Four finalists have been announced for the President of Chattanooga State Community College.
The finalists are:
- Dr. Karla A. Fisher, vice president of Academics and former interim president at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas;
- Dr. Kevin A. Pollock, president of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan;
- Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy, provost and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus; and
- Dr. Flora W. Tydings, president of Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia.
Each will participate in campus forums and community receptions the week of May 4 thru May 8. According to the Tennessee Board of Regents website:
To demonstrate the importance of scholarship and those who are dedicated to student learning, each academic division on campus was asked to dedicate a faculty fellowship to a former faculty and/or administrator who demonstrated outstanding scholarship and dedication to teaching and student learning. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division chose to honor retired faculty member Bea Lyons. Below is an excerpt announcing the award by Interim Dean John Haworth:
Tennessee’s future workforce will be showcased this week during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Tennessee State Conference held at the Chattanooga Convention Center April 20-22. The SkillsUSA competition theme for this year is SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work. The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests.
Did you know our Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing at Chattanooga State currently ranks 4th in the state out of 39 similar programs on the licensure exams (as of Sept. 2014)? Our nursing graduates had a 95.9% pass rate compared to the national average of 82.8% and the Tennessee average of 88.05%.
Here is more good news from across our campus and in the community:
Chattanooga State welcomes Rick Bragg and Lila Quintero Weaver as our 2015 Writers@Work. The schedule of free community events is as follows:
Tennessee Reconnect provides free tuition for Chattanooga State’s TCAT – Tennessee College of Applied Technology. As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative:
“Tennessee Reconnect is designed to help more adults complete a postsecondary degree or credential.”
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!
“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment” -MaryAnn F. Kohl
The Chattanooga State Fine Arts team has several musical performances and theatrical productions scheduled this month. All events are free and open to the public and are presented at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnciola Highway.
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:
Longtime 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.