Students who attend Pellissippi State Community College will soon see a plaque bearing the name of Home Federal Bank when they enter one of the classrooms in the Ned R. McWherter Technology Building on the Pellissippi Campus.
The third-floor room is being dedicated in recognition of the bank’s longtime and varied support of the Pellissippi State Foundation.
The foundation raises funds that are applied to everything from student scholarships to new equipment purchases. It is the foundation that hosts the yearly Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament and the college’s signature event, the annual Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Over the years, Home Federal Bank has sponsored both fundraisers. The Knoxville-based company also funds a scholarship for a Pellissippi State student who maintains a 3.0 GPA.
During the foundation’s recently ended Connecting Communities, Changing Lives Major Gifts Campaign, Home Federal stepped forward with support for the school’s new Nursing program. The first nursing classes begin fall semester at the new Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway and the Magnolia Avenue Campus.
Additionally, Dale Keasling, president and chief executive officer of Home Federal Bank, is a former board member of the foundation. In short, the banking institution has long been an active supporter of the community college.
“Home Federal Bank is an excellent community partner,” said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation. “By supporting the college, the bank is also supporting an educated workforce and a strong economy. We value the partnership, and we look forward to its continuing for many years to come.”
“Community support and involvement are important at Home Federal Bank,” said Keasling, “and there are many reasons that the Pellissippi State Foundation is important to support.
“Our local economy must attract new jobs and industry. And in order to do so, we have to have a well-educated workforce. Pellissippi State plays a key role in that. They offer options for returning adults to get a two-year degree or a training certificate that gets them directly into the workforce.
“Pellissippi State is also a great place for high school students to make the transition to a four-year school. Some students aren’t ready to attend a school where there are 20,000 or 30,000 others enrolled. They need more attention in a smaller environment, especially early on. Pellissippi State does an excellent job in that respect.”
A ceremony dedicating the Home Federal Bank classroom will occur later this summer.
The new Blount County Campus opens its doors to students fall semester. Registration is under way and continues through Aug. 19. Fall classes begin Saturday, Aug. 28.
For additional information on Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To find out more about or to donate to the Pellissippi State Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528.