New Changes Greet Incoming Students

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State constantly evolves to create a more appealing learning environment for its students. Students will encounter new changes in the Enrollment Services Center, Engineering Technology Division, Reading and Writing Center and note that the IMC front entrance is being remodeled to reflect a more modern look.

A new Welcome Center staffed by personnel from Enrollment Services is located on the second floor of the Starnes Student Center. This area is specifically designated for new students who will find help with the enrollment process. They may apply using the Tiger Express Lab or apply from home online. New students may appreciate knowing that enrolling in college is a process and should plan enough time to complete it. The process always begins with an application and can be expedited by bringing an official transcript (a sealed grades transcript from the last institution or high school attended).

Students are ready for orientation if they have seen an advisor and registered for classes. One session remains before classes begin on August 25. Register for an upcoming orientation session by calling 423.697.4720. Current students seeking assistance should come to the Student Center first floor lobby.

The Engineering Technology Division has expanded as additional job opportunities continue to flood the area. Due to this expansion, the Engineering Technology Division now holds classes in two different parts of the campus. The Charles W. Branch Center for Technology, built in the 1980s, continues to house the Engineering Technology Division and many of its programs. In 2011, the newly named Center for Engineering, Technology And Science, (CETAS) opened Wacker Institute to students in the chemical (operators and analytics technicians), mechanical systems, electronics and instrumentation fields. In 2012, a partnership between the Hamilton County Department of Education and Chattanooga State led to the opening of the first local STEM high school (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math). And in 2014, the Lamerand Center for Engineering Studies and Design computer laboratory was opened following the death of Richard K. Lamerand, a professor with 29 years of service to the college. The lab is located in room 341 of the CETAS building.

Recently, the Donald F. Andrews College Writing Center was relocated to its new location in IMC-215 and joined with the Reading Center to become the Donald F. Andrews College Reading and Writing Center. In addition to offering a supportive academic environment, the center provides tutors for writers across all disciplines and at all skill levels. Reading skills are crucial to college success and include the ability to identify main and subordinate ideas, make inferences, separate fact from opinion, identify biases and point of view, master vocabulary, and adjust reading rates and skills to various kinds of written materials.

Visitors used the back entrance this summer while the front of the Instructional Materials Center, or IMC, has been closed for remodeling since June. IMC visitors can expect to see newly painted walls, as well as new ceiling and flooring features completed by August 25. Additional items to be added will include decorative wall features, new handrails, furniture, and doors. This smartly updated area will serve as a nice compliment and entrance to the recently remodeled Augusta R. Kolwyck Library.

For more information about Chattanooga State, to schedule a tour, or enroll for Fall 2014 classes, visit www.chattanoogastate.edu.