Allied Health Information Sessions

The Nursing and Allied Health Division at Chattanooga State offers monthly information sessions for students interested in a health care career. Most sessions last one hour and are not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Radiologic Technology, EMS, Health Information Management and Dental Assisting are programs that require attendance at a session.

Program directors will explain the process for applying to a program, what to expect once admitted, discuss job opportunities, and answer questions.

The Nursing and Allied Health Division will hold division-wide information sessions on Tuesday, January 6. Dental Assisting, 8am; Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Radiologic Technology, 9am; Health Information Management and Pharmacy Technician, 10am; Health Sciences and Respiratory Care, 10:30am.

The following program sessions are scheduled during January and February 2015:

  • Emergency Medical Services, January 7 & 21 and February 4 & 18, 10am, CBIH-134
  • Dental Assisting: January 8 and February 5, 5:30pm; February 9, 8am, HSC-2028
  • Dental Hygiene: January 15, 5pm, HSC-2031
  • Physical Therapist Assistant: January 21, 3pm, HSC-2029
  • Radiologic Technology, February 5, 5:30pm, HSC-2060
  • Nursing: February 10, 9am and 5pm, HSC-1083
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (RX TN), February 10, 1pm, HSC-2088
  • Respiratory Care: February 18, 3pm, HSC-2117
  • Health Sciences RX TN: February 19, 10am, HSC-2088
  • Health Information Management, February 24, 5:30pm, HSC-2106

For more information, visit or call 423-697-4450.

Sculpture Studio Receives $55,000 Lyndhurst Grant


Caroline Covington in her soon to be
remodeled sculpture studio.

Chattanooga, TN — Thanks to a $55,000 grant awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation, Assistant Professor Caroline Covington will be transforming the 3,750 square foot Center for Engineering, Technology, Arts, & Science (CETAS) Garage into a sculpture studio supporting student-fabricated public art. For more than 20 years, Chattanooga State’s Visual Arts Department has offered courses in outdoor fabrication and stone carving, but without a dedicated studio space on campus and limited tools, the program’s growth was limited. With the acquisition of the CETAS Garage and grant funding, the sculpture program is poised for tremendous growth.

With a CNC plasma router, CNC Z-axis wood routers, 3D printers, and additional materials, students will be able to translate computer-generated drawings and models into three-dimensional sculptures, enabling them to expand their own abstract ideas into concrete realities. Funding also will support a collaborative outdoor sculpture with STEM high school students and bring Visiting Artists to campus as part of a new Public Art Lecture series.

Chattanooga State’s mission acknowledges the importance of creating an aesthetic landscape that builds on the visual legacy of public art in Chattanooga. The Outdoor Museum of Art has more than 100 permanent and rotating works covering five acres, and the new technology also will help maintain these works as well as future acquisitions.

Current students are enrolled in Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture I & II courses. Covington also remarks, “When the studio is fully equipped, we hope artists and art enthusiasts will take advantage of the new equipment as we expand our curriculum to offer machine and material specific courses, such as welding and CNC fabrication.” The Lyndhurst grant will positively impact countless students and artists throughout the Chattanooga community.

For more information about the Fine Arts Sculpture program, visit or contact Caroline Covington at (423) 697-5506 or

Chattanooga State Kimball Students Offer the Gift of Life

Jeff Scissom & Tim McNabb

Jeff Scissom and Tim McNabb of South Pittsburg

As the Christmas season arrives, most of us wonder what gifts to buy and what we might receive. In South Pittsburg, Tenn. two students involved in the Marion County Rotaract Club who are taking classes at Chattanooga State’s Kimball site know exactly what they will be giving: the gift of life.

Donating blood throughout most of his teenage years, Tim McNabb earned the Blood Assurance “Cord of Courage,” which he wore at his high school graduation in 2011. In 2012, he signed up to be a bone marrow donor and since that time has been flagged twice as a “match.” Although he was not needed the first time they called, last month he was again called and is now going through the process to donate his marrow to someone in need. Tim is currently working on his second business administration degree through Chattanooga State.

Graduating high school in 2012, Jeff Scissom played soccer, was a flag runner, and played the drums in the marching band. Now majoring English, with a minor in criminal justice, Jeff decided to be tested this past summer to see if he was able to donate a kidney to a man in end stage renal disease. When Jeff discovered he was a match, he began taking the necessary steps for donation scheduled later this month. The donation will have a lengthy recovery time for both Jeff and the recipient but Jeff says, “If it can help someone, then of course I’m doing it. There’s no question.”

While others are out trying to do last minute shopping this holiday season, these two young men took a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – and made life-altering decisions to give of themselves.

For more information on Chattanooga State Kimball, contact Julie Bennett at 423-837-1327 or visit

Statewide SAILS Meeting Highlights Successes


SAILS Field Coordinators

Chattanooga, TN — SAILS (Seamless Alignment of Integrated Learning Support) has grown not only in the use of successful methodologies but in popularity as well. At a recent statewide meeting held at Chattanooga State, approximately 30 SAILS field coordinators met for a day of professional development training and discussion.

