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Programs and Services

Personal Enrichment/Development Programs. We offer a wide variety of courses to meet the diverse needs of the community, among them, cultural enrichment or a vocational pursuit, general interest, family and personal growth, fun and recreation, and enhancement of the ability to function effectively in society.

Advanced Technology Programs. BCS stands ready to help you manage the rapid changes and new realities of today’s workplace. Highly specialized, advanced technology programs are available that allow persons working in today’s rapidly changing technical fields to maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills. These courses may be offered on site for a company in customized formats. We also have available a wide array of CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) courses, including AutoCAD and Microstation. Pellissippi State is a FeatureCAM Training Center and has a number of courses in the area of computer-aided machining and manufacturing. Additional advanced technology programs include programmable logic controllers, automated manufacturing, microelectronics, robotics and others.

Business and Professional Development Programs. BCS conducts numerous non-credit courses, seminars and workshops that focus on business/ management development and professional continuing education requirements. Program areas include business and management, supervision, customer service, team building, conflict resolution and professional examination review, certification, relicensure, Lean manufacturing/Six Sigma, quality/productivity and environmental.

Computer Training Institute. The Computer Training Institute serves the computer training needs of the community by providing a variety of regularly scheduled courses for individuals who need to upgrade their skills in computer operations or who need to develop new skills. Courses available range from introductory-level courses for the novice user to advanced courses for the experienced user. The short, intensive courses focus on computer applications and programming. Hands-on training is emphasized, with each student having access to a computer. Classes are available during both the day and evening and are offered on a selected basis at all college sites. Courses may be customized to focus on specific company needs and provided in special formats under contract. Classes may also be offered on-site using company facilities.

Contract Industrial Training. Pellissippi State is able to develop and deliver customized training programs in response to the specific training needs of area business and industry. BCS is your one-stop provider of training, offering an array of solutions that will enhance your performance—regardless of industry— and generate real results. We work routinely with business and industry experts to deliver the appropriate training that will positively impact your bottom line. The specialized contract training programs provide effective means for skills upgrading, apprenticeships, retraining and cross-training. Subject matter ranges from basic skills and workplace literacy to advanced technical skills. With experienced industrial training instructors, instructional designers and program coordinators on staff, BCS can provide needs assessment, program design and development, training, and facility and project coordination, in addition to the technical instruction. The contract technical training programs are generally offered on site.

Quality and Productivity. The Quality and Productivity program provides resources through which area business and industry can receive education, training, and leadership in quality management and productivity. Quality development resources include on-site, customized training programs, public seminars and short courses, teleconferences, consulting, and business forums. Productivity programs include training in quality tools, team building and problem solving.

Environmental Training and Safety. The Environmental program assists area business, industry and government in understanding environmental and safety regulations and in meeting compliance requirements. The program also provides retraining and certification opportunities for persons involved in environmental, safety, and waste management occupations. The College also offers courses and assistance for companies planning to implement the latest ISO standards.

Community Service/Outreach. BCS provides programs and services, such as the youth and parent education programs, to special community groups and target populations.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Partially funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration and operating as part of the Tennessee Small Business Development Network, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Pellissippi State provides counseling and other services to small business in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and management improvement. TSBDC offices are located at the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, Blount County Chamber of Commerce and West Knoxville/Farragut Chamber of Commerce. Please visit the Web site at for more information.

Facilities. The College is able to offer state-of-the-art conference facilities and services to the community through BCS. Facilities include a 500-seat Clayton Performing Arts Center, a 150-seat auditorium, the 40-seat Executive Seminar Room, and a variety of other meeting and seminar rooms. Audiovisual equipment, technical support, food services and free, ample parking are also provided.

Credit Certificate Programs. Pellissippi State offers high-quality short-term training through its credit Certificate Programs. These programs are designed for working students who wish to update their skills or gain additional certification in a particular area. See the Catalog and Handbook section Certificate Programs for detailed information.

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