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.

Alum Pete Pitts head shot

50 Faces of Gratitude: Pete Pitts

by Pete Pitts–alum, actor, writer, musician, motivational speaker

I am grateful for Chattanooga State because during my time there, I was openly encouraged to learn who I was at the core.

I met many great people, had fantastic instructors and learned a lot about a variety of subjects, but the true value of my education was my journey of self-discovery. After changing my major

Coach Dennis and Coach Price with an alum

50 Faces of Gratitude: Suzette Henley Linfonte

by Suzette Henley Linfonte, alum

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because the classes I took and time I spent as manager of the women’s basketball team prepared me to continue my education and athletic endeavors (specifically as a student athletic trainer and manager) at UTC and a summer job at Engel Stadium as the clubhouse attendant for the visiting baseball team. As a shy person who loves sports but is not a good athlete, my time as manager of the team gave me the confidence to pursue my degree while being involved in college athletics.

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50 Faces of Gratitude: Dr. Tina Cannon

by Dr. Tina Cannon,  alum and mathematics professor

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because it has been a part of my life for over 30 years, as a student and an employee. In 1983, I became a student at Chattanooga State. At the time, I had no clue what career path that I wanted to pursue. I came to the campus and spoke to an advisor, and he helped me by

Head shot of Don Harvey

50 Faces of Gratitude: Don Harvey

by Don Harvey, engineering alum 

I am grateful to:

  • Chattanooga State Technical Community College for it provided the training and education which allowed me to obtain employment that has developed into a life time career;
  • Combustion Engineering for the scholarship I received to CSTCC that inspired me to continue my education;
  • The Chattanooga Engineers Club and the scholarship they provided which supported my education.
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50 Faces of Gratitude: Morgan Smith

by Morgan Smith–Alum, writer, photographer, film producer

I am grateful to Chattanooga State because it gave me the opportunity to be a Jo, pursue an interest in short films and writing, and helped me to build on my future. As a student ambassador, I was able to share my love for Chattanooga State with my fellow classmates, as well as prospective students. One of the most important things about our community college is that it is a stepping-stone. Chattanooga State prepared me for an easy transition to UTC, but no matter how long it has been, I always feel at home when I come back to campus. Chattanooga State honed my professional and communication skills, which helped start my career at the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau. Above all else, I am grateful for the caring staff, the friends who shared a passion for film, and the school that made college a lot less scary.