Early College Pathways

Early College is a portfolio of options for high school students offered by Chattanooga State. One of the most venerable programs at Chattanooga State, an average of 1300 students, across six counties, participate in Early College per semester. Find information below about various Early College options.

Dual Enrollment
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Dual enrollment provides high school students with a unique opportunity to jump-start their college education. High school students take college courses, and the credit earned is applied to both a high school diploma and a college degree. Students can attend college classes during the regular school day on their school campus, at any ChattState campus, and online. 

The ideal dual enrollment student is a mature, responsible student who is college level according to standardized test scores.

Contact

Phone: Early College (423-697-4427)
Email: earlycollege@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2503
Location: CAT Room 74

Early College Academy at Kimball
Answer: 

The Early College Academy (ECA) is a program offered in partnership with Marion County Board of Education.  It is a four year cohort-based program that begins during a student’s freshman year. The ideal ECA student is responsible and demonstrates academic promise. Criteria for admittance includes an academic letter of support and exceptional grades during the 7th and 8th grades. 

Chattanooga State Courses at Kimball Early College Academy

Freshman Fall

Freshman Spring

College Success [program of study] (CS 1000) Concepts of Wellness (PHED 1110)
  Computer Applications (INFS 1010)

Sophomore Fall

Sophomore Spring

Fine Arts (ART 1035 or MUS 1030) Environmental Science I (BIOL 1510)
Physical Education (PHED)  

Junior Fall

Junior Spring

Early United States History (HIST 2010) Modern United States History (HIST 2020)
Elementary Spanish I (SPAN 1010) Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1020)
Program of Study: Humanities/Fine Arts Introductory Chemistry I (CHEM 1010)

Senior Fall

Senior Spring

Composition I and II (ENGL 1010/1020) Early European Literature (ENGL 2410)
Intro. Statistics (MATH 1530) or College Algebra (MATH 1130) Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2100)
American Government (POLS 1030) Fundamentals of Communication (COMM 2025)

 

To be considered as a part of the ECA, complete this interest form.

Contact

Phone: Early College (423-697-4427) or (423-837-1327)
Email: earlycollege@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2503
Location: CAT Room 74

Hamilton County’s Collegiate High
Answer: 

Collegiate High is a partnership between the Hamilton County Department of Education and Chattanooga State. Collegiate High serves as a launching pad for students in grades 9-12 to be "ahead of the game" and expedite their education.

Collegiate High offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree. Even if students haven't earned an associate's degree by high school graduation, students have earned college credit hours toward a college major of their choice. The Collegiate High supports student achievement by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary success.

Nationally, Collegiate High students are some of the most sought-after students. Our graduates continue their education in colleges and universities across the nation. Ninety percent of Collegiate High graduates transfer to a four-year college or university. Additionally, our ACT composite continues to rank above the state and national average.

Student Criteria:

  1. 10th - 12th grade students must have an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (see ACT test information below).
  2. 9th grade students must have an ACT score or take the ChattState Accuplacer.
  3. Students must be entering their freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school.
  4. 10th - 12th grade students must be on track for graduation.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Collegiate High application
  2. Complete the ChattState application
  3. Present recommendations from two teachers and/or school counselor, or a school principal. Home school students can have the option of having their recommendation from other community sources. Recommendation can be mailed or faxed to the Collegiate High Office.
  4. Submit a current transcript.
  5. For grades 10-12, submit a recent ACT or SAT score (within the last three years). If you have not taken the ACT, you are encouraged to register to take the test on one of the national test dates. Registration forms and information may be obtained from your guidance office. The Residual ACT test is administered in the Testing Center at Chattanooga State every Tuesday at 9am.
  6. To obtain a Residual ACT test permit or Accuplacer test permit, please call the Collegiate High office.

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Am I Eligible?

An ACT composite score of 19 or better is required for admission to the Chattanooga State Collegiate High program for students grades 10-12.

Attend High School at Chattanooga State!

Students at Collegiate High have full access to the Chattanooga State campus, including clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and student government. Also, students have an opportunity to participate in the UTC marching band program, Chattanooga State Symphonic Band, and Concert Choir.

Still Not Convinced? Here Are More Advantages

  • Earn high school and college credit simultaneously
  • Earn an Associate Degree while completing a high school diploma
  • Engineering/Technology programs available
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Availability of college support services including mentoring, counseling, learning tutoring clubs
  • Accessibility to state-of-the art computer labs
  • Small teacher/student ratio
  • Explore a variety of careers and opportunities
  • Enjoy learning on a college campus

Contact

Phone: Antoinette Taylor (423-697-4492)
Email: CollegiateHigh@chattanoogastate.edu or antoinette.taylor@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2676
Location: CAT Suite 75

Hamilton County’s STEM High School
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About

STEM School Chattanooga is a Hamilton County Department of Education magnet high school located on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College. The keystone of the platform school is an integrated curricular model with a central focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM). This innovative learning environment will serve as an incubator for inventive teaching methods and technological learning. Partnerships with colleges and regional businesses will provide students with opportunities for internships and apprenticeships. Learn More

Project-based Learning

The curriculum at the STEM school will be rooted in a project-based learning philosophy. Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. Because project-based learning is filled with active and engaged learning, it inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying. Strong related arts programs and advanced technological resources will foster creativity and innovative critical thinking skills as they address the project challenges presented in school curriculum. Learn More & Apply

Contact


Phone: 423-531-6270
Fax: 423-531-6268
Location: ChattState Main Campus (CETAS Building)

Mechatronics Akademie at Volkswagen
Answer: 

The Mechatronics Akademie is a unique partnership between Chattanooga State, Hamilton County Department of Education, and Volkswagen.  Blending high school, dual credit, and dual enrollment courses, this program is designed to give students a jump start on the path to future success in Mechatronics!

