Workforce Development Center

Estimated Need: $5.5 million

Blount County is one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee in terms of job growth per capita. Employers in the county are adding hundreds of jobs each year, increasing the demand for highly skilled, college-educated employees. Pellissippi State is working to fill that need. During the past eight years, the Blount Partnership has announced 5,300 new jobs and $2.8 billion in new capital investment.

“Pellissippi State is committed to working with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville and all of the K-12 school systems in Blount County to make certain we have clearly identified pathways and opportunities for the technical careers of today and tomorrow,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “We must partner in new and innovate ways to build the workforce Blount County requires to grow and prosper.”

The challenge is to continue to provide the space and the high-tech equipment necessary for talented students to complete their education and fill these jobs. Your support of a Workforce Development Center on Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus will make that possible. The 62,000-square-foot building will allow the College to expand its Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology and Culinary Arts associate degree programs. Students will have access to the latest technology to study advanced manufacturing, cyber defense, robotics and computer science, as well as a state of the art Culinary Institute, and will complete their degrees entirely on the Blount County Campus—right where industry so desperately needs them.

In addition, the new building will allow the College to expand its dual enrollment offerings with high schools in Blount County and its partnership with TCAT.


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