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Senators, representative give Foundation $75,000 in grant funds for Blount campus

grantThe Pellissippi State Foundation has received checks for $25,000 from Sens. Jamie Woodson and Tim Burchett and one for $50,000 from Rep. Joe McCord. The funds are part of Tennessee’s Community Enhancement Grant Program.

The program allocated $300,000 to each state senator and $100,000 to each state representative to distribute to local nonprofit organizations.

“We appreciate the efforts of our senators and representative in supporting the College’s programs,” said President Allen Edwards.

“These allocations will help us continue to meet the needs and expectations of our students and community.”

The checks from Woodson and Burchett will be used to purchase equipment for the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, Pellissippi State’s newest building.

The Bagwell Center, on the Pellissippi Campus, houses fine arts and the Media Technologies degree program. MDT is made up of four concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The $50,000 from McCord is earmarked for the new Blount County Campus.

“I’m extremely pleased to recommend this grant for the Blount County Campus,” said McCord. “Pellissippi State is a tremendous asset to Blount and surrounding counties.

“This is a small step in a long march to fully fund this much-needed facility, which will provide students with an affordable opportunity to continue their education.”