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ChattState 50th: The early years 1963-1965

ChattState is celebrating 50 years of service to our community this year. As this important milestone unfolds, we are taking the time to reflect where the College has been over the last half century.

1963: School Announced For Chattanooga Area

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In the early 1960s, the Tennessee State Board of Education began efforts to establish community colleges across the state as a result of post-World War II children entering higher education. The school was to be located on Moccasin Bend.

1964: School Named Chattanooga State Technical Institute

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Moccasin Bend site approved. Construction of the foundation begins, but the area was marsh land and very difficult to work with.










Charles O. Whitehead is named Director of CSTI.
Charles O. Whitehead is named Director of CSTI.

1965: CSTI Opens To Students Downtown

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CSTI opens temporarily to the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets downtown and becomes the state’s first school offering applied associate’s degrees and certificates.

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Editor’s note: Chattanooga State alumni are encouraged to share their memories on our alumni Facebook page here.


2 thoughts on “ChattState 50th: The early years 1963-1965”

    1. Thanks so much Bill! Hope you can join us for our first-ever Reunion Days the week of Dec 3-5! Stay tuned to for more details!

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