50 Faces of Gratitude: Giselle Palmer

by Giselle Palmer, class of 2003

I’m grateful for Chattanooga State!

When I walked on campus for my first class, I was filled with excitement and a bit apprehensive. At 22, I was older than most freshmen. I had never attended a public school and had been homeschooled for most of my education. Chattanooga State represented opportunities I wouldn’t fully understand until Continue reading 50 Faces of Gratitude: Giselle Palmer

50 Faces of Gratitude: Gary Ainscough

by Gary Ainscough, Class President of first graduating class, 1967

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because…

  1. It personally launched my professional career
  2. The relationship with the institution is long lasting
  3. It has equipped and continues to equip students for valuable job markets
  4. It competes on “leading-edge technology”

50 Faces of Gratitude: Lela Clements

by Lela Clements, Radiation Therapy student

I am grateful to Chattanooga State for accepting me into the Radiation Therapy program. What seemed like such an intangible dream last year is now a reality. My husband pushed me to pursue my dream of Radiation Therapy after X-Ray school. It meant moving two states away and taking a huge risk, but after we and our two kids moved here and school started, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Thanks again, Chattanooga State!

50 Faces of Gratitude: Maria Spear

by Maria Spear, Chattanooga State faculty

I am grateful to Chatt State because it gives me the opportunity to practice my profession in a welcoming and engaging atmosphere. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by talented colleagues who encourage me, and by dedicated students who inspire me. I moved here two years ago from the West Coast because I was drawn to this vibrant and friendly community, and I am reminded every day I made the right choice!

50 Faces of Gratitude: Brittney L. Davidson

by Brittney L. Davidson
2005 Middle College High School Graduate (now Collegiate High)
Interim Director of the Don Andrews Reading and Writing Center

I am grateful to Chattanooga State, because they gave me the courage and support to graduate high school with my associate degree. Now in my fourth year as a faculty member I have the greatest opportunity to give back the same encouragement that helped me to succeed so many years ago.

50 Faces of Gratitude: Pete Pitts

by Pete Pitts–alum, actor, writer, musician, motivational speaker

I am grateful for Chattanooga State because during my time there, I was openly encouraged to learn who I was at the core.

I met many great people, had fantastic instructors and learned a lot about a variety of subjects, but the true value of my education was my journey of self-discovery. After changing my major Continue reading 50 Faces of Gratitude: Pete Pitts

50 Faces of Gratitude: Charlotte Hansen

by Charlotte Hansen, alum

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because they gave me the tools to achieve more than even I thought was possible with my career.

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I could be anything, from a bookkeeper to setting up the entire accounting department of a multimillion dollar company with an Associates degree in accounting, I’m not sure I would have believed them. That’s what happened and I can thank Chattanooga State for giving me the education and guidance to be where I am today. From accounting classes to interviewing and writing a resume, I feel like my professors at Chattanooga State made sure I was prepared to start my career in any accounting job.

50 Faces of Gratitude: Suzette Henley Linfonte

by Suzette Henley Linfonte, alum

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because the classes I took and time I spent as manager of the women’s basketball team prepared me to continue my education and athletic endeavors (specifically as a student athletic trainer and manager) at UTC and a summer job at Engel Stadium as the clubhouse attendant for the visiting baseball team. As a shy person who loves sports but is not a good athlete, my time as manager of the team gave me the confidence to pursue my degree while being involved in college athletics.