Chattanooga State Community College
Students at Chattanooga State Community College receive a high-quality education with a student-to-teacher ratio of 18:1, a job placement rate of 98 percent, and a licensure pass rate of 98 percent.
Chattanooga State Community College is a regionally accredited comprehensive public community college serving the greater Chattanooga area, including Hamilton, Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Grundy and Marion counties. The college’s main campus is located in Chattanooga along the Tennessee River, and there are two instructional centers in Dayton and Kimball. Chattanooga State offers Associate of Art, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as transfer programs, along with technical and embedded certificates.
Home to the only fully embedded technical college on a Tennessee community college campus, Chattanooga State’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology Division (TCAT) offers 20 one-year diploma programs and six technical certificate programs. It leads the state in terms of the most program offerings by a technical college. Chattanooga State’s TCAT also offers 18 different programs that allow students to earn 18-24 credit hours toward an A.A.S. degree at Chattanooga State.
Chattanooga State's Engineering & Information Technologies Division has forged a number of unique partnerships designed to provide training for the local workforce. Partnerships include the Volkswagen Academy and Wacker Institute. Every engineering technology degree within the division allows a student to transfer seamlessly to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a junior.
Also, the College has an exemplary Nursing and Allied Health Division that offers 14 A.A.S. degree programs and 12 certificate programs. The Chattanooga State Registered Nursing program recently celebrated 35 years of excellence. The RN licensure pass rate boasts an impressive 96.57 percent ten-year average.
Chattanooga State has a robust selection of early postsecondary opportunities available on its campus and centers. These include Hamilton County’s Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State, Hamilton County’s STEM High School, the Mechatronics Akademie at Volkswagen, Early College Academy at Kimball, Early College at Chattanooga State, the Polytech Academy at Chattanooga State, the Polytech Academy at Kimball, TCAT Dual Enrollment, and Dual Credit for high school CTE. In the fall of 2017, the College enrolled 1,304 dual enrollment students. High achieving students may also choose to participate in Chattanooga State’s Global Scholars Honors Program.
Chattanooga State is committed to helping students when life gets in the way. The campus community opened the Tiger Cupboard Food Pantry to provide access to food for students and their families in need, and the Chattanooga State Foundation established the Helping Hands Fund to support students in a crisis with emergency funds to ensure they can stay in school.
Chattanooga State enrolled 8,241 credit and 1,169 technical college students in Fall 2018. Just over half of enrolled students are female. Just under half of the student population enroll in more than 12 credit hours per semester. The student population is diverse with 22 international countries represented in the recent Class of 2019 ranging in age from 15 to 73 with 1,491 undergraduate degrees and certificates awarded.
Chattanooga State’s Economic and Workforce Development division has strong partnerships with business and industry to create and deploy customized training solutions, including a new college-sponsored registered apprentice program. The division provided 60,451 workforce training hours in fiscal year 2017-2018 and was recognized as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Workforce Development Award from the Community Colleges of Appalachia.