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• The Farragut High School Marching Admirals Band has been selected to perform at the February 2010 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference. The Symphonic Band will travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to perform. They are one of only five high school bands selected to perform at the prestigious conference.

• The 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. For more information, call 865-777-9032, visit www.es knoxville.org or contact Peter Klekamp at klekamp@esknoxville. org.

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet the faculty at a Visitors’ Open House, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. Greenway is a fully-accredited, private, independent middle school, offering grades six through eight. For more information, visit www.greenwayschool.edu or call 865-777-0197.


• 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 are closed now 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 about programs, class registration and more.

• Roane State program prepares students for leadership roles. Roane State Community College has launched an innovative program that prepares students to embrace leadership roles. The Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service program includes seven students who meet monthly and participate in various activities. Sammie Mowery, LEADS coordinator, said the program’s focus is to help students develop leadership skills that they can use in their careers and in their communities.

• Ninety-eight percent of Roane State nursing graduates passed licensing exam. For the second year in a row, 98 percent of Roane State Community College nursing graduates passed their licensing exam on their first attempt. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. One hundred May 2009 Roane State graduates took the exam this year. In 2008, 98 percent of 93 graduates passed the exam in their first attempt.

• Roane State Community College’s Community Outreach and Professional Training Department will offer a course about financial planning from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The course, titled “Back into Black,” will cover topics such as debt reduction and ways to save money on everyday purchases. Participants will develop their own debt-reduction plan as part of the class and are invited to bring a list of their debts.

• Roane State Community College campuses will offer extended business hours to assist students with admission and registration. Hours at most locations will be 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11-14 and Jan. 19-20. The campuses in Cumberland and Fentress counties will close at 5:30 p.m. CST on those days. Campuses will operate on their standard schedule, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15. Roane State locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For more information, call 865-882-4523, toll-free at 1-866-GO2-RSCC, ext. 4523, or visit www.roanestate.edu.

• The spring 2010 semester at Pellissippi State Community College begins on Jan. 14. There is still time to register for classes. For students who are in their third semester at Pellissippi State or who already have been admitted and spoken with an advisor, online registration for classes is available at www.pstcc.edu/admissions/. The deadline for Pellissippi State application and registration is Jan. 11. For additional information, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

• Several 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 that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• The renowned Gesell Institute is holding a 3-day training workshop in Knoxville on February 1-3, 2010. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville, this workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The 3-day workshop includes insightful professional development on the ages and stages of childhood as well as in-depth training and hands-on practice with the Gesell Developmental Observation. The long-used and well-loved GDO assessment involves direct observation of a child’s growth and development, as well as some measures of achievement. Participants will learn to observe and interpret development and behaviors in the areas of cognitive, language, math and motor development of the 18-month to six-year-old child in order to understand the unique needs and abilities of students, and in planning for appropriately challenging preschool and kindergarten curricula. The fee for this 3-day workshop is $495. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709 or by visiting their website at www.gesellinstitute.org.

• Several 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 that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• 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.

 

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