Magnolia Avenue, Strawberry Plains, TnCIS earn grants

Two of Pellissippi State’s campuses have earned grants to increase student engagement and recruitment, while TnCIS has earned a grant intended for professional development of faculty and staff.

  • The Strawberry Plains Campus and the Business and Community Services division received a $9,680 grant from the Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 Community Investment Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. The grant will be matched by Pellissippi State to fund a four-week summer camp at the Strawberry Plains Campus for 60 rising sixth-graders. The summer camp’s curriculum will include four focus areas: electronics, robotics, internet security and 3D printing.
  • The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a $24,708 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its Acquiring Skills, Achieving Purpose program, which seeks to increase engagement and retention among African American male students. The Magnolia Avenue Campus received a similar grant last year to pilot the program, which resulted in improved academic progress and retention for its participants. ASAP offers advising, tutoring and success workshops, as well as other forms of support, to African American male students.
  • TnCIS received a $25,000 grant from a Tennessee Board of Regents’ Student Engagement, Retention and Success Grant for its High Impact Practices Professional Development program. TnCIS also received the same grant last year for this program’s pilot, which rolled out professional development training to faculty and administrators in study abroad and international service-learning. The grant this year will fund a training trip to South Africa, where participants will learn how TnCIS implements international service-learning into its study abroad trips.