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James Lombard III in cap and gown.

Veteran finds Pellissippi State to be a perfect fit

James Lombard III has the whole college thing figured out, but that epiphany didn’t happen instantly. He went to Eastern Michigan University right after graduating high school in Detroit, but “I didn’t know why I was there,” he explains. James tried again after he left the Navy, that time at the University of Tennessee. After a couple of years there, however, he still wasn’t sure what college really had to offer… Read More »Veteran finds Pellissippi State to be a perfect fit

Nicki Spurling at graduation

Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Nicki Spurling transferred her job from Georgia to Tennessee to be with her husband. After a few years, however, she felt she’d been putting her education on the back burner for too long, and it was time to go back to school. “I really want to do it,” she told her husband, who… Read More »Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Evaughn Barnett in cap and gown

Hope for a brighter future brings Barnett to Pellissippi State from Jamaica

Evaughn Barnett was going to college in his home country of Jamaica, “but the future wasn’t looking too bright,” he says. The opportunity wasn’t there like it is in the United States, Evaughn explains, so he wanted to make a move. He contacted his godfather in Knoxville for some guidance.… Read More »Hope for a brighter future brings Barnett to Pellissippi State from Jamaica

Tina King in cap and gown

King’s pursuit of management degree helps her move up the ladder at TDOT

After sending her daughter off to college in 2014, Tina King started having her own aspirations to return to school.  “Why not? I didn’t get to finish college when I first started in 1993, so I think I’ll give it a shot,” Tina recalls.  A longtime employee of the Tennessee… Read More »King’s pursuit of management degree helps her move up the ladder at TDOT

Canned food on shelves of Pellissippi State's new walk-in pantry, fall 2022

Pellissippi State collects most items in statewide food drive, adds toiletries and baby care products

Pellissippi State Community College collected more items for its food pantry than any other community college or technical college in Tennessee for the fourth consecutive year.  Pellissippi State collected the equivalent of 47,788 items in the Tennessee Board of Regents Annual Food Drive Challenge that ended this month. This almost… Read More »Pellissippi State collects most items in statewide food drive, adds toiletries and baby care products

Keegan Rouland in cap and gown

Stay Strong Success Center helps Rouland get back on track to graduation

Keegan Rouland comes from a long line of college graduates, so it was important for him to live up to that legacy. His first step toward that goal was to enroll at Pellissippi State. Fortunately, he already had family on his side. His stepfather is a Pellissippi State graduate and… Read More »Stay Strong Success Center helps Rouland get back on track to graduation

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

Brandon Ball in cap and gown - December 2022

U.S. Army veteran finds strong support system at Pellissippi State

Brandon Ball, a veteran of the U.S. Army, enrolled in college right out of high school, but put his academic journey on hold to help financially support his family after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After serving in the military for four years, Brandon applied to Pellissippi State… Read More »U.S. Army veteran finds strong support system at Pellissippi State