Collegiate High Preview Night is April 21



2014-2015 9th grade inaugural cohort Collegiate High class.

Chattanooga, TN — If your teen is looking for a challenging educational environment look no further – Collegiate High at Chattanooga State just might be the place you seek. Collegiate High Preview Night will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 6-8pm in room 126 of the Omniplex building on the main campus of the college. The event is free and open to all high school age students and their parents.

Collegiate High is a partnership between the Hamilton County Department of Education and Chattanooga State. Collegiate High serves as a launching pad for students in grades 9-12 to be “ahead of the game” and expedite their education.

Students in the program savor the academic challenges they experience and are quickly amazed by what they learn and how it will help them as they continue their educational path. High school freshmen were allowed into the program for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. Several freshmen were asked to share their thoughts about Collegiate High.

“It’s nice to be challenged and get a head start on college,” shares James Helferich.

Lacey Mahaffey says, “I enjoy the academic environment and wonderful opportunities.”

“I love how friendly people are and the idea of graduating high school with an associate degree. It’s giving me a very helpful start to my future,” offered Macey Mahaffey.

Veronica Volz adds, “I love coming to school and getting to be my complete self … everyone here is their complete self and I love that because everyone is different but we all get along.”

“Collegiate High has provided me with the phenomenal opportunity to pursue my career,” states Prosperity Antoine.

Collegiate High has all the right ingredients in place to assure student success. Many students have graduated with both a high school diploma and an associate degree; some have entered universities at the junior level. Collegiate High is a great way for parents to save money on the rising costs of higher education and a golden opportunity for students to get a head start on their careers.

For more information about Collegiate High and the upcoming Preview Night on April 21, please call 423.697.4492 or email Dr. Sonja Rich at

Excellence Award Winners Announced


Juliette Biondi

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College chose two exemplary employees as recipients of its annual Excellence Awards for 2014-2015. Juliette Biondi was selected for the Professional Staff award and Tina Ewton won the Clerical/Support Staff award. Both women were presented a $500 check from the Chattanooga State Foundation and provided an opportunity to attend the annual League of Innovation awards conference in Boston, Mass.

As Coordinator of High School Programs, working with others – and working successfully – is the cornerstone of Juliette’s job. She acts as a liaison between high schools and Chattanooga State, streamlining the experience of more than 1,200 Early College, Collegiate High and STEM School students. In his nomination letter, the assistant vice president of Student Affairs, Brad McCormick pointed out, “This is a massive team and Juliette coordinates it. Without formal authority, she leads it. She demonstrates her profound belief that great work is founded on successful relationships, both in the community and on campus.”


Tina Ewton

Tina Ewton has worked in the IMC Building every day for the past 15 years and is considered one of the very best custodial staff members on campus. Well known by students, faculty and staff, it is not unusual for Ms. Tina to stop and help others to find their way or listen to their problems. With that “aura” about her, it says to everyone that she genuinely cares about others. According to Custodial Supervisor Carol Saunders, “Tina’s work ethic, her attitude, her attention to detail, and her willingness to go the extra mile is what sets her apart. She takes care of the building like it was her own home.”

Recently, Excellence Awards for faculty members were renamed “Faculty Fellows” that included: Beth Ruta, David Wollert, Sherri Barnes, Andrew Maginniss, William Shifflett, Shawn Brabham, and Jody Hancock. All 2014-15 Faculty Fellows and Excellence Award winners will be recognized during Chattanooga State’s 41st annual commencement exercises on May 9.

TCAT Welcomes New Medical Director


Kathy Cochran,
Director, TCAT Medical Programs

Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) division of Chattanooga State Community College recently welcomed Kathy Cochran of Cloudland, GA as its new director of medical programs. With her years of nursing experience concentrated in Georgia, Ms. Cochran decided to challenge herself by learning about education in Tennessee and applied to Chattanooga State. “I walked in and it felt like home,” share Ms. Cochran, “people sought me out to introduce themselves,” she adds. She also notes that she sees a greater enthusiasm for education in Tennessee than what she experienced in Georgia.

Cochran’s long history in the medical field includes rotations in surgical nursing, pediatrics, public health, hospital supervision, and home health. For the last 20 years she served as a nursing instructor, moving up to assistant dean of Allied Health in the Technical College System of Georgia. She holds degrees from Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing, University of West Georgia, and Jacksonville State University, with course work toward her educational doctorate from the University of Alabama, currently put on hold as she helps manage her mother’s care from Alzheimer’s disease.

TCAT medical programs that Ms. Cochran directs include Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, Medical Assisting and a new program for Certified Medical Assistants (CNA) that will begin in the fall of 2015. Ms. Cochran does not foresee any major changes in the established TCAT medical programs at Chattanooga State, but firmly believes the future of these programs “will be in the hands of those who teach them.” Cochran states that her job is to help her staff reach their goals, as well as to maintain a good success rate and job placement rate for the students in these programs. She concedes that any program can always do things better, but says, “As those things are identified, then the faculty and I will make plans together.”

