TVA Donates $5,000 to Summer Camp Program


Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently donated $5,000 toward the support of Chattanooga State’s Teen Enrichment and Summer Camp programs. Rob Manning, TVA’s Executive Vice President of External Relations and Nancy Mitchell, Customer Service Manager, presented the check to Dr. James L. Catanzaro, president of Chattanooga State.

This donation will aid Chattanooga State in reaching out to the youth of the Valley to promote structured, yet exciting, youth programs that intrigue and interest students. Camps are offered to children between the ages of 10 and 13 and have grown in popularity to include more than 300 students. The camps include 3D Animation, AutoCAD, Computer Programming, LEGO Robotics, Robotic Programming, Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Web Page Design as well as the more advanced camps of Advanced LEGO’s, Mobile Apps II and Robotics II.

Each camp promotes STEM concepts that are required for a career in engineering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor data released February 1, the total number of engineers in the United States will increase from 1.51 million to 1.67 million between 2010 and 2020, representing a change of 10.6 percent. Chattanooga State offers careers in six of the current top ten engineering technology fields: civil, mechanical, electrical/electronic, industrial, environmental and nuclear.

According to Vincent Palmer, manager, business and industry training, “There is an ever-growing demand for Chattanooga State’s camps from parents, students and local educators. Having successfully expanded our camps into rural areas last year, the College still was forced to turn away numerous youths due to a lack of funds and space.”

For more information about Summer Youth Camps, call (423) 697-3100 or visit