Engineering Technology Summer Open House

Center for Advanced Technology Building

Center for Advanced Technology Building

Chattanooga, TN — The Engineering Technology Division of Chattanooga State Community College will hold an open house on July 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Branch Center for Advanced Technology building on the main campus located at 4501 Amnicola Highway. A free light supper will be served. Reservations for the event may be made through Libby Cecchetti, at 423-697-4434 or at, but walk-ins are welcome.

The Division of Engineering Technology offers highly accredited education and training for today’s modern workforce and the careers of the future. More than ever, people are retiring in fields requiring technical know-how. In addition, as distribution centers, automotive manufacturers, and chemical processors move into the area, the demand for highly skilled workers continues to increase.

To meet the demand, the Engineering Technology Division offers four Associate of Applied Science degrees with twenty concentrations, an Engineering transfer program, and one Technical Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting. Participants will discover pathways for high demand, high wage STEM careers through Engineering Technology programs of study. Come see our state-of-the-art labs, equipment, facilities, and meet some of the very best engineering technology educators in this part country!

For more information visit or call the Engineering Technology Division at 423-697-4434.

TBR Sets New Tuition, Fee Rates For Colleges And Universities; Among Lowest In Decades

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (June 19, 2015) — The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved increases in tuition and fees that are among the lowest on average since 1996.

The action, taken during the TBR quarterly meeting at Columbia State Community College, raises hourly maintenance fees/tuition an average of 3.3 percent across the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.

Last fall the Tennessee Higher Education Commission recommended tuition increases between 0 and 4 percent if dollars were provided in the state budget this year for the higher education funding formula that allocates funds based on a variety of metrics to encourage student success through outcomes, like graduation and retention. The outcomes in the formula were funded.

As a result, students at Austin Peay State University will see a 2.4 percent maintenance fee/tuition increase, East Tennessee State University – 3 percent, Middle Tennessee State University – 3.1 percent, Tennessee State University – 2.8 percent, Tennessee Tech University – 10.9 percent (TTU is also reducing its mandatory fees this year, so the result is actually a 3.9 percent total revenue increase), and University of Memphis – 3.7 percent.

Students at community colleges will pay 3.4 percent more for maintenance fees, and TCAT students will see a 4 percent increase.

In addition to maintenance fees/tuition, which are charged by the credit hour, all students pay a set of mandatory fees that are unique to each campus, like athletics fees, student activities fees, health services fees, etc. Mandatory fees were approved in March, but one additional change at ETSU was approved today as well.  ETSU will add a $290 student-approved mandatory fee to fund renovations to its Culp University Center.

When the increased maintenance fees/tuition are combined with the previously approved mandatory fees, the total proposed price increases for in-state students taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours would amount to the following per year:

APSU      $333
ETSU       $486
MTSU     $204
TSU          $181
TTU          $332
UOM       $284
CCs          $120
TCATs     $129/trimester

Statement from TBR Chancellor John Morgan:

“We are pleased that the tuition levels are the lowest they have been in decades, but we do understand that every time fees are raised, someone may be priced out of an opportunity to attend one of our institutions.

“Tennessee is fortunate to have state leaders who recognize the integral connection between an educated workforce with affordable access to post-secondary education and the economic growth of our state. Our Hope lottery scholarship, the Tennessee Promise last-dollar scholarship and the Tennessee Reconnect grant, along with other state and federal aid programs, make higher education a more realistic option for more people today than ever before, but for those who must cover the full cost of attendance, any increase is unfortunate.

“Our institutions are more efficient now than ever, and they continue to focus their resources on ways that support student success to help more complete their credentials faster and more effectively.

“We hope that in the coming years our state leaders will continue to find a way to make higher education a funding priority.”

How fees are calculated:

Maintenance fees (often referred to as “tuition”) are the charges based on credit hours for in-state students. For example, a student pays a flat rate for the first 12 hours of class credits and a discounted rate for any additional hours. Only out-of-state students are required to pay tuition in addition to maintenance fees. Mandatory fees vary by institution, fund specified programs, and are paid by all students regardless of the number of hours they take.

A list of increases for 2015-16 and historical tuition data is available at

Other actions at today’s meeting:

In other business, the Board approved committee actions authorizing new degree programs at ETSU, Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.  ETSU will add a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy studies, a doctor of education degree in global sport leadership, and several post-doctoral level certificates to address the changing field of nursing. Northeast State Community College will offer a new associate of applied science degree in entertainment technology. And the TCATs will offer 15 new programs at locations across the state.

The Board heard a report on efforts the TBR System and its institutions are making to increase engagement with business and industry. Highlighted were the Nashville-area skills panels created to provide a consistent and structured platform for regional industry and education leaders to plan alignments, the TCAT response to the state’s Labor and Education Alignment Program grants, the Chattanooga State Community College hospitality and tourism industry management program, and the MTSU concrete industry management program.

