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“We’re here at the Project Making Graduation Attainable awards dinner. PMGA is a great program that helps support adult students. Nicole and Gayle, the group’s leaders, have been so supportive to all of us.  PMGA has weekly mixers and small group sessions that help support you through your time here. This is my second time coming back to school. I had a career but I felt like I was missing something and I wanted to come back. I was hesitant because I didn’t think I would be a good student, but I’m glad I took the plunge. I was scared, but once I got into the right environment with the right support I flourished. I’m going to King University after graduating with the goal of earning my bachelor’s in business administration. I want to work with the chamber of commerce here in Knoxville. I’m passionate about the hospitality industry and I want to help improve the city of Knoxville as a whole. If you’re on the fence about coming back to school, really think about it. Make sure you’re committed before you start—it’ll be worth it!” - Kristina #peopleofpscc

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Congratulations to all of our Project Making Graduation Attainable students!

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“Today we finished a mass casualty emergency response simulation for our medical surgery class. We simulated a bus crash with multiple injuries, it’s testing how we react in a chaotic situation. I was the team lead for the simulation, so I coordinated our team and provided help and backup as needed so we could get the job done. I’ll be graduating this semester and I’m excited! I want to work in medical surgery and focus on wound care once I get my certification. I want to help people, I think this is a great way to do that. The nursing program can be tough and there were times where I didn’t think I would get through it. It’s something where you need to keep working no matter what. Push through the difficult times and know that you can get it done.”- Samantha #peopleofpscc

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We had a wonderful time with @thecourtneycole on the Blount County campus! The Empowering Education Tour and manufacturing showcase helped us show the importance of education and manufacturing in our community.

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Our #trashtag -- the Ijams River Cleanup! Thank you to everyone who came out and helped, including representatives from @keepknoxvillebeautiful

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Thank you to NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei for visiting campus and sharing his experience as a flight engineer on the International Space Station!

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We had a great time at today's Spring Fling! Thank you to everyone who came out to participate.

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"These Shining Lives" is a story about power structures, corporate America, and determination in the face of adversity. You won't want to miss this student-run theater production! Shows run April 5-7 and April 12-14.

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Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei will be on campus next Thursday, April 4 in the CPAC to discuss his time on the International Space Station in his talk "Space is Closer Than You Think." This free event starts at 12:25pm next Thursday-- you won't want to miss this!

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Our Variations Choir is back from their tour through Italy! (📸: Audrey Williams)

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Beautiful #firstdayofspring on the Hardin Valley Campus! 🌸🌸We hope you're having a great spring break.

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Jay Easter is this month's alumni feature! Jay works as a Central Services Maintenance Superintendent at Arconic. While at Pellissippi State, Jay was a student in the Industrial Maintenance Cohort II. He loved the comradery found within his cohort and felt like his education helped him be more comfortable in his field.

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"Finally graduating is relieving, exciting and overwhelming – mostly exciting. Graduates should be proud of themselves. We’ve done an amazing thing and accomplished so much.“ - Lara #peopleofPSCC

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"Don’t be afraid to come back to school if you’ve taken a break. Take that leap. I was worried about being a 36-year-old in a class full of younger students, but I actually made a lot of great friends. It's a supportive environment and I'm glad I came back!" - Josh #peopleofPSCC #communitycollege #graduation #graduate

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Just a few of the many wonderfully decorated hats from Friday's graduation!

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Congratulations to the class of 2018!

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Our veterans graduation gave us time to honor our student veterans as they move on to the next stage of their lives. Thank you to @glennjacobstn for attending and sharing your words of wisdom!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018! You've come so far -- tonight's the night!

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“I started as a Reconnect student in the paralegal program but I quickly decided that I wanted a change of pace. I wanted to be active in the outside world and help the public as much as I could. I transferred to Criminal Justice where I met Dr. Keeton – he played a huge part in helping me embrace my new major. I learned a lot about the justice system and how I can play a role in helping people less fortunate than myself. I’ve really enjoyed the program. I started the Criminal Justice club here, which has been great. Now we need someone to take it over because I’m graduating! I’m going to be a part of the program’s first graduating class and I’m really excited. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of Dr. Keeton’s work in setting up the program -- he’s instilled many great things in his students. I’m here at my final exam for my forensics class, it’s a crime scene investigation. We had to come in and record evidence, take fingerprints, sketch the crime scene and write up a report. Eventually I hope to work as a victim advocate to help educate other people about what happens in the criminal justice system. Find every opportunity to educate yourself and contact Dr. Keeton if you’re interested in Criminal Justice. He can help you no matter where you are on your educational path. If anyone out there doubts themselves or thinks they can’t do it -- know that you can do it."- Stefanie

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The holiday spectacular was an amazing time! We're so proud of all our wonderful musical groups here on campus.

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Ugly holiday sweater day at the Strawberry Plains campus -- Looking good everyone!

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Yesterday's goat yoga class at the student rec center gave students a great way to de-stress before finals!

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Thank you to our student ambassadors for all of their hard work this semester!