For more information about TCAT medical programs at Chattanooga State Community College, contact Kathy Cochran at 423.697.4491 or visit

Writers@Work Event is April 13-17

Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga State Community College welcomes Rick Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize winner, best selling author, newspaper writer and current journalism professor at the University of Alabama as its featured author during the award-winning Writers@Work series April 13-17, 2015.

Mr. Bragg won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times. He is the author of two best-selling memoirs, All Over But the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man, as well as The Prince of Frogtown and his newly released biography, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. Bragg has told stories and taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University, the University of South Florida, and other colleges.

Writers@Work also welcomes Lila Quintero Weaver, author-illustrator of a debut graphic novel that explores the connections between immigration and race, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 2012). Darkroom is the story of Weaver’s family’s immigration to the American South from Argentina in 1961 when she was five years old.

Writers@Work will hold three free public events. On Monday, April 13, join the writers at the Chattanooga Public Library Auditorium downtown a 6:00 p.m. for readings, book signings and a Q&A session. Tuesday, April 14 brings the writers back to the main Chattanooga State campus Humanities Theatre at 7:00 p.m. where the public can enjoy a “Behind the Writer” interview, dessert reception and book signing. On Wednesday, April 15, Bragg and Weaver will appear at the Hunter Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. for readings, book signings and a dessert reception.

The on-campus events will focus on Chattanooga State student writers, faculty and staff. Events will take place periodically throughout the week of April 13-17 in the Library Mobile Classroom in the IMC building. For more information about the event, please call Erica Lux at 423.697.3233 or email

April 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.

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 April 2015:

  • Emergency Medical Services: April 1, 15 & 29, 10am, CBIH-134
  • Dental Hygiene: April 3, 1pm, HSC-2031
  • Health Sciences RX TN: April 7, 3pm, HSC-2088
  • Respiratory Care: April 8, 3pm, HSC-2117
  • Dental Assisting: April 9, 5:30pm; HSC-2028
  • Radiologic Technology: April 13, 5:30pm, HSC-2060
  • Nursing: April 14, 9am and 5pm, HSC-1083
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (RX TN): April 16, 3pm, HSC-2088
  • Health Information Management: April 21, 5:30pm, HSC-2106

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

Welding Student Named AWS Winner


Josh Sable displays his AWS First-Place certificate.


Chattanooga, TN — Josh Sable, 31, a second semester welding student in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State, won first place in the 4G plate overhead position during the sixth annual regional welding competition sponsored by the American Society of Welding recently held in Soddy-Daisy.

Of the approximately 50-60 competitors, Josh was one of six or seven students who also became certified in AWS D 1.1 during the competition. He was awarded a $100 cash prize and a Victor Torch set for his winning performance.

This is the second year in a row that a student from Mr. Holland’s class has placed first in this competition. “The program is outstanding and I could not ask for a better instructor,” shares Josh, who has always wanted a vocational career and hopes that the welding diploma he will receive in August will lead to nuclear trade work following graduation.

Associate Instructor Garry Holland notes that Josh has all the fundamental strengths required to excel in his field: excellence of craft, self-motivation and the desire to work hard to get ahead. When the competition was first mentioned to Holland’s class, Josh was the first one to say, “I want to win!”

For more information about welding and other careers through the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, call 423.697.4433 or visit

April & May Fine Arts Calendar

Chattanooga, TN — As the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Chattanooga State Community College finishes up the spring semester, they are offering several more musical performances and theatrical productions to end the season. All events are free, open to the public, and presented at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnciola Highway.

Chattanooga State students will display their visual artworks in the Humanities Theatre Gallery beginning April 9 at 5:30 p.m. The display will run through May 4.

A recital of chamber music at 2:30 p.m. on April 12 will be performed by Chattanooga State music faculty members Nicholas Hartline, clarinet and Ronda Ford, flute. Evelyn Dias will accompany them on piano. The trio will be joined by Dillon Davis, who will provide interpretive dance on some of the selections that will feature the music of Bach and Bizet.

The Chattanooga State Jazz Band will present an evening of great Jazz standards under the musical direction of Jay Stanfill on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. while final productions for graduating students of the Professional Actor Training Program will be offered beginning April 17 through May 3.

Voice students of Dr. Jennifer Arbogast present an evening of vocal solos, duets, and chamber music on April 21. Then on April 27 enjoy the melodic voices of Kimberlin Lacy, soprano, and Daniel Meeks, bass. The duo will present a recital including music from art song, Opera, and Broadway traditions. On April 28, students of voice and applied instrumental study will round out the month followed by a Clarient Studio recital featuring students of instructor Nicholas Hartline on April 29. All recitals begin at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of 10-Minute Plays will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on both May 1 and 2 featuring first-year students in the Professional Actor Training Program. Attendees should note that some plays contain adult content and language and are not appropriate for children.

