“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.” (http://www.pstcc.edu/foundation/#.Vkko6_mrTIU)
“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

Veterans to Receive More Academic Support

by Roxann Buckles

The Ben Atchley Veterans Success Center at PSCC’s Hardin Valley campus opened Monday, Nov. 11 honoring Veterans’ Day.

President of PSCC Anthony Wise, Ben Atchley and other faculty and community members held a ceremony in dedication to veterans and the opening of the center.  Atchley, a veteran, was an advocate for the center and was honored at the ceremony for his services and support of the center.

The new center will offer many opportunities to military veterans attending PSCC.  Counselors and advisors will be available to help guide veteran students on an academic path.  While doing so, academic skill building workshops will be provided along with a group study area.

In preparation to graduate and enter the work force, veteran students will have access to job placement services. Wise went into detail, saying the services will include helping students create a resume and prepping them with the skills necessary to acquire a job.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on PSCC

by Roxann Buckles

Federal financial aid for military veterans and federal educational grant programs have been adversely affected by the government shutdown. President of Pellissippi State Community College, Dr. Anthony Wise, gave details on the process and consequences of the government shutdown on Pellissippi.

“Financial aid to military veterans will be postponed, not eliminated,” said Wise.

Federal grants such as the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or SEOG and other similar grants have been suspended.  This is due in part to slower processing, communication and response among governmental officials.  Military veterans living, housing and educational finances are directly affected.

The state of Tennessee and Pellissippi have been proactive in helping military veterans during this uncertain time.  Wise confirmed that Pellissippi is creating a veteran success center.  It will offer programs directed towards continuing education.

Larger federal financial aid opportunities, such as the Pell Grant, have not been impacted.  However, federal educational grant programs may.

Wise said the Department of Labor recently funded the creation of Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium, a grant program, at Pellissippi. The program will offer classes in welding, machining and manufacturing. The SEELC grant will fund the faculty and staff for the program.  The equipment and classroom training will also by supported by SEELC.  The students and staff participating in SEELC at Pellissippi have not been affected by the government shutdown yet.

Wise stated that the suspension of financial aid and educational programs would be “disheartening to our students.”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

PSCC to host Reading Reception

by Harold Ridings

PSCC students will present essays inspired by NPR’s This I Believe program, which they will voice their own core values and viewpoints.

Anne Pharr, an instructor in PSCC’s english department said NPR’s This I Believe program is an international project that engages people in writing,sharing, and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives.

This event will be hosted at PSCC’s Hardin Valley campus in Goins 225A on April 19th from 10:45 to 1:00 pm.

A group of students enrolled in PSCC’s Accelerated Writing course (DSPW 0801/ENGL 1010), will exhibit the importance of hearing, understanding, and interacting with our peers’ divergent viewpoints. Pharr stated “Pellissippi students, faculty, and staff enjoy many opportunities to encounter a broad spectrum of ideas and viewpoints. Participating in such a group affords each of us the privilege of articulating our own perspectives.”

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Transfer Standards for the University of Tennessee

by Graham Smith

The University of Tennessee has set deadlines and admission requirements for transfer students. Potential transfer students are judged based on their academic performance at previous institutions.

According to the admissions section on UT Knoxville’s website, at least 15 credit hours are required to transfer to UT Knoxville.  For students who have more than 15 hours and less than 30 hours of transfer credit, it is necessary to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  If a student has more than 30 hours of transfer credit, admittance is granted for having at least a 2.0 grade point average.

Gustavo Bustamante, a current University of Tennessee student who transferred from Pellissippi this past semester, is glad he put in the time and effort necessary to transfer with these requirements.

He said, “Pellissippi is a great introduction into college.  I gradually worked my way towards transferring to UT and I’m proud of the fact that Pellissippi helped me reach my goals.”

When asked about the University of Tennessee’s transfer policies, Gustavo stated, “I believe the requirements to get into UT are very reasonable.  Anyone can transfer if they try hard enough.”

The University of Tennessee has also set their transfer deadlines.  For the fall semester of 2011, the transfer application deadline is July 1.  The spring 2012 semester’s deadline is December 1, and the deadline for the summer semester of 2012 is May 1, 2012.


Monday, April 4th, 2011

Life after Pellissippi

by Jamie Maples

Ready to move on to the next level of success?

For students finished with their core classes and ready to graduate, the CBASE Graduation Exam will be offered Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exit exam is offered several times a semester, but this is the final opportunity to take it before the fall semester ends.

Sally Day, Test Center Administrator, is in charge of conducting the exam. After submitting the required Intent to Graduate form to the college, students  can sign up for the exam just by registering online, as they would for a class.

The CBASE exam is free.

Friday, November 19th, 2010