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Workforce and Community Development

Workforce and Community Development

The Pellissippi State Workforce and Community Development office offers noncredit, lifelong learning classes and workforce development training in East Tennessee. Classes are open to the public and cover everything from professional training to self-improvement to personal hobbies.



Spend your training dollars wisely by investing in what you need, when you need it! Pellissippi State’s Workforce and Community Development is your one-stop provider for training, offering an array of creative workplace solutions that generate real results. Take advantage of our years of educational expertise to advance your employees, your company and your business.

Upcoming Classes

We offer a variety of classes throughout the year, including supervision and leadership development, Excel, Quickbooks, welding, NFPA 70E, FANUC robotics and more. If you need a class not currently listed in our schedule, let us know! Private and customized classes can be scheduled by request.

For more information, contact Tim Wilson at or 865.694.6666.


We offer a variety of noncredit online certificates and classes to help you grow personally and professionally while on a flexible schedule. There are hundreds of options to choose from with our web-based educational training partners Ed2Go, ProTrain and UGotClass. Browse the certificate and class options listed below based on your needs and interests. If there’s a class or topic you can’t find, call us at 865.539.7167 and we’ll help you locate what you’re looking for. 

As you browse class options, each class has a details page listing the syllabus, computer and software requirements and instructor information. Most online classes are instructor-led, allowing you to learn on a structured six-week schedule with instructor moderation and a discussion board, while some classes offer a longer self-paced completion option. With both class structures, there is not a set day or time that you must login to meet with the instructor or other students in the class. You are able to log into the classroom and participate any time of day or evening. 

Whether you want to take a class just for fun, develop your skills or explore a possible career change, our wide range of personal enrichment and career exploration classes can help you meet your goals. Take a class on sign language, writing fiction, SAT/ACT exam prep, medical coding and transcription, stock investments, career exploration in veterinary science and hospitality, business operations and more! 

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Choose from a variety of noncredit certificates in the areas of business, communication, human resources, management, marketing, technology and more. Classes are typically four to six weeks in length, while full certificate programs can take three to four months to complete. Certificate programs start once each quarter. 
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Complete a self-paced online training to obtain or renew your license or certification. Contractors may apply for a Limited License with a BC-A/r classification, which restricts residential contractors to building in the amount of $125,000 or less. 
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Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with online classes designed specifically for teachers. Class topics include solving classroom discipline problems, enhancing language development, empowering students with disabilities, integrating technology in the classroom, RTI reading and writing strategies, teaching math and more. 
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Whether you’re new to IT or just want to update your skills, we offer a variety of online classes and certificate programs to meet your needs. Find a class or certificate program in programming, database design, information security, software development, networking or graphic design. 
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The Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Knoxville, hosted by Pellissippi State, serves seven counties in East Tennessee. The TSBDC provides small business start-up services but not limited to business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital and social media guidance.

For more information, visit or call 865-246-2663.


Pellissippi State Community College offers state-of-the-art facilities and event services to the public through Workforce and Community Development.

Facilities include the 495-seat Clayton Performing Arts Center, a 150-seat auditorium, a 40-seat executive seminar room, classrooms and many other spaces suitable for speaker events, private and public forums, meetings and lunch/dinner events. Pellissippi State provides easy access to audiovisual equipment, technical support and food service as well as free, ample parking.

Facilities are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call 865.539.7167 or email to request an application. A completed application must be submitted and approved to reserve space.


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 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. Camps are sponsored and hosted by the GIVE Grant, which focuses on increasing awareness of and participation in advanced manufacturing and construction-related careers.  

Full list of upcoming camps

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. 

For more information, visit the ASM Materials Camp registration page.

Contact Us

Workforce and Community Development 
Fax: 865.694.6583 
Hours of Operation: 
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
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