Pellissippi State Community College officials were on hand Monday at the new Blount County Campus to officially name the new Blount County Campus Welding Center in honor of the father of a long-time Pellissippi supporter.
The welding center will be named the Claude F. Moon Welding Center. Moon was the father of Jerome Moon, a Blount County resident and a member of the Pellissippi State Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Welding Center, located in the Manufacturing Tech Lab on the new Blount campus, has six welding stations that will allow the college to offer training for area industry as well as non-credit classes to help people learn new work force skills.
Jerome Moon said naming the facility for his father was “Helping fulfill one of my father’s dreams.”
Claude Moon was a machinist at K-25 in Oak Ridge for his entire career. “My father worked to improve his skills so that he could better provide for his family,” Moon said.
The Manufacturing Tech Lab at the school allows for both training for students and a place for industry to come and train their employees in new skills and on new equipment.
“The flexibility of this facility makes it possible for continuing education classes to go on here for our students, or for companies that have a need for us to train part or all of their workforce in certain skills or on certain equipment,” said Brad Coburn, director of Industrial Training and Contracts for Pellissippi. “With the crane you see overhead, companies can even bring in new equipment to this facility, stage it here for training instead of taking up space and time at their own facility.”
Moon reflected on what the donation means to his family. “My father was a machinist at K-25 in Oak Ridge all his life, retiring from there,” said Moon. “He worked in Oak Ridge and did the drive every day from Maryville until he retired. He did that so he could make a better life for his family.”
Over the last 20 years, Moon and his wife, Debbie, have supported Pellissippi State in a number of ways, including the establishment of 14 scholarships for Blount County students.
Moon said he has as strong and ongoing commitment to the mission of Pellissippi State Community College in Blount County.
“For 25 years I have worked with other Blount County leaders on numerous boards and committees with one goal: Putting more Blount Countians to work. I remember J.L. Goins vision and dream for this campus. J.L. was focused and determined that Pellissippi State would have not only a presence in Blount County, but also would train a workforce that was second to none. He secured my conviction to his dream because he always believed the mission of Pellissippi State was the formula for success for everyone who wanted to work. Now president Allen Edward’s has worked to secure this campus.”
Moon said his father would be humbled by the honor. “He would be happy that others would be able to develop skills to support their families,” he said.
Other naming opportunities are still available at the new Blount Campus. For a list and more information, contact Les Fout, director of Major Gift Development, at 865-694-6529.
Dan Boerger, senior project manager with Messer Construction, was on hand and said the work on the new Pellissippi Campus is coming along well. “The building is basically finished, and we have work left to do on the drives, parking lot and landscaping,” Boerger said. “This has been a good season for completing this kind of project.”
The Blount County Campus is at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway (U.S. 321). The first classes begin fall semester (Aug. 28) at the new campus. To learn more about Business and Community Services and its training and course offerings, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call 865-539-7167.