“SAILS is designed to help students who, without intensive instruction, are on a trajectory for placement in remedial math when they get to college. The SAILS facilitated hybrid model provides a solid conceptual framework so students can take college-level math courses right out of the gate,” states Dr. Robert M. Denn, project director for SAILS Math TN.

The SAILS program was created at Chattanooga State and was first implemented with a test group of 20 high school seniors at Red Bank High School in 2012. With funding from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and support from the Governor’s Office and the Tennessee Board of Regents, the program has attracted national attention with its unprecedented 70 percent success rate. It has grown to include all 13 community colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. This year, SAILS is partnering with 184 high schools serving 13,636 students across the state and expects to grow to 18,000 students next academic year.

Regional Lead Field Coordinators Abbie Alexander (West TN) and Jeannette Tippett (East TN), with Deanna Swiney, Coordinator of Educational Technology, conducted the professional development training. The training not only delved into technology, but allowed the field coordinators to share interventions and motivational tools in order to help students be successful in SAILS.

“The field coordinators are the key to SAILS success. They provide support to the classroom teacher and facilitators in the areas of content, curriculum, technology and logistics and serve as communications liaisons between the high schools and the community colleges. It is a difficult job. Without them, this is just another math program,” emphasizes Denn.

The next logical step is the implementation of SAILS English, which is being piloted next spring at Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges who will partner with a few high schools in their service regions. “Our goal is to change the college-readiness landscape in Tennessee,” shares Denn.

For more information on SAILS, see or contact Robert M. Denn at 423-697-2648,

Nursing Students Provide Community Service


Registered Nursing students held their 2nd Annual Wellness Fair at the Community Kitchen.

Chattanooga, TN — Student nurses learn to provide non-discriminatory care and compassion to every person they serve in their field. For the second year in a row, students in the Chattanooga State Registered Nursing program have organized and carried out a wellness fair at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen serving approximately 175 clients.

Planning begins early in the semester and students are divided into groups to obtain giveaways of food, clothing, and wellness supplies for the event. Ten stations provided a variety of items and services: foot massages by student RNs; sport packs from Bryan College; bagged popcorn, Carmike Cinema East Ridge; mittens, gloves, and toboggans, Solution 7; fruit from the Walden Club and Bi-Lo; granola bars from McKee; toothbrushes and toothpaste, ChattState Dental Hygiene program; hand sanitizer, Walmart; band-aids and sewing kits from Erlanger Medical Center. Every student donated collected shoes and socks, and bottled water. Blood pressure checks also were a part of the day’s activities.

According to Dr. Cheryl Miller, professor of registered nursing, and Hennie Gunter, associate professor of nursing, students plan the wellness fair to complement the psychiatric rotation part of the nursing program. Miller and Gunter also would like to express appreciation to the students of the Chattanooga State Student Nurses’ Association and to those of the Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Program for their participation this year.

More information about the registered nursing program at Chattanooga State can be found by visiting

ChattState Boosts LaPaz Food Drive


Juan Santillana, instructor; Dr. Katheryn Thompson, associate professor; Spanish I students Abby Callahan and Misty Smith with Vivian Lozano of La Paz exhibit the 41 boxes of food collected for La Paz.


Chattanooga, TN — Students, faculty and staff banded together in support of the annual food drive to La Paz Chattanooga. A total of 41 boxes of food were collected, packed and delivered on Monday in time for Thanksgiving. According to Dr. Katheryn Thompson, Spanish Club advisor, “It was the most boxes we ever have been able to deliver and it was all due to the support of our students and campus community.”

Thompson was quick to praise student coordinators Chase Johnson and Abby Callahan for their communication efforts between departments and groups and all-round assistance with the entire drive. In addition she offered thanks to faculty members Linda Miller, Rachael Falu, Maria Spear, Kerri Lamb and Lori Barton; ChattState’s printing services department; communications, and the following clubs: Mechanical Engineering Club, Associated General Contractors Student Chapter and the Veterinary Technology Club. “These volunteers took our boxes and our message out across campus, broadened our appeal and increased our donations,” shared Thompson.

La Paz Chattanooga is the leading organization connecting the growing Latino community to the people and resources of the greater Chattanooga area whose mission is to empower and engage Chattanooga’s Latino population through advocacy, education and inclusion.

For more information about Chattanooga State clubs and organizations, contact Sandy Rutter at 423-697-4475 or see

Irizarry Chosen as Outstanding Student of the Year


Richard Claburn, senior instructor industrial electricity; Javier Irizarry, 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year; Dr. Jim Barrott, vice president, technology and director, TCAT

Chattanooga, TN — Javier Irizarry continues to “dream big.” Javier’s journey began with his birth in Puerto Rico 47 years ago. He immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Tennessee in 1989. The birth of his two sons and subsequent divorce in 1991 made him realize that minimum wages would not be sufficient for a family of three. Javier checked into local universities but found them unaffordable and therefore a very real obstacle to getting ahead. When a good friend suggested technical education as an option, Javier found Chattanooga State.

