Pellissippi State offers new Engineering Technology degree for free

Beginning this fall, Pellissippi State Community College will cover the tuition, fees and books necessary for students to complete an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance.

“Paying the costs of earning a degree is our way of helping stimulate the economy in our community,” said Rebecca Ashford, Pellissippi State’s vice president of Student Success and Enrollment Management.

“We hope displaced workers and others who need further education to benefit their career will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Students interested in pursuing the new degree program and concentration will enroll fall semester and continue to take classes with the same group of peers throughout. Class members can expect to earn a degree in 20 months, instead of the typical 24.

The full-time program meets 4:30-8:30 p.m. two or three evenings a week over five accelerated semesters, and it’s specifically intended for individuals working full time.

The Industrial Maintenance concentration prepares students for careers in large manufacturing companies, working as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians.

“This new concentration gives students the chance to improve their education and skill level and advance to a supervisory role,” said Anthony Wise, vice president of the Learning Division at the college.

Prospective students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible because classes are limited. For more information, call Margaret Ann Jeffries at 865-539-7084.

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