TN Promise Scholarship Saturday is September 20


Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga State Community College will open up its computer lab located in the Health Science Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.

The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, 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. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. The Class of 2015 will be the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

During Scholarship Saturday, students may come to the Health Science Center at Chattanooga State between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and use the college’s computers to sign up online. Free refreshments also will be on hand for anyone signing up.

“Tennessee Promise is such an incredible opportunity for students to pursue their dreams after high school,” said Eva Lewis, vice president of institutional research and marketing. “We want to make signing up for the Promise a celebration for the students and also give them an opportunity to get their application to college in at the same time. This puts them well on their way down the path to a degree or certificate.”

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would attend the event nearest them. “The Nov. 1 deadline to register for Tennessee Promise will be here soon, so we encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “The Scholarship Saturday event is a great opportunity for students to sign up at and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.”

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 about available Tennessee Promise please visit

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associates degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at

CEO Speaker Series Features Greg Vital


Chattanooga, TN — The fourth installment of the “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” will be presented on Wednesday, October 8, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab, the CEO Series keynote speaker will be Greg Vital, co-founder, president and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, who will share his entrepreneurial knowledge and answer questions from attendees.

This Chattanooga-based senior care company founded in 1996 includes Morning Pointe assisted living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s memory care centers of excellence, serving five southern states and employing more than 1,200 people. The company also developed Greenbriar Cove retirement community in Collegedale and owns commercial real estate properties in the southeast.

Mr. Vital is a 40-plus year resident of Hamilton County. A business administration graduate of Southern Adventist University, he has spent the last 36 years in marketing, healthcare real estate development and entrepreneurship. He formed Independent Healthcare Properties seventeen years ago after ten years with a national long-term senior services company.

In addition to an active business career, Vital is strongly committed to community involvement. A board of trustee member for the National Parks Conservation Association, he also is involved with the Land Trust for Tennessee, University of Chattanooga Foundation and First Tennessee Bank. As a strong proponent of land conservation and historic preservation, Vital was honored by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2008 with the Drew Haskins Award. In recognition of his commitment to job creation and free enterprise, Vital was inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2013.

Major sponsors for this event include Cohutta Banking Company, a division of Synovus’ Bank; Aqqolade, LLC; and HUTTON and Hutton Construction Company. The event will be held at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center, and begins with a complimentary continental breakfast. Dr. Jim Barrott, Chattanooga State vice president of technology and director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology will preside over the event.

During this event, we also will be recognizing our “Small Business Person of the Year,” John “JJ” Jerman, president and founder of Office Furniture Warehouse along with three “Rising Star” Recipient’s: Denise Collins and Melanie Ferguson of Balance, Joe and Kathryn Winland from Heaven and Ale, and Chris Gonzalez of DecoPrint.

This event 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. Seating to this event is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP online at (scroll and click “view upcoming training” select “managing a business” as the topic).

OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Visits


Photo ID, left to right: Dr. Jim Catanzaro, President; Rebecca Balch, Department Head of Engineering Systems Technology and Director of the Wacker Institute; Dr. George Smith, Chief of Staff, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, United States Department of Education; Dr. Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE); Dr. Erika Burk, Director of Human Resources at Wacker Polysilicon’s Bradley County plant; Dr. Jim Barrott, Vice President for Technology; and Tim McGhee, Dean of Engineering Technology

Chattanooga, TN — Dr. Johan E. Uvin, acting assistant secretary in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), visited the Wacker Institute on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College on Tuesday, September 9th. The OCTAE administers and coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

Tim McGhee, dean of the Engineering Technology Division led the tour. As he explained the functions of each laboratory in the chemical engineering technology program, he pointed out the types of technology used in teaching students who are preparing for a career in chemical manufacturing. The visit culminated with a tour of the state-of-the-art Wacker Institute chemical training plant.

The Wacker Institute programs include four principle areas of study: process technician or chemical operator, chemical lab technician or analytics, mechanical systems technician and electronics and instrumentation technician.

For more information about engineering technology programs at Chattanooga State, please visit

Global Scholars Aim High


Chattanooga, TN — More than 45 Chattanooga State Global Scholars honor students, parents, and advisory board members attended the first annual Acceleration Point and pinning ceremony on August 19. Using the program theme of “Challenge yourself. Change the world.” college administrators Dr. James L. Catanzaro, Dr. Kimberly McCormick, and Dr. Robert Denn welcomed students and provided opening remarks.

The Global Scholars program will push students to invest in community and worldwide citizenship, think critically, and view the world through a different lens, while teaching students to apply their strengths and passion to make a difference and find their place in the world.

The honors curriculum for Fall 2014 includes courses taught by Emily Dunlap (PSYC1030-General Psychology), Erica Lux (ENGL1010-Composition I), and De’Lara Stephens (ENGL2210-English Literaure). These courses will be interdisciplinary, involve a research component, and be developed as enriched and highly contextualized. With intensive, small group and individual academic coaching, instructors will provide direct feedback on work while fostering strong teacher/student connections.

The opportunity to study abroad is a chance to become a true Global Scholar. Students will accompany instructors for a three-week course abroad between the freshman and sophomore year. Partnering with TnCIS (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies), students and instructors will travel to a new country to experience a completely different academic and cultural climate.

During Acceleration Point, students and parents became familiar with available resources such as the Kolwyck Library Information Commons (KLIC) and the Andrews Reading and Writing Center. In addition, information on international studies and financial aid opportunities were presented.

Classes begin August 25. For more information about the Global Scholars program, please visit or contact Dr. Robert Denn at 423.697.2648.

Chattanooga State Hosts 2nd Annual Drupal Camp


Chattanooga, TN — Building on the success of last year’s camp, Chattanooga State will host the 2nd Annual Drupal Camp on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and costs $25 to attend. Included is a box lunch and afternoon snack.

