Blount campus enrollment growth mirrors five-year trend at Pellissippi State

Pellissippi State Community College’s growth in Blount County has continued for a fifth consecutive year.

“It mirrors our growth as a college as a whole,” said Pellissippi State President Allen Edwards, “but the opening of the new facility has allowed more Blount County citizens to take classes closer to home.”

The college opened the $22 million state-of-the-art Blount County Campus in August for fall semester. The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. Hwy. 321). Previously, classes were conducted at the Blount County Center in Alcoa, at the former Bungalow School.

With the addition of classrooms and labs at the new site, fewer students now have to drive the distance to the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville each day, he says.

The fall 2010 headcount at the new Blount County site reached 1,358—almost double the number of students enrolled at the college’s Blount County Center five years ago. The number of students from Blount County attending Pellissippi State also grew for the fifth straight year. A total of 2,020 students at Pellissippi State this fall are Blount County residents, compared to 1,310 in fall 2006.

Pellissippi State hit a record-breaking enrollment this fall with an 11,049 headcount, a number that surpassed two Tennessee Board of Regents universities and all but one of the TBR’s 13 community colleges. TBR is the governing body for Pellissippi State.

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