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Benefits

  • academic support
  • scheduling convenience
  • cohort-specific activities
  • community establishment
  • shared learning experiences
  • faculty in tune with the cohort concept

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Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTP’s also constitute an agreement between community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. View our pathways offered for a complete list of current TTPs.

Tennessee Transfer Pathway

Students may participate in any number of specialized guided or accelerated programs based on their academic, personal, and career goals. The programs listed on this page can provide students with additional focus on their objective along with reinforcement through individualized support or group membership sharing a common vision or purpose.

Cohort/Learning Community

A cohort is a group of students that travels together on a common path towards graduation. These students form a ‘learning community,’ which has become a popular and effective model in many community colleges across the country. Students in learning communities  make strong connections with other students and participate in powerful learning experiences, which improves academic success. Being part of a learning community goes beyond co-registration and social interaction, in that it enables students to collaborate during their course of study as they build academic skills and content knowledge.

Cohort and Accelerated Programs

Non-traditional Learning Community

These cohorts are for students over the age of 25 who plan to complete an undergraduate degree and transfer to a Tennessee university or college using Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTP).

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Learning Support Community

These cohorts are first time students who are in need of Learning Support (Remedial) classes for those who plan to complete an undergraduate degree and transfer to a Tennessee university or college using Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTP).

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Student Opportunity, Access and Retention (S.O.A.R.)

In partnership with the Public Education Foundation and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Community College is providing an intense college mentoring program for local high school students with plans to complete undergraduate degrees. Participants in the S.O.A.R. Program receive support from peer coaches who are successful Chattanooga State upper class students, academic advisors, student support personnel, and faculty who are dedicated to promoting student success.

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Business

Business students can now board the Degree Express! The AAS degree in Business is convenient, accredited, affordable and is workable to your schedule and lifestyle. This is obtained by completing four online courses and sixteen ground night courses (only two nights a week per semester). The AAS Business program is a four semester degree that contains both general education courses as well as courses in Management, Accounting, and Information Systems in order to give you well-rounded knowledge in business.

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education majors can take their coursework on the East Campus at the Center for Education and Human Services.  Whether pursuing an AS, AAS, or an Embedded Certificate in Early Childhood Education, these majors will take classes together.   Many of the coursework requirements, especially the courses for the Embedded Certificate are accelerated/hybrid classes.  Together with the cohort model, the program provides a learning community that supports academic success and program completion.

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Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Engineering Technology

Concentration: Chemical Engineering Technology Through a unique partnership between Wacker Polysilicon NA and Chattanooga State, students can complete a 2-year degree in Chemical Engineering Technology in as little as 16-months. Job opportunities in this program are outstanding with Wacker having already extended offers of employment to over 150 students in the program.

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Concentration: Nuclear Power Engineering Technology Nuclear Power Plant Operations is the division responsible for the safe operation of the equipment necessary for the generation of electricity. The Nuclear Power Engineering Technology concentration was developed in response to a workforce initiative to expand the supply of well-qualified, entry-level student power plant operators. Graduates of the Nuclear Power Engineering Technology concentration will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make an intelligent entry into the operational environment of a nuclear power plant.

  • Students may qualify to participate in summer internships with local utilities.
  • Students are accepted into the program by application only. Cohort groups begin each fall.

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Concentration: Radiation Protection The Radiation Protection concentration was developed in response to a need for well-trained radiation protection technicians in the nuclear power industry. Graduates of the Radiation Protection concentration will have the ability to pursue careers in nuclear power plant radiation protection, fuel processing radiation protection, as a radiation safety officer in medical facilities, or as a radiation protection technician in research facilities.

  • Students may qualify to participate in internships with local utilities.
  • Students are accepted into the program by application only. Cohort groups begin each fall.

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Nursing and Allied Health

All nursing and allied health programs are cohort based with the exception of our A.A.S. programs in Fire Science Technology and in Health Information Management. For additional information about these programs, visit the Nursing and Allied Health website.

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Professional Actor Training Program (PATP)

The Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) is a two-year, intensive acting program for students who desire to pursue careers in theatre, film, and television. Admission into the program is by interview and audition only. The PATP is a cohort program where students meet from 12:30-4:45 Monday through Friday. The theatre department has an excellent faculty that will support, encourage, and lead you through the personal, transformative experience of professional actor training. There is no more exciting place to learn and refine the skills of live theatre than Chattanooga State!

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Teaching

Elementary Education majors can take their coursework on the East Campus at the Center for Education and Human Services. Whether pursuing an AS or an AST degree, these education majors will take classes together, including their general education requirements. Though these are not accelerated classes, the cohort model provides a learning community that supports academic success and program completion.

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Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary Technology Program is a five semester Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree encompassing both general education requirements and veterinary technology knowledge and skills acquisition. The program is designed to prepare the student to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam which in turn will qualify the student to become a licensed veterinary technician.

The cohort group entering the Program is required to take all Veterinary Technology courses (with the exception of VETT 1010 Introduction to Veterinary Technology) at the same time and in the order they are offered. While an entering cohort group of students take their Veterinary Technology courses together they do not have to take their general education courses as a group.

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