For more information about Hospitality or other offerings at Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 649-6400.

Pellissippi State awarded federal grant for manufacturing training and education

A $15 million federal grant awarded to a consortium that includes Pellissippi State Community College is earmarked to fund manufacturing job training for East Tennesseans and help local companies in search of more skilled workers.

The funding also could transform manufacturing education and training—an area in which Pellissippi State has emerged as a leader.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 19 that the grant had been awarded to the multi-state consortium. One goal of the 13-college partnership is to redesign teaching and delivery programs in manufacturing. Pellissippi State is the only community college in Tennessee to be a member.

“We’re honored to receive this grant and look forward to this collaboration,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president.

“Working with our consortium partners, we’ll be able to come up with innovative ways to train and educate workers in manufacturing. Our being part of the consortium benefits our community and the region’s manufacturers, and it better positions the U.S. to compete in the global market.”

The DOL grant awards a minimum of $760,000 to each consortium member during a three-year period. The funding will boost instructional capacity at each school, pay for equipment and technical support, and improve online delivery of the college’s Engineering Technology classes.

Pellissippi State offers a two-year associate’s degree in Engineering Technology. Students can concentrate in Civil Engineering, Electrical Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering.

The grant-funded training is directed toward helping workers who are displaced, unemployed or underemployed. It also focuses on the needs of the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing employers and manufacturing instructors alike recognize a “disconnect” between the needs of industry and the content of manufacturing curricula in most colleges, according to Pat Riddle. Riddle is the program coordinator and a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Pellissippi State. He is also the co-leader of curriculum development for the DOL grant.

Manufacturing has changed a lot in the last 30 years, and with those changes have come the introduction of robotics and other technological advances that have reduced the need for manual labor. As a result, manufacturing now requires employees with more education and skills, says Riddle.

“What we’re starting to see now is a blend in the industrial environment of machinery and electronic communications,” he said. “In other words, we’re starting to see high-speed production environments that require workers who not only work hard but can think through problems on their own, to help their company find solutions to better and more efficient production.”

One example of how the grant will benefit Pellissippi State—and subsequently employees and employers—is that it will fund a software development tool called a fault simulator. A fault simulator allows users to introduce computer-application glitches that might occur in a real workplace.

“With it, we will have the capability to introduce problems that require troubleshooting skills,” said Riddle. “That is a major component that employers consistently ask for from us.  The equipment will provide the ultimate in state-of-the-art problem-solving development and skills development.”

Pellissippi State has a history of working with East Tennessee employers to find workforce development solutions, while creating more flexible pathways to education for the region’s residents.

In 2004, for example, Pellissippi State joined forces with several other colleges and the nation’s automakers on a new curriculum to train autoworkers. The partnership was the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative.

This August, AMTEC announced the release of a new general maintenance mechatronics curriculum and program, which Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services staff and Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program (now the Mechanical Engineering concentration) faculty helped create. The new program also is expected to benefit workers and employers in non-automotive manufacturing.

Pellissippi State can build on its work with the AMTEC partnership for the DOL grant project.

“This new multi-college collaboration is an offshoot to [AMTEC] and runs parallel to it,” said Riddle.

To find out more about the grant, manufacturing training and Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State Nursing degree program receives full approval from state board

Pellissippi State Community College’s Nursing program has received full approval for its associate’s degree from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Nursing.

The state board voted on the approval Aug. 22 in Nashville. The accomplishment sets the stage for Pellissippi State to pursue national accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing.

“I’m very proud of our students and faculty,” said Larry Goins, Pellissippi State’s dean of Nursing. Receiving full approval, he says, is a testament to the hard work of the Nursing faculty, staff and students. It is also a reflection of the contributions of the administration and faculty beyond the program. All of them play a part in student success, says Goins.

Full approval by the board means that the program is providing a quality experience for the Nursing students, and that ultimately benefits the health of the entire community.

The state board’s action is the culmination of many successful steps that Pellissippi State has taken in implementing the program. In February, the board carried out a two-day campus visit and on-site survey. The board reviewer evaluated the program, curriculum, and degree and conducted interviews with faculty, staff, students, and nurse educators at hospitals where students engage in clinical training.

In May, Pellissippi State’s first class of Nursing students graduated. The students received a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Students who pass the NCLEX-RN are licensed to practice as registered nurses in the state of Tennessee.

Pellissippi State’s associate’s degree in Nursing requires 66 credit hours of coursework, taken over four semesters. Currently, there are 110 Pellissippi State students on track to become registered nurses. Those students attend classes at the Blount County Campus or Magnolia Avenue Campus.

In addition to state approval, the associate’s degree program has received Candidacy Status from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The NLNAC has invited Pellissippi State’s Nursing program to complete and submit a written self-study in the multi-step process of achieving accreditation.

Once the self-study is completed, an NLNAC site visit will be conducted and a governing board review will take place to determine the program’s accreditation status.

To learn more about Pellissippi State’s Nursing program, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

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 or call (865) 694-6400.

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.

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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

Second Pellissippi State student receives prestigious study abroad scholarship

Pellissippi State student Alex Huezo.

Pellissippi State Community College student Alex Huezo has joined fellow student Casey Sullivan as a recent recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Huezo, who has attended Pellissippi State for a year, returned in June from a summer study abroad program during which he focused on biology in the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador. The travel opportunity was hosted by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, which resides on the Hardin Valley Campus.

The Pellissippi State students were two of only about 500 nationwide who were named recipients of the highly competitive scholarship this year.

Huezo chose the Galápagos trip from among 18 destinations specifically because of the General Biology I course offered for credit as part of the experience. Huezo plans to study nursing, and he recognized that the opportunity to take the class in a setting renowned for its biodiversity was a unique chance to learn biology principles.

The Galápagos Islands, located in South America off the west coast of Ecuador in the Pacific, helped inspire Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution in the 1830s.

“We saw in ‘real life’ the things we would have only read about in textbooks,” said Huezo. “In our lab work, we were able to observe finches, tortoises and other wildlife firsthand, and then we presented our reports from the analyses that we did while we were on the island.”

Pellissippi State student Alex Huezo, pictured with peers during a summer study abroad to the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador. The trip was offered through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, located at the college.

Now in its 10th year, the Gilman Scholarship Program has helped approximately 10,000 students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico who might not otherwise be able to study abroad because of financial constraints. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. It is known for its rigorous application standards.

Although he was aware at the outset that the Gilman Scholarship was highly competitive, Huezo nonetheless felt positive about his chances for success when he submitted his application. He credits not only his essay and proposed project but also his sheer determination to study abroad with his selection as one of this year’s scholars.

“At the end of my essay, I made it clear that I would find some way to pay for studying abroad this summer,” said Huezo. “I explained that I would appreciate any assistance, but I was determined to go even if I wasn’t selected for the scholarship.

“And now that I’ve had this experience, I definitely want to study abroad again next summer. I’d like to go to Iceland. It’s supposed to be a challenging program, but I’m ready.”

Huezo is one of more than 450 Tennessee students, faculty and administrators who participated in this summer’s TnCIS study abroad programs. TnCIS coordinates the opportunities as part of its mission of boosting international experience and culture in higher education across the state. A wide variety of study areas were offered this year, in locales ranging from Brazil and China to the Czech Republic and Ghana.

For additional information about TnCIS, including 2013 study abroad options, visit or call (865) 539-7280. For more about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.