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Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center Dedicated at Chattanooga State

“A ROCKET to the brilliant idea of establishing a first-rate hospitality and culinary center at Chattanooga State in loving memory of the late Michael Hennen… and if we can capture Michael’s delightful zest for life in the students the center will hopefully produce, it will be a godsend for our area.” –Roy Exum

“There can be no better namesake than Michael Hennen because he epitomizes hospitality.” -Jon Kinsey

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support in establishing the Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center at Chattanooga State. On August 30, 2015, one year and one month since the kick-off benefit, a ribbon-cutting and dedication was held on campus. Please enjoy our video highlights from the August 30th dedication held on campus and the July 2014 benefit held at Hennen’s:

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20 Great Things To Know About TCAT Chattanooga

  1. tcat-logo-sm-home-1Tennessee residents can attend TCAT Chattanooga tuition free by accessing the TN Reconnect site!
  2. 1,788 headcount and 1050 full-time equivalent (FTE) students: the largest TCAT — 19% greater enrollment (based on FTE) than the next largest TCAT in the state.
  3. 645 program graduates in 2015: 100 Practical Nurses, 44 Welders, 42 HVAC/R Techs, 37 Electricians, and 32 Industrial Maintenance Technicians.
  4. Graduate job placement in field of study is 91%.
  5. Student completion rate is 74% (students complete the full program to be counted as a completer in Chattanooga).
  6. Professional licensure rate is 99% (Programs: Truck Driving, Practical Nursing, Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Nail Technician, Massage Therapy).
  7. National SkillsUSA Competition student medalists in the past seven years: 10 Gold, 18 Silver, and 12 Bronze.
  8. Two TCAT alumni competed in the World Skills Competition in Brazil in the Mechatronics event this month.
  9. The 2013 and 2014 TCAT Outstanding Student of the Year winners were from Chattanooga.
  10. American Technical Education Association (ATEA) National Teacher of the Year finalists in 2012, 2013 and 2015: Richard Claburn, Jimmy Jones and David Burgess.
  11. We have six hybrid program offerings with 20% of the curriculum online (Programs: Landscape/Turf Management, Computer Support Technician, Motorcycle/Marine, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Electronics).
  12. The Automotive program has produced 8 ASE Master Technicians in the past five years.
  13. The Industrial Maintenance program has a FANUC Robot Certified Instructor.
  14. The Automotive, Diesel, Collision and Motorcycle/Marine programs have Snap-On/NC3 certified instructors in Torque, Meters, Undercar, Diesel ProLink and VerusPro Diagnostics.
  15. Scholarships are available for TCAT students.
  16. Four welding class offerings: day/night main campus, Kimball and Dayton.
  17. We’ve had 690 National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) inductees since 2008.
  18. Only TCAT with these programs: Landscape/Turf Management, Motorcycle/Marine Service Technology and Massage Therapy
  19. Many of our TCAT programs articulate with Chattanooga State associate’s degree programs.
  20. We have 27 programs including 21 diploma programs (one year or more) and 6 certificate programs (less than one year). Visit chattanoogastate.edu/tcat for a complete list of programs and information.
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50th Annual SkillsUSA Tennessee State Conference in Chattanooga

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.

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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:

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The Pathway to a High-Demand, High–Wage Field in Advanced Manufacturing Starts at ChattState

I am excited to feature one of the newest departments within the Engineering Division at Chattanooga State Community College–the Institute of Material Joining and Testing (IMJAT). Catherine Bovell, IMJAT Career Counselor, shares with us the exciting Associate’s degree programs offered within IMJAT that provide rapid training and retraining designed to meet the needs of area employers and employees. The two career pathways are Welding Engineering Technology and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), both high-demand and high-wage fields in advanced manufacturing.

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Why Four-Year Degrees at Chattanooga State?

By creating a limited number of (or some specific) four-year baccalaureate degrees, Chattanooga State is responding to industry needs. A number of employers have requested that Chattanooga State develop these workforce-specific degrees so they can find qualified employees within the community and avoid recruiting out-of-state and out-of-region. As Governor Haslam says: “We want Tennesseans to get Tennessee jobs. We have to provide