About the TBR:

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing body for the State University and Community College System of Tennessee and is among the nation’s largest higher education systems, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions.  The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology, providing programs to more than 200,000 students across the state.

Students Can Hear The Tiger “ROAR”


Tammy McDononugh, coordinator, Student Support Center and Michelle Olson, director, Educational Outreach
Programs and Retention at a recent new student orientation session.

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Fall semester begins August 24. Chattanooga State is now welcoming Tennessee Promise students who have selected it as their college of choice. All new and transfer students are required to attend new student orientation, registration and advising. In order to attend, student admission files must be complete. To facilitate this requirement, Chattanooga State is hosting a Tiger “ROAR” (Ready for Orientation, Advising and Registration) to encourage applicants to bring in their missing documents for processing and to sign up for their orientation time. The “ROAR” event will be held on the Amnicola Highway campus from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

Students who have completed applications will receive a “ROAR” letter by mail along with a notice to indicate if they are missing any documents. Personnel at the “ROAR” event will be prepared to process missing documents brought in during “ROAR,” and students will be scheduled for a new student orientation session this summer, advising and registration.

Tennessee Promise is the state’s new program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school. It includes a mentoring component, as well as a last-dollar scholarship to cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds. The Class of 2015 is among the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

If schedule conflicts prevent students from attending “ROAR,” they may visit the campus enrollment office located in the Student Center during regular business hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Call 423.697.4404 or email with questions.

July & August Nursing & Allied Health Information Sessions

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

Beginning July 1, the Veterinary Technology program moves to the Nursing & Allied Health Division and information about the program can be obtained by calling 423.697.4450.

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

The following program sessions are scheduled during June 2015:

  • Emergency Medical Services: July 15 & 29, 10 am; CBIH-134
  • Radiologic Technology: July 9, 3:30 pm; HSC-2060
  • Nursing: July 14, 5pm; HSC-1083
  • Health Sciences RX TN: July 14, 10 am; HSC-2088
  • Veterinary Technology: July 22, 3 pm; OMN-298
  • Dental Assisting: August 6, 5:30 pm; HSC-2028
  • Nursing: August 11, 9 am; HSC-1083
  • Pharmacy Technician: August 18, 10 am; HSC-2118

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

ChattState Students Shine at ANS Conference


Jeff Blackwell, Hixson; Kelli Poe, Whitwell; Brandon Hendrick, Spring City; and Dillon Hall, Hixson in front of the nuclear power plant control
room simulator housed in the Engineering Technology Division at ChattState, one of only a few like training simulators in the U.S.

Chattanooga, TN — Jeff Blackwell, Dillon Hall, Kelli Poe and Brandon Hendrick, officers in the Chattanooga State American Nuclear Society (ANS) student chapter, had the opportunity to attend the annual ANS Student Conference recently held at Texas A&M, thanks to funding provided by the Student Government Association Club and Organization Fund. This conference welcomed more than 500 students and professionals from around the country for a three-day whirlwind event highlighting the conference theme, “Powering Tomorrow Together.”

The conference provided learning opportunities about the “growing globalization of the nuclear and health physics industries, while becoming familiar with the international nuclear community through internationally recognized keynote speakers, workshops, technical sessions, special paper tracks, and interaction with international students.” The opening session, presented via satellite, featured Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Assistant professor Terry Newman, faculty advisor said, “our students commented that most of the other (conference) attendees didn’t seem to grasp how nuclear power plants, as a whole, really operate. Most of the other attendees were involved in theoretical aspects of nuclear power and not the practical applied aspects.” These other attendees came from such notable schools such as University of Tennessee, Penn State, MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and N.C. State.

Regional tours were scheduled to nuclear power plants at South Texas Project and Comanche Peak, while local tours included several options to visit the Nuclear Science Center, Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory, Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory, and Accelerator Laboratories. In addition, a career fair featured more than 30 companies and universities that met with students to discuss future career opportunities.

The career fair appeared to be where Chattanooga State students shined. Mr. Newman said, “Each time representatives noticed I was from Chattanooga State, every one commented on how impressed they were with our students. In fact, most remembered their names. I could not have been more proud of our students and what an outstanding way they represented themselves, our community, Chattanooga State and our Nuclear Power program.”

Of the four students who graduated in May and attended this conference, three already have jobs. Jeff Blackwell is in a nuclear power plant operator training class for Duke Energy in South Carolina, Kelli Poe will be working in the analytics Lab at WACKER, and Brandon Hendrick will be training as a process chemical operator at WACKER.

