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Pellissippi Pop-Ins

by Charles Higdon

During the summer, former and current Pellissippi State students can take their education to new heights by popping in to local companies.

Angela Pugh, the Development and Alumni Coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College in Hardin Valley, TN, announced that students on campus can participate in events known as pop-ins. In a pop-in, students come together and visit local companies during the summer to learn about the company’s job and purpose in the community.

This gives students the opportunity to further their education in their major and provide the community with information about Pellissippi. A representative from the campus’s enrollment services comes with the group to help them make an easy transition from school to the work force.

At the same time, the workers at the company, including parents of students, can learn about how they can help support the campus by being notified about events that support the Pellissippi Alumni Foundation.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Finals Studying Tips

It’s the “finals” countdown.

          Studying doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some tips to make studying simple, or even fun.

  • Study with friends – Get in a group and study together. Whether it’s friends from your class, or friends from different classes, getting together can make studying more fun. You can ask one another questions and help someone in a subject that you may be good at.
  • Go to tutoring – Ask your professor about any tutoring sessions you could attend. If another professor is holding a workshop, approach him and ask if you can join. Studying becomes a breeze when you have a professor available to ask questions to.
  • Study a little each day – It’s no use to cram the night before the test. By studying ten or fifteen minutes every day, you retain more information. Plus, you don’t have to stress about forgetting something from the night before.
  • Look over previous homework/quizzes/tests – Chances are, your professor will be pulling questions from what you’ve already done. Go over what you missed and make sure you understand why you missed it.

Sidanni Di Franco, 18, may be a freshman, but she’s no stranger to cramming for finals. “Usually, I just go unit by unit,” she said, “I look over tests and quizzes and stuff. I try not to do too much at once. It makes me tired.”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Pellissippi will begin new associate programs

Pellissippi President Anthony Wise Jr. met with Governor Bill Haslam on the Blount County campus Oct. 4 to discuss new associate programs.

The meeting was scheduled during Tennessee’s Manufacturing Week. Its purpose was to address the needs of advanced manufacturing in the greater Knoxville area and the educational resources the college could provide in order to better meet those needs.

“The governor really believes that there is a strong connection between education and workforce development. It’s one of the reasons he has invested so much in Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, and supporting higher education. We have to make sure citizens have the right kind of educational opportunities,” said Wise.

To that end the college opened two new associate degrees of Applied Sciences and has committed itself to the construction of new science facilities on its Blount County and Strawberry Plains campuses.

At the Strawberry Plains campus, in partnership with TCAT (Tennessee College of Applied Technology) a new 16-unit welding lab has been constructed. The facility offers a year-long diploma based program during the day, and Pellissippi offers its new associate program in welding at night.

The college has also created a new concentration within its computer science program offering an associate degree in cyber defense, which will be available on all campuses.

“Cyber security is critical for hospitals, banks, businesses, and educational institutions,” said Wise. “I would expect given the connectivity that we have going forward that cyber security is going to be a field of growth,” he went on to say.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

New building being planned for Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus

By Peyton Jollay

Pellissippi is planning a new building for its Hardin Valley Campus.

“We have just found out that we have a project on the TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents) capital project list for $27.2 million on this campus,” said College President Dr. Anthony Wise.

To meet completion costs, the college must raise 10 percent of the funds through the Pellissippi State Community College Foundation.

The Foundation is a college affiliated organization which aids in raising funds for capital projects such as buildings and equipment, as well as providing scholarship opportunities for students.

“Hopefully that project will begin moving in the next year or so, and we will have a new building three or four years down the road,” said Wise.

The primary purpose of the new building will be to house updated science labs for the campus. Existing science labs in the Lamar Alexander Arts and Sciences Building will be removed and replaced in an effort to consolidate all of the arts disciplines on campus into a single building.

Wise stated that the project is the first in a list of possible renovation projects which are to be slated at a later date.

Wise indicated that the college seeks to modernize the Pellissippi State Technical Library to better meet the needs of the 21st century student. He also indicated the possibility of building an animation design studio and a sound design studio in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Grants and Scholarships at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi Students will see help with the cost of their education through grants and scholarships.


Federal grants and many scholarships are offered for college students in order for them to be able to attend college without the constant worry of money being an issue. Although many students are uninformed of these opportunities. This is why some financial aid directors want to set up reminders to make students more aware.

Financial Aid Director Jordan Huetell said, “A federal Pell Grant is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it to attend post-high school educational institutions.” Many students at Pellissippi receive this grant because the only requirement is to complete a FAFSA.

Huetell says, “The Pell Grant gives students a higher chance of attending college and earning their degree because it is awarded for 12 full-time semesters or until a bachelor’s degree is achieved.”

Although federal grants are easily awarded, students are not taking the time to fill out scholarship applications to make school more affordable, says Huetell. For example, with the Edscholar Scholarship one can earn up to $2,250 for the academic year. Huetell says, “This scholarship focuses primarily on expanding access to higher education for qualified post-secondary students in Tennessee.”

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Enroll in a degree program at Pellissippi State
  • Be a Tennessee resident
  • Have a 3.25 GPA for seven semesters or ACT composite score of 23
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA
  • Show community service and leadership
  • Meet college standards of admission


Overall, Huetell says that it is extremely important for students to do their research and realize that there are so many scholarships available to make college more affordable. He also stresses that advisors need to go over all of the scholarship opportunities with first-time college students as well.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

“Because You Asked…”

What music related scholarships are offered by PSCC and why?

