Pellissippi State welcomes five female officeholders for Women’s History Month Event

Knoxville’s four city councilwomen and one of Knox County’s two female commissioners will speak at Pellissippi State Community College next week, and the public is invited to attend the free event.

The Women’s History Month Event, spearheaded by a Pellissippi State student, will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Community Room on the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill, who represents the 1st District, will join Knoxville City Councilwomen Stephanie Welch (1st District), Seema Singh-Perez (3rd District), Lauren Rider (4th District) and Gwen McKenzie (6th District) to talk about their individual journeys to success and answer questions from the audience.

“I believe this event will put women in a positive light,” said Detriedah Welsh, a Pellissippi State student who will graduate in May and continue her education at Tennessee State University. “It’s not every day we can meet our council members and commissioners. This is a great opportunity for Pellissippi State students and the community as well.”

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.  For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Rising country music star to perform free concert after manufacturing showcase at Pellissippi State

Courtney Cole in front of the ocean
Rising country music star Courtney Cole will perform a free concert April 10 on Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, as part of Country Music Television’s Empowering Education tour.

Those interested in careers in manufacturing have a chance to learn more about local job opportunities and catch a free concert at Pellissippi State Community College next month.

Pellissippi State is one of four Tennessee community colleges on Country Music Television’s Empowering Education tour featuring rising star Courtney Cole, a Belmont University graduate who has been named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.

A manufacturing showcase will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the lobby of Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus, followed by the free concert at 6 p.m. in the campus’ West Chevrolet Auditorium.

Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville. While the concert is free, tickets are required, as seating is limited.

“We want folks to come out, maybe who have never set foot on our campus, to learn more about the manufacturing careers available right here in our community as well as the manufacturing programs we offer at Pellissippi State,” said Blount County Campus Dean Holly Burkett.

The manufacturing showcase will highlight resources available to students to pursue the initial education and training required to break into a manufacturing career as well as resources available for those who wish to advance their careers with their existing employers, she noted.

Representatives of local companies – including DENSO, Newell Rubbermaid, Cherokee Millwright, Massey Electric, ICC International and Arconic – will be on hand to answer questions, as will representatives from Pellissippi State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville, which will inhabit a portion of the new Blount County Workforce Development Center planned for Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus.

The 62,000-square-foot Workforce Development Center, which the college plans to break ground on in December, will include a Smart Factory MegaLab; a Corporate Training Center for training the employees of the college’s more than 30 employer partners; and Pellissippi State programming for computer information technology, culinary arts, industrial maintenance, mechanical engineering technology, and robotics and industrial automation. Meanwhile, TCAT Knoxville will offer machine tool technology, pipe fitting, industrial electrical maintenance and welding and a variety of healthcare programming.

“My excitement is that not only will Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus be able to offer associate degrees, but also these technical trades that the Blount County community needs,” Burkett said, referencing the 5,500 new jobs Blount Partnership has announced since 2011. “Many times our Tennessee Promise scholarship students come to college because they know it’s a great opportunity, but they don’t know what they want to do. Now they can choose to pursue a program that will transfer to a four-year institution or go with one of our many career programs that prepares them to enter the workforce as soon as possible. It’s a total win-win.”

CMT joined forces with TBR – The College System of Tennessee – for the Empowering Education tour in an effort to increase the number of work-ready residents in the state. Those who attend the concert after the manufacturing showcase will hear success stories from two Pellissippi State students and two TCAT Knoxville students as well as from the artist, who is a vocal advocate for education.

“As someone who graduated from college in Tennessee, I am thrilled to be working with CMT and TBR to spread the message of the potential education has to change your life,” said Cole, who has opened for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett. “I can’t wait to tour the state, put on a really fun show and encourage people to follow their dreams.”

CMT Empowering Education’s goal is to connect Tennesseans with ways to further their education and develop their skills in order to achieve their dreams. It also supports the state’s “Drive to 55” mission to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-high-school degree or certificate to 55 percent of the state’s population by 2025. Achieving that goal will require 800,000 more Tennesseans getting the training and skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.eduFor more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Aerialists, acrobats and other circus artists bring amazing feats to Pellissippi State

Two aerialists and two acrobats perform at Pellissippi State in 2016
Performers with Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio entertain audiences at Pellissippi State during the annual Circus Extravaganza in 2016.

Knoxville’s own Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio brings its 8th Annual Circus Extravaganza to Pellissippi State Community College next week in a show designed to appeal to all ages.

Titled “Dominion” this year, the Circus Extravaganza will include about 40 performers – a mix of professionals, teachers and students – entertaining audiences through aerial arts, acrobatics, stilt walking and more.

