2012-2013 Catalog & Handbook 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2012-2013 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The College

Welcome to Pellissippi State Community College! We’re excited that you’ve chosen to attend our school. Your decision to enroll here may be one of the most important you’ll ever make, and we are dedicated to working with you to achieve both your educational and your life goals. Whether you’re preparing to enter the workforce for the first time, planning to transfer to a four-year institution or simply taking a course for personal growth, we are committed to helping you succeed academically and to providing opportunities for you to broaden your horizons. Our caring faculty and staff look forward to connecting with you soon.

A Brief History

Pellissippi State is a vital institution accustomed to transformation and growth. Since its founding in 1974 as State Technical Institute at Knoxville, the College has expanded the teaching of technology, the use of technology in instruction, and the transfer of technology to local business and industry in support of regional economic development.

Having enrolled only 45 students in its first year of operation, the institution experienced steady growth in the ’70s, adding business technology programs to its original core of engineering technology programs. As community awareness grew, so did expectations. In 1988, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the expansion of the technical institute’s mission to include college transfer programs.

This mission expansion was accompanied by a name change to Pellissippi State Technical Community College, and enrollment grew quickly. In 2009, the Legislature voted to shorten the name. The institution is now known as Pellissippi State Community College.

The College continues to support and develop career-path associate’s degrees, associate’s degrees for transfer, certificates, and continuing education opportunities for the citizens of Knox, Blount, and surrounding counties. Pellissippi State offers credit courses to high school students as well. In partnership with the community, the College sustains the effort toward an ever-improving quality of life for residents of East Tennessee.

In fall 2012, 11,259 credit students were enrolled at Pellissippi State, as well as thousands of non-credit students.


The mission of Pellissippi State Community College is to serve its community by providing college-level and non-credit courses and learning support instruction using a variety of delivery methods, including distance learning. The College provides support for teaching and learning, training and workforce development, and opportunities for life, civic, and cultural enrichment.

Features of the Mission

To fulfill its mission, Pellissippi State provides students and other citizens of its community specific offerings in the following areas:

  • Associate’s degrees and certificate programs that lead to employment in computer, engineering, and media technologies; business; and health science.
  • Associate’s degree programs and courses that prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-level colleges and universities.
  • Learning support instruction and academic and student support services.
  • General Educational Development (GED) preparation.
  • Training to meet specific needs of businesses, industries and individuals.
  • Continuing education programs, seminars and workshops.
  • Resources for special grade K-12 programs and events.
  • Support for, involvement in, and promotion of civic and cultural projects and events.

To sustain and enhance these offerings, Pellissippi State develops and maintains comprehensive fiscal and other administrative services and a physical environment conducive to learning. In line with its heritage as a technical institute, the College integrates state-of-the-art technology into teaching and learning, educational support, and administration.

Located in Tennessee’s third-largest metropolitan area, Pellissippi State comprehensively serves the greater Knox and Blount County area and extends its engineering and media technology offerings to Anderson, Loudon, Roane, Cumberland, Campbell, Fentress, Scott, and Morgan counties. A member of the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the College develops and maintains student transfer agreements with TBR universities, the University of Tennessee, and private colleges and universities in the region. In all programs and services, Pellissippi State continually emphasizes the value of diversity among students, personnel and other constituencies. Services are provided without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, religion, race, national origin or disability.

Pellissippi State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate’s degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Pellissippi State Community College.

Campuses and Maps

Pellissippi State offers programs, courses and services at four primary locations. Below is a directional map to the Pellissippi Campus, Division Street Campus, Magnolia Avenue Campus, and Blount County Campus, as well as a parking map for the Pellissippi Campus. For additional maps, visit www.pstcc.edu/maps.html. The College also offers courses at other locations in Knox and Blount counties to meet the educational needs of its service area. 

Pellissippi Campus
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville (main entrance on Solway Road)
Division Street Campus
3435 Division St.
Blount County Campus
2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. Hwy. 321)
Magnolia Avenue Campus
1610 E. Magnolia Ave.