Drupal is a free open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP programming language. This event is an attendee-driven; completely volunteer initiative catered to everyone – curious beginners, designers, developers, and business owners.

The camp includes ‘Drupal in a Day’ training included in the ticket price, for anyone wanting to have a fast track to learn more about Drupal. Doug Vann, Drupal trainer to NASA, will present this training. Additionally, the four session tracks will include: Drupal for Beginners; Theming, Design and Usability; Development and Performance; and Drupal for Business and Services.

Although other sessions have been proposed, currently approved sessions include “Bootstrapify your site,” “How not to be a Git,” “Making your responsive site picture perfect,” and “Search API and Solr.”

Corporate sponsors include True North, Chattanooga StateCodeJourneymen, and Straight North. Individual sponsorships are available for an extra $20 and include registration and a t-shirt, as well as a ‘shout-out’ on the Drupal sponsor page.

This event can accommodate 150+ attendees. Camps frequently sell out or have waiting lists, so registering as soon as possible is highly recommended. Fees are only payable by credit card. For more information, or to register, visit

Chattanooga State Awarded NSF Grant

Chattanooga, TN — The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Chattanooga State Community College $197,944 as part of its Advanced Technological Education program. The grant entitled “Faculty Development for Technician Education in Welding, Materials Joining and Non-Destructive Testing” (DUE #1400530) will address a well documented and growing need for certified welding, materials joining, and nondestructive testing technicians. The project’s focus is to assist educators in the Chattanooga region with attracting students and preparing them with the most current knowledge, skills and credentials to meet industry needs in material joining and non-destructive testing.

An extended professional development workshop will occur in the summer of 2015 and will be coupled with one-on-one follow-up mentoring for secondary and post-secondary welding instructors.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Smith at 423.697.4761 or email


Chemical Engineering Technology Program ABET Accredited

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State’s Chemical Engineering Technology program recently received a full six-year accreditation with no findings by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). This accomplishment affirms the high academic standards established and demonstrated by Chattanooga State faculty in the WACKER Institute and Engineering Systems Technology department.

“ABET is the golden standard for engineering technology in the United States, but also recognized internationally through the Mutual Recognition Agreements – in this case, the Dublin Accord,” states Tim McGhee, dean of the Engineering Technology division.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Having accredited more than 3,300 programs in more than 680 colleges and universities spanning 24 countries, ABET accreditation assures that a college or university program meets the quality standards for which the program prepares its students.

The visitation team was extremely impressed by and complimentary of the entire Chattanooga State campus community, placing special emphasis on the senior leadership team, math & science departments, student services, and library services.

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

ChattState Hosts Governmental Reps on Thursday

Chattanooga State is pleased to announce that representatives from Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Achieves, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) will address area high school counselors and principals tomorrow, Thursday, August 21, in the Health Science Center from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Representatives will answer questions from the group and the press.

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015, open to all graduating Tennessee high school seniors beginning with the class of 2015. It will provide students a “last-dollar” scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or TSAA.

High school seniors may begin applying for Tennessee Promise now. The deadline for application is November 1, 2014. To learn more about how to apply and the requirements of the program, log onto

Upcoming 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 following sessions are scheduled for August and September:

  • Pharmacy Technician: August 19, 10am, HSC-2118
  • Physical Therapist Assistant: September 3, 3pm, HSC-2029
  • Dental Assisting: September 4, 5:30pm, HSC-2028
  • Nursing: September 9, Choice of 9am or 5pm, HSC-1083
  • Respiratory Care: September 10, Noon, HSC-2117
  • Dental Hygiene: September 12, 1pm. HSC-2031
  • Health Sciences RX TN: September 16, 10am, HSC-2088
  • Health Information Management, September 23, 5:30pm, HSC-2106

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

Dayton Advisory Board Learns of New Initiatives

Chattanooga, TN — The Chattanooga State Dayton Advisory Board meets several times a year to learn about what the college is offering that is new to the community and for students. This year in particular will herald some sweeping new changes in higher education. Attendees at the recent meeting on August 8 were very excited to learn about a brand new program recently signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam called Tennessee Promise. Debbie Adams, vice president for student affairs, briefly explained the program.

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015, open to all graduating Tennessee high school seniors beginning with the class of 2015. It will provide students a “last-dollar” scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE Scholarship, or TSAA. Students may attend any community college of their choice in the state of Tennessee. Brad McCormick, assistant vice president for student affairs noted that community scholarships a student may seek are not affected by the awarding of a Tennessee Promise scholarship.

High school seniors may begin applying for Tennessee Promise in mid-August. The deadline for application is November 1, 2014. To learn more about how to apply and the requirements of the program, log onto

Dr. Mike Ricketts, dean, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, reported that more than 135 students have attended welding classes since the program opened in 2011 in a partnership between Chattanooga State, Suburban Manufacturing, the City of Dayton, Rhea County and the Southeast TN Career Center. Welding jobs tend to be a very plentiful in the area and easy to obtain.

Preparing students for higher education has put Rhea County high school students on the map in Tennessee. In a pilot program that began several years ago, the statewide expansion of the SAILS Program (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) into Rhea County heralded amazing results. Of the 96 high school seniors who participated in the SAILS Program, 93 wiped out their need for developmental math in college, meaning that Rhea County sailed away with the highest completion rate in the state of Tennessee. According to Dr. Robert Denn, dean of academic success and support, more than 14,000 students across the state and 125 students from Rhea County will be a part of the SAILS Program in 2014-15.

Chattanooga State offers more than 50 classes locally at the Dayton site, located at 200 4th Avenue. Classes begin August 25. Visit or call 423-365-5010 for more information.