Thank you for Giving Tuesday!

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Thank you!

Your generous gifts are helping fulfill dreams, impact lives and change the future.

Pellissippi State Community College and the Pellissippi State Foundation issue their sincerest thank-yous for the many generous donations given on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The Foundation raised $12,156 on Giving Tuesday for student scholarships, surpassing its goal of $10,000.

One hundred percent of those funds will go straight to student scholarships. Many of the scholarships will help students who without the Foundation’s financial support might not be able to attend college. Many Pellissippi State students don’t qualify for federal loans, grants or even the new Tennessee Promise funding. In fact, of the student scholarship recipients last year, 86 percent wouldn’t have qualified for Tennessee Promise.

“Our many generous donors—plus everyone who helped spread the word about Giving Tuesday in person, through email and on social media—have helped change the lives of dozens of students,” says Peggy Wilson, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation.

“Thank you to everyone who supported Pellissippi State students. Your generosity has made a huge difference.”

“I will not take one moment or gift for granted,” says Ashley Albritton, a scholarship recipient. “These scholarships serve as a constant reminder that someone believes in me! I’ll do my best every moment of every day. With every success, each one of you will be with me and you’ll be part of the change for the better in this world.”

To stay up to date on student scholarships, follow the Pellissippi State Foundation on Twitter, @psccfoundation, or visit To give, visit

Student essays published on NPR’s ‘This I Believe’ site

The suffering of a lifelong stutterer. The implications of a car accident. The travails of middle school politics.

These are just some of the situations, along with lessons learned, discussed by six Pellissippi State students and alumni whose English 1010 essays recently were accepted and published on NPR’s “This I Believe,” at

The six—Madison Allen, Gary Brown, Ivann Garcia, Amy Kidwell, Rebecca Randolph and Noelle Thomas—were all students here when they submitted the essay last school year.

“I am so proud of all of our students for this accomplishment,” said Anne Pharr, assistant professor of English, “not just because of the hard work it represents but also because of the message that’s communicated in each of their essays.”

The essays were written to reflect moments each student faced failure, and what each one learned from that. This I Believe is an international organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values of their lives.

“Having their writing published by such a well-known and respected site is quite remarkable,” Pharr said.

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.

Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State recognized for architecture

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Remodeling of the Strawberry Plains Campus’ Randy and Jenny Boyd Building to accommodate the new Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State has earned Community Tectonics Architects an award at the Tennessee School Board Association’s annual convention. The Academy began offering classes this semester.

Community Tectonics was a winner in three divisions of the School of the Year Awards, including second place in the Remodeling/Renovation Division—the award the firm earned for work on the Career Magnet Academy.

The Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State is the result of a groundbreaking partnership with Knox County Schools. The high school gives students an opportunity to pursue an education in four career/technical areas, or “clusters”: advanced manufacturing, sustainable living, homeland security and teacher preparation.