Pellissippi State Technical Community College

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About Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Knoxville, Tennessee is a mix of small town charm and big city fun. It is also home to Pellissipi State Technical Community College. The city has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Knoxville boasts its own symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as a host of theaters and other live music and performance venues. History buffs and culture mavens will appreciate Haley Heritage Square and the nineteenth-century Armstrong-Lockett House, which contains a collection of eighteenth-century American and European furniture and decorative arts. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center features the history of African-Americans in Knoxville, and a self-guided downtown Cradle of Country Music walking tour highlights the beginnings of country music in Knoxville. Additionally, a wide range of historic sites and museums are located in Knoxville, covering Colonial through twentieth-century local and regional history. The city has a lively visual arts community, featuring a number of galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The city rests on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most activities may be enjoyed year round, thanks to Knoxville¡¦s temperate climate zone. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and more await the visitor in a number of parks and recreational centers. Knoxville lives up to its musical heritage each night at the many nightclubs in the historic Old City and Market Square areas, and live music every weekday at One Vision Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Free outdoor concerts and movies keep Market Square hopping in spring, summer, and fall. Throughout the city and area visitors can find specialty shops and super-stores, open-air markets and intimate galleries. Dining options are plentiful. Savor the flavors of classic Southern cooking or world cuisines ¡V from the Bohemian to the upscale ¡V at more than 600 restaurants. Relax with friends and family at one of the downtown pubs and coffee shops.

Pellissippi State¡¦s Media Technologies department offers the AAS in Communication Graphics Technology, Photography, Video Production Technology, and Web Technology.

The concentration in communication graphics technology is targeted toward degreed individuals, visual communications professionals, and current students in media technologies who wish to update or expand upon their skills within the field of graphic design and related industries. There are three options for the concentration: graphic design, illustration, and Web visuals. Coursework includes digital photography, graphic design, computer illustration, and desktop publishing.

The video production concentration is designed for working professionals seeking to broaden or update their existing skills, or for students in design programs, photography, or Web technology. Students may choose between the Videographer option and the Video Editor option.

The photography concentration is designed for the media professional interested in adding photography skills, or as a career option for someone interested in working in a photofinishing lab or digital imaging technician. It also is useful for someone who uses photography as part of his or her profession, but who needs additional photographic skills. All the courses in the program are hands-on and practical and are taught by experienced professionals. Coursework includes advanced photographic techniques, advanced digital imaging techniques, Photoshop essentials, and genre courses such as nature and travel photography, commercial photography, and portrait photography.

The Web technology concentration includes coursework dealing with CIW foundations, site designer, eCommerce, JavaScript, Perl fundamentals, Photoshop essentials, advanced computer graphics, Dreamweaver/Fireworks, Flash, Audio Video for the Web, and Adobe Acrobat.

Pellissippi State has a number of student special interests groups to suit a wide range of interests, including professional, religious, political, and ethnic groups, a drama club, an art club, and honor societies. The Student Recreation Center offers a 24,000 square-foot arena with three tennis courts, a basketball and volleyball court, as well as a 2,000 square-foot weight room with cardiovascular machines, weight machines, and free weights. The outdoor area features a sand volleyball court, softball field, four tennis courts, basketball court, and two artificial turf putting greens measuring 5,000 square-feet. Intramural sports include 3-on-3 basketball, aerobics, bowling, chess, flag football, golf, ping pong, pool, tennis, volley ball, and spades/dominoes. Academic, career, and personal counseling are available to students at no charge. Federal and state financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study are available, as are need and merit-based state, local, and institutional scholarships. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the financial aid office to learn more about their options in financing their education, as well as learn of important deadlines for application submission.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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