Chattanooga State Courses at Mechatronics Akademie at Volkswagen

Junior Fall

Junior Spring

Mathematics for Engineering Technology (ET 112) CAD Engineering Drawing I (DD 114)
Industrial Safety (MN 116) Computers in Engineering Technology (ET 115)
Industrial Equipment (MN 111) Electrical Fundamentals (MN 114)

Senior Fall

Senior Spring

Composition I (ENGL 1010) Survey of Physics (PHYS 1030)
Precalculus Algebra (MATH 1710) Communications in Engineering Technology (ET 220)
Binary Logic and Control Circuitry (MN 140) Fluid Power (MD 226)


Selection criteria includes:

  • 2.0 Cumulative High School GPA
  • Standardized Test Scores in moderate to college level range
  • Good Discipline Record
  • Good Attendance Record
  • On Track for Graduation
  • Academic Recommendation

To be considered as part of the MAV, complete this interest form.

Contact

Phone: Antoinette Taylor (423-697-4492)
Email: antoinette.taylor@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2676

Polytech Academy at Chattanooga State
Answer: 

Polytech Academy at Chattanooga State is a unique blend of high school, dual credit, and dual enrollment courses designed to give students a jump start on their education and career paths. Paths available are Chemical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics, and Computer Information Technology.  Students will take these courses at Chattanooga State utilizing its labs and equipment.

  • 2.0 Cumulative High School GPA
  • Standardized Test Scores in moderate to college level range
  • Good Discipline Record
  • Good Attendance Record
  • On Track for Graduation
  • Academic Recommendation

To be considered as part of the Polytech Academy, complete this interest form.

Contact

Phone: Antoinette Taylor (423-697-4492)
Email: antoinette.taylor@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2676
Location: Cat Building, Room CF75

Polytech Academy at Kimball
Answer: 

Polytech Academy at Kimball is a partnership with Marion County Department of Education. It is a unique blend of high school and dual enrollment courses designed to give students a jump-start on their education and career paths. Students will take these courses at Chattanooga State at Kimball utilizing its labs and equipment. Students may earn more than 40 credit hours towards an A.A.S. Engineering Systems Management degree while completing their high school graduation requirements.

Curriculum:

Chattanooga State Courses at Kimball Polytech Academy

Junior Fall

Junior Spring

College Success in Engineering and Technology (CSEG 1000) CAD Engineering Drawing II (DD124)
CAD Engineering Drawing I (DD 114) Manufacturing Processes (MD 184)
Blueprint Reading and Analysis (MD 104) Computers in Engineering Technology (ET 115)
Mathematics for Engineering Technology (ET 112) Codes, Standards & Regulations (NE 127)

Senior Fall

Senior Spring

Composition I (ENGL 1010) Composition II (ENGL 1020)
Precalculus Algebra (MATH 1710) Survey of Physics (PHYS 1030)
Inventor I (DD 227) Quality Engineering (QA 142)
Electrical Fundamentals (114) SolidWorks I (DD 243)


2.0 Cumulative High School GPA Selection criteria includes:

  • Standardized Test Scores in moderate to college level range
  • Good Discipline Record
  • Good Attendance Record
  • On Track for Graduation
  • Academic Recommendation

To be considered as part of the Polytech Academy, complete this interest form

 

Contact

Phone: Early College (423-697-4427)
Email: earlycollege@chattanoogastate.edu or polytech@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2503
Location: Kimball Campus

Tech-Track/Dual Credit
Answer: 

Tech-Track is a federally funded program that provides a seamless transition from secondary education to post-secondary education. It was developed by Chattanooga State and funded in part through the Re-authorization of Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Tech-Track provides opportunities for students to receive college credit, free of charge, for approved courses completed while still in high school.

To take advantage of this dual credit, students must

  • Pass (70%) an articulation exam created by Chattanooga State instructors
  • Submit a College Credit Application
  • Attend Chattanooga State Community College
  • Apply for dual credit within 2 years of high school graduation

Contact

Phone: Breanne Kintz (423-697-4493)
Email: breanne.kintz@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2676
Location: CETAS 370D

TCAT Dual Enrollment
Answer: 

The TCAT Dual Enrollment program is an opportunity for students interested in Applied Technology fields such as cosmetology, electricity, welding, collision repair, and advanced manufacturing, to earn up to a third of the technical diploma while in high school.

Students at select Hamilton County High Schools can take advantage of the TCAT Dual Enrollment offerings. 

Selection criteria includes:

  • Academic Recommendation
  • Holistic Review of Discipline, Attendance, and Academic Records

Contact

Phone: Carl Miller (423-697-3238)
Email: carl.miller@chattanoogastate.edu
Fax: 423-697-2676
Location: TCAT 20