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Pellissippi Connections

The Pellissippi State Alumni Foundation is hosting a networking event in October, inviting people to socialize with friends, and to reach out to the community for career opportunities.

Pellissippi State is reaching out to the community by hosting an event in October that brings people together and creates new career opportunities.

Angela Pugh, the development and alumni coordinator at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus, announced that the networking event will be in sometime in October. The specific date and location of the event have not been announced.

The networking event will be open to the public.

  • The networking event is a way for people to interact with friends, and making business connections to help start their careers.
  • Food will be provided, along with entertainment
  • Last year, the networking event had a guest speaker give a lecture on social media networking. This year, the guest speaker will discuss career development, such as the use of social networking and social media.

For more information about the networking event, please visit the Pellissippi State Alumni Foundation Facebook page, or the Alumni page on the Pellissippi website [ ].


Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Transfer Students and UT

by Logan Quinton

Pellissippi students can expect more involvement from the University of Tennessee very soon.

Judy Gosch, the director of new program and development, stated that plans are to have an advisor from the university assigned to a Pellissippi campus by next fall. Along with this development she also says that new scholarship opportunities will be available for transfer students planning to attend the university.

Pellissippi has an established relationship with UT. Gosch says that the affiliation goes back to the 80s when Pellissippi became an institution. She also states that there is a “new interest” in focusing on transfer students. Gosch says the number of transfer students that Pellissippi has produced in recent years is a factor in this decision. She says that “Pellissippi State sends more students to UTK as transfer students than any other school does.”

This development is not the only change students can expect. Gosch states that new scholarship opportunities are also being discussed. While the specifics are not finalized, Gosch emphasizes that a GPA-based scholarship will be offered to Pellissippi students who are in good academic standing.

Gosch also credits the efforts of Complete College America and the effect of the Complete College Tennessee Act. The CCA is a nonprofit coalition designed to promote and support the importance of a college degree or certification. This foundation works with states to determine what action might be necessary to elevate the number of people who participate in higher learning. The Complete College Tennessee Act was passed in 2010 with the purpose of making a college education more attainable for those living in the state.

The 2017-2018 college catalog has been revised on the Pellissipi website. Students can access the college catalog by clicking on the Academics tab on the homepage. Those who are interested in transferring to UT can explore the Transfer/University Parallel Programs link. The General Education link will provide options for courses offered at Pellissippi. The courses that UT will accept for credit are highlighted with a star.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

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

College President on the Focus Act

College President Dr. Anthony Wise talks about new possibilities under Tennessee’s new Focus Act.

On June 8, Bill Haslam signed the Focus Act, which split Tennessee’s six major universities from TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents), enabling them to form independent governing boards of directors. TBR now presides over the state’s 13 community colleges and 26 technical colleges.

Tennessee state legislature has passed the Focus Act in order to better achieve its “Drive to 55” goal, which aims to help 55 percent of adults in Tennessee to achieve a post-secondary degree by 2025. “If we are going to hit the ‘Drive to 55,’ it is going to be to be because community and technical colleges carry a significant portion of the load,” said College President Dr. Anthony Wise.

“For the most part, the way those system was organized those institutions [state universities, community colleges and technical colleges] were all in one pot,” said Wise. “One of the things that the Board of Regents has to decide is how it is going to govern the two types of colleges it will now have,” said Wise.

Wise recounts having attended only one meeting in his 5 years as college president where presidents from all of the state’s community colleges and technical colleges were in attendance.

Wise says it is not certain whether the community colleges and technical colleges will be granted certain autonomy, or whether the institutions will “begin to align” in terms of curricula as well as shared facilities and resources.

Wise says he was approached by the Focus Act’s transition task force for feedback about moving forward, to which he shared ideals he felt were crucial to the success of the college.

Chief among his concerns was that students at Pellissippi would continue to have a clear and smooth transition to state universities. “We need to make sure that universities do not start creating barriers by changing curricula and requiring new courses of community college students, said Wise. Nearly 60 percent of Pellissippi students are in transfer programs to state universities.

Another of his concerns was the compartmentalized budgets and building projects of universities. THEC (Tennessee Higher Education Commission) will now be submitting the TBR budget alongside, new budgets from each of the state’s universities.

Wise also felt that the decision may allow for greater improvement elsewhere. “It gives the chance for the Board itself and the board members to become more engaged in what happens at community and technical colleges,” said Wise.

“I look at what happened in other states like Kentucky that went through a similar process, and it actually elevated the profile of community and technical colleges,” said Wise.

“I think there is an opportunity for the Board to become more engaged with individual institutions about what kind of help and support they need. We are fortunate in terms of our size and our budget, said Wise. “I would like to see a Tennessee Board of Regents that provides state-wide for community and technical colleges,” Wise went on to say.