The final two recitals for the 2015 spring semester will be presented at 7:30 p.m. On May 6, Chattanooga State music students, Cassandra Cooksey, soprano, and Larry Cotton, trombone, will present vocal and trombone works by classical and contemporary composers, while on May 8, Tyler McKenzie, tenor, and Brianna Smith, piano, will present a recital of piano and vocal works by classical and contemporary composers.

For more information about these events, call 423.697.2460 (Music) or 423.697.3246 (Theatre). Visit to view all upcoming events.

Burgess Named Outstanding Technical Teacher Finalist


David Burgess, Associate Instructor
Industrial Maintenance

Chattanooga, TN — The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) recently named David Burgess as one of five Outstanding Technical Teacher finalists for 2015. An associate instructor of Industrial Maintenance in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology division at Chattanooga State Community College, Burgess has been with the College since 2010 and resides in Whitwell.

The Outstanding Technical Teacher award is presented to a full-time postsecondary technical education instructor whose performance and contributions are exceptional. Innovative teaching strategies must be apparent and involvement with business and industry is essential. Award nominees must be a member of ATEA or the institution where they are employed must be an institutional member.

The winner of this award and others will be announced during the 52nd National Conference on Technical Education Awards Luncheon on April 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tau Alpha Pi Inducts Ten


Tau Alpha Induction, L-R: Chrissy Smith, Jeremy Whitworth,
Jennifer Bergeron, Matt Dillard, and Alexandra Kristen Ray.

Chattanooga, TN — Tau Alpha Pi, Tennessee Delta Chapter, recently held its induction ceremony for ten students at Chattanooga State Community College enrolled in Engineering Technology programs. The 2014-15 officers presided over the induction ceremony. These officers included Jennifer Bergeron, president, Harrison; Chrissy Smith, vice president, Evensville; and Matthew Dillard, secretary/treasurer, Chattanooga. All current officers are seeking Associate of Applied Science degrees in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Radiation Protection.

Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology. Membership in Tau Alpha Pi is open to both top-performing associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates. The society recognizes high standards of scholarship among students in engineering technology programs, while promoting and encouraging scholastic achievements.

Inductees include Bryan Patrick Burgess, Pikeville; Brandon Hendrick, Spring City; Jacob Huskey, Hixson; Kelli Amber Poe, Whitwell; and Jeremy Whitworth, Soddy-Daisy, Nuclear Power; Carl John Gren, II, Chattanooga; Bethany Griffith, Bryant, AL; and Alexandra Kristen Ray, Chattanooga, Drafting and Design; Brandi Wilkey, Dayton, Nondestructive Testing; and Glenn Cromwell Jordan, Chattanooga, Automated Controls/Computer Systems.

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

Global Scholars Make a Difference


Global Scholars Makayla Billingsley & Miana Mahaffey

Chattanooga, TN — Learning about “awesome opportunities, a chance to earn scholarship money, meeting new people from across the country, and taking classes to help understand the world around them,” were the reasons that two Richard Hardy Memorial School graduates chose to enroll in the Global Scholars Program, Chattanooga State’s Academic Honors Program.

Makayla Billingsley and Miana Mahaffey grew up as neighbors in South Pittsburg and both have decided that a career in nursing is what they each want. Makayla chose nursing because her mother is in the medical field. “I am passionate about patient care and caring for others,” says Makayla. From the time she was a young child, Miana had dreams of being in the medical field, then as she got older, she became more informed about what it meant to be a nurse. “I shadowed some local hospitals and fell in love with the idea of being able to help people in their weakest state,” shares Miana.

Being a Global Scholar student gives students the opportunity to gain a world perspective through deeper and more connected college experiences. Class sizes are small, allowing for in-depth discussions with professors and other honors students who share a passion for learning. An ACT composite score of 25, an SAT score of 1130, a high school GPA of 3.5, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 hours of college-level courses is required to become a Global Scholar.

Former Richard Hardy math teacher Aaron Basham and now retired counselor Mary Claire Hill, encouraged Miana to do everything she could while she was still in high school without overloading herself. “They are the reason I graduated from high school with 21 credit hours already finished,” states Miana. When both young women enrolled at Chattanooga State, advisors Juliette Biondi and Roni Abraham stepped in to continue that encouragement for both of them. “They have pushed me to reach my full potential,” adds Makayla.

With a 4.0 GPA, Makayla just learned she has been accepted into the nursing program at Tennessee Technological University (TTU). This will further her career plans as she desires to earn a BSN degree and become a nurse practitioner.

Working three jobs and going to college full-time, Miana has managed to maintain a 3.894 GPA. She will graduate in December 2015 and also wants to earn her BSN in nursing.

These two hard working students want others to know that the Global Scholar Program has opened up wonderful opportunities for them and offered a better understanding about the world around them in a fun, interactive way. For more information on the Global Scholars program call 423-697-2648 or visit