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Youth Programs

Advanced Manufacturing & Construction Camps

Learn what it’s like to work in the fields of advanced manufacturing, engineering and construction! Our variety of camps offer local high school students the opportunity to meet industry professionals and learn about the types of skills are needed to succeed on the job. Students will develop a fundamental knowledge of application-based engineering and construction concepts by participating in hands-on projects. Click here to see a full list of upcoming camps.

Women in Manufacturing
Getting & Keeping a Job
Math for Everyday Employment
Future Builders Academy
Young Manufacturers Academy: Mechanical Engineering
Young Manufacturers Academy: Electrical Engineering

Camps are sponsored and hosted by the Blount County GIVE Grant, which focuses on increasing awareness of and participation in advanced manufacturing and construction-related careers. This is accomplished through working with Alcoa City, Maryville City and Blount County schools, along with industry partners and the Blount Partnership to expand career pathway programs, develop work-based learning opportunities (internships, apprenticeships, etc.) and increase access to industry recognized certifications and testing. To learn more, email Joy McCamey.

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Introduction to Aviation

Are you interested in a career in aviation? With career opportunities as a pilot, operations manager, engineer, maintenance and quality control technician, administrative personnel or in the armed forces, there is a path for any student with an interest in the industry. Pellissippi State offers a 15-week introduction to aviation class that satisfies the requirement of ground school and is designed to assist teens and young adults ages 16-20 with goals of becoming a professional pilot. Learn more about the Introduction to Aviation class.

Students in BCS courses for youth

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is recognized nationally on the first Friday of October every year. With a variety of events hosted in schools and companies across the country, Manufacturing Day helps show what modern manufacturing and careers in the industry look like. Each year Pellissippi State hosts a Manufacturing Day event featuring several local manufacturers. The manufacturers spend time speaking with area middle school, high school and college students about their company, how manufacturing impacts the community, future career opportunities and a showcase of the products that are made in East Tennessee.

More information about 2021 Manufacturing Day events will be available in the fall.

Experience the Megalab

Do you have a group or organization interested in summer camps or afterschool programs? We offer a variety of opportunities for student groups to experience the Megalab at the Pellissippi State Strawberry Plains Campus. Through hands-on activities, students can learn about 3D printing, coding, robotics, electronics, welding and more! Contact Andy Polnicki at 865.255.9510 or to learn more or to schedule student tours and program opportunities at the Megalab.

ASM Materials Camp

Pellissippi State, the University of Tennessee, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner each summer to host the ASM Materials Camp, exposing students to the field of materials science and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

This free week-long camp is designed for students entering grades 9-12, and offers hands-on experience using optical and scanning electron microscopes, mechanical testing and analytical equipment in the state-of-the-art labs at both Pellissippi State and the University of Tennessee. Throughout the week, students use the scientific process to learn how materials, specifically metals, react to different environments, including properties at various temperatures, bend and break point testing and more. The ASM Materials Summer Camp will return summer 2022. More information will be available next year.

Lifelong Learning Classes

Lifelong learning classes are a great opportunity to encourage creativity and spend quality time with family and friends. Age requirements vary by class, but most lifelong learning classes are open to ages 13+, including musical instruments, 3D printing, fly fishing and other arts and crafts classes. Learn more about our current lifelong learning classes and how to register.

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