New state boards consist of:

  • institution alumni
  • local business leaders
  • community leaders
  • local politicians
  • One faculty member
  • One current student of the instituion

Focus Act looking forward to (2016-2017)

  • July 1, 2016, Focus Act took effect
  • Sept., 2016, university board members appointed by Governor Haslam
  • Dec., 2016,  boards will meet to consider TBR universities’ proposals for substantive change of governance
  • March, 2017, TN General Assembly takes up confirmation of board members
  • April,  2017, THEC provides orientation for university board members
  • June, 2017, New university boards convene, adopt policies and assume governance of universities

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

Big changes coming to the Tennessee Board of Regents

Dr. Anthony Wise

by Lisa Oliver

The effects of the Tennessee Board of Regents’ break up were detailed by Dr. Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State Community College.
Wise stated, he “will take what comes down” when he spoke about the recently announced changes to his institution’s governing board. However, Wise said, “My first priority is to my students.”
Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan, the Focus on College and University Success Act, would create new governing boards by early 2017 for the six universities under the current board and grant more coordination authority in Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The plan would leave the Board of Regents to manage the 13 two-year community colleges and the 27 colleges of applied technology.
As there has been some concern that the two-year community colleges could have a weaker voice in state government, Wise has been watching the progress of the plan closely and believes the governor is aware of the needs of these institutions. They share collaborative classes and systems with the six state universities, and Wise has been assured these are not in danger.
The board has already voted to support Haslam’s plan. State lawmakers will now have to review and approve the governor’s plan in the current legislative session.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A Student Acclimates From Across the Globe

by Katherine Lown

If you pass Slavik in the hallway at school, you might not guess him to be much different from every other guy you see on the way to class. If you sit down and talk with him, however, his smile widens and his story unravels in a kind, Russian accent.

Some people might simply label him a refugee, while others may just call him a student. But 29-year-old Slavik Malenchii has proved himself to be a man of determination, as he journeys toward a bright future.

Having spent the majority of his life in Eastern Europe, Slavik comes from the small country of Moldova. At age 17, he learned his family was going to move halfway across the world to begin life again in the United States. The move would mean leaving behind all his familiar surroundings, his friends, even his girlfriend, and starting over in America without speaking a word of English.

But with Communism growing in his home country and religious persecution increasing, the Malenchii family, all 11 of them, decided to make the transition in 2004. Originally, Slavik had not planned on spending more than a year stateside, but plans changed and he spent the next seven years in Washington. There he lived in a Russian community and worked as many construction jobs as he could pick up with his very limited English.

“In the movies, money grows on trees in America,” Slavik laughed, explaining that, in reality, he found himself making only $7 an hour.

By 2011 Slavik had begun to realize the opportunities a college education could offer. Following the example of some of his family members, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to begin school at Pellissippi State.

The first obstacle he had to tackle was mastering English. Slavik began with some adult education courses, and it wasn’t too long before he mastered the language. Four semesters later, Slavik prepares to graduate Pellissippi and transfer to King University in the fall, where he will complete a degree.

In faultless English, he explained that he is studying business management and dreams of starting his own business one day with his brothers. Considering the goals he has already reached and connections he has made, it probably won’t be too long until the brothers’ business is underway.

In the meantime, Slavik works as a project manager for a construction company. He combines his social abilities and hands-on skills by working with customers, as well as doing whatever odd jobs are needed around the workplace.

Looking toward the future, Slavik sees himself settling down with a family, but presently he continues to work hard. “Right now, this company…it’s perfect,” he said gratefully of his present job.

Though the United States has provided many challenges, Slavik has learned much through his experiences and has come to appreciate much more than his schooling. A professional musician, Slavik enjoys playing the accordion in his spare time; he also excels in martial arts. After a stressful day, you will probably find Slavik doing one of his favorite activities: riding his motorcycle through the Smoky Mountains.

Perhaps one day the Moldovan will return to his country and visit friends, but for now, Slavik is content with his future goals and is satisfied with where his journey has led him so far.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Foundation and Fundraising

Foundation scholarships fill important gaps that inhibit students from pursuing an education.


For the past 10 years at Pellissippi State Community College has hosted a free golf tournament.The purpose of the event raises money and awareness about Foundation Scholarship and tuition-free college through Tennessee Promise.


Patricia Myers who has been responsible for creating and implementing fundraising events in the past 10 years says that her goal for Pellissippi is to “Keep donors engaged with Pellissippi State and to let them know how their support is changing lives!”.The 11th Annual Swing Big golf tournament takes place every year as it did this year on Tues. September 15, 2015.


Money raised from the gulf fundraiser provides scholarship money for eligible recipients. However, enough money is usually raised to provide financial aid for students who do not qualify for scholarships such as Tennessee Promise.


Since the community college is a state institution, most people tend to believe that the state provides most of the schools funding. However, the truth is that they provide very little funding which could potentially jeopardize the education of many students.


Due to Patricia Myers implantation of fundraising, many students are able to pursue an education at Pellissippi State due to the help of the school’s generous donors. Building improvements; new equipment; money to build new buildings; and award money for students and employees are also some of the things that the fundraiser contributes to.


Myers overall goal is to invite more community members to our campuses so that they can meet our students and hear their stories! Myers said “Our students are out most valuable assets!” which has been proven with her actions as she leaves her position in the hands of Anesia McDonald who is now responsible for all Fundraising events.

Wednesday, October 21st, 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