“People love the shows,” said Jake Weinstein, who is directing the Circus Extravaganza and is on the management team of Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio. “It’s very family-friendly, story-centered and thought-provoking. With spectacles, amazing feats and humor, there is something that appeals to everybody.”

Four shows will be offered this year at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23; and
  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. All proceeds benefit circus classes for at-risk youth.

“From the beginning, the Circus Extravaganza has supported our scholarship fund that helps at-risk youth and underserved groups attend circus classes and summer camps,” Weinstein said. “We also do circus work in the community.”

The Circus Extravaganza is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

For more information about Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, visit www.dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com or contact Weinstein at 203-843-7444 or dfaas11@gmail.com.

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Pellissippi State generates $253 million annual economic impact

Photo of Hardin Valley Campus in Fall 2018
Every single dollar of local revenue that comes into Pellissippi State generates an estimated annual return on investment of at least $5.94, comprised of $2.90 in local business volume, plus at least $3.04 in individual income.

Over the past five years, Pellissippi State Community College has pumped an average of $253 million per year into the local economy, according to a recently released study.

From 2013-2018, that amounts to about $1.3 billion in economic impact – the value of business volume, jobs and individual income in Knox and Blount counties that’s tied to Pellissippi State.

“I’m proud of Pellissippi State’s economic impact in our community, but we at the college place our emphasis on changing the lives of everyone who comes through our doors,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Our greatest impact comes from graduates who pursue their dreams and, in turn, give back to our community, too.”

Of the college’s $1.3 billion in total impact, the majority — $998 million — can be attributed to the infusion of new, non-local revenues such as state appropriations, grants, contracts and federal student financial aid revenues.

“This impact would likely not have occurred without the presence of Pellissippi State in the area,” said educational consultant Fred H. Martin, who conducted the study.

Every single dollar of local revenue that comes into Pellissippi State generates an estimated annual return on investment of at least $5.94, comprised of $2.90 in local business volume, plus at least $3.04 in individual income.

The report also studied what a degree from Pellissippi State might mean for a student. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, graduates with an associate degree can expect to earn about $470,800 more over their work lifetime than if they only had a high school diploma.

Four Pellissippi State students walking on the Hardin Valley Campus
According to the American Association of Community Colleges, graduates with an associate degree can expect to earn about $470,800 more over their work lifetime than if they only had a high school diploma.

For Pellissippi State’s 1,458 graduates in academic year 2017-2018, this means an additional $686 million in lifetime earnings and $2.8 million in additional annual tax payments, which benefit the economy.

Meanwhile, Pellissippi State’s business volume impact in the community amounted to about $619 million from 2013-2018. Of that total, $481 million came from non-local revenues.

Over that five-year period, Pellissippi State’s expenditures created and sustained an estimated 42,675 jobs as well. More than 32,700 of those were created by external or new funds. The college itself employed 2,858 full-time employees from 2013-2018.

The total impact of Pellissippi State’s expenditures on personal income in the area amounts to about $648 million over the past five years, including $517 million from new or external funds.

Read the 31st annual analysis of Pellissippi State’s economic impact in Knox and Blount counties here. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Audition-based Honors Recital gives Pellissippi State students chance to shine

Pellissippi State Community College students who complement their studies through private music instruction will have a chance to share their work with the community at the college’s Honors Recital.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“The Honors Recital highlights students who are (receiving) private instruction in voice or an instrument,” explained Associate Professor Peggy Hinkle, who serves as music program coordinator for Pellissippi State.

Students had to audition for the Honors Recital, she noted. Four music professionals from the community served as judges and selected 16 performers for the Honors Recital – vocalists, pianists, and musicians playing trumpet, guitar, marimba, bass clarinet and trombone.

The Honors Recital is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well as the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State offers free lifelong learning classes on Second Saturdays

What do opening a restaurant, playing the mandolin and using a 3-D printer have in common?

These are among the skills you can learn in just one day at Pellissippi State Community College’s Second Saturday Lifelong Learning at Magnolia.

On second Saturdays this spring, Pellissippi State Business and Community Services will offer a selection of popular lifelong learning classes at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., as part of Pellissippi State’s Weekend College.

All of the March classes offered are free, but you must register in advance to secure your space.

“These noncredit classes provide a mix of small business seminars, hobby classes and professional development courses,” said Teri Brahams, executive director of Business and Community Services. “We’re excited to offer these classes on weekends for those who can’t attend during the week.”

