Pellissippi State handgun carry permit and self-defense classes emphasize personal safety

Pellissippi State Community College offers its popular Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit class this month at a special two-for-one price on May 19.

A $90 fee covers the class and range fee for any two students who register at the same time. The class is typically $67 per person. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously for the two-for-one rate to apply.

The class, offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services, covers basic knowledge of handgun parts and their functions, firearm operation, safety, cleaning and storage and the legal responsibilities of firearm owners. Students who successfully complete the eight-hour course can apply for a state carry permit.

Pellissippi State offers self-defense courses for women and teens starting in June at the Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses.

Women’s Basic Self-Defense is open to women and teens ages 12 and up. Participants learn how to use the whole body in self-defense maneuvers and quickly identify potential predators and common lures a predator may use.

Class dates and times are 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 9 and 16 at the Hardin Valley Campus, or 2-5 p.m., Sundays, July 8 and 15 at the Blount County Campus. Cost is $65.

Women’s Comprehensive Self-Defense is open to women and teens over age 14. Participants learn advanced self-protection skills geared specifically for women, especially how to escape from a potential predator.

Classes meet for the first two weeks with the Women’s Basic Self-Defense but continue an additional week after for the assault prevention component of the course. Class dates and times are 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 9-23, or 2-5 p.m., Sundays, July 8-22. Cost is $89.

Self-Defense classes for kids start July 9. For a complete list of classes, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

These courses are offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services, which offers workforce development, customized skills training and personalized, non-credit courses. For more information or to register for these courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for these courses, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.