Arconic Foundation has awarded Pellissippi State Community College $80,000 to help Blount County juniors and seniors explore advanced manufacturing careers while still in high school.
The Pellissippi State Credit to Credentials pilot project includes Career and Technical Education dual enrollment opportunities for students in 11th and 12th grades at Alcoa, Blount County, Maryville and other area high schools. Dual enrollment is a way for high school juniors and seniors to earn college and high school credit for the same course simultaneously, giving them a head start on college and helping them save money in the process.
As part of the Arconic Foundation-funded pilot, Pellissippi State will offer in spring 2023 a series of cohort-based Electrical Engineering Technology classes for high school students on the college’s Blount County Campus. Cohorts allow students to progress through academic programming as a group – in this case, taking classes Mondays through Thursdays with open lab time and academic support provided for them on Fridays.
“This pilot project addresses some of the most common barriers to dual enrollment participation, providing funds for tuition, fees, books and other course materials for up to four courses per participant, per semester,” explained Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Classes will be taught in Pellissippi State’s new Ruth and Steve West Workforce Development Center.
“This program is a great example of how the new Ruth and Steve West Workforce Development Center at Pellissippi State is benefiting the community,” said Ryan Kish, Arconic Foundation president and treasurer. “The additional capacity and capability at the campus provides students with more opportunities to explore new courses and find a rewarding career path that works for them.”
The Credit to Credentials courses the college is offering will allow students to acquire certificates in Electronics Technology and Industrial Automation. While certificates are awarded for short-term training, the dual enrollment courses also count as credits toward Pellissippi State’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology.
“We are delighted to provide students a pathway to begin their college coursework while still in high school,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Kellie Toon. “This opportunity will allow them a jumpstart to prepare for high-demand, high-wage jobs in the community.”
Enrollment for spring dual enrollment courses opened Oct. 19. Those interested in the pilot program should contact Margaret Ann Jeffries, dean for Engineering and Media Technologies, at 865.694.6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information on Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865.694.6400.