Pellissippi State hosts mandatory new student orientation sessions

Planning to enroll as a new student at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in the fall? Then make arrangements now to attend one of the college’s mandatory New Student Orientation sessions.

Sessions are scheduled throughout June and July at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road, and in August at Blount County Center and the Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campuses.

First-time degree-seeking freshmen are required to attend Orientation to ensure a successful start to their college experience. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

During Orientation, new students will have the opportunity to meet with Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff; discuss strategies for college success; explore degree and major options; and learn about campus services and resources.

At each session a representative from the University of Tennessee, as well as other four-year schools, will be on hand to discuss transfer options. Sessions also will be conducted that highlight several of the majors available at Pellissippi State.

Students who attend New Student Orientation will receive a free copy of the book “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” by Marjaone Satrapi. The book has been chosen as the college’s 2008-2009 Common Academic Experience selection. “Persepolis” will be read by first-year students to help them investigate common themes while they grow personally and develop a sense of community.

Orientation is ongoing at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

Sessions will take place at Blount County Center Aug. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; the Division Street Campus Aug. 21, 12-2 p.m.; and the Magnolia Avenue Campus August 19, 5:30-8 p.m. Fall classes begin August 23.

To register for New Student Orientation, call 865-694-6400.

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