Pellissippi State Community College wants to help Virginia College students displaced by that institution’s closing.
Education Corporation of America campuses including Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Ecotech Institute, Golf Academy of America and Virginia College will discontinue operations in December 2018, according to the ECA website.
“We understand this can feel like an insurmountable setback to Virginia College students, and we invite them to contact us to see if one of our career programs or transfer programs are right for them,” said Leigh Anne Touzeau, assistant vice president for Enrollment Services.
Pellissippi State’s 14 career programs result in associate degrees that prepare students to enter the workforce in high-demand, competitive fields including computer information technology, electrical engineering technology, engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and media technologies.
Pellissippi State also offers transfer programs that allow students to get started in their field of choice, earn an associate degree and then transfer seamlessly to a four-year institution.
A full list of Pellissippi State programs is available at www.pstcc.edu/catalog.
Virginia College students may be eligible for Tennessee Reconnect, Touzeau added. This last-dollar scholarship for adults covers college tuition and mandatory fees that aren’t paid for through other state and federal financial aid.
Adult learners qualify for Tennessee Reconnect if they:
- Do not have an associate or bachelor degree;
- Have been a Tennessee resident since Aug. 1, 2017;
- Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA;
- Are designated as an “independent” on the FAFSA;
- Attend and complete courses at least as a part-time student, taking a minimum of six credit hours per semester; and
- Complete the TN Reconnect application at www.tnreconnect.gov.
“Our goal here at Pellissippi State is to help students start strong, stay strong and finish strong,” Touzeau said. “We know this is a scary time for Virginia College students, and we would love to help them continue their educational journey.”
The Admissions office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.