PSCC offers a variety of music scholarships to allow students who are musically talented the opportunity to attend college.
Larry Vincent, an associate professor of music, said, “Music scholarships are offered to help students with the cost of attending school, and to reward them for their talent and service to the college.”
One scholarship, called the Music Service Scholarship, is different from other scholarships because an audition must be given for the ensembles.
“Other music scholarships are either endowed or awarded from the music scholarship fund, which raises money from faculty, staff, students and members of the community,” said Vincent.
The service scholarship is provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. Its Website states “The Foundation helps promote excellence for the College by securing financial support for special educational and cultural activities, as well as for ongoing operational expenses.” (
“The generous scholarships provided by PSCC and individuals who value the importance of music as a part of a well-rounded education will ensure that future students will have these invaluable opportunities afforded to them,” said Vincent.
The music program allows the college to be a part of the Knoxville area by performing for cultural events, said Vincent. It even expands to other parts of the world, such as South America, as the program will travel there this coming spring.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Generous donors help with education

The lives of Pellissippi State students are improved by the help of generous donors.


When Pellissippi State Community College was officially charted as a non-profit organization in 1982, the risk of keeping the school up and running became a hassle. The only way the college was guaranteed survival was by the help of generous donors.


Pellissippi State is being governed and successfully operated by a board of representatives, volutneers, donors, and community leaders. With the help of giving opportunities as one of the leading factors implemented at the college, generous people from around the community are able to give and support the school as well as the students.


The college offers 4 different types of giving opportunities all in which give back to the college. donors have the freedom to choose who and what they want their money to go to.


If a person decides to give a donation, Pellissippi State will recognize that individual in a pyramid system identified as a society. If any donations is given between July 1 – July 30th of the year, the donor will be identified as one of the following in the Pellissippi Circle depending on the amount donated: Governor $25 thousand and above; Chancellor $ 10,000 – $24,000; President $5,000 _ $9999; Dean $1,000 – $4,999; Educator $500 – $999; Scholar $100 – $499; Friend $1- $99.


As far as anybody who decides to donate $10,000 or greater, recognition will be given to those individuals’ under the Pellissippi Guild society. Regardless of the amount donated, all donors are grandly appreciated by the student body, especially  for giving them a chance to pursue an education to excel in life.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

State Representative Proposes More Dual Enrollment

by Janelle Piper


A state representative has proposed a bill that would require all public high schools to offer dual-credit courses.


Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville has sponsored a bill that would require all public high schools to offer at least four dual-credit courses by July 1, 2017. The bill was filed for introduction on Sept. 17.


The bill allows postsecondary institutions to initiate dual-credit opportunities with individual high schools.


Pellissippi State’s dual enrollment specialist, Spencer Joy, says, “Pellissippi State services Knox and Blount counties, and we have a partnership, in some capacity, with every high school in our service area. The majority of high schools in our service area actually offer courses at their high schools.”


Pellissippi State has already been expanding postsecondary opportunities to high school students. Joy says the college is offering more courses throughout its service area than it ever has before.


One of the college’s biggest goals is to expand opportunities outside of general education. “We are trying desperately to figure out ways to branch out in areas other than your typical general-education courses,” says Joy.


Students with an unweighted GPA of 2.0 and minimum ACT or PLAN scores of 13 in all subject areas can currently take advantage of postsecondary opportunities at Pellissippi State. Qualifying students can receive a grant for one course in their junior year and one course in their senior year, says Joy.


For general education courses, students will need an unweighted GPA of 3.0 and minimum ACT or PLAN scores of 18 in English, 19 in reading, and, for math or science courses, at least a 19 in math.


Students can take courses prior to their junior year, however, they are not awarded a grant. “State legislation says they can start when they are freshman, but the grant is not available to them until they are juniors,” says Joy.


This semester, Pellissippi has 1,231 dual enrollment students. The majority are on high school campuses throughout Knox and Blount counties. Joy says, “We have grown each year, our last three or four years. We offer more and more sections each year.” The college currently boasts around 90 sections a year on high school campuses.


The bill proposed by Brooks amends the 2010 Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49 Chapter 15.


Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

“Because You Asked”

by Rebecca Jones


What are some tools I can use to help me study?


Logan Frizzell, sophomore, insists that flash cards are a great tool to use when studying for exams and quizzes.


“I use the colored flash cards because color helps you remember stuff better. When you see the color, it helps your brain connect whatever is on the card to what the color is,” said Frizzell.


With mid-terms wrapping up, students across campus are worrying about studying habits. Different methods of studying include studying as a group or with a study buddy or individually.


Frizzell prefers being alone in a quiet place, but will occasionally have her sister help when she needs it.


“One time in the car on the way to school, I handed my sister my flash cards and had her quiz me on the stack twice. I passed the test I was studying for with her help,” said Frizzell.


Studying is used when a student needs to learn material and score appropriately when tested on it. Flashcards are an exceptional study tool that Frizzell uses to increase her chances of passing exams.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Huge HOPE Scholarship numbers

by: Lauren Wallace


Pellissippi State reported one of the largest numbers of students who received the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship this year.


The Hope Lottery Scholarship is a great opportunity for students to get the majority of their college education paid for, said financial aid director Jordan Huetell. According to Huetell, 1,753 students at Pellissippi State received all or part of the Hope Scholarship. The number of students who earned the scholarship has jumped since previous years.  However, part of the rise is because of the vast number of students enrolled at Pellissippi State.


Hope Lottery Scholarship general requirements are deemed fairly simple:

-Students must have earned a 21 or higher on the ACT or have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

-In order to maintain the scholarship a student must be enrolled in at least six hours and cannot stop attending a class.

-Although a large percentage of Pellissippi students have received the Hope Scholarship, Huetell said many lose their scholarship due to inability to keep up their GPA.


Wednesday, October 21st, 2015