For more information on Chattanooga State Engineering Technology programs in Nuclear Power Engineering Technology, Radiation Protection, Non-Destructive Testing Technology, or Quality Assurance/Quality Control, call 423.697.4434 or visit

Governor Haslam to Present Check

Chattanooga State Community College is pleased to announce that Governor Bill Haslam will visit the College on Thursday, June 11 to present a check in the amount of $300,000 toward the purchase of equipment for the Industrial Maintenance Technology program at the Kimball site.

Join us on Thursday, June 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the automotive shop in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, building 3.

Founded in 1965, Chattanooga State is a public community college serving more than 11,000 students from Chattanooga and Hamilton, Rhea, Sequatchie, Marion, Bledsoe and Grundy counties. For more information, call 423.697.4400 or visit

NSF Sponsors ATE Faculty Workshop


NSF sponsored Advanced Technological Education workshop instructors and attendees.

Chattanooga, TN — A grant provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently sponsored an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) workshop for area faculty members at Chattanooga State Community College. The workshop focused on faculty development for technician education in welding, materials joining and non-destructive testing areas, topics that are addressed in the WELD-1060 course at Chattanooga State. Fifteen instructors from area community colleges and high schools attended the weeklong session.


A workshop attendee practices his skills during
the welding lab portion of the workshop.

WELD-1060 provides an emphasis on three prevalent welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Power sources, electrode identification, weldability of metals, joint design, and oxyacetylene cutting are covered.

Hands-on lab activities included practice in all welding processes, and the application of visual, liquid penetrant, and magnetic particle nondestructive examinations. Participants later had the chance to tour the Alstom Metallurgical Laboratories. Participants were provided with their own visual inspection tool kit to use at their institution.

According to Engineering Technology Assistant Professor, Jacqueline Smith, “This workshop provided valuable networking opportunities for area welding and mechatronics instructors. Participants can use their materials provided at the workshop to instruct their students in WELD-1060 at their own school. If their students successfully complete an end-of-term assignment (both written and practical), they can earn college credit for this course – at no cost!”

For more information about Engineering Technology programs, please call 423.697.4434 or visit

WACKER Apprenticeship Preview Night Announced

Featured-Slide-WACKERChattanooga, TN — Learn more about Chattanooga State’s WACKER apprenticeship opportunities during its Preview Night scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the WACKER Institute building located on the main campus of Chattanooga State, 4501 Amnicola Hwy.

Students can earn a wage and real-world experience while completing a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Three apprenticeship tracks are available: Chemical Operator, Mechanical Systems, and Electrical & Instrumentation Systems.

The WACKER Institute is a partnership between Chattanooga State’s Engineering Technology Division and WACKER POLYSILICON North America (WPNA).

Call the Engineering Technology Division at 423.697.4434 to make a reservation for attendance. Visit for additional information.

Rural Area Dean’s List Announced

Chattanooga State is proud to announce that the following students from the counties of Catoosa, Dade, Walker, Marion, Grundy, Rhea, Sequatchie and Bledsoe have attained Dean’s List status for the 2015 spring semester. Eligibility requirements to make the Dean’s List includes students who have completed 12 or more hours of college-level work with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher for that semester.

Catoosa: Jan Ball, Aaron Forest Bilbrey, Dennis Shaun Bowman, McKenna Elizabeth Brauch, Spencer Cameron Brom, Brandon Marshall Case, Warren Bradley Chesnut, Cassandra Annette Cooksey, Corey Richard Crawford, Charles Vincent Dolan, Otniel A. Gonzalez, Kaitlynn J. Gorby, Amanda Toni Griffin, Helena K. Jakupovic, Jessica Renee Johnson, Kia Dora Jordan, Kelsey Kile, James Dylan Merrill, Natalie Brooke Moore, Joseph Allen Moyer, Britney Nelson, Doo Na Park, Jeffrey Blane Parton, Gregory Scot Rambin, Luis Alberto Ramirez, Amanda Rose Renfro, Henley Royer Schimpf, Joshua Eric Smith, Matthew Kyle Stephens, Timothy Allen Stephens, Jennifer K. Stone, Hannah Chastayne Turner, Ashley Nicole Van Dyke, Jonathan Timothy West, Christin Ashlee Willingham, Brooke Calen Youngblood, Heather Danielle Youngs, and David Archie Zatelli.

Dade: Joseph Lee Bain, Justin Daniel Bell, Jessica L. Bolton, Angelia Danielle Butts, Joseph Crenshaw, Jonathan Calvin Forshee, Katlyn Brooke Forshee, Sarah Renee Foshee, Dillan Lee Gass, David Karlo King, and Daniel Brandon Middlebrooks.

