Pellissippi State holds Adult Learner Open House

If you are an adult who is thinking about going to college, Pellissippi State Community College is holding an event April 21 just for you. At the college’s Adult Learner Open House, you’ll learn about Tennessee Reconnect, the last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees for qualified adult students. You will also learn more about what Pellissippi State offers, including the academic programs and support services to help you get to graduation.

The open house will be held Saturday, April 21, 9 – 11:30 a.m., in the College Center in the Goins Administration Building on the Hardin Valley Campus. To register, go to www.pstcc.edu/reconnect or call 865.694.6400.

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 holds presentation and discussion on U.S. national debt

Find out how the national debt affects us now and in the future during a presentation by economic educator Millicent Taylor. “Our Deficit, Our National Debt and the Consequences for all of Us” will be held April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Taylor, who earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, is currently an adjunct at Pellissippi State. She has worked as an international economist in Washington D.C. and has held faculty positions in the School of Business at Carson-Newman University and Colorado State University.

Taylor will talk about the U.S. budget and its differences from the U.S. national debt. She will also cover how the U.S. Treasury borrows money, the size of the debt and whom we owe, how the debt affects other government agencies and how a high national debt threatens our society, economy and government.

The presentation will deal with facts and commonly accepted financial and economic principles. Discussion will be limited to non-partisan topics.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865.694.6400. To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Pellissippi State hosts Board of Education candidate forum

The public is invited to attend a free forum featuring candidates to fill the 1st District seat on the Knox County Board of Education. The forum will be held March 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Community Room on Pellissippi State Community College’s Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E Magnolia Ave.

Candidates Andre Canty, Dametraus Jaggers and Evetty Satterfield are scheduled to participate. Mark Mellinger, an anchor and reporter for WATE, will moderate the discussion. Audience members may ask the candidates questions, following forum rules.

The forum is sponsored by Pellissippi State, the League of Women Voters, the Alpha Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals. The event is open to the public.

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.

Vendors needed for Pellissippi State’s Black Business Expo

Pellissippi State Community College is looking for vendors to participate in its April 7 Black Business Expo. All black-owned businesses, non-profits and creatives in the Knoxville area are invited to register. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Avenue Ave.

The participation fee is $50 for a for-profit business, $25 for non-profits and $10 for a student-owned business. All proceeds benefit the college’s student Business Success Club.

Businesses can reserve a spot at www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The deadline to register is March 16. For more information, contact Jessica Dean at jndean1@pstcc.edu or 865-329-3135.

Pellissippi State holds Financial Literacy Fair

Do you have problems managing your money? Is “budgeting” just a lofty goal? Attend Pellissippi State Community College’s fourth annual Financial Literacy Fair and learn how to get your finances back on track.

The Muggles Guide to Money Management is the theme for this year’s event, which includes a fair at each of the college’s five campuses during March. The fairs are free and open to the public. They will provide resources to help you establish good money-saving habits, find ways to save money and be sustainable, and make the most of your money.

A Financial Literacy Fair will be held at the Division Street Campus on March 20, the Hardin Valley Campus on March 21, the Strawberry Plains Campus on March 22, the Blount County Campus on March 27 and the Magnolia Avenue Campus on March 28. All fairs are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., except the Hardin Valley Campus, which is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Hardin Valley Campus fair will also offer several 25-minute mini-sessions for you to learn about financial literacy in more detail from a Regions Bank representative. Those are every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 5 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium.

The college’s Financial Aid office and Student Life are sponsors of the Financial Literacy Fair. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PSCCFinancialAid. To request accommodations for a disability at one of these events, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu

Regions Foundation gives to Pellissippi State Foundation

regions foundation presenting check to pellissippi state
(L-R) Aneisa Rolan, Pellissippi State Foundation; L. Anthony Wise Jr., president, Pellissippi State; Marilyn Roddy, Pellissippi State Foundation; Chris Parrott, Regions, Rob Stivers, Regions; Bryan Harper, Regions; and Kevin Crateau, Regions, gather for the check presentation from Regions Foundation.

