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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.

Transporting natural gas - InfraGard topic

infragard_IMA_logo1-smKnoxville InfraGard Chapter Meeting

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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Military Friendly School 2014 Designation


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.


Student Appreciation Day

School Party | Employer Interviews | Bring a Friend | Dorm Storm

Next Tuesday, August 13, will be a BIG DAY on the Fountainhead College Campus. HOT 104.5 logo

The radio station HOT 104.5’s “Dorm Storm” will invade the campus from 12-2 pm, bringing students a music party, games and free prizes.

Fountainhead College will serve up free hot dogs and drinks to all students and guests – yes, this is also “Bring a Friend to Class Day,” and so make sure to bring along a friend who might be curious to know more about what you are learning here inside the classroom.


Looking for IT Work?

Premier Staffing Partners will be on campus to interview students interested in working in the IT field!
Their recruiters will conduct 20-minute interviews Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14. They want to hire an IT student or graduate to work in a Network Operation Center. Skills needed: Basic Cisco IOS knowledge and troubleshooting skills, Cisco routing and switching knowledge, and some Windows Server basic knowledge also a plus.

More importantly, they want to meet our students to learn which candidates they can place in IT jobs when employers contact them. Interviewing is a great opportunity for you to show off your technical skills, as well as your soft skills, and to also ask questions and learn about what employers are looking for.

To interview:
1) Sign up in the Career Services office, and
2) Submit your resume to Career Services ASAP so that we can forward it on to Premier Staffing before the interviews.

Clothes Closet

Need business casual dress shirts and pants? No problem. Just let Career Services and/or Ms. Sandie Hancock know that you need some assistance and we will show you our Clothes Closet, which is full of nice dress clothes in all sizes. This is a free and private service that we offer all students.

August Job Fair


Welcome Employers!

Fountainhead College is pleased to roll out the welcome mat and connect employers with capable students and graduates at our August Job Fair. This event is the perfect venue for you to Get Discovered!

WHEN: August 6, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
WHERE: Fountainhead College of Technology Campus, 10208 Technology Drive  

Fountainhead College students and graduates will come dressed and prepared to hand out resumes and interview with local employers.

Registration Information for Employers: Please fill out the registration form (closed) by August 1 to reserve your company's table.

Contact Joel Southern or Goldie Littlejohn in Career Services if you have any questions. 

Agriculture & Food Security: InfraGard meeting

infragard_IMA_logo1-smKnoxville InfraGard Chapter Meeting

Agriculture and food security will be the topic of this InfraGard Knoxville chapter meeting on Thursday, July 11 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at Fountainhead College.

Our speaker will be Dr. Ray Burden, Jr., from the University of Tennessee, who will speak about potential threats to our country's agricultural mechanisms. Bring your brown bag lunch and join us. As always, the FBI Cyber Squad will bring a brief update.

The Food and Agriculture Sector is a complex production, processing, and delivery system whose compromise could impact us all. Because of the open nature of many portions of the Food and Agriculture Sector, attacks against our Nation’s food or agricultural infrastructure or using its resources as weapons could have a devastating impact on public health and the economy. Recently back from providing training in Guam, Dr. Burden has interesting examples of how we might not be aware of how much we can be affected by attacks on this sector, and what is being done to protect it.

Dr. Burden is the Associate Director for the Center of Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness at the University of Tennessee. The Center provides training to support protection of agriculture and the food supply from terrorist threats and the promotion of safer food production and processing practices.

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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Best Technical School in Knoxville

Metro-Pulse-Best-2013Thank you, Knoxville!

Thank you for choosing Fountainhead College of Technology as the Best Technical/Business School in Knoxville. The 2013 Metro Pulse annual reader’s poll is out, and Fountainhead came out on top.

Why are we the best?

  • Class assignments are hands-on, which keeps our students focused.
  • Our instructors CARE about our students.
  • Class sizes are small, and so students receive a lot of personalized attention.
  • Industry certifications are built into many of our programs.
  • We offer career services to help place graduates in good jobs.
  • Our instructors are experts in their fields.

Most importantly, we are a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as designated by the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. In other words, we are experts in cybersecurity education. This prestigious designation recognizes Fountainhead’s Network Security & Forensics (NSF) bachelor’s degree program as one of the best in the nation. We are the only college in Tennessee that offers all six national certifications offered by the Center of Academic Excellence (CAEIAE).

We appreciate your support, Knoxville. You can count on us doing everything we can to earn your support in the years to come!

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