Pellissippi State to host Cuban literacy campaign speaker

Pellissippi State Community College will host Griselda Aguilera Cabrera for three events on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Cabrera will give three presentations: two eight-minute showings of the documentary film “Maestra” at 8:35 a.m. and 9:40 a.m., followed respectively by a Spanish-only presentation and an English-interpreted Spanish presentation. Cabrera also will host a full-length, 35-minute showing of “Maestra” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Cabrera will be accompanied by Catherine Murphy, the director of “Maestra.”

All events will be in the Community Room on the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Cabrera was featured in the movie “Maestra,” a documentary film about the Cuban literacy campaign that virtually ended adult illiteracy in 1961. Only seven years old, Cabrera was one of the youngest volunteers in that campaign. Now retired from her career as an educator, she is involved in the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, participating in workshops and activities concerning homophobia, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, racial discrimination and domestic violence.

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

Pellissippi State hosts Bob Booker for African American Read-In Week

Pellissippi State Community College will celebrate African American literature during a read-in week Feb. 12-16 at each of its campuses.

Local historian Robert J. “Bob” Booker will discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville during a special presentation at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in the Magnolia Avenue Campus community room. The presentation is free to attend and open to the community.

Booker is a prominent Civil Rights activist who organized downtown Knoxville sit-ins as a student. He was the first African American elected to the Tennessee state legislature from Knoxville in the twentieth century and was instrumental in establishing the Beck Cultural Center. He is currently a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist and the author of the recently-published “An Encyclopedia: Experiences of Black People in Knoxville, Tennessee 1844-1974.”

At all five Pellissippi State campuses, students and employees will share their favorite texts by African American authors during read-ins — essentially a collection of marathon reading events:

  • Blount County Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14, lobby
  • Division Street Campus — 9:40 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 15, lobby
  • Hardin Valley Campus — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Goins Building rotunda
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus — 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 12, lobby
  • Strawberry Plains Campus — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 13, lobby

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

Pellissippi State offers free ‘lifelong learning’ classes at Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to take part in free lifelong learning classes this spring at Weekend College at the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

Lifelong learning classes are non-credit continuing education courses. Although the classes are free, registration is required at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or by calling 865-539-7167. New classes are available each Saturday from Jan. 27 to April 7.

January

  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing — 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 27. Artist and instructor Jordan Byrd will demonstrate how she creates pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs, using a wax-resist dye/etching technique on eggshells.

February

  • Handgun Safety — 9:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 3. State handgun certified officers teach basic handgun safety and how to choose the best handgun to fit your needs.
  • Social Media Marketing Bootcamp for Small Business — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 10.
  • Identified Flying Objects: Drones — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 17. FAA-certified pilot Cole Hood discusses how to develop and improve your drone flight skills.
  • Welcome to Beginner Mandolin — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. WDVX Blue Plate special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner class that requires no musical experience.
  • Welcome to Basket Making — 9-11:30 a.m., Feb. 24. Appalachian artist Sheri Burns demonstrates an easy basket for beginners.

March

  • Leadership Skills for the 21st Century — 9-11:30 a.m., March 3. Leadership coach Jeff Rowe will introduce key leadership concepts to help you build your business.
  • Resume Workshop — 9:30-11 a.m., March 3. Begin or improve a resume with professional guidance.
  • Welcome to Beginner Dulcimer — 9-11:30 a.m., March 24. Instructor Rudy Ryan plays the dulcimer, answers questions and demonstrates basic techniques.

April

  • Beginner Cyber Security — 9-11:30 a.m., April 7. Learn basic techniques to keep your personal computer secure, create strong passwords and avoid common phishing scams.

 

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/weekend or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State launches Weekend College

Pellissippi State Community College — extending its outreach to adult and nontraditional college students — will launch a Weekend College starting with the spring 2018 semester.

Weekend College will include credit courses and free non-credit classes. Registration for spring credit classes opens Oct. 30.

