May 19, 2024  
2010-2011 CATALOG 

General Information


Adult Education/GED/ESL

Chattanooga State conducts day and evening Adult Education/GED classes on the main campus and throughout the community for anyone 17 or older. All classes have individualized instruction.

The program offers:

  • Skills assessment for all applicants
  • Registration and orientation sessions
  • Basic Skills classes
  • GED preparation classes
  • GED Fast Track program
  • Official GED Practice Test
  • Computerized instructional lab
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

(423) 697-2529


Chattanooga State provides National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I competition in women’s fast-pitch softball, women’s and men’s basketball, and baseball. Chattanooga State’s teams are often nationally ranked, and student athlete scholarships are plentiful. Team members are recruited locally and regionally. Students interested in tryouts are welcome.

(423) 697-3370

Business and Community Development Center

The Business and Community Development Center offers a wide range of services, including personal interest continuing education classes, short-courses, teleconferences, certification classes, and customized skills training delivered on-site to business and industry. It also provides job profiling and analysis, skill assessment, and WorkKeys skill development training for area employers. WorkKeys helps employers match employee skills to those required for satisfactory performance in specific jobs. Once skills gaps are identified, Chattanooga State can deliver training programs to help bridge them.

(423) 697-3100

Career Services and Counseling Center

Confidential career and personal counseling is available to help students define and achieve their goals and succeed in college. 

Career Services include:

  • Career Information Sessions
  • Cooperative Education
  • Career Library
  • Resume and Interview Assistance
  • Career Readiness Workshops
  • Career Fairs
  • Career Inventories and Interpretations
  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Job Listings
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Company Information Sessions

Personal Counseling Services include:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Support and Self-Help Groups
  • Issue-Related Counseling and Workshops
  • “How to Learn” and “Chattanooga Chats” Workshops
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Tutoring
  • Community Referrals

(423) 697-4421 

Center for Distributed Education

Chattanooga State offers “anytime, anywhere” education through its Center for Distributed Education. Both credit and non-credit courses are delivered via a variety of methods, WEB-Asynchronous (fully online); desktop Video Conferencing (synchronous teaching) and Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). All credit courses have the same content and transferability as on-campus courses.

(423) 697-4408 or 1-800-207-8202 

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center serves Chattanooga State employees and students on a space-available basis. The Center also serves as a demonstration/observation area for Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Nursing, and Allied Health programs. Monthly fees are charged for participation.

(423) 697-4412

Disabilities Support Services

Disabilities Support Services arranges for accommodations for students with documented disabilities in order to provide equal access to programs and activities offered by the College. Accommodation may include extended time for testing, reduced distraction testing environment, sign language, interpreters, note-takers, assistive listening audio recording devices, adaptive computer equipment-text to voice. Students with disabilities must provide current documentation of their disability prior to receiving accommodations. Disabilities Support Services also assists students in linking to appropriate campus and community services, such as; counseling, tutoring, registration assistance, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

(423) 697-4452

Educational Planning and Advising

The Educational Planning and Advising (EPA) office assists students in the realization of their educational goals. Professional advisers are available to advise students in developing and following an appropriate educational plan.

(423) 697-4483

Internationalizing Initiative

Chattanooga State offers a wide array of opportunities for gaining knowledge, perspective and appreciation of the increasing diversity of America and the dynamics of participating in the global economy. These opportunities include: courses in world cultures and religions, an international students club, focused studies on the business climates and structures of other countries, art and music of other nations, Plaza Communtaria for Hispanic students, and many more activities.

(423) 697-4475

Library Services

The Augusta R. Kolwyck Library is located on the first floor of the Instructional Materials Center.  It is available for use by both the Main and East Campus students. The Kimball Site students use Jasper Public Library, while the Dayton Site students use Bryan College Library or Dayton Public Library. Sequatchie Valley students may use the Pikeville Public Library. Students located elsewhere may contact the Dean of Library Services who will make arrangements for those students to have access to library services.

Holdings (as of June 30, 2009) include more than 55,000 print books and 55,000+ online books.  Other holdings include 150 print magazine and journal subscriptions; 34,939 online magazine subscriptions; 300+ videotapes; 400+ DVDs; 350+ CDs; and 6,000+ streaming videos. Students can search more than seventy online databases in a variety of subject areas, containing journal articles, news stories, literary criticism, biography information, images, audio recordings, and videos as well as complete books. The library’s catalog and these other resources can be searched through the Internet site at

The library staff provides individualized and classroom instruction on research for students, faculty, and staff. Reference librarians are available during all hours the library is open.

The library is open to everyone. Students can use their Chattanooga State picture I.D. cards to check out books. Residents of Tennessee, North Georgia, or Northeast Alabama with a current driver’s license may apply for a Chattanooga State library card.

(423) 697-4448

Media Services

Media Services is located in the IMC building on the first floor. The staff offers a variety of services in the audio/visual field. They offer a library of 5,000 tapes with over 150 monitors across the campus which are wired to a master control room in the media services center. Via a closed circuit phone in each classroom, videos can be viewed by selecting the number of the video, which is obtained from the instructor, and can be viewed in the classroom.

(423) 697-4405

Middle College High School

This cooperative program between Hamilton County Board of Education and Chattanooga State allows high school students to enter the College and take college credit courses at the same time as high school requirements are completed. As students graduate from Middle College High School, they will have already earned a number of college credits—occasionally with enough credits to earn the Associate degree.

See Admissions  for more admission information

(423) 697-4492.

Public Safety

Chattanooga State Community College recognizes the increasing weight of scientific evidence that smoking is harmful not only to the “active” smoker but also to the “passive” smoker who is exposed to others’ smoke.  Smoking is defined as the lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar device.
Smoking is prohibited in all college buildings, owned or leased. Additionally, smoking will not be allowed in any college owned vehicles. All building entrances are posted as non-smoking areas. Signs stating “No Smoking within 50 ft of Entrance” are posted at all entrances. Signs are posted at all exits stating “Smoking Prohibited within 50 ft of Building.
The use of mouth tobacco (to include dipping, chewing, etc.) is prohibited in all Chattanooga State buildings, facilities, and vehicles.
The policy applies to all campuses and to the entire college community, including employees, students, and visitors.  It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students to adhere to, enforce, and inform visitors of the College’s smoking policy.  If a student continues to disregard the posting, he/she will be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs.  If