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.

“Above & Beyond” Award Presented to Aleta Lenyard


Chattanooga, TN — Debbie Waggoner was an exceptional Chattanooga State employee and tireless student advocate who succumbed to cancer during the 1990s. To show respect and admiration for her commitment, the Student Government Association sponsors the “Debbie Waggoner Above and Beyond Award” to recognize individuals who reach out and make a positive impact on those around them. Aleta Lenyard, director of the Mathematics Center, was honored with this year’s award.

The Mathematics Center resides within the heart of the mathematics curriculum. Because of this distinction, Ms. Lenyard interacts with almost every student enrolled in a mathematics course during a given semester. She tutors students, oversees testing, and hires peer tutors in the center.

Lenyard works enthusiastically with students and faculty. She maintains a positive frame of mind and enjoys her work while handling difficult situations with grace and wisdom to keep the center operating smoothly and efficiently. She also serves as the campus liaison with Pearson to help resolve technical issues with the Chattanooga State network and MyLabsPlus.

One of Lenyard’s responsibilities is to supervise student tutors working in the center. She is an advocate for students, professional tutors, as well as adjuncts, and is respectful of both faculty and students. As a gifted listener, she focuses on the importance of each person.

Her commitment to student success is exhibited by her dedication to create a positive learning experience for every student who walks into the center. Lenyard coordinates help sessions for students and oversees student focus groups for ideas on how to improve student learning. With a goal of success for all students, she continually finds ways to improve the operation of the center.

Ms. Lenyard strives to make the jobs of her supervisors easier. By anticipating what needs to be done, she is dependable, reliable, and a forward-thinker. Every faculty and staff member in the mathematics department is a better worker because she has gone “above and beyond” for them. Students who take mathematics classes in the department share similar experiences working with “Ms. Aleta.”

Located on the second floor of the Instructional Materials Center in IMC-225, the Mathematics Center is open days, nights, and weekends during the semester to help students with all levels of math. The center is equipped with more than 180 computers for use by students.

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

SkillsUSA Students Score!

Chattanooga, TN — Each year, students enrolled in Tennessee College of Applied Technology programs begin the journey toward participating in the annual SkillsUSA competition at the local, state and national levels. During the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City from June 23-27, Chattanooga State students who reached the national level competed in 10 different events and returned home with one gold, one silver, and three bronze medals. Of the remaining students who competed, two finished in fourth place, two in seventh, and one finished thirteenth out of 24 in his contest. In all events, students competed against gold medal winners from other states.

Winning the gold medal in the nursing assistant category was Christie Hudgins. A silver medal in marine service technology was awarded to Drew White. Bronze medals went to Amanda Mills in aesthetics, Daniel Burnette, major appliance repair; and Charles Smith, job skill demonstration (Massage Therapy). Fourth place awardees included Andrea Gilliam in CPR first aid and Corey Guisinger in computer numeric control (CNC) milling. Nail technology student Samantha Greco-Bishop and motorcycle service technology student Daniel Moore placed seventh in their respective fields while Steve McMeans placed thirteenth in industrial motor control. National delegates assisting at the conference, coached by Brandy Krantz, included Sarah Burnett, Amanda Coward, Brittany Anderson, and Claire Ballew whom also is a state officer serving as Parliamentarian.

Students, teachers and industry work together as partners in SkillsUSA to help ensure a skilled American workforce and help each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled services occupations, including health occupations.

Instructors who also attended the national conference as advisors included Lucy Hampton, Jimmy Jones, Rhonda Castleberry, Richard Claburn, Renee Richardson, Kristi Mays, Sam O’Rear, Brandy Krantz, Elonia James, and David Burgess. Also attending the national conference were Michael Mercer and Suzanne Myatt, who served as national judges for the Quiz Bowl competition.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships over 5,000 students compete in 96 occupational and leadership skill areas.

For more information about Tennessee College of Applied Technology programs and SkillsUSA visit or call (423) 697-4404.


irst Row L-R: Claire Ballew, Amanda Cawood, Brittany Anderson, Samantha Greco-Bishop, Charles Smith,
Ashleigh Renko, Drew White, Daniel Moore, Amanda Mills, Madison Owens.