“This semester, Pellissippi State paved the way for adult students to come to college free of tuition, but we understand that finances are not the only hindrance to adults enrolling in college,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “For adults and working students, traditional class times simply do not fit the bill.”

Weekend College is part of Pellissippi State’s ongoing outreach to adult students, which includes the launch of Reconnect Now this fall. Reconnect Now is a last-dollar scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for qualified adults. Students who participate in the program at Pellissippi State this year may roll into the Tennessee Reconnect program when it launches in fall 2018.

“Weekend College opens the doors to more adult and nontraditional students. Saturday classes will make earning a college degree from Pellissippi State easier than ever,” Wise said.

All Weekend College classes will be offered at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Weekend College will launch with general education and other courses, from English Composition and Survey of Math Principles to General Psychology, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and Social Welfare. Through weekend-only classes, students can earn a general transfer degree or an associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Accounting, Business Administration or Social Work.

This semester, Pellissippi State piloted free lifelong learning (non-credit) classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus, including options from Women’s Self Defense to Smart Cycling Traffic Skills, presented with the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation. This spring, the college will offer more free non-credit classes each Saturday.

For more information about Weekend College at Pellissippi State, call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Free, non-credit classes on Saturdays at Magnolia Avenue Campus

What are you doing this weekend?

Pellissippi State Community College is offering free, lifelong learning classes at its Magnolia Avenue Campus on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 30. These free classes are a precursor to an upcoming announcement for weekends at Pellissippi State.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus is located at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave. Registration is encouraged but not required. Students who preregister and then check in for any free class this fall will be entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift certificate to apply towards a future lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State. Register by calling 865.539.7167 or visiting www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

Join Smart Trips and log your green commute to Saturday classes for a chance to win two Regal Cinemas passes and a second $150 gift certificate to apply towards a lifelong learning class at Pellissippi State.

September classes:

  • Introduction to Women’s Basic Self-Defense, Sept. 30, 9-9:45 a.m., 9:50-10:35 a.m. and 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Appalachian Dulcimer, Sept. 30, 9 -11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Old-Time Banjo, Sept. 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. WDVX Blue Plate Special musician Anna Uptain showcases an easy beginner method that requires no musical experience or note-reading.
  • Introduction to Smart Trips and Cash for Commuters, presented by Smart Trips, Sept. 30, 9-9:20 a.m., 9:25-9:45 a.m. and 9:50-10:10 a.m.

October classes:

  • Leadership Skills: Motivating Employees, October 7, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Ukrainian Egg Dyeing, October 28, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101, presented by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation, October 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

November classes:

  • Excel Workshop, November 4, 9-11:30 a.m.

For more information about non-credit courses at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167. To request accommodations for a disability for one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State has record enrollment in fall 2017

Students in Courtyard

Pellissippi State Community College will see record enrollment this fall.

When classes begin August 28, approximately 11,571 students will walk onto Pellissippi State’s five campuses — which reflects an increase in enrollment of about 10.4 percent over the same day last year.

This fall, the college launched Reconnect Now, a last-dollar scholarship for qualified adult students that covers tuition and mandatory fees. About 2,706 students are eligible for Reconnect Now funding.

The college’s previous record high enrollment was 11,260 in 2011. Pellissippi State has been the largest community college in Tennessee since 2015.

“Our pilot of Reconnect Now has proven that adults in Tennessee have waited for an opportunity like this,” said Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. “Pellissippi State is proud to open the doors of education to everyone.”

Headcount enrollment is up at all five of Pellissippi State’s campuses in Knox and Blount counties, and is up almost 50 percent online.

“Covering the cost of tuition and fees does not meet all of the needs of adults with jobs, families and lives outside of school,” Wise said. “We have expanded the classes and programs we offer online, in the evenings and on weekends to fit adults’ schedules, and we’re pairing adult learners with support services like free child care for qualified single parents, credit for prior learning and even an academic fresh start if they’ve tried college before unsuccessfully.”