Walker: Austin Payne Babb, Angel Michelle Blake, Daisy Ann Marie Cameron, Bobbie Elizabeth Carey, Ariel Candace Cowan, Chris Thomas Cronnon, Benna Alisabeth Curole, Thomas Seth Derryberry, Andrey Didenko, AlManuel Daniel Everett Douglas, Joshua Nathaniel Glenn, Scarlett Amber Gordy, Alysia Kerry Graham, April Jeanette Gravley, Aaron Joseph Griffin, Ivan MacCoy Hale, Andrew Justin Harper, Hallie Elizabeth Hibbs, Amy LeeAnn Hickey, Daniel Hill, Peggy Lynn Hodges, Lacee Sheyanne Hughes, Carly Elizabeth Humble, Amy Renee Johnson, Ina Janine Millsaps, Sarah Nicole Murdock, Dustin Ryan Pickard, Coty Lebron Riddle, Jedediah P. Smith, John Claude Stansell, and Kevin Brian Walker.

Marion: Haley Elizabeth Atterton, Benjamin John Bible, MaKayla Brianne Billingsley, Emily Ann Brannigan, Kerabrook Copeland, Sheila S. Gholston, Alexis Faith Griffith, Haley Alexander Hammer, Alexis Nicole Kirk, Mark Alan Lynch, Miana Ashley Mahaffey, Matthew Travis May, Ryan Mckendrick, Chastady Lasha Nunley, Brittany Denise Olton, Katelyn Nicole Phillips, Emily Pilkington, Kelli Amber Poe, Chase Allen Reeves, Amber LeShea Roberts, Tyler Aaron Scissom, Courtney N. Shoemake, Lauren W. Shoemake, Emily Hazel Simmons, Madison L. Smith, Chastity Danea Sutterfield, Trinity LeeAnndra Sweeton, Ashley Rachelle Tate, Cody Brandt Tate, John Wilder Vannatta, Alexis Paige Ware.

Grundy: Ivy Sabrina Campbell, Haley Montea Coffelt, Nateka Natacha Williams Coppock, Rebecca Kaitlin Everett, Ashley Faith McFarland, Whitney Elizabeth Morrison, Christopher Shawn Nunley, Autumn Li’ Oliver.

Rhea: Jamie Michelle Brady, David Aaron Caraway, Kenzie Michaiah Conley, Nalisha Gail Cummings, Mallory Brooke Dyer, Isabella J. Gann, Jessica M. Goins, Brandon Jennings Hendrick, Maryanne Nichole Holecheck, Leah Michelle Holloway, Nathanial Andrew Tanner Layne, Lisa May, Joshua Lee McCullough, Nicholas Kent McWherter, Kelsey Marie Miles, Kristin Danielle Nichols, Brittany Rebecca Potter, Amy Nicole Prater, Andrew Lukas Riggs, Erica Santiago, Chris Scott Sharp, Nicole Lynn Sims, Joshua L. Smith, Emily Jordan Suttles, Adriana Nicole Swatzell, Whitney Nicole Thompson, and Austin James Travis.

Sequatchie: Bobby Joshua Bickford, Felicia LaShea Bowman, Sara M. Denmark, Ashley Brooke Farley, Harrison Tate Garner, Jordan Jay Halabrin, Zachary Chad Hay, Jessica Lynn Higgins, Danelle Lynette Johannes, Kelsie Renee Key, Mallory Paige Key, John James Knott, Jonathan Allen Mattson, Chance Edward McDaniel, Heather Mae Pleasanton, Vada L. Poole, Stanley Clark Roberts, Dustin Kenneth Rogers, Rachel Clark Sanders, Leslie Carol Shortt, Kevin Franklin Shrum, Daniel Isaac Slatton, and Randie Lynn Stocker.

Bledsoe: Bryan Patrick Burgess, Zachary Kane Campbell, Mauricio Garcia, Lydia Ruth Haire, Kenzie Brea Heard, Lucas C. Marsh, Megan L. Morris, Stacy J. Prokop, Madilyn R. Roberts, Erika Breann Smith, Mackenzie Lee Smith, and Stephen Dean Waldron.

Congratulations to these students on their academic accomplishments! Register now for Fall 2015 classes. For more information call Chattanooga State at 423-697-4404 or logon

Sheila Boyington Featured CEO Series Speaker

Chattanooga, TN — The sixth “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” will be presented on Thursday, June 11, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad Street. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab, the CEO Series keynote speaker will be Sheila C. Boyington, co-Founder and President of Thinking Media.

The CEO series is an opportunity for local business owners and others to hear from successful entrepreneurs who started small businesses and have grown their organizations into major corporations. The keynote speakers share their growth challenges and successes in order to help mentor other area business owners. Cohutta Banking Company, a Division of Synovus Bank sponsors this event.

The CEO Series is a cooperative effort between The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, The Company Lab, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. The registration fee for this event is $10 online or $15 at the door (cash only); the registration deadline is June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Register and pay online at  (Click “View Upcoming Training,” Topic = Managing a Business)