Rising country music star to perform free concert after manufacturing showcase at Pellissippi State
Those interested in careers in manufacturing have a chance to learn more about local job opportunities and catch a free concert at Pellissippi State Community College next month.
Pellissippi State is one of four Tennessee community colleges on Country Music Television's Empowering Education tour featuring rising star Courtney Cole, a Belmont University graduate who has been named one of CMT's Next Women of Country.
A manufacturing showcase will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the lobby of Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus, followed by the free concert at 6 p.m. in the campus' West Chevrolet Auditorium.
Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville. While the concert is free, tickets are required, as seating is limited.
"We want folks to come out, maybe who have never set foot on our campus, to learn more about the manufacturing careers available right here in our community as well as the manufacturing programs we offer at Pellissippi State," said Blount County Campus Dean Holly Burkett.
The manufacturing showcase will highlight resources available to students to pursue the initial education and training required to break into a manufacturing career as well as resources available for those who wish to advance their careers with their existing employers, she noted.
Representatives of local companies - including DENSO, Newell Rubbermaid, Cherokee Millwright, Massey Electric, ICC International and Arconic - will be on hand to answer questions, as will representatives from Pellissippi State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville, which will inhabit a portion of the new Blount County Workforce Development Center planned for Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus.
CMT Empowering Education's goal is to connect Tennesseans with ways to further their education and develop their skills in order to achieve their dreams. It also supports the state's "Drive to 55" mission to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-high-school degree or certificate to 55 percent of the state's population by 2025. Achieving that goal will require 800,000 more Tennesseans getting the training and skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.