Second Saturday classes scheduled for March 9 include:

  • Thinking of Opening a Restaurant?: Learn the proper steps for setting up the business entity, working through regulations, comparing and selecting vendors, conducting a grand opening and hiring the right staff. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Introduction to 3-D Printing: Gain knowledge of the basics of 3-D printing and how you can start using this process to make your own custom creations. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Managing Change: Understand how to build the need for change, overcome concerns of those resistant to change, recognize why some organizations resist change and take actions during change to ensure a positive outcome. 9-11 a.m. Free.
  • Quick Pickin’ Mandolin for the Beginner: Watch as WDVX Blue Plate Special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner method for mandolin that requires no musical experience or note-reading. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Lifelong learning classes are noncredit continuing education courses. Course registration is required either online at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167.

To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State’s Winter Choral Concert welcomes Clinton High School Advanced Choir as special guests

Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys conducts Pellissippi State choral students during the Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 18, 2018.
Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys conducts Pellissippi State choral students during the Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 18, 2018.

More than 115 college and high school students will have an opportunity to show off their vocal talent this week in Pellissippi State Community College’s Winter Choral Concert.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

This year’s Winter Choral Concert will feature three choirs: Pellissippi State’s Variations and Concert Chorale as well as special guests, the Clinton High School Advanced Choir.

“This concert is a wonderful opportunity to share our stage with a local high school choir,” said Pellissippi State Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys, noting the college has a couple of Clinton High School alumni in its music program. “This is a great way for high school students to get know about our music program here, and it also provides a really great performance venue for them.”

The Winter Choral Concert will feature music from a wide variety of genres, Humphreys noted – from classical to contemporary, from sacred to secular. Pellissippi State students will sing selections in English, Italian and Latin, Humphreys added, while Clinton High School students, led by Choral Director McCall Bohanan, will perform a piece based off a traditional Sioux Indian chant.

The Winter Choral Concert is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Annual exhibition gives Pellissippi State photography students a chance to shine

Photo of a student in a black hoodie on a city street
This photo, taken by Pellissippi State student Nathanial Dault, is one of the images that will be on display Feb. 25-March 15 in the Annual Photography Student Exhibition on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Photography students at Pellissippi State Community College will have an opportunity to show some of their best images in an exhibition Feb. 25-March 15.

The Annual Photography Student Exhibition, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

“For a lot of our students, they’ve never been in a show in a gallery, so this gives them that experience,” said Professor Kurt Eslick, who will be curating the images for the exhibition with Associate Professor Ronald Goodrich, the program coordinator for Photography at Pellissippi State. “It’s a chance for them and their families to see their work on the wall. I love seeing families being very proud of their kids for having a picture in a gallery. It reminds you of what a big deal it is to have your work shown.”

The exhibition is open to any Pellissippi State student who has taken or is currently enrolled in Photography 2.

“There is no theme, but the exhibition is comprised of images that the students are really proud of,” Eslick explained, noting the show is not a competition. “This show lets us tell our students in a different way how proud we are of them, and it also lets the community know we’re proud of these photographs and of the people who took them.”

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

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Explore your genealogy at free workshop at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus

Members of the community who want to learn how to pursue their genealogy have a unique opportunity this week, as Pellissippi State Community College offers a free workshop on its Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The event, led by community members Alice Greene and Harold Hicks, will be held noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Magnolia Avenue Campus Room 123, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Greene, who was born in Washington, D.C., learned about her maternal family from her mother and at family reunions beginning in 1962. She completed her first family pedigree chart in 1987 and disseminated it to family members. Since then she has researched her family history in Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and in the largest genealogy library in the world, which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. She plans to write a book on her family research.

Hicks has researched his family since the early 1980s. He became interested in researching his family’s past after listening to his second cousin share family history as relayed to her from her grandmother. Hicks discovered that his family’s roots date to 1824, starting with his great-grandfather on a Lynchburg, Va., plantation. The Hicks family later traveled through Baltimore, Md., and Newport, Rhode Island. Hicks’ research has uncovered more than 3,800 relatives.

While the genealogy workshop is free, space is limited. Call the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 865-329-3100 to reserve a space. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

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Pellissippi State welcomes Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra, guest artist Jamie Simmons

The 20-member Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra returns to Pellissippi State Community College next week in a free concert that is open to the public.

The performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, is part of the The Arts at Pellissippi State and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is part of the educational arm of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and has been directed by Tom Lundberg, Pellissippi State’s brass instructor, for the past eight years. Open to high school-aged musicians, the auditioned ensemble rehearses once a week and performs eight to 10 concerts during the school year throughout the area.

“This year the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is excited to appear with guest artist Jamie Simmons,” said Lundberg. “Mr. Simmons is a trumpeter, composer and arranger who will join the band on several selections. The program will consist of jazz standards, music from the Great American Songbook, contemporary popular and original compositions.”

Simmons, who serves as director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, is appearing with the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra through the generous support of an anonymous Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra donor, Lundberg added.

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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