Writers@Work “Behind the Writer” interview

Chattanooga State recently welcomed Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the memoir All Over But the Shoutin, Rick Bragg and Lila Q. Weaver, author of the graphic novel Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White for the award-winning Writers@Work annual series held April 13-17. Continue reading Writers@Work “Behind the Writer” interview

Latin Festival Coming Saturday, May 2!

Latin Festival is designed as a free community celebration with event proceeds supporting Chattanooga State’s Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language Programs offered by ChattState in the Highland Park community since 2001. A goal of the event is to connect the local Latino community with the broader Chattanooga community. We want Chattanoogans of all backgrounds and cultures to join us in the festivities where southern hospitality meets Latin flair.

Latin Festival 2015 Map
Click to enlarge Latin Festival map

The Latin Festival provides the spirit of a Caribbean carnival with fun for all ages and backgrounds. The Festival features traditional folkloric dance and musical performances by local artists and regional performers, a parade of nations, authentic food court, soccer tournament, Hispanic heritage displays, Kids Zone and more. See Schedule of Events and Activities below.

A unique part of Latin Festival is our Passport to Latino-American Challenge. The Passport Challenge is a fun cultural learning experience for up to 500 participants. It will “challenge” people to connect with 24 educational booths and activities to learn about the different Latin countries. Prizes to first 500 participants–based on number of country “stamps” (aka stickers)! Apply to participate in the Passport to Latino-American Challenge today!

Passport to Latin-American Challenge Map
Passport to Latin-American Challenge route

Schedule of Events & Activities

Friday, May 1

6 p.m. Latino-American Soccer Cup, Highland Park Commons

Saturday, May 2

9 a.m. Latino-American Soccer Cup, Highland Park Commons

10 a.m. Ecumenical Service: Welcome the Stranger, Redemption Point Church

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Parade of Nations, Main Stage

11:30 a.m. Launch of Resource Guide “Descubre Chattanooga,” Main Stage

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Face Painting, pinatas, puppet show, exhibit of South-American animals & more
  • Passport to Latin-American Challenge
  • STEM, nonprofit, government, healthcare and legal booths
  • Food & Truck Vendors

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Main Stage

  • Latin Music by Carlos Colon and His Tropical Swing
  • Performance by Dance Brasil Entertainment
  • Guatemalan Performance by Samanta Bautista
  • Mexican Performance by CLILA
  • Peruvian Performance by Association Peru Chattanooga
  • Performance by Peruvian Singer Sandra Onal
  • Colombian Performance By Connie Sweeney & Luz Bohorquez
  • Honduran Performance by Fuentes Culturales
  • Dominican Performance by Antonio MacMath
  • Cuban Performance by Marilin Perez
  • Costa Rican Performance by Kristine Hale Salva
  • And more

11.a.m. – 4 p.m., Faith Pavillion

  • Christian Music by Instituto CanZion
  • Christian Performance by Abba’s House
  • Performers from local Hispanic congregations
  • Outreach Hispanic Community

3:45 p.m. Soccer Tournament Awards and Closing Ceremony, Main Stage

Thank you to our community partners and sponsors ( logos below) who are helping make this free community event a dream come true for our local Latino community. Also, we are grateful to our incredible Event Organizing Committee & Advisors, for whom without their leadership and support, this event would not be possible. Muchas Gracias!

You can donate now to support our life-changing Adult Education and English as a Second Language program. Click here and designate your gift to: Adult Education Program Fund.

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Chatt State News

Did you know our Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing at Chattanooga State currently ranks 4th in the state out of 39 similar programs on the licensure exams (as of Sept. 2014)? Our nursing graduates had a 95.9% pass rate compared to the national average of 82.8% and the Tennessee average of 88.05%.

Here is more good news from across our campus and in the community: Continue reading Chatt State News

Student Profile: Jeremy

Jeremy studies Psychology as well as Sociology here at Chattanooga State. His passion for helping others prompted his decision on his major after working with children at the Chattanooga Zoo and through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past five years. He received a scholarship from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Continue reading Student Profile: Jeremy

Tennessee Reconnect provides free tuition for ChattState’s TCAT

Tennessee Reconnect provides free tuition for Chattanooga State’s TCAT – Tennessee College of Applied Technology. As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative:

“Tennessee Reconnect is designed to help more adults complete a postsecondary degree or credential.”

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Student Profile: Ashley

Quick Facts: 4th semester Secondary Education major, 22 years old

Ashley is a Secondary Education major originally from Columbia, South Carolina. In her spare time, Ashley takes care of her niece and nephew and involves her self in Big Brothers Big Sisters. She chose secondary education after being inspired by her high school economics teacher and hopes to someday impact students in a similar way. Specifically, Ashley would like to work at a high school in the Chattanooga area or work as a social worker for young children. Her favorite course is philosophy and she plans on eventually transferring to UTC to pursue her BA. She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.


Student Profile: Demmy

Quick Facts: 2nd semester Nursing student, 22 years old

Demmy is motivated by the idea of having a better future for her family. She chose nursing after taking time off to take care of her dad and expresses her interests in helping others like him. Demmy moved to Chattanooga from Atlanta and her family is originally from Vietnam. She enjoys working out and her favorite course right now is psychology because can gain better insight on the motives behind certain behaviors. She is planning to transfer to UTC to pursue her BSN and will be the first in her family to graduate from college.


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Meet the writer: Emily Abel

Emily Abel is a journalism student attending Chattanooga State Community College. She opted for a change of scenery from Syracuse, New York in February of 2014 and has since been residing in Chattanooga with her Aunt.

When she isn’t trying to finish school work or her latest art project, Emily enjoys local yoga classes and cooking recipes she found on Pinterest.

As a writer, Emily intends to start her coverage of topics for ChattState Stat while also continuing her independent poetry and prose.

We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our writing team this semester!