By Jerry A. Wagner, charter class alum
As an Alum of Chattanooga State, I am very grateful because it allowed me to continue my education after high school. I started in Fall of 1965 taking six to nine quarter hours at night, majoring in chemical engineering, while working full time at Combustion
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.
by Jake Brown – Collegiate High/Chattanooga State alum
I am grateful to Chattanooga State for allowing me to work at such a fast pace. Collegiate High School allowed me to grow more academically and professionally than I ever thought possible.
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!!!
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.
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.
by Linda Murray Bullard –alum, writer, speaker, entrepreneur
I am grateful to Chattanooga State because it is the place where I started my road to success. I waited until after my sons were older to finish my Associate’s degree. Chattanooga State allowed me to do it when I was ready. I turned 50 years old the same year I graduated.
by Barbara Morgan, retiree (secretary to the College presidents for 44 years!)
Chattanooga State was like a second family to me during my two years as a student and forty-four years as an employee. While a student, faculty and fellow students became friends and supporters and we received an education and graduated with degrees that gave us careers. During my years as an employee, I got married; had children; had grandchildren; and lost parents. My fellow employees were there with friendship and support for these life events as well as for day-to-day work responsibilities. Chattanooga State was a great place to be a student and employee and still is with all the caring faculty and staff that are there to support and assist all along the way. Miss my Chattanooga State family.
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