College Notes:

Pellissippi State sees second semester of record-high enrollment
For the second semester in a row, Pellissippi State Technical Community College has experienced its highest enrollment ever.

The number of credit-seeking students enrolled spring 2007 is 7,877 students, up 7.65 percent from spring 2006. The college also enjoyed a record enrollment fall semester.

"Our faculty and staff are excited about the growing numbers of new students we’re serving in our excellent career/technical and college transfer programs, as well as about the increased number of students who are nearing degree completion," said Anthony Wise. Wise is department head of Liberal Arts and interim vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Pellissippi State.

Pellissippi State offers 13 "career/ technical" degree programs for students who plan to earn a two-year associate’s degree, then pursue a career. The college also has numerous "college transfer" options for students who want to earn a two-year
degree and continue on to a four-year school.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State presents companion plays
Pellissippi State Technical Community College presents two companion James McClure plays—"Lone Star" and "Laundry and Bourbon"—in March and April.

The plays will be in the Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus March 23-24 and 30-31 at 8 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. Parking is free.

"These two plays are a raucous and hilarious look at life in small-town Texas," said Charles Miller, associate professor of Theatre.

"Laundry and Bourbon" is about three women dealing with marriage to three wild and troubled men, and "Lone Star" is about those three husbands.

In "Laundry and Bourbon," the action centers on the unhappiness and gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages are less than the women had hoped for. The setting for "Lone Star" is the back yard of a small-town Texas bar, where the three husbands discuss their situations.

Representatives from the Pellissippi State Foundation will be on hand to collect admission, which is $8 for general admission and $6 for students, faculty and staff. Proceeds go to the Foundation to support the Pellissippi State Drama Club and the Theatre program.

The plays contain adult language and themes and are not appropriate for children.

For more information, contact Charles Miller at 865-694-6684 or cmiller@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State hosts Financial Aid Day April 9
Need help in determining whether you may qualify for financial aid? Have questions about the loan or scholarship you’re already receiving? Want to learn the ins and outs of applying for assistance?

Financial Aid Day, sponsored by Pellissippi State Technical Community College on April 9, is the place to get answers. Information will be available on many topics including work study programs, Pell grants and Hope scholarships.

The event will take place 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the Goins Administration Building, located at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Participants are invited to drop-in at their convenience during the day.

For Pellissippi State students who already receive assistance, Financial Aid Day is a great opportunity to stop by and make sure their information has been processed and their funds are ready to be disbursed for summer and fall semesters.

For students who are thinking of enrolling at Pellissippi State, the event is an ideal environment to learn what assistance is available and talk one on one with a financial aid advisor.

For more information about the event, call the Financial Aid Office, 865-694-6565.

Career Center offers workshop on job survival
Beginning in April, the Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center is offering a free six-part workshop series focusing on workplace skills important to getting and keeping a job.

The center is located at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

The series is designed for first-time job seekers, students and anyone else seeking insight on how to move ahead in a job. The sessions are presented in an interactive format to teach and reinforce skills such as teamwork, goal setting, prioritizing, keeping a positive attitude and developing good work habits.

The workshop series meets 1-3 p.m. in the Career Center Conference Room on April 5, 10, 17, 19, 24 and 26.
Space and materials are limited, and preregistration is required by March 29.

To register or learn more about the series, call 865-329-3166.

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