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Free career training at Pellissippi State addresses COVID-19 job losses

Student in Electrical Engineering Technology class at Pellissippi StateThose whose finances or job outlooks were negatively impacted by COVID-19 have one more chance to receive free career training at Pellissippi State Community College. 

The college will offer its Reimagine Your Career program on Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 15-March 17 at the Blount County Campus and the Magnolia Avenue Campus. All classes will be held 6-9 p.m. 

This free, noncredit training program, first held in fall 2021, is for anyone who has been let go from a job, laid off permanently or temporarily, experienced a reduction in hours or wages, or has had to take a new job that pays less, due to the pandemic. 

Reimagine Your Career features foundational career skills as well as career-specific training. Participants choose the career track they’d like to pursue from options such as customer service, information technology and manufacturing – and are guaranteed an interview with at least one of Pellissippi State’s partnering businesses at the conclusion of the program. These businesses – including DENSO, Avero Advisors, PCS Inc., Flowers Foods and Allevia Technology – are actively hiring positions within each Reimagine Your Career Track. 

“This is a great opportunity for both the individuals in our community that were impacted negatively from the pandemic and for the businesses that make up our local economy,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of economic and workforce development for Pellissippi State. “There are people who are seeking a meaningful career path and financial stability, and there are businesses that need people with certain skillsets to fill their open positions. It’s a win-win situation we’re helping provide.” 

While the Reimagine Your Career program is provided at no cost to the participants, there is an investment of time. The career foundations training is a 30-hour commitment, while the training in specific career tracks vary from 36 to 140 hours. 

For more information or to apply for the Reimagine Your Career program, visit or call Business and Community Services at 865.539.7167. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 10.