As a single father of two who graduated from Chattanooga State in 1996 with a degree in licensed practical nursing, Irizarry, now a grandfather, is back to earn a second degree through Chattanooga State’s Industrial Electricity program. His hard work, determination and work ethic made Javier’s instructor and others take notice. As a result, Irizarry was nominated and selected as 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year (OSY) at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Chattanooga State.

According to Richard Claburn, senior instructor of industrial maintenance, Javier is never absent and he works like he is on a mission. “I expect great things from him; Javier has some very good goals,” shares Claburn.

With an established career as an LPN for the past 18 years, Javier found that many of his homebound elderly patients required home repairs, but without funds to make the repairs or to hire professionals, Irizarry also became known as a “fix-all” handyman. His decision to return to Chattanooga State has to do with those patients. “My dream is to establish a home service business targeted mostly to the elderly, and those less financially able, so they can enjoy the benefits of owning a safe, carefree home,” states Irizarry.

His desire to be a licensed professional originated from those experiences with his patients. “I will finally be able to provide services that I can back up with true knowledge, a license, and the hands on experience,” says Irizarry proudly. “It is my hope that when I walk across that stage in 2015 for the second time (in my life) that my children and grandchildren also will be encouraged to get their degrees,” he shares.

In addition to Mr. Irizarry, three other students were nominated by his or her instructor – Mr. Raymond Crenshaw (massage therapy) nominated by Ms. Renee Richardson; Mr. Daniel Mendoza (evening air conditioning) nominated by Mr. Houston Graham; and Ms. Renae Miller (evening cosmetology) nominated by Ms. Rebecca Stewart. According to the panel of judges, all four students were excellent nominees and any one of them would have represented the TCAT well.

For more information about the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, visit

Film Studies Course Revamped for Spring 2015

Chattanooga, TN — “Film as Literature” has been renamed and revamped as “Intro to Film Studies” for the Spring 2015 semester. This class counts as a three-credit Humanities course. Due to its popularity, the course is now offered in two sessions: Mondays/Wednesdays, 2-3:15pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:45am.

The course provides an introduction to film theory, process and production. Its emphasis is on viewing, analyzing and writing about films as unique and culturally significant texts.

Visit to register for this class. For more information on HUM-2150 contact instructor Sarah Page at 423-697-2464 or by email

Transit-to-Transit Project Engages ChattState Class



Students in MD-184 classes exhibit the iPad kiosks built for the Transit-toTransit Causeway project.

Chattanooga, TN — Stepping outside the box is a cornerstone that many ChattState instructors employ to give students real world experience in their field. The MD-184 Manufacturing Processes class will be partnering with CARTA, Prova Group LLC, The Transit App, Bike Chattanooga, and BikeWalk Chattanooga to create a multi-modal transportation conversation by employing the role of associated technology.

The Transit-to-Transit Causeway project will engage students by using interactive and experimental learning opportunities for new public technology resources. The goal is to provide a prototype to connect people with places in Chattanooga and be less intimidated by public transportation whether it’s the CARTA bus, Electric Shuttle or Bike Chattanooga.

Public transportation is a key element for cities with sustainable and growing economies, but locally there are few resources available in the downtown area that actually shows people the scheduling details of their bus or bike trip. The Transit App will allow people to see quickly where they are and where they need to go.

Mark Palmer is one of the professors who teaches MD-184 and works with CARTA representatives to provide them viable working iPad kiosks. “This was an excellent example of manufacturing processes, from conception, to design, to the actual building of the kiosk that allows the students to experience real life issues. For example, CAD drawings had to be changed several times as enhancements/improvements were decided upon; the schedule had to altered because the steel order did not arrive when it was expected; and discussions ensued about what color to paint the kiosk. But as in real life situations, issues were resolved and three totally different a products were delivered that may significantly enhance the way that members of the public interface with public transportation,” stated Palmer.

For more information about enrolling in the MD-184 class for spring 2015 and being involved in this project, contact Mark Palmer, assistant professor of Engineering Technology at 423-697-3274 or

Hospitality and Tourism Careers Start Here

Chattanooga, TN — One of Chattanooga’s fastest growing and most exciting career fields is hospitality, tourism, and food and beverage leadership. It offers great pay, exciting work, and fast advancement for ambitious people. Options range from the local hotel and attraction scene to international operations. Building on the success of new classes that focus on hospitality and tourism, Chattanooga State is offering seven additional classes during the 2015 spring semester. The program is designed with a strong emphasis on applied management.

With Chattanooga named as one of the “Top 45 Places to go” by the New York Times and “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine, students interested in a hospitality and tourism career need look no further than their hometown to begin their educational journey. Likewise, students interested in seeing more exotic places can begin studies here at home and then literally enjoy knowing the world is at their fingertips.

Classes will be held in the evening and may include visits to local businesses and guest speakers from successful area operations. Choose from the following classes:

HMGT-1030, Introduction to Hospitality

HMGT-1130, Supervision in the Hospitality Industry

HMGT-1140, Managing Housekeeping Operations

HMGT-1170, Hospitality Sales and Marketing

HMGT-1200, Managing Front Office Operations

HMGT-1300, The Guest Experience

HMGT-1500, Regional Tourism

For more information about these classes, contact Daniel Zink at (423) 697-3363 or