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• Episcopal School of Knoxville will host an open house for all grades from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. School is located at 950 Episcopal School Way off Lovell Road in West Knox County. At the open house, parents can enjoy coffee and homemade cookies, tour classrooms, and meet with faculty and staff to learn about the curriculum and programs of the school. Episcopal School Headmaster Jay Secor and Assistant Headmaster Peter Klekamp will be on hand. Visitors may also meet with current students and their parents. For more information, call 865-777-9032 or visit www.esknoxville.org

• Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC has contributed $25,000 to Roane State Community College’s effort to expand its Oak Ridge campus.

• All Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Saturday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 3, for the holidays. All campuses will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, and classes will begin Thursday, Jan. 14. Visit www.roanestate.edu for more information.

• U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes each will win $100,000 to use in any way they want in the company’s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, 2010, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote on-line for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion. The campaign returns at a time when school districts across the country are feeling a greater budget pinch in a slowing economy. According to the American Association of School Administrators, the percentage of schools cutting extracurricular activities almost tripled from 10 percent in 2008-09 to 28 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

• Gesell Institute is holding a three-day training workshop in Knoxville Feb. 1-3, 2010. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville, workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Fee for this workshop is $495. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709 or by visiting www.gesellinstitute.org.

• Farragut area students have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society at Lipscomb University. Farragut residents include: Allyson Hall, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jenny Randolph. Farragut students are among 69 undergraduate and graduate students inducted into the prestigious society. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society promoting outstanding character and academic excellence.

• Pellissippi State makes veterans’ education more accessible and affordable. The number of veterans enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College this semester is up 15 percent from spring and 20 percent from last fall, and the institution has put in place a number of resources to make their experience a success. In anticipation of the increase — which stems in part from changes in benefits in the GI Bill — the college convened a work group to study services provided to veterans and learn how to better coordinate programs for students in and discharged from the military. Pellissippi State is also one of four Tennessee community colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program helps pay tuition and fees that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate rate, which, in Tennessee, is $6,850 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Qualifying students receive $1,000 per semester, with $500 coming from the VA and the other $500 from Pellissippi State. (The funding doesn’t cover the international fee.) The money covers 25 veterans each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Shastid, 865-694-6472 or seshastid@pstcc.edu.

• Roane State’s contemporary management program offering new format. Thanks to a new format, Roane State Community College’s contemporary management program is an even better fit for working adults’ busy schedules. With the traditional format, classes meet one night per week for five weeks, plus an eight-hour summary session. The new, hybrid format combines web classes with face-to-face sessions. The hybrid format reduces the number of face-to-face class meetings from six sessions in five weeks to only two sessions in five weeks. Spring classes begin Jan. 14. Prospective students who have not applied for admission are encouraged to contact the admissions office at 865-882-4523. For more information, to apply online, or to register for classes, visit www.roanestate.edu.

• Oak Ridge Associated Universities has contributed $25,000 more to Roane State Community College’s effort to expand its Oak Ridge campus. ORAU also gave the college $25,000 in September 2008.

 

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