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Gen Ed Students Learn Invaluable Lesson

Students discover hope amidst terror

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A general education class at Fountainhead College traveled to King University’s Hardin Valley campus on March 31 to attend a talk given by Holocaust survivor Alfred Münzer.

Many students afterwards were struck by Münzer’s positive, even uplifting stories, in the face of horrible personal loss.

When he recounted his father who died shortly after the liberation of the camp where he was imprisoned, for example, Münzer spoke affectionately of the edelweiss flowers that now grow on his father’s grave.

“The sacrifices that were made just so he can be with us today,” said Fountainhead student Michael Hall, “speaks volumes for the power of the human spirit.”

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InfraGard Meeting to discuss Safe Transportation & GIS

Keeping Materials Safe

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Safe transportation of radiological materials will be the topic of the next InfraGard Knoxville Members Alliance on Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Fountainhead College of Technology. The featured speaker at this seminar will be Dr. Steven Peterson.
 
Dr. Peterson works in the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His presentation will cover the WebTRAGIS (Transportation Routing Analysis Geographic Information System) product which is used for route planning for the safe transportation of radiological materials. It is also used for looking at hazardous materials transport and potential population risks.
 

This is an open meeting, so visitors are welcome.

InfraGard Knoxville Members Alliance

The mission of the Infragard East Tennessee Members Alliance is to educate and inform our region's businesses, organizations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, as well as private citizens on issues surrounding cybercrime and security. The East Tennessee Infragard Chapter is a 501c nonprofit organization, and is one part of a national networked organization called InfraGard. 

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Congratulations Graduates!

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Fountainhead congratulates the graduating class of December 2013

Fountainhead College will recognize 44 graduating students at its fall graduation ceremony on Friday, December 20, at 10am in the auditorium of the school’s former campus at 3203 Tazewell Pike. The graduating class comprises students from all program areas of the college, including Network Security & Forensics, Health Information Management, Information Technology, Electronics Technology, and Computer Programming, among others.

The college will award 38 Associate's Degrees and 6 Bachelor's of Applied Science Degrees during its graduation ceremony. Jack Neely, associate editor of Knoxville’s Metro Pulse weekly, will present the graduation address. Neely chronicled the early days of Fountainhead’s identity as the Tennessee Radio Service School in an article published this past September. See his full bio below.

Many graduating students will join the workforce immediately, having been hired by employers in the Knoxville area including SAIC, Comcast, Claris Networks, TVA Credit Union, CPR-Cell Phone Repair, Pilot-Flying J, and the City of Knoxville. A handful of graduating students will celebrate their graduation experience with parents who are also graduates from the school when it was named the Tennessee Institute of Electronics.

Fountainhead College wishes our graduates the best of luck as they begin this new chapter in their careers. We are proud that in our 65-years as an institution of higher education, our graduates continue to have a unique and positive impact on nearly every technology-related industry in the region.

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Born on an air base in Japan during the reign of Emperor Hirohito, Jack Neely grew up in Knoxville. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., but earned a degree from the University of Tennessee in American history, during which he worked as “wire editor” for the Daily Beacon.

After working at the 1982 World’s Fair, he worked for attorneys for a few years, mostly in criminal-defense investigation. Since 1985 he’s been a working journalist, beginning with a six-year stint as an editor for various glossy magazines at Whittle Communications. His encounters with the World’s Fair, some high-profile criminals, and an unlikely publishing empire all played roles in arousing an interest in his home town.

In 1992 Metro Pulse debuted his column, “Secret History.” His work at Metro Pulse has earned several awards, including the East Tennessee Historical Society’s “History in the Media” award, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ First Place award in the newspaper columns category. He joined the Metro Pulse staff as a full-time writer in 1995; he is now associate editor of that weekly.

He has also worked as a consultant and project writer for various historical and cultural projects, including the BBC’s 1995 audio documentary about James Agee, and Knoxville’s live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion (1999). He has lectured on journalism, local history and literature at UT and Maryville College, and has worked on a variety of projects on live radio for WUTK and WDVX. He has led urban literary hikes like the Agee Amble and the Suttree Stagger.

He has also contributed to several scholarly works, including Agee Agonistes, a collection of essays about James Agee; Appalachian Heritage magazine’s special issue about Cormac McCarthy; and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He’s also contributes to Smoky Mountain Living magazine.

Since his first collection of columns, Knoxville’s Secret History, was published by Scruffy City Publishing in 1995, he’s published eight books, including a collection called Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City (2009); Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth (2009,2011); and a comprehensive analysis of the city’s recent urban revival called Knoxville: Green by Nature (2013).

Currently at work on a comprehensive history of the Old City area, he lives with his wife, Janet, and is relieved, not to say surprised, that their two children are both employed college graduates.

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Transporting natural gas - InfraGard topic

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Natural gas transportation and SCADA systems will be the topic of this InfraGard Knoxville chapter meeting on Thursday, November 14th, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at Fountainhead College of Technology.

Our speaker will be Dallas Coplin from the Knoxville Utilities Board Safety and Tech Services. Dallas will review the natural gas transportation system nationwide, and discuss an overview of the KUB natural gas distribution system, including gate stations and regulator stations. He will also review some of the physical and chemical properties of natural gas, including various ways to detect a natural gas leak. Finally, he will discuss KUB’s Operations Center and SCADA systems.

InfraGard Knoxville Members Alliance

The mission of the Infragard East Tennessee Members Alliance is to educate and inform our region's businesses, organizations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, as well as private citizens on issues surrounding cybercrime and security. The East Tennessee Infragard Chapter is a 501c nonprofit organization, and is one part of a national networked organization called InfraGard.

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Student Appreciation Day: Nov. 19

Student-Appreciation-Day-artworkFountainhead College will serve up free hot dogs, chili and drinks to all students and guests on Tuesday, November 19 as a part of our Student Appreciation Day.

This is also the day for students to “Bring a Friend to Class Day,” and so make sure to bring along a friend who may be curious to know more about what you are learning in your classroom. 

Day Class Meal: 12:30 – 1:00pm, Tuesday, November 19

Night Class Meal: 6:00 – 6:30pm, Tuesday, November 19

Meals will be served in the Assembly Room. 

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Military Friendly School 2014 Designation

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Fountainhead College Honored as a Military Friendly School for 2014

Victory Media has awarded Fountainhead College of Technology the designation of Military Friendly School for 2014, demonstrating for the fifth year in a row that Fountainhead stands in the top 15% of colleges in the country doing everything it can to embrace America’s military service members as students.

"Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was fierce, and as a result we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark," said Rich McCormack, president of Victory Media Inc.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veteran Affairs tuition funding.

As a Military Friendly School, Fountainhead College distinguishes itself from other regional institutions by their unprecedented level of commitment to providing veterans and military service men and women with a unique blend of quality education, training, job placement and dedicated veteran support throughout a student’s enrollment.

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Sandie Hancock promoted to Director of Education

Sandie-Hancock-webFountainhead College of Technology is pleased to announce that Sandie Hancock has been promoted to Director of Education.

She recently served as the Assistant Director of Education, and she will continue to serve as the Department Head for the General Education Department. Although she is giving up her role as English Instructor, she is mentoring a new English teacher who will bring new energy to the department. Ms. Hancock has undertaken an active role in revising the General Education program at Fountainhead, and she is looking forward to building on her recent successes.

The school thanks Ron Sears for his service to the school, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

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