Story by Hannah Baker
“Sometimes there are impediments outside the classroom, including not knowing where your next meal is coming from. This food pantry is a testament to the care on the Chattanooga State campus,” – Dr. Rebecca Ashford, President of Chattanooga State during the March 20th Grand Opening of the Tiger Cupboard
Chattanooga State’s Nursing program continues to exceed the Tennessee Board of Nursing benchmark. In fact, our May 2017 cohort of 107 RN graduates had a 100% licensure pass rate. Chattanooga State is unique in that we are the only institution in the state of Tennessee with such a large graduating class in one cohort to achieve 100% on their first attempt. The national average for passing the nursing licensure exam for 2017 is 87.11%, and the state average is 90.23%.
Executive Women International (EWI) of Chattanooga recently contributed a $4,600 check to the Chattanooga State Community College Foundation. Since chartering in 1987, EWI of Chattanooga has contributed more than $83,065 to Chattanooga State Foundation’s Executive Women International of Chattanooga Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship. This scholarship provides an opportunity for women, particularly single parents and displaced homemakers, to return to school in order to enhance their career opportunities.
Do you or someone you know want to increase your earning potential? Perhaps the personal satisfaction of completing a college degree is motivation enough for you or someone you care about to reconnect with college? Whatever the reason, it is time to reconnect!
Beginning with the fall semester of 2018-19 academic year, the Tennessee Reconnect program will allow Tennessee adults who have not earned an associate or bachelor’s degree to attend an eligible institution, like Chattanooga State, free of tuition and mandatory fees while attending at least part-time.
Wow! How is it that another calendar year is about to end? During this season of thanks and giving, I am grateful for many things. I am especially grateful for the unsung efforts of many professionals who are consumed with helping equip the next generation and our future workforce.
I am thankful for our students, students like Ashlee Kovalik, Allen Hunter, and Christy Cartwright whose grit and fortitude are an inspiration.
Chattanooga State’s Dinner of Firsts 2017 had net proceeds for the event totaling more than $70,000, with $50,000 earmarked for the inaugural Tom Edd Wilson First in the Family Endowed Scholarship and $20,000 to the annual First in the Family Scholarship.
Chattanooga State recently celebrated the 50th Reunion of its very first graduating class from 1967. The Chattanooga State Class of 1967 is very unique in that they were the first students, and the first graduates, of the state of Tennessee’s first-ever two-year technical institution.
During the Reunion Luncheon, one-by-one, each classmate took their turn crossing the stage to be welcomed into the first-ever Chattanooga State Half Century Alumni Club by President Rebecca Ashford.
Chattanooga State Community College Business faculty member Dan Zink was named the 2017-2018 First Tennessee Chair of Excellence. Zink is currently the director of the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at Chattanooga State.
Bobby Lusk, senior vice president of First Tennessee, presented the First Tennessee Chair of Excellence in Business to faculty member Dan Zink. “First Tennessee is proud to invest in education excellence in our community, and we are honored to recognize the outstanding work of hospitality instructor Dan Zink,” said Mr. Lusk.