SkillsUSA national Silver medalists from Pellissippi State include, from left, Elijah Ray, Ian Johnson and Thomas Wilhite. Not pictured is fellow Silver medalist Channing Mendez.

Pellissippi State students win Silver medals in national SkillsUSA competition

Four Pellissippi State Community College students brought home Silver medals in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last month, the second year in a row the college has had teams finish in the top three on the national stage.  The team of Ian Johnson and Channing Mendez brought home… Read More »Pellissippi State students win Silver medals in national SkillsUSA competition

students posing with strong arms

Tennessee Reconnect now covers 23 year olds

People who are 23 years old are now eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect scholarship if they have not previously earned a college degree. This is regardless of their dependency status on federal income tax forms.  Similar to Tennessee Promise for college freshmen who are coming straight to higher education from… Read More »Tennessee Reconnect now covers 23 year olds

Tim Dabney and his stepkids Lexi and Zane Douglas at spring 2022 commencement

Three family members graduate from Pellissippi State together

Jennifer Dabney of Maryville had three good reasons to be at Pellissippi State Community College’s spring 2022 Commencement: her husband, her daughter and her son.  Tim Dabney, 41, and his stepchildren Lexi Douglas, 24, and Zane Douglas, 22, earned their associate degrees at Pellissippi State, walking across the stage May… Read More »Three family members graduate from Pellissippi State together

Nursing graduate learns English on way to new career

“I was somebody in my country. When I moved here, I was nobody.”  That’s what it felt like to Tserendejid Batsaikhan when she arrived in the United States from her native Mongolia eight years ago. Although she had a degree in radio communications engineering, Batsaikhan did not speak English and… Read More »Nursing graduate learns English on way to new career

Pellissippi State students welding

Explore two-year career programs at Pellissippi State event April 9

Prospective students of all ages are invited to explore in-demand occupations at Pellissippi State Community College’s Career Program Showcase.  The free event will be held 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville.  Pellissippi State offers 28 career programs designed to get… Read More »Explore two-year career programs at Pellissippi State event April 9

Christy Pittman smiles for selfie on stage at Commencement

Graduate spotlight: Degree takes salon owner from nail design to interior design

Christy Pittman can still remember the scent of her Daddy’s woodshop when she was young.  “I’ve always loved the smell of sawdust, woodsmoke, paint and varnish,” remembers Pittman, now 53 and a grandmother of three. “That is where my love of design began.”  Now, after 20 years as a nail… Read More »Graduate spotlight: Degree takes salon owner from nail design to interior design

Nick Galloway at work at the Maryville Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

Graduate spotlight: Galloway obtains industry certification before graduation

In the span of three months in early 2019, Nick Galloway lost his livelihood and his father.  “I was looking for a new career after working for the family business since I was 6,” remembers Nick, who was 38 at the time. “It was abrupt, but I have two children.… Read More »Graduate spotlight: Galloway obtains industry certification before graduation