EWD Course Descriptions

The following is a list of all Economic & Workforce Development course offerings. These include ones not currently visible on the Course Catalog. The Catalog only displays courses that still have enrollment openings.

Course Catalog

Accelerated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training

This accelerated, cohort-based EMT training is delivered through a combination of classroom instruction (didactic and psychomotor) and clinical experience through Chattanooga State’s Economic & Workforce Development department. Upon successful completion of the coursework, individuals are eligible to sit for the National Registry’s written and practical examinations. Upon successful completions of examinations and other licensure requirements, the individual will be eligible for the State of Tennessee EMT license. The EMT renders life support to patients at the scene of their injuries or illnesses and prepares these patients for transport to the hospital. This training contains a total of 240 contacts hours.

The entire training can be completed in 8 weeks via academy-style instruction (4 days per week, 8 hours/day in the classroom; and 1 12-hour day/week clinical rotation with a regional EMS provider. The College will provide all training instruction, instructors, equipment, books, uniforms, exam fees, course documentation, and TN EMS compliance. Additionally the College will utilize its regional employer relationships to connect successful students directly to employment opportunities.

Program Cost: $4,000

Certified Nurse Assistant

Open the door to a healthcare career by becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant. This four-week program will prepare you for high-demand jobs.

CNAs can work in a number of different care settings. These job settings include hospitals, nursing home facilities, senior living communities, doctor’s offices, home care environments, community senior/special needs daycare centers, and rehabilitation settings.

Program Cost: $1,495

Certified Production Technician

The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification program is to recognize through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments.  The goal of the CPT certification program is to raise the level of performance of production technicians both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

The CPT program consists of four individual certificate assessments:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

Candidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the full CPT certification.

Program Cost: $2,695

Google IT Support Certificate

The Google IT Support Certificate is designed to prepare learners for roles in IT support.  

Upon completion of the Google IT Support Certificate, program graduates will:

  • Understand core concepts to all IT Support jobs, including troubleshooting, customer service, networking, system administration, operating systems, and security.
  • Know how to assemble a computer, write effective support documentation, route paths and subnets, manage device software, and more. 
  • Dive into working with Linux, Cloud Computing, and Command-Line Interfaces.


The Google IT Support Certificate prepares learners for in-demand jobs such as: 

  • Technical Support Specialist 
  • Data Center Technician 
  • IT Help Desk
  • IT Technician 
  • IT Support Specialist 
  • Computer Support Specialist 
  • IT Helpdesk Technician 
  • Computer Support 
  • Technical Support Specialist, Level 1 
  • IT Assistant 
  • IT Manager 
  • IT Administrator 
  • Network Administrator

Program Cost: $3,200

Heavy Equipment

Chattanooga State Community College offers high-quality heavy equipment training with expert instruction and hands-on experience, certified by NCCER.

Our dedicated faculty and staff are ready to take you through our six-week comprehensive curriculum. The objective of Chattanooga State’s Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program is to impress upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of earth moving heavy equipment operations and procedures. Each Chattanooga State Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program uses the latest equipment and specific OSHA safety standards and manufacturer’s requirements.

The NCCER Curriculum provided in the classroom is reinforced with hands-on application sessions in the field. In this six-week program, students will gain significant and useful skills and will leave with a stronger understanding and appreciation of the requirements and responsibilities of Heavy Equipment Operators.

Equipment you will need to provide includes: Steel Toe Boots and Carhartt or equivalent Cover-alls.

Chattanooga State will provide: Work Gloves, Safety Glasses, Ear Protection, a Hard Hat and all required books.  Participants will also need to be able to complete and pass a drug screen and background check.  This will take place on the first week of class.

Participants must complete at least 220 of the total 240 hours of classroom and laboratory time. Participants must also pass all written examinations in the NCCER curriculum, and demonstrate competence, as defined by the curriculum, on each piece of heavy equipment.

**Machinery will vary from class to class. All classes will have practice on backhoe, mini excavator, dozer and skid steer.

Program Cost: $4,950

Intro to Welding

An introduction for individuals that have no welding or fabrication experience in various welding and fabrication processes. Covered in the course will be the set up and safe operation of gas welding and brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, resistance welding, gas cutting and plasma cutting equipment as well as the safe set up and operations of equipment found in a welding fabrication facility.

At the conclusion, participants will complete the American Welding Society Certified Welder Examination at no additional cost, leading to an industry-recognized certificate. Tools are included. Personal protection equipment, except for clothes and boots, will be provided.

Program Cost: $2,495

Limited Residential Contractor

This course may be what you need to help you get started to eventually take the exam and become a fully licensed contractor. The 32 hours of instruction includes a review of the license application process, the International Building Code, an introduction to TN construction laws, legal and financial issues, accounting practices, loans, liens, and insurance. Participants will learn how to read blueprints, build to specifications, and adhere to codes and regulations. Successful completion of this class exempts applicants from taking the contractor licensing exam if they want to obtain a limited residential contractor license (BC-Ar). All other rules, regulation, and statutes must be met to qualify. Course meets the requirement of the Tennessee State Board for Restricted/Limited Residential License (BC-A/r). Books and Materials are included in the fee. Please plan to bring your own laptop. Upon completion of the course, the individuals will have the basic knowledge to own and operate a small construction company and will be able to apply for a Limited Residential Contractor's License issued by the TN State Board for Licensing Contractors. All other rules, regulations, and statues must be met to qualify. *A Limited Residential License means you can only build a single family residence or duplex at or below $125,000. Click on the link below to learn more about becoming a Limited Residential Contractor or call us at 423-697-3100.

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Program Cost: $499