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Career Communities

Career Communities are how we organize similar academic disciplines together to help you discover a rewarding career or prepare you for transfer to a four-year bachelor’s program.

Students earning a degree in a Career Program are prepared to enter the workforce after completing a two-year program of study while a Transfer Pathway prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to complete their business career program of study.

For more information on our programs and pathways, please view the Pellissippi State Community College’s Catalog.

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Angela Hughes, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice-President of Academic Affairs, University Parallel


Would you like to learn skills related to the financial accounts, human resources and customer service of an organization? The Business Career Community offers students the opportunity to earn degrees in a variety of fields such as accounting, entrepreneurship, management, hospitality and culinary arts.

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Deanne Michaelson
Business Career Community Coordinator
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture–Business
  • Business
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Hospitality Management
    • Management
  • Business Administration
  • Culinary Arts
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport and Leisure Management

Creative and Media Arts

Do you have creative impulses? The Creative and Media Arts Career Community is where your ideas are brought to life, on the screen and stage and where your hands, mind and voice work to entertain, inform and inspire in the fields of  music, theatre,  audio production engineering, video production technology, visual arts, web design, photography, and animation.

  • Art
  • Media Technologies
    • Animation
    • Audio Production Engineering
    • Design for Web and Print
    • Photography
    • Video Production Technology
    • Web Technology
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts
    • Design Tech
    • Performance


Have you ever wondered how you can make an impact on someone’s life for years to come? You can be a teacher! The Education Career Community offers you several options in early childhood education, K-12 licensure, and elementary education.

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Ellen Matheny
Education Career Community Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education K-5
  • Secondary Education English
  • Secondary Education Mathematics
  • Secondary Education Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education


Do you want to explore your academic and career options? If you haven’t decided on a major or career path yet, this community will help you explore your options, find the right fit for you and then transition into a specific career community.

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Joe Schmitz
Exploratory Career Community Coordinator

Keri Withington
Exploratory Career Community Coordinator
  • General Associate of Science
  • General Associate of Arts
Students working in a lab classroom at Pellissippi State

Health and Life Sciences

Are you a compassionate person who wants to help others? For students going directly into a career, this community leads to jobs like pharmacy technicians, opticians, medical office professionals and nurses.

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Nicole Hergott
Health and Life Sciences Career Community Coordinator
  • Agriculture-Animal Science
  • Agriculture-Plant and Soil Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Exercise Science
  • Healthcare Management
  • Imaging Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene
  • Pre Health Professions:
    • Dentistry
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Language and Communication

Have you ever noticed how essential communication is to every job? The Language and Communication Career Community focuses on specialties such as communication, public speaking, languages, literature, editing and critical thinking.

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Teresa Lopez
Language and Communication Career Community Coordinator
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Mass Communication

Social Sciences

Are you a curious person? Do people, politics, history or forensics interest you? The Social Sciences Career Community has focuses within business, law, counseling, teaching, civil litigation, public policy or service, social impact research, natural resource management, politics and law enforcement.

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Lisa Henderson
Social Sciences Career Community Coordinator
  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Technology, Engineering and Math

Are you looking for a career where you can be job-ready after one to two years of college coursework with salaries above the marketplace average? The most dynamic and coveted careers exist in computer and engineering technologies, engineering, computer science and math.

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Jeffrey Horner
Technology, Engineering, and Math Career Community Coordinator
  • Architectural Design Technology
  • Civil and Construction Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Technology
    • Cyber Defense
    • Networking
    • Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electromechanical Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • General Technology
  • Geosciences
  • Interior Design Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Water Quality Technology
  • Welding Technology