 

Regions Foundation has given $15,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation to use in support of science and math education at Pellissippi State Community College. The college is making plans to expand its facilities and offerings in these disciplines.

“Regions is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate, not only monetarily, but with our time and educational resources,” said Kevin Crateau, Regions East Tennessee marketing director. “Hardin Valley is a large growth area in this market where we want to be involved. This is a great opportunity for us to support Pellissippi State, the surrounding Hardin Valley market and education in the East Tennessee region.”

“We are very appreciative of this gift from Regions Foundation,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our science and math students will certainly benefit from their generosity, but so will the community as our students become better prepared to enter the workforce.”

Pellissippi State pledges to expand entrepreneurship and economic growth

Group of males holding a signed entrepreneurship document
(L-R) Terrance Carter, Knoxville Area Urban League; Jim Biggs, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center; Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State; Cliff Claudill, Greater Score of Knoxville; Bruce Hayes, TSBDC; and Doug Minter, Knoxville Chamber, celebrate signing the entrepreneurship pledge.

 

Pellissippi State Community College has joined community colleges across the country this week in signing a formal pledge to increase its focus on entrepreneurship and its economic impact on the community.

The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship spearheaded the nationwide pledge. NACCE is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs and business development professionals focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.

Among other things, Pellissippi State pledges to create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship and to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement with the college.

Pellissippi State supports entrepreneurship, in part, through the efforts of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, an affiliation of the college. They collaborate to offer training opportunities and workforce development in Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties.

“Our college has always been entrepreneurial in spirit, in our support for the growth of the local economy and workforce, and also in our work with students,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State. “Our partnership with NACCE reaffirms that commitment to develop the people, the businesses and the resources of our region.”

In 2017, Pellissippi State’s TSBDC served 364 clients, helped 33 new businesses start up, created 111 new jobs and retained 233 jobs. The firms that TSBDC aided went on to create more than $47.8 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

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

Pellissippi State hosts debate competition

Members of the Debate Team with their Advisor Shaquille Marsh
Members of the Debate Team with their Advisor Shaquille Marsh (red shirt)

 

Pellissippi State Community College will host a debate competition for area colleges Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the McWherter Building on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
 
There will be two divisions in the competition-the novice and the open-and 22 awards will be given out to teams and individuals with the best scores. Pellissippi State has formed a team only recently, but has already received several top awards in previous competitions. Last October, Pellissippi State’s team took home the Top Community College Award for the National Parliamentary Debate Association Competition.
 
Other participating colleges include Walters State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Tusculum College and Appalachian State University.
 
The debate competition is open to everyone. 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 presentations on universal design in education

Headshot of Sheryl Burgstahler
Sheryl Burgstahler

Pellissippi State Community College’s Universal Pathways to Employment Project will host two presentations for those who work with or teach individuals with disabilities. Sheryl Burgstahler, the founder of two renowned centers that promote access and technology, will speak Friday, March 2, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Burgstahler will give two presentations: “How to Create an Inclusive Campus” at 10 a.m. and “How to Make Your Course Welcoming and Accessible to all Students” at 11:15 a.m.

Both events are free and open to the community and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds degrees in mathematics, education and administration of higher education. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, opportunities, internetworking and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. These two centers promote the use of assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in education and careers. They also promote the development of facilities, computer labs, software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodations for a disability at one of these classes, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu. UPEP is funded by a grant from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.

Pellissippi State hosts Ron McCurdy for multimedia jazz concert

Pellissippi State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies will host a performance of “The Langston Hughes Project” by Ron McCurdy on Feb. 22.

The free concert begins at 11 a.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ jazz poem suite “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The concert incorporates many musical styles including blues, gospel, progressive jazz and more. The “Langston Hughes Project” is designed to inspire people to become more curious about their past and to understand how to live, work and play together.

McCurdy is a professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Prior to his professorship at USC, he served as director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at USC and as a professor of music and chair of the Afro-African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

For more information about TnCIS, visit www.tncis.org or call 865-539-7280. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.