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Meet the writer: Emily Abel

Emily Abel is a journalism student attending Chattanooga State Community College. She opted for a change of scenery from Syracuse, New York in February of 2014 and has since been residing in Chattanooga with her Aunt.

When she isn’t trying to finish school work or her latest art project, Emily enjoys local yoga classes and cooking recipes she found on Pinterest.

As a writer, Emily intends to start her coverage of topics for ChattState Stat while also continuing her independent poetry and prose.

We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our writing team this semester!

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A Big Deal Indeed

To have the number one state in the Southeast for high quality jobs, we have to have a well-educated workforce to attract and fill those jobs.” -Governor Bill Haslam

Chattanooga State is proud to be a part of Tennessee’s unified Community College System, which includes a total of 13 community colleges governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Working together to meet the workforce needs of our state is a big deal.

So is the future of our students. Getting a degree is a big deal:

Remembering Paul M. Starnes

IMG_2986 2Longtime State Representative Paul Starnes died January 9, 2015.

John Germ, a Founding Chattanooga State Foundation Board member who served with Mr. Starnes on the Foundation Board, had this to say about him:

“Paul Starnes was a strong advocate for Chattanooga State. His leadership led to the creation of many programs and building projects that enhance the community and allow students to earn a valuable education. He was a strong supporter of the foundation and played an active roll in selecting leadership for the college. His tenure in the legislature led to many improvements in Hamilton County. Chattanooga State has lost a tremendous supporter and educational leader.”

The Chattanooga State Student Center is named in his honor. Read more about him here.

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Time to Apply for Chattanooga State Scholarships

Will you help us spread the word? It is time for students to apply for scholarships at Chattanooga State for fall 2015. Our priority deadline is March 1 for the upcoming academic year. Students who complete the application by the priority date will receive preference with regard to scholarship awards. Both Tennessee Promise eligible and adult students are encouraged to apply.

In partnership with Chattanooga State Community College and the Chattanooga State Foundation, more than $800,000 in combined scholarship funding is provided annually for qualified

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BASF Donates $2,000 to Chattanooga State Basketball Program

BASF recently donated $2,000 to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Chattanooga State Community College.

“BASF is proud to support Chattanooga State for the great chemistry they create between the school and the community,“ said Robert Gagliano, BASF Chattanooga Site Manager. “Our partnership is rooted in a mutual desire to encourage the continual development of student athletes’ passion, talent and drive, which will mobilize students both on the court and in their future careers.”

We are honored that BASF has been a loyal and generous athletics contributor to the Chattanooga State Foundation since 2009. Read more here.

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Spirit Pump Benefits Chattanooga State

Turn your fuel and favorite fountain drink into support for Chattanooga State! Just visit Pump #3 at the Raceway located at 3459 Amnicola Highway. Spirit Pump proceeds benefit our Chattanooga State Foundation Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps us continue to accelerate the impact of the Chattanooga State experience by addressing our greatest needs across campus for things not covered by tuition and fees including scholarships for deserving students and professional development for

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Unum Partners with ChattState’s Executives in the Classroom initiative

Pictured above, left to right: Melissa Hays, AVP & Senior Counsel at Unum; Kim W. Bolton, Director of Staffing at Unum; Dr. Amanda Hyberger, Associate Professor of Music and QEP Director at Chattanooga State; and Denise Talley, Manager of Client Services at Unum.

The Executive-in-the-Classroom (EIC) initiative, part of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), is supported by a national grant from the Bringing Theory to Practice to provide a structured learning environment for incoming freshmen. With the involvement of corporate volunteers in these freshman courses, students