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The Pathway to a High-Demand, High–Wage Field in Advanced Manufacturing Starts at ChattState

I am excited to feature one of the newest departments within the Engineering Division at Chattanooga State Community College–the Institute of Material Joining and Testing (IMJAT). Catherine Bovell, IMJAT Career Counselor, shares with us the exciting Associate’s degree programs offered within IMJAT that provide rapid training and retraining designed to meet the needs of area employers and employees. The two career pathways are Welding Engineering Technology and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), both high-demand and high-wage fields in advanced manufacturing.

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Why Four-Year Degrees at Chattanooga State?

By creating a limited number of (or some specific) four-year baccalaureate degrees, Chattanooga State is responding to industry needs. A number of employers have requested that Chattanooga State develop these workforce-specific degrees so they can find qualified employees within the community and avoid recruiting out-of-state and out-of-region. As Governor Haslam says: “We want Tennesseans to get Tennessee jobs. We have to provide

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Did you know graduating from community college increases your chances of success in the labor market?

This infographic showing 92% of Tennessee’s Community College graduates who pursue employment are hired within a year was provided by Tennessee’s Community Colleges. It is based on 2010 data from thirteen Tennessee Board of Regents Community Colleges including Chattanooga State.  You may also like to know the average first-year earnings of a community college graduate in Tennessee is $38,948, according to a study by CollegeMeasures.org.

 

Career Preparation in the New Economy

Greetings! What a fantastic time to be alive in this wonderful and technologically advanced world! I awake to pleasant alarm sounds each morning, listen to books streamed from the Internet on my way into work, receive and answer sweet texts from my wife during the day, and keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family while traveling in my Bluetooth connected car. I am more productive with my time now than at any other time during my 30-year career.

Another great Chattanooga State visit with Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku


“We have to train young people for the economy of the future, just like you do here at Chattanooga State Community College!” -Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku

Internationally distinguished theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku returned to Chattanooga State last week and told a large crowd of students, faculty and community members that “to understand