Second Row L-R: Christie Hudgins, Andrea Gilliam, Mike Mercer, Sarah Barnett, Elonia James, Suzanne Myatt, Renee Richardson,
Brandy Krantz, David Burgess, Rhonda Castleberry, Lucy Hampton, Tamarra Pratt.

Third Row: L-R Blake Burnette, Steve McMeans, Sam O’Rear, Cory Guisinger, Richard Claburn,
Jimmy Jones, Kristi Caves-Mays, Mike Ricketts.

Hospitality & Tourism Management Courses Offered


Chattanooga, TN — The rapid growth and expansion of the hospitality and tourism management sector has led to Chattanooga State offering a new Hospitality and Tourism Management initiative. According to Dean Barry Jennison, the College will offer three evening courses, three credits each, beginning fall 2014.

The first course, Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry, HTM-101, is a basic overview addressing professionalism, customer service, sustainability, civic engagement, and ethics, a historical perspective integral to the industry. Lectures by food service, lodging and tourism company executives will help students understand industry trends. This class will be offered on Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Food service components are vital to the hospitality industry. HTM-110, Sanitation and Health in the Service Industry explores food safety and other health related issues. Offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m., students will learn sanitation principles vital to hospitals, schools, hotels, cruise ships, airlines, and international travel.

Lastly, the management portion of the program, HTM-120, Front Office Operations, will guide students through the guest cycle clarifying the key operational issues involved in achieving guest satisfaction, emphasizing both technical and service issues. Creating a memorable guest experience through cooperative efforts between other hotel departments is key. Human resource management, business forecasting, revenue management, and budget planning will help prepare students to take the AHLEI certificate exam for this course. This class meets Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

According to Dan Zink, corporate training and continuing education manager, “Teaching leadership will be a big component of all the classes.” He adds, “The industry is known for having fun and active jobs and our intention is to make the classes fun and active as well.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook for 2012-2022 in this field cites up to 33 percent growth. Classes start August 25th. For more information about these classes and additional business classes, call Business and Information Technologies at (423) 697-4462 or visit

Regent Stites Is TCAT Commencement Speaker


Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) will hold its commencement exercises on Saturday, August 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The event, previously held on campus, was moved to the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium to accommodate the large number of graduates and their guests.

Technical diplomas include the following disciplines: air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive technology, collision repair, computer operations technology, cosmetology, diesel equipment mechanics, industrial electricity, industrial electronics, industrial maintenance, landscape and turf management, machine tool technology, massage therapy, mechatronics technology, medical assistant, motorcycle and marine engine service technology, practical nursing, surgical technology, and welding. Technical certificates include aesthetics, cosmetology instructor training, and manicurist.

In addition to the awarding of diplomas and certificates, SkillsUSA students who participated and placed in the state and national competitions and National Technical Honor Society students will be recognized, as well as retiring faculty. For the first time, Veterans also will be recognized with red, white and blue cords.

Regent John D. Stites, II, Tennessee Board of Regents, will deliver the commencement address. Stites is the Chief Executive Officer of J&S Construction Company, Inc. a commercial, industrial and institutional construction firm providing design and construction services in six states. Stites is a founding member and past president of the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland; founding member and past president of Putnam County Family YMCA; founding member and past president of Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club; selected as a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International; served on President’s Advisory Councils (PAC) at Stran Buildings, Varco-Pruden Buildings and American Buildings Company; and was Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council at Stran.

He has served over 17 years with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and has held several offices with the Middle Tennessee Branch. Stites received AGC’s most coveted award, the SIR Award, the construction lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Build Tennessee Awards Program. The SIR Award is reserved for someone who has made a substantial contribution, while honorably serving the construction industry while exemplifying Skill, Integrity and Responsibility in his or her construction endeavors.

Stites was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Citation from his alma mater, Abilene Christian University, and served on its Board of Trustees for sixteen years. Stites earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Abilene Christian University and upon graduation, entered the United States Navy, where he was a lieutenant during the Vietnam conflict (1968-1971). He is married to Rosemary Tillman Stites and they have four children and fourteen grandchildren.