Pellissippi State’s Reconnect Now program will last through summer 2018. Next fall, qualified Reconnect Now students at Pellissippi State will transfer into the state’s Tennessee Reconnect scholarship program.

The official enrollment numbers for the semester will be determined and released on September 11.

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

Pellissippi State hosts open house spotlighting weekend classes

If you’re an adult interested in attending college, Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a Meet and Greet especially for you. The event will spotlight the college’s Reconnect Now free-tuition program, as well as the new Saturday courses and programs offered on the Magnolia Avenue Campus.

The open house will be from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8, at the college’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

Although the open house is free to attend, Pellissippi State asks attendees to register at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/marsvp/.

The Magnolia Avenue Campus will have special weekend class offerings to meet the busy schedule of adult students. This open house will give students an opportunity to meet and greet with professors and administrators. Students will find help enrolling and registering for classes at Pellissippi State, as well as learn more about the financial aid options available for adult students.

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

Explore genealogical research at Pellissippi State

Explore genealogical research with free community events at Pellissippi State Community College.

At the Magnolia Avenue Campus, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center’s Genealogy Society will hold workshops introducing participants to the detailed process of researching personal and familial genealogy Feb. 7, 10, 14, 17 and 21. There will be two workshops each day, 10:45 a.m. and 11:50 a.m., in room 122.

On Feb. 24, noted genealogist Tony Burroughs, the founder of the Center for Black Genealogy, will facilitate a longer genealogy workshop: “Help! I Can’t Find My Ancestors! Overcoming Challenges in Genealogy.” Burroughs will talk about the trials of family history research, how to create a family tree and the unique challenges for African-American researchers. His workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the community room.

Burroughs also will lead a culminating presentation on the importance of genealogical research at 5 p.m., Feb. 24 in the community room. The presentation will end with a question-and-answer session.

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

Pellissippi State honors veterans in Knox, Blount counties

Veterans_Boots

Pellissippi State will honor veterans and their service and sacrifice this week with events all five of its campuses.

Blount County Campus

Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. — William Blount High School Color Guard Flag Ceremony, First-Floor Lobby

Division Street Campus

Nov. 7-11 — Service Commemoration: Tribute to Veterans. Students are invited to sign a military seal that represents their service or the service of someone they know. The signed seals are to be grouped by branch of service on the wall.

Hardin Valley Campus

Nov. 7-11 — “Missing Man” Table Display & Veterans Photo Display, Goins Building Rotunda 

Nov. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. — Free Breakfast for Student, Faculty and Staff Veterans, Goins Building Cafeteria Annex

 Nov. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. — Live Streaming of Knoxville Veterans Day Parade, Goins Building College Center

 Nov. 11, 11 a.m. — Cake Reception with Speaker and Live Music, Goins Building College Center

Magnolia Avenue Campus

Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. — Luncheon for Veterans, Community Room

Strawberry Plains Campus

Nov. 11, 9 a.m. — Flags for Veterans. Students are invited to plant an American flag in honor of our veterans’ service. Flags will be placed in designated areas leading up to the campus.

Nov. 11, 11 a.m. — Flag Ceremony and Performance by Carter High School choir

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

Pellissippi State Announcements: Community invited to ‘Good Arguments’ event at Magnolia Avenue Campus

 

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to attend a presentation by Kenny E. Hawkins, sports director for News Channel 11 WJHL in Johnson City, about being able to understand and present good arguments. The free event will be held from 11 a.m.-noon, Nov. 7, in the community room at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue Campus. The event is sponsored by the Beyond the Common Book Club, which facilitates discussions about the college’s annual common reading for all freshmen students. This year’s Common Book is “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments,” by Ali Almossawi. Anyone interested in the career fields of journalism or communications are particularly encouraged to attend. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., at 865-329-3100.

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