Pellissippi State Technical Community College is an institution with a central campus near downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, and three other campuses nearby. The school offers technical associate degrees and institutional certificates. Pellissippi specializes in preparing students for transfer to four-year universities, and has Articulation Agreements with over a dozen other schools, including Austin Peay University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis, and the University of Tennessee.
Business and Computer Technology, Education, English, Engineering and Media Technologies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and Transitional Skills comprise Pellissippi’s eight different academic departments. The college also has thirteen technical programs, including Computer Accounting, Hospitality, Management, Marketing, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Drafting and Design Technology, Computer Science and Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, General Technology, Interior Design Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Media Technologies, Office Systems Technology, Paralegal Studies, and Security Engineering and Administration Technician.
Pellissippi also has a very extensive online learning program, with many different opportunities available to students. Those with a computer with a graphic interface can take courses on the web. Moreover, the college offers hybrid classes, which is a combination of Internet learning and actual classroom teaching. There are also courses taught with videotape and two-way audio/video.
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Degree-seeking students should submit official high school transcripts, as well as official college transcripts and test scores. Moreover, students must submit a hepatitis B immunization form and measles/mumps/rubella immunization form. Degree-seeking students must also schedule an appointment with an advisor.
Non-degree students and students working to earn a certificate need only submit high school transcripts or GED test results.
All students under 21 need to submit ACT or SAT results that are no more than three years old. A Confirmation Test must be taken by students 21 and over who have not taken college-level math or English at an accredited school.
International students must demonstrate English proficiency, which can be done in a number of ways. Students can show proof of graduation from a U.S. high school or submit transcripts from a U.S. college or university and English Composition I was taken and passed. Another option is to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language and score at least 450 on the paper test, 113 on the computerized version, or 45 on the Internet test. International students already in the U.S. can take the exam given by the Pellissippi English Department, also known as the Michigan Test. However, this test must be taken in Knoxville.
Financial aid is available for students who need assistance paying for school. Students should begin the process by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online.
The scholarships available to students interested in attending Pellissippi include Scholars Today and Tomorrow, Music Scholarship, Edscholar Scholarship, East Tennessee Foundation, Access and Diversity Scholarships, Gear Up Tennessee Bridge Scholarships, and Project Graduate Scholarship. To apply for any financial assistance, a student should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be done online.
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Pellissippi is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is also home to the University of Tennessee. Knoxville attractions include the Blount Museum, National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. In addition, Knoxville is less than an hour away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A great sight around campus is the Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival, held after students return to school in September. Besides the scores of balloons above the horizon, the festival has live music, arts and crafts, and tethered balloon rides. The festival highlight occurs at dusk each evening, when the famed “balloon glow” illuminates the sky.
Many student clubs and organizations are available to Pellissippi students. These include the Delti Psi Omega, Drama Club, Fencing Club, International Club, Multi-Cultural Awareness Club, Pellissippi Paralegal Association, Recycling Club, Short Film Club, and Outdoors Club, as well as chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, Active Black Students Association, and American Design Drafting Association. Moreover, journalism students can work on the staff of The Pellissippi Press, the school newspaper.
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Pellissippi also offers the Fit for Life program, a 12-week fitness regimen open to students free of charge. The program is tailored to each individual, whether the goal is losing weight, reducing stress, gaining muscle, or improving nutritional habits. The school also has an extensive intramurals program, with leagues in 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, ping pong, pool, tennis, volleyball, soccer, softball, and racquetball.