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Reinvent your Selfie

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Fountainhead College has launched a new ad campaign that encourages people to “Reinvent your Selfie” with a degree from Fountainhead College of Technology. Most Fountainhead graduates have reinvented themselves by earning degrees and finding good jobs in their respective industries. This campaign begs the question: how are you going to reinvent yourself and your career?
 

You can see our ads on the school’s Facebook and YouTube sites. Show your support of Fountainhead by “liking” our campaign posts. Fountainhead has “Selfie” billboards up all over Knox and Blount Counties, and we are producing a handful of new TV commercials that begin to tell the stories of select graduates, and the successes they've found, in part, to the education they received at Fountainhead. 

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The school is asking students and graduates to get involved too. Are you a member of the Fountainhead family? If so, please send us a photo/selfie showing how you have “Reinvented your Selfie” since you enrolled at or graduated from Fountainhead.

If you’ve scored a job, send us a photo of yourself in your new work environment. We want to see Before and After photos: before enrolling and after enrolling. Include a sentence or two telling us what you were doing before you enrolled and how your life is different after enrolling. 

Nedbal-Selfie-before-afterWe want to pay special tribute to our veterans by asking vets to send us a photo of yourself while in the military, and also a photo/selfie of yourself now. Email your selfie to selfie@fountainheadcollege.edu AND/OR post your photos directly to Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (use the hashtag #ReinventYourSelfie). We will print your photos and add them to a special "Selfie" bulletin board. 

What are you waiting for? Reinvent your Selfie!

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Best Technical School in Knoxville - Again!

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For the second year in a row, Knoxvillians have chosen Fountainhead College of Technology as the Best Technical/Business School in Knoxville. The 2014 Metro Pulse annual reader’s poll is out, and Fountainhead came out on top, again. Read Jack Neely's winning description of the school in this week's Metro Pulse magazine, reprinted below:

Best Technical/Business School

Fountainhead College of Technology

"Located on a relatively new campus near the intersection of I-40 and Pellissippi Parkway, Fountainhead enrolls about 250 students who are seeking bachelors’ and associates’ degrees in multiple aspects of information technology, including computer programming, wireless communication, and network security.

Fountainhead is especially known for its Internet-protection training (how many schools have a Cyber Defense Club?) has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. So the NSA approves of them, but you don’t have to approve of the NSA to be impressed. Fountainhead don’t make federal policy, but at Fountainhead they can explain how it all works.

Fountainhead actually started on Gay Street, in 1947, in the building currently being renovated as Tailor Lofts. It was originally known as the “Tennessee Radio Service School,” and aimed at returning GIs. The school later settled for years on Tazewell Pike in the Fountain City area, where they got the name. (J.N.)"

We are grateful for your support, Knoxville. You can count on us to earn your support in the years to come!

 
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Congratulations Graduates!

Ready for Work!

spring-gradsFountainhead College recognized 16 graduating students at its spring graduation ceremony on Friday, April 25, in the auditorium of the school’s former campus at 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.

Retired Air Force Colonel Ralph Pubillones gave a practical but heartwarming graduation address that detailed, in a very personal way, the essential lessons learned from his military experiences. See his full bio below.

Many graduating students will join the workforce immediately, having been hired by employers in the Knoxville area including TeamHealth, Comcast, Covenant Health, US Cellular and the IT Company. A handful of graduating students will celebrate their graduation experience with parents who are also graduates from the school, when it was 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 67-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.

Ralph Pubillones Bio

Ralph Pubillones served in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He held high-level assignments in command, intelligence, politico-military affairs, and missile operations. He served on tours with the Defense Intelligence Agency, US Southern Command, US Strategic Command, and US Transportation Command. He held assignments in Panama, Korea, and Germany.

Pubillones was the first Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency-hosted Director of Central Intelligence Underground Facility Analysis Center. Ralph retired from the Air Force in 2003 as a colonel. Since retiring from the Air Force, Ralph has been a program manager and a business development manager with Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions where he was responsible for a US Intelligence Community agency and business development customers. Ralph now lives in Tellico Village. He and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren.

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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.

Jack-Neely-webGraduation Speaker: Jack Neely

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.

Directions to Fountainhead College:

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