Reunion Days!

Get Ready for Reunion Days at Chattanooga State

Make plans to join us for our first-ever Reunion Days at Chattanooga State to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and help us mark fifty years serving Chattanooga. The goal of Reunion Days is to celebrate our proud past, reconnect with one another and showcase our campus community during featured events throughout this academic year.

Be sure to visit for the latest on our growing schedule of events. Our preliminary schedule of events is below:

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Global Scholars Speakers Series Presents Adam Braun

Global Scholars is sponsoring a speaking engagement that is open to the entire campus community and public. Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise and a New York Times bestselling author. He will be on campus Tuesday, October 6 for a book signing and keynote:

  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Book signing in the Kolywck Library
  • 6 p.m.: Keynote Address in the Gym

The event is free and open to the public.


Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center Dedicated at Chattanooga State

“A ROCKET to the brilliant idea of establishing a first-rate hospitality and culinary center at Chattanooga State in loving memory of the late Michael Hennen… and if we can capture Michael’s delightful zest for life in the students the center will hopefully produce, it will be a godsend for our area.” -Roy Exum

“There can be no better namesake than Michael Hennen because he epitomizes hospitality.” -Jon Kinsey

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support in establishing the Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center at Chattanooga State. On August 30, 2015, one year and one month since the kick-off benefit, a ribbon-cutting and dedication was held on campus. Please enjoy our video highlights from the August 30th dedication held on campus and the July 2014 benefit held at Hennen’s:


Get Ready for CultureFest 2015

Join us for Culture Fest 2015 on Sunday, October 4 from 11:00 to 4:00 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion located at 1801 Carter Street in downtown Chattanooga. Culture Fest is the Chattanooga area’s premiere showcase of international communities and one of the largest annual celebrations of local cultures for the past 16 years.

It’s a wonderful one-day celebration of diversity to learn about other cultures through display booths coordinated by local ethnic organizations and also features:

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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.