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• Candice Lott of Knoxville, a rising senior at Farragut High School, was among 112 students selected to attend Washington and Lee University’s Summer Scholars Program held July 3-29. Lott is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Lott of Knoxville.

• Christine Elizabeth Hender-shott of Knoxville, daughter of Howard and Susan Hendershott, was named to the dean’s list at Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C., for the spring 2005 term.

• Rebecca Kern, 2005 West High School graduate, was accepted to American University and has been awarded a Dean’s scholarship. The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to freshmen in the top 20 percent of the applicant pool based on ability, accomplishments and potential as demonstrated by high school grades, test scores and community involvement and service.

• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is sponsoring a free English language workshop 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at the YMCA at 616 Jessamine St. in East Knoxville. The workshop will help prepare participants for English-as-Second-Language classes, which will be offered free of charge beginning Sept. 1. Information will be provided on where and when the classes will be conducted, and a short English survey will be given. All new ESOL students interested in taking a class to improve their English speaking, reading and writing skills are encouraged to attend. Although the workshop is free, you must make an appointment to attend. For additional information or to make an appointment, call Monday-Thursday, 865-539-7109.

• Information on legal liability and employment law for small-business owners will be presented at a seminar at Pellissippi State Technical Community College Thursday, Aug. 25. “Big Liability and Employment Law Issues for Small Business” will take place 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Goins Cafeteria Annex on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the college and the Wimberly Lawson Seale Wright & Daves law firm, the seminar will address topics such as immigration, employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour regulations, disability law and background checks. Lawyer Howard Jackson also will provide compliance tips for employment laws that affect small businesses. The seminar costs $20 per person and advance registration is required. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 19. Make checks payable to Pellissippi State and mail to Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 17 Market Square, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37902-1405. For additional information, contact Jane Shelton at 865-246-2663 or jshelton@mail.tsbdc.org. The law firm’s Web site also has background information at www.wimberlylawson.com.

• University of Tennessee Professional and Personal Development offer a variety of courses for professional growth and certification, business management and leisure and life enrichment. Upcoming fall courses include adult latin dance and ballroom dancing, Spanish for beginners, sports photography, introduction to blogging and how to start your own business. Classes are held at UT campus, West High School and the UT Oak Ridge Classroom.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is starting a degree program in media technologies and erecting a new building to house the program. The program will confer an associate’s degree on students who successfully complete one of four media technology concentrations: communication graphics technology, video production technology, photography or web technology. In October 2003, Pellissippi State received a $1.7 million Title III strengthening and development grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and implement two new career programs at the college, media technologies and security engineering and administration technology. The media technologies degree program will begin this month, with the start of the fall semester. The security engineering and administration technology program, which has been planned with the assistance of local security administrators from such agencies as TVA, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Knoxville Police Department, will begin in January. Students interested in the Security program can begin taking general courses now. Pellissippi State’s media technologies program is designed to provide students with the training and equipment necessary to produce informational and marketing materials through a variety of media — print, broadcast, photographic image and computer. Students must complete 60 credit hours, including 38 in one of the four concentrations, to earn an associate’s degree.

• Roane State Community College offers respiratory therapy training, a growing field. The demand for respiratory therapists will grow by nearly 43 percent in the next three years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Roane State’s Respiratory Therapy program has a 100-percent job placement rate for graduates over the past five years. To find out more, call (865) 539-6904.

 

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