The Area Code for all Locations is 865.

General Information/Pellissippi Campus 694-6400
Blount County Campus (BC) 681-1064
Division Street Campus (DS) 971-5200
Magnolia Avenue Campus (MA) 329-3100

Abbreviation key for Pellissippi Campus buildings:

  GN—Goins Building
AL—Alexander Building
BA—Bagwell Center
MC—McWherter Building
ER—Educational Resources Building
SR—Student Recreation Center


   Phone Building/Room
Academic Advising, Articulation & Curriculum



Academic Affairs, Vice President of 694-6523 GN212
Academic Support Center     
  Pellissippi Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
Admissions (Enrollment Services) 694-6400 GN102
Adult Education 539-7109 ER329
Affirmative Action 694-6607 GN262
Bookstore 694-6642 GN148
Business & Community Services 539-7167 AL108
Business & Computer Technology 694-6656 MC252
Business Office 694-6608 GN221
Cafeteria 694-6615 GN151
Cashier 694-6605 GN158
Computer Helpdesk 694-6537 ER319
Continuing Education (Business & Community Services) 539-7167 AL108
Cooperative Education 694-6559 GN105
Council of Student Advocates (COSA) 694-6408 GN144
Counseling Services 694-6547 GN128
Disabilities, Services for Students With   539-7153 GN134
Enrollment Services 694-6400 GN102
Engineering & Media Technologies 694-6483 MC246
English  694-6708 MC329
Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs 694-6565 GN157
Foundation, Pellissippi State/Alumni Relations 694-6525 GN203-204
Human Resources & Affirmative Action  694-6607 GN262
Internships, Business & Computer Technology 694-6597 MC251
Instructional Services 694-6449 AL217
Library 694-6516 ER Flr. 1-2
Liberal Arts 694-6475 MC240
Lost & Found 694-6646 GN101
Marketing & Communications 694-6405 GN264
Mathematics 694-6450 AL201B
Natural & Behavioral Sciences 694-6685 AL202
Non-credit Courses (Business & Community Services) 539-7167 AL108
Nursing 694-6460 AL106
Open Lab      
  Pellissippi Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
539-7116 ER327
Pellissippi Press 694-6698 AL216
Placement 694-6559 GN105
President, Office of the 694-6616 GN211
Records (Enrollment Services) 694-6400 GN102
Safety & Security     
Student Assistance Center 694-6556 GN123
Student Life & Recreation 694-6555 GN141
Student Recreation Center 694-6576 SR102
Student Affairs, Vice President of 539-7188 GN110D
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies 539-7279 AL103
  GED (Magnolia Avenue Campus)
Exit, makeup
Transitional Studies 694-6596 AL217
  Pellissippi Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
University Connection 694-6449 AL217

Whom To Contact If You…

Need assistance in obtaining a job Placement
Want to drop or add a course Enrollment Services/www.pstcc.edu
Want to withdraw from Pellissippi State Student Assistance Center/Counseling
Want permission for a special event or activity Student Life and Recreation
Have financial obligations to Pellissippi State Cashier
Want to put a notice on a bulletin board Student Life and Recreation
Need a refund from vending machines Cashier
Need to notify someone in case of emergency Safety and Security/Student Affairs
Want to participate in student activities Student Life and Recreation
Want to change majors Enrollment Services (Admissions)
Want assistance in selecting a career field Student Assistance Center/Counseling
Are in need of a loan or scholarship Financial Aid
Need counseling services Counseling
Want to schedule a makeup test Instructor
Need to type a letter or report Open Computer Labs
Need a tutor Academic Support Center
Need classroom accommodations for a disability Services for Students With Disabilities
Need event accommodations for a disability ADA Officer (Executive Director, Human Resources)
Feel you have been discriminated against Affirmative Action Officer (Executive Director, Human Resources)