Chattanooga State Community College is a public community college in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and belongs to the Tennessee Board of Regents System. First established as Chattanooga State Technical Institute in 1965 to meet the needs of growing industry in Southeastern Tennessee, it joined the State Community College and University System in 1974 as it continued to expand.
The main campus is six miles from downtown Chattanooga, and there are branch campuses at the Center for Education and Human Services, Eastgate Town Center, and the Volkswagen Academy. There are also learning sites at Dayton in Rhea County, Kimball in Marion County, and Sequatchie County. The catchment area includes six counties in Southeastern Tennessee (Hamilton, Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Marion, and Grundy) and portions of bordering counties in Alabama and Georgia. Today, over 12,000 students attend CSCC.
Academic programs include more than 50 direct-entry career degrees, three transfer track degrees, nearly two dozen technical certificate programs, and strong continuing education and corporate training programs. Mexican American immigrants can prepare for college studies through Plaza Communitaria, a program developed in partnership with the government of Mexico.
There are seven academic departments:
- Mathematics and Sciences
- Engineering Technology
- Tennessee Technology Center
- Business and Information Technologies
- Nursing and Allied Health
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Humanities and Fine Arts
The computer lab at the library features 80 computers with up to date operating systems, webcams, and software, including Windows Movie Maker, Acrobat Professional, SpeedEdit, Pinnacle Video Editing, and Office 2010.There are also a number of iMACs available for student use with CS5 MASTER Collection. There are several scanners available
The library collection features over 62,000 books and an electronic collection of an additional 50,000 volumes in the electronic collection. The library also offers electronic databases such as LexisNexis, MasterFILE, and Premiere, which create access to thousands of academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.
Technical Programs and Partners
A Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) operates in cooperation with the college. The TTC offers an additional 28 technical programs to serve the needs of technical education.
The college also has partnerships with Volkswagen and Wacker Chemical. Volkswagen Academy trains auto technicians for their factory in the area and to prepare for transfer to other Volkswagen factories across the nation and the world. Wacker Chemical teaches students the skills they need to be gainfully employed to manufacture polysilicone for solar cells. Available tracks of study through the Wacker Institute include Mechanical Technician, Laboratory Technician, Process Technician, and Electronics & Instrumentation Technician. The Wacker Institute is located in the Center for Engineering, Technology, Art, and Science, a 2011 state of the art facility with 25,000 square feet of training space.
More than a hundred courses are available online. Most basic requirements and some complete degrees can be earned entirely online.
High School Academics
Middle College is a program that allows students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades to enroll full-time in college. After completing a combined program, students in Middle College earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree simultaneously. The program includes 4 units of English; 4 units of science including 3 lab sciences, one of which must be biology; 4 units of math, including Algebra I and Geometry; 2 units of social studies chosen from Western History, Western Geography, or US History; half a unit of US Government; 2 units of the same foreign language; 1 unit of Wellness; 1 unit of music, drama, or art; and 3 elective units.
To qualify, prospective students must score a 19 or better on the ACT and submit two recommendations, including one from a high school guidance counselor or principal and another from a teacher. Both prospective students and their parents are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Financial aid is available to Middle School enrollees, including the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, CSCC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Tennessee, the college offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Included among these are academics service scholarships, foundation scholarships, and empowerment grants. Other scholarships that are awarded to several Chattanooga students on a a regular basis include Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, which are open to any Tennessee resident; Tenessee Hope scholarships, which are based on merit and academic performance; General Assembly scholarships, which are based on test scores and academic performance; Aspire Awards, which are based on need, the Access Grant, which is based on a combination of need and merit; the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant, for students at the Tennessee Technology Center; and the Foster Care Grant, which covers the amount between other financial aid and complete cost of attendance for a student who lived in foster care prior to reaching their majority.
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There are dozens of student organizations on the campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
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The athletics department is known as the Tigers. The Tigers compete in the NJCAA Division I. Men’s sports include basketball and baseball. Women’s sports include basketball and softball.
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