2014-2015 College Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2014-2015 College Catalog [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 2013, 10,704 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.
  • 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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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 five primary locations. Below is a directional map to the Hardin Valley Campus, Division Street Campus, Magnolia Avenue Campus, Blount County Campus and Strawberry Plains Campus. For additional maps, including parking maps, visit www.pstcc.edu/maps/. The College also offers courses at other locations in Knox and Blount counties to meet the educational needs of its service area.


Hardin Valley 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.

Strawberry Plains Campus
7201 Strawberry
Plains Pike




















Important Contacts

The area code for all locations is 865.

General Information/Hardin Valley Campus 694-6400
Blount County Campus (BL) 981-5300
Division Street Campus (DV) 971-5200
Magnolia Avenue Campus (MA) 329-3100
Strawberry Plains Campus (ST) 225-2300

Abbreviation key for Hardin Valley Campus buildings:

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


Resource Phone Location
Academic Advising, Articulation & Curriculum 694-6556 GN123
Academic Affairs, Vice President of 694-6523 GN212
Academic Support Center     

Hardin Valley Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
Strawberry Plains Campus



Admissions (Enrollment Services) 694-6400 GN102
Affirmative Action 694-6607 GN262
Alumni Relations 694-6528 GN204A
Bookstore 694-6642 GN148
Business & Community Services 539-7167 AL108
Business & Computer Technology 694-6656 MA252
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 GN111
Council of Student Advocates (COSA) 694-6408 GN144
Counseling Services 694-6547 GN128
Disability Services  539-7153 GN134
Enrollment Services 694-6400 GN102
Engineering & Media Technologies 694-6483 MA246
English  694-6708 MA329
Facility Rentals (Business & Community Services) 694-6665 AL108
Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs 694-6565 GN101
Foundation, Pellissippi State 694-6525 GN210
Grant Development 539-7350 GN203F
Human Resources & Affirmative Action  694-6607 GN262
Internships, Business & Computer Technology 694-6597 MA251
Instructional Services 694-6449 AL217
Library 694-6516 ER Flr. 1-2
Liberal Arts 694-6475 MA240
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

Blount County Campus Office
Magnolia Avenue Campus Office
Pre-Nursing Advising Center


Open Lab  


Hardin Valley Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
Strawberry Plains Campus


Pellissippi Press 694-6698 AL216
Placement 694-6559 GN111
President, Office of the 694-6616 GN211
Records (Enrollment Services) 694-6400 GN102
Rental Facilities (Business & Community Services) 694-6665 AL108
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 GN109
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies 539-7279 AL103

High School Equivalency (Hardin Valley Campus)
High School Equivalency (Magnolia Avenue Campus)
Exit, Makeup

Transitional Studies (Learning Support) 694-6596 AL217

Hardin Valley Campus
Blount County Campus
Division Street Campus
Magnolia Avenue Campus
Strawberry Plains 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 a vending machine 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 help in selecting a career field Student Assistance Center/Counseling
Need financial assistance Financial Aid
Need counseling services Counseling
Want to schedule a makeup test Instructor
Need to type a letter or report Open Computer Labs
Need help preparing for the high school equivalency diploma test Testing Center
Need a tutor Academic Support Center
Need classroom accommodations for a disability Disability Services
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)
Want to rent the College’s facilities Business and Community Services (www.pstcc.edu/bcs/facilities)
Want to discuss training (including CEUs) for your employees Business and Community Services