Chattanooga State Community College is a comprehensive, regionally accredited, community college located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[[1]] The College is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[[1]][2] Chattanooga State offers a variety of programs and degrees including:

Chattanooga State is unique among community colleges in Tennessee by having a Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) as an integral part of its organization.[11]  The TTC offers 21 diploma programs and 7 certificate programs with a combined annual enrollment of over 2,300 students.[5]

Total fall 2010 headcount enrollment, including the technology center, was 12,601.[12]

Chattanooga State serves a six county area of Southeast Tennessee and bordering counties of North Georgia and Alabama as an open-entry postsecondary institution.[1] The College offers instruction through a variety of modes[1]:  

 

·           traditional classroom and laboratory instruction;

·           asynchronous online instruction (more than 100 courses entirely online, as well as many hybrid courses) [13];

·           synchronous instruction engaging students simultaneously at multiple sites[14];

·           one-to-one tutoring. [15]

Locations

There are seven official sites where classes are offered, four of which are in Chattanooga[16]:

·        the Main Campus;

·        the Center for Education and Human Services (formerly East Campus);

·        Eastgate Town Center;

·        the Volkswagen Academy at Enterprise South.[17]

 

Three sites are located in surrounding Tennessee counties[16]:

·        Dayton site, located in Rhea County;

·        Kimball site, located in Marion County;

·        Sequatchie County site, located in Sequatchie County.

Main campus

The main campus of Chattanooga State is located at 4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN, 37406, 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga.[11][18]  The College adjoins the Tennessee Riverwalk, which follows the banks of the Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam to Ross's Landing in midtown Chattanooga.[19]  The main campus consists of 13 buildings on 150 acres including ponds, fountains, gardens, and trees.[20] Sculptures by artists-in-residence, internationally known sculptors, faculty, and students are displayed throughout the campus and in the Outdoor Museum of Art.[21]

An Amphitheatre is situated in the center of campus and is the hub of student life and informal entertainment.[19] The theatre in the C.C. Bond Humanities Building is the location for many productions by the College’s Professional Actor Training Program and music department.[22]

The Augusta R. Kolwyck Library provides services to students at all locations.[14]  

The following facilities are introduced both through the Chattanooga State Achievement Book and the Virtual Tour on the College’s website (http://www.chattanoogastate.edu)[23]:

Center for Education and Human Services (Formerly East Campus)[16]

The Center for Education and Human Services (CEHS) is located at 7158 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN, 37421. The Center offers associates, bachelors and masters degrees in education through a partnership with Tennessee Technological University (TTU). Alternative certification courses for obtaining teaching credentials are also offered, as well as a Human Services associate degree program.

Dayton Site[16]

The Dayton site is located at 200 4th Avenue, Dayton, TN, 37321. Students at the Dayton location can take the General Education core for most majors as well as selected career courses.

Eastgate Town Center Site[16]

The Eastgate Town Center is located at 5600 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37411. Students at the Eastgate Town Center location can take courses leading to a technical diploma in Cosmetology or certificates in Information Security, Information Systems Technology, Aesthetics, Manicurist, and Massage Therapy. Students needing additional preparation for college level courses can enroll in Transitional Studies at the Eastgate Town Center site.

Kimball Site[16]

The Kimball site is located at 426 Battle Creek Road, Kimball, TN, 37380. Students at the Kimball location can take courses applicable toward the A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees. They can also enroll in two certificate programs – Cosmetology, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

Sequatchie / Bledsoe Site (Sequatchie Valley Technical Center)[16]

The Sequatchie Valley site is located at 26297 Highway 127, Dunlap, TN, 37327. Students at the Sequatchie Valley location can take the General Education core for most majors as well as selected career courses.

Volkswagen Academy

The Volkswagen Academy is located at 7469 Enterprise South Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN, 37416, adjoining the VW assembly plant.[17]  The Academy is a partnership with Volkswagen Group of America and is the official training center for the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant.  Chattanooga State is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Academy as well as training new employees and preparing future prospects for employment.  The College’s program in Mechatronics prepares a pool of potential technical employees for Volkswagen, local automotive suppliers and other industries through direct instruction and in-plant internships.  The program is three years in length.[24]

 

Wacker Institute

 

Wacker Chemical has partnered with Chattanooga State to create the Wacker Institute. [50] The company has its world headquarters in Germany and has built a number of facilities in the United States, including Bradley County in southeast Tennessee.  The new plant will manufacture polysilicone which is used in solar-power cells. [53] The Wacker Institute is “part of the engineering technology division of Chattanooga State” which has a main goal of teaching workers the technical skills needed to work at the plant when it “begins production in 2013.” [50] There are four tracks of study being offered: process technician (Operator), Laboratory Technician (Analytics), Electronics & Instrumentation Technician, and Mechanical Technician. [53]

 

The Institute and other engineering technology programs will be located in the Center for Engineering Technology, Art and Science which will open in summer 2011.  “A major part of the facility will be a $3-million state-of-the art chemical training plant underwritten by Wacker.”[50]  The Institute will take up “25,000 square feet of the 149,000-square-foot facility.”[52]  “The college also has work force training partnerships with such companies as Volkswagen, Alstom and TVA.” [52]

History

In September 1965, Chattanooga State became Tennessee's first technical college and Southeast Tennessee's first public institution of higher education. [25]  It was originally known as Chattanooga State Technical Institute and was classified as a two-year, coeducational, college-level institution.[25]

The College was founded to offer technical programs with Associate in Science and Associate in Engineering degrees, “while remaining flexible to offer customized training to meet industry needs.”[25]  As a result of post-World War II children entering higher education in the early 1960s, the Tennessee State Board of Education began efforts to establish community colleges across the state that would provide technical education” specifically “to bridge the gap between engineers and craftsmen.”[25]  

 

Two years after opening, the College moved to an 80-acre campus about six miles away from the downtown area and constructed a 75,000-square-foot facility. [25]   The number of graduates has increased from 92 students in the first graduating class to more than 1,200 in recent graduating classes.[25]  Since the beginning of the College, more than 90 percent of the graduates have remained in the region with job placement rates also exceeding 90 percent. [25]

In 1973 Chattanooga State Technical Institute became Chattanooga State Technical Community College.”[25]  Specifics of Senate Bill 1010 mandated that the College do the following:  

·        provide comprehensive one and two-year occupational, college parallel, continuing education, and community service programs;

·        offer quality technical and scientific occupational programs; and

·        serve as a regional technical school to train engineering technicians or technical workers in the fields of production, distribution, and service.” [25]

 

The College was under the State Board of Education until 1974 when it became part of the State Community College and University System under the Tennessee Board of Regents.[26]  With that administrative change the College identified the counties in its service area:  Hamilton, Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Marion, and Grundy counties in Tennessee and border counties in Georgia.[26]

In 1981 the State Area Vocational-Technical School entered into a pilot merger with Chattanooga State Technical Community College.  Consequently the College added vocational education to its mission.”[26]  “The Tennessee legislature officially recognized the merger in July 1983,” creating a unique partnership between vocational and career programs.[26] With this merger the College began offering one-year certificates in fields such as industrial electronics, automotive technology, and welding.[26]

The College was renamed Chattanooga State Community College in 2009 when Senate Bill 681 became law.[27]

Over its forty-five year history, the College has achieved many significant milestones:

Organization

Chattanooga State Community College is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system, consisting of 18 board members.[35] The President of Chattanooga State Community College is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.[36]

Chattanooga State Community College has seven academic divisions[37]:

Student Life

Students often refer to Chattanooga State as "Chatt State."  This nickname is now commonly used community-wide.

 

The Student Life department provides extra-curricular activities that address various interest groups on campus.[38]  Activities, workshops, trips and events provide students with leadership opportunities, social development, and an engaging and dynamic campus culture.  Student Life includes the following areas:

 

·        New Student Orientation;

·        Multicultural and International Student Services and Programming;

·        Judicial Affairs;

·        Student Activities;

·        Intramurals;

·        More than forty clubs and organizations.  

 

The Student Life Office assists students with insurance, locker registration, student ID cards, housing, lost and found, and student handbooks.  Students are offered many opportunities for participation, leadership development, and service learning.

Fine Arts

Chattanooga State offers a Fine Arts program leading to a degree in art, dance, music, or theatre.[39]  For students seeking other degrees, the Fine Arts program offer courses meeting general education requirements.[47] The Fine Arts program offers both freshman and sophomore level courses required by most colleges and universities for their degree programs and an intensive two-year experience in professional acting.

Athletics

Chattanooga State competes at the Division 1 level in the National Junior College Athletic Association.[40]  Intercollegiate athletics include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and fast pitch softball.  Teams routinely compete for national championships.  Scholarship opportunities enable qualified student athletes to pursue an education while representing Chattanooga State in a variety of sports. During the 2007 season all four head coaches received "Coach of the Year" conference honors.[41]

 

Baseball

During the 2009-2010 season the team competed in the NJCAA baseball world series.[48] Tiger baseball opened the 2010-2011 season with a Region 7 Tournament win and a trip to Grand Junction Colorado as one of ten teams in the country to compete in the JUCO World Series.[40] Tiger baseball has produced student athletes with awards both on the field and in the classroom. [40]

 

Basketball

Chattanooga State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams under the direction of Head Coach Jay Price have consistently received national recognition.[43]  In 2010, Coach Price was named men’s basketball coach of the year by the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.[44]  In 2011 both the men’s and women’s teams won the NJCAA Region VII championships.[49]  Tiger basketball gives students an avenue for pursuing their education at four-year colleges after two years at Chattanooga State.[40]

Softball

In 2010 eight Tiger softball players earned all conference academic honors; four team members earned All Academic NFCA Scholar honors.[40]  The team won the region tournament and went to the national tournament for the 16th time.[40]  Head Coach Beth Keylon-Randolph was former co-head coach of TEAM USA at the World University games.[45]  The 2009 team was ranked #1 in April 2009 and finished the year ranked #4 with a 60-9 record.[46]  Tiger softball also gives students opportunities to receive athletic scholarships from universities across the country.[45]

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External links

§  Chattanooga State Community College (http://www.chattanoogastate.edu)