Class of 1967 50th Reunion Group Photo

First 50th Reunion of the First Class of the First Two-year Technical Institute in the State

Chattanooga State recently celebrated the 50th Reunion of its very first graduating class from 1967. The Chattanooga State Class of 1967 is very unique in that they were the first students, and the first graduates, of the state of Tennessee’s first-ever two-year technical institution

Dr. Floyd Eaves, retired founding faculty member

50 Faces of Gratitude: Floyd Eaves

by Floyd Eaves, retired founding faculty

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because it afforded me an opportunity to work at the college level and be a professor of students studying for a degree in higher education. This level of teaching and administration allowed me to make a difference for students preparing for their life’s work.  It was a pleasure working with ALL of the presidents from 1966 to 1996 when I retired. Working at Chattanooga State gave me a chance to help grow Chattanooga State into the prestigious institution that it is today.

Commencement speaker Mitch Patel in cap and gown at podium, President & CEO of Vision Hospitality

Chattanooga State 50th Commencement

“Congratulations! Today is a day of celebration, accomplishment, and the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one,” said Mitch Patel, President & CEO of Vision Hospitality Group and 2016 Chattanooga State Commencement speaker. He encouraged graduates to find their passion. “When you have a passion for something, you will

Head shot of Lydia Burroughs – Alum, class of 2012

50 Faces of Gratitude: Lydia Burroughs

by Lydia Burroughs – Alum, class of 2012

I am grateful to Chattanooga State for affording me the opportunity of launching my educational adventure towards becoming a CPA. Due to the wonderfully flexible format and educators that cared about my learning, I am a proud alumni with an AS degree from Chattanooga State, and I am now in the latter stages of my education. Furthermore, I am always touting to anyone thinking of attending college how much they would benefit by beginning their education at Chattanooga State, because I never felt like I was left behind and there was always someone I could go to if I needed further understanding on any subject. I also came away with professors that became lifelong friends that care about my successes!!!

Head shot of Dr. Herb Hooper – longtime faculty member

50 Faces of Gratitude: Dr. Herb Hooper

by Dr. Herb Hooper – faculty

As a young boy, I, along with many other young boys in the 1950’s, dreamed of one day playing baseball in the major leagues. After graduating from college, reality quickly set in.

It’s been 48 years, and I continue to teach mathematics in what I consider to be the major league of community colleges. I am grateful to Chattanooga State for the professional opportunities it has provided me. I am grateful for progressive presidents such as Ed Sessions, Dr. Charley Branch, and  Dr. Jim Catanzaro. I am grateful for colleagues who are committed to excellence in teaching and community service. I am grateful for students who everyday challenge me to do my best. I was not able to play at Fenway, Wrigley, or Yankee Stadium, but thanks to Chattanooga State, I did make the major leagues.

Honors program staff member Amanda Bennett's two children laugh in the child development center

50 Faces of Gratitude: Amanda Bennett

by Amanda Bennett – Honors program staff

I appreciate Chattanooga State because I get to bring my kids to campus with me each day. The staff in the Child Development Center are amazing. I truly feel as though the college is an extension of my family and this is in large part due to our on-site daycare.

Pictured are my two oldest children, Raulston and Cora. Cora went to kindergarten this fall and my youngest, Elliot, started at the CDC.