HO, HO, HOliday Schedule!

Pellissippi State will observe the following schedule this holiday season:

  • Monday, Dec. 22, non-administrative closing day*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23, non-administrative closing day*
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24, administrative closing day
  • Thursday, Dec. 25, holiday (Christmas Day)
  • Friday, Dec. 26, administrative closing day
  • Monday, Dec. 29, administrative closing day
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30, administrative closing day
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31, administrative closing day
  • Thursday, Jan. 1, holiday (New Year’s Day)
  • Friday, Jan. 2, College reopens

Since Dec. 22 and 23 are non-administrative closing days, Pellissippi State employees opting to be off work need to use annual leave. Employees who choose to work the 22nd  and 23rd should notify their supervisor and their vice president. For payroll purposes, employees must sign in and out at the Security office in the Goins Building or in the main office of the site campuses.

Magnolia Avenue Campus hosts nontraditional-student events

Pellissippi State supports nontraditional students with services that include alternative scheduling, cohort programs, tutoring, workforce development and career placement. The College even offers nontraditional students credit for military and work experience through what’s called “prior learning assessment,” or PLA.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is focusing on this population during its Nontraditional Student Week, Nov. 3-7. Events include the following:

  • “Eating Healthy With Less” by Julie Bledsoe, certified nutrition educator, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Room 125
  • Massages by Laselva Med Spa and Massage Envy, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the fitness center
  • “Dispelling Myths: Family Law” by James T. Karney, executive director of the Family Relationship Center of East Tennessee, 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 130
  • Luncheon with games and music, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 130
  • “Holiday Budgeting” by Chris Parrott, vice president/marketing manager of Regions Financial Corp., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room 130

Sen. Alexander on campus Oct. 21 to discuss financial aid bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander will be on the Hardin Valley Campus Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a presentation about the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act. The bill for the FAST Act was introduced by Alexander and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Alexander’s visit is part of a round-table discussion that includes Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president, and other area college presidents, as well as student, parent, and high school representatives. The free event, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, is open to the public.

The bill proposes to eliminate the current iteration of the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA, by reducing the form to two questions: what is your family size, and what was your household income two years ago? The bill also streamlines federal grant and loan programs, simplifies repayment options, and limits the amount a student is eligible to borrow based on enrollment status.

For more information about the FAST Act, visit www.lamaralexander.com.

Blount County Campus hosts career fair

Be sure to tell your students: dozens of local companies will be ready to talk to job seekers at a career fair at the Blount County Campus Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The career fair is open to the community and takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby.

Participating companies include the Boys and Girls Club, Clayton Homes/Vanderbilt Mortgage, Cellular Sales Contact Center, Comfort Keepers, DENSO, Express Employment Professionals, the FBI, Harrison Construction, H&R Block, K12 Call Center, Modis, Resource Accounting, and US Foods, among others. Most of the companies are located in Blount and Knox counties.

“The Placement Office and the Blount County Campus host this event for Pellissippi State students—as well as members of the community— to speak with local professionals in specific careers,” said Holly Burkett, campus dean.

“Our career fair allows easier access to ask questions about each company and its hiring process, available job openings, and future career opportunities. We encourage our students to begin thinking about what can be possible after graduation.”

Register to vote at any campus

Register to vote next week at Pellissippi State, during National Voter Registration Day.

National Voter Registration Day is the largest one-day effort of the year to register voters. Pellissippi State will have a four-day drive, Monday-Thursday, Sept. 22-25, at all five campuses. Lisa Bogaty, associate professor of Business and Computer Technology, is leading the drive to register students and employees—both new voters and voters who might have moved since last election day.

Locations and times for the drive:

  • Blount County, downstairs Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Division Street, center stairs, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Hardin Valley, Courtyard, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Rain locations will be the main stairwells in each building.
  • Magnolia Avenue, Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
  • Strawberry Plains, Lobby, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, email Bogaty at lbogaty@pstcc.edu.