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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

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ChattState Athletics announces Partnership with EPB

Athletics Director Kim Smith recently announced the EPB Partnership during an executive staff meeting on campus along with Ms. Niki Phillips from EPB and Chattanooga State basketball players.

“We are grateful for EPB’s generous partnership,” said Smith. “The students are exemplifying leadership, spirit, pride and loyalty like never before, and it is an honor to have EPB recognize our athletes as they strive to make better lives for themselves in the classroom, during competition and in the community.”

Read more about this partnership at Chattanoogan.com.

 

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SAILS Tennessee leading the way in math readiness

A recent article published by Campus Technology reports:

“College math readiness is a persistent problem for higher ed institutions across the U.S. According to a 2014 report from ACT, 57 percent of ACT-tested high school graduates across the country failed to meet math readiness benchmarks. When these students show up for their first year of college, they must take developmental classes to catch up — and too many never pass those courses. But by combining college and high school math content in an online environment taught in high school computer labs, educators in the state of Tennessee believe they have found a solution.”

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Erlanger Nursing Leadership, Erlanger Scholars Hosted by ChattState Nursing Faculty

Pictured (l-r, front to back): Erlanger Scholars Jennifer DeCoursey, Ashley Meyers, Cloie Hamilton, Taylor Oakes, Shannon Owens, Lacy Long and Devon Langley.

Pictured (l-r, front to back): Erlanger Scholars Jennifer DeCoursey, Ashley Meyers, Cloie Hamilton, Taylor Oakes, Shannon Owens, Lacy Long and Devon Langley. Not pictured: Wileen Roy.

The Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing at Chattanooga State Community College was pleased to recently host the Erlanger nursing leadership team and the Chattanooga State  Erlanger Scholars.

“Nursing education is the foundation for developing a quality driven nursing workforce,” says Erlanger Health System’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Dr. Jan Keys. “Increased pressure for the