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Student leaders visit with Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Three Pellissippi State student government leaders spent July 2 with Secretary of State Tre Hargett at the annual College Civic Engagement Luncheon in Nashville. Student Government Association President Morgan Johnson, Vice President Joseph Collette and Secretary Victoria Crooks traveled to the annual meeting to discuss with Hargett the importance of… Read More »Student leaders visit with Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, second from left, celebrates Pellissippi State winning the 2023 college voter registration drive for two-year schools on Nov. 8, 2023.

Pellissippi State wins statewide voter registration drive competition

Pellissippi State Community College registered more voters during September’s college voter registration drive than any other community college in Tennessee.  The college’s Student Engagement and Leadership office held voter drives on each of Pellissippi State’s four campuses the week of Sept. 14-21 and registered 264 new voters.  “Tennessee and our… Read More »Pellissippi State wins statewide voter registration drive competition

Headshot of Maria Ortiz Quinones, Student Activities Board president for 2023-2024

Student Activities Board president ‘found a family’ at Pellissippi State

From refugee to president of the Student Activities Board, Maria Ortiz Quinones is a walking reminder of how Pellissippi State Community College is changing lives.  “When I came here as a refugee eight years ago, I was having a hard time with the culture, the language and everything you need… Read More »Student Activities Board president ‘found a family’ at Pellissippi State

Peyton Pettyjohn in cap and gown at Commencement

Graduate finds college ‘family’ by getting involved in student clubs

Despite starting out in the tumultuous, mid-pandemic semester of fall 2021, Pellissippi State graduate Peyton Pettyjohn made connections and wore many hats within the College, including serving as president of the Student Activities Board, vice president of the Student Government Association and as a worker in Student Engagement and Leadership. Peyton was… Read More »Graduate finds college ‘family’ by getting involved in student clubs

Fatima in cap and gown

International student cultivates sense of belonging by working with students

Fatima Alhaj Salameh didn’t know anyone in the United States upon arriving in 2019, but she knew she had a strong desire to go to college. “Education is what makes me feel the most happy and most alive, and I always want to develop myself and keep going,” Fatima explains. … Read More »International student cultivates sense of belonging by working with students