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20 Great Things To Know About TCAT Chattanooga

  1. tcat-logo-sm-home-1Tennessee residents can attend TCAT Chattanooga tuition free by accessing the TN Reconnect site!
  2. 1,788 headcount and 1050 full-time equivalent (FTE) students: the largest TCAT — 19% greater enrollment (based on FTE) than the next largest TCAT in the state.
  3. 645 program graduates in 2015: 100 Practical Nurses, 44 Welders, 42 HVAC/R Techs, 37 Electricians, and 32 Industrial Maintenance Technicians.
  4. Graduate job placement in field of study is 91%.
  5. Student completion rate is 74% (students complete the full program to be counted as a completer in Chattanooga).
  6. Professional licensure rate is 99% (Programs: Truck Driving, Practical Nursing, Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Nail Technician, Massage Therapy).
  7. National SkillsUSA Competition student medalists in the past seven years: 10 Gold, 18 Silver, and 12 Bronze.
  8. Two TCAT alumni competed in the World Skills Competition in Brazil in the Mechatronics event this month.
  9. The 2013 and 2014 TCAT Outstanding Student of the Year winners were from Chattanooga.
  10. American Technical Education Association (ATEA) National Teacher of the Year finalists in 2012, 2013 and 2015: Richard Claburn, Jimmy Jones and David Burgess.
  11. We have six hybrid program offerings with 20% of the curriculum online (Programs: Landscape/Turf Management, Computer Support Technician, Motorcycle/Marine, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Electronics).
  12. The Automotive program has produced 8 ASE Master Technicians in the past five years.
  13. The Industrial Maintenance program has a FANUC Robot Certified Instructor.
  14. The Automotive, Diesel, Collision and Motorcycle/Marine programs have Snap-On/NC3 certified instructors in Torque, Meters, Undercar, Diesel ProLink and VerusPro Diagnostics.
  15. Scholarships are available for TCAT students.
  16. Four welding class offerings: day/night main campus, Kimball and Dayton.
  17. We’ve had 690 National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) inductees since 2008.
  18. Only TCAT with these programs: Landscape/Turf Management, Motorcycle/Marine Service Technology and Massage Therapy
  19. Many of our TCAT programs articulate with Chattanooga State associate’s degree programs.
  20. We have 27 programs including 21 diploma programs (one year or more) and 6 certificate programs (less than one year). Visit for a complete list of programs and information.
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Symposium for Women Entrepreneurs on August 25

Make plans to join us on Tuesday, August 25 for We, the 3rd Annual Symposium for Women Entrepreneurs. Our keynote speaker is Bonnie Carroll, Founder and CEO of Information International Associates, Inc. Dr. Autumn Graves, Head of Girls Preparatory School, and Aundrea Wilcox, Senior Business Counselor, author and Kingsport Chamber ECD Director, are also featured speakers.

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ChattState 50th: The early years 1963-1965

ChattState is celebrating 50 years of service to our community this year. As this important milestone unfolds, we are taking the time to reflect where the College has been over the last half century.

1963: School Announced For Chattanooga Area

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In the early 1960s, the Tennessee State Board of Education began efforts to establish community colleges across the state as a result of post-World War II children entering higher education. The school was to be located on Moccasin Bend.

1964: School Named Chattanooga State Technical Institute

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Moccasin Bend site approved. Construction of the foundation begins, but the area was marsh land and very difficult to work with.

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Young Alumni Profile: Sophie

Sophie studied in the honors program of elementary education here at Chattanooga State. Sophie chose elementary education on account of her love for teaching; she currently teaches varsity soccer. She originally hails from Australia, but moved to the United States in 2013 to pursue her education. Motivated by the high standards she set for herself and her family’s competitiveness, Sophie recently transferred to UTC.