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Front Page - Friday, April 17, 2020

Annual report highlights Chattanooga State achievements

Tennessee Community College Student of the Year Jim Fry delivers the commencement address during his graduation from Chattanooga State Community College in 2019. - Photograph provided

Chattanooga State Community College has published its annual report for fiscal year July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The report highlights the school’s achievements and impact within its six-county service area.

Chattanooga State issued a record 1,049 technical certificates and diplomas. In addition, graduates reported a 97% job placement rate.

Jim Fry, who returned to college at age 57, was awarded the first ever Tennessee Community College Student of the Year Award.

Programs like Focus on Completion and Achieving the Dream helped to increase the number of graduates from low-income households by 19%.

The school ranked second statewide in awarding the highest number of short-term certificates to low income and academically underprepared students.

In addition, the college provided financial assistance beyond grant programs like Pell, HOPE, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect by awarding more than $1.2 million in institution and foundation scholarships to 865 students.

While 72% of Chattanooga State’s student population is younger than 25, adult students over the age of 25 ranked second statewide in the number of associate degrees awarded.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State saw a record number of students involved in the national SkillsUSA program. During 2019, 91% of these students earned medals at the annual statewide SkillsUSA competition. At the national competition, TCAT-Chattanooga won the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Also, Chattanooga State’s Economic and Workforce Development division provided 61,763 workforce training hours to 193 local and regional businesses.

Source: Chattanooga State Community College