Latinx families in the Knoxville area are invited to Pellissippi State Community College this Thursday (March 12) for the school’s second Latinx Family Visit Night.
“We are specifically inviting prospective Latinx students, but we would love for them to bring their families and friends to learn more about enrolling in Pellissippi State and the resources we have to offer,” said Selena Kimber, Enrollment Services coordinator.
The Family Visit Night will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on the college’s Division Street Campus, 3435 Division Street. Refreshments will be served. The event is free, and there is no need to RSVP.
Latinx Family Visit Night will give prospective Latinx students and their families an opportunity to talk to Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students. Admissions, financial aid and scholarships are among the topics that will be addressed, as well as dual enrollment options for high school students who want to get a head start on college.
Drema Bowers, director of Student Care and Advocacy, will talk about the ways Pellissippi State can help students who have experience nonacademic barriers to success such as food insecurity, housing and transportation.
A panel of Latinx Pellissippi State students will share their experiences at the college as well.
“Everyone here has been a blessing,” said Pellissippi State student Kelvin Gonzalez, who arrived in the United States just two years ago from his native Venezuela. “Everyone has helped me out. I have felt very welcome here, which is very important when you’re an immigrant.”
While Enrollment Services has intentionally reached out to Latinx high school students and their families for this event, the Family Visit Night is open to all interested Latinx families, as Pellissippi State has a robust community of students who are older than the traditional college age of 18-24. Info: 865-694-6400.
Lesli Bales-Sherrod does marketing and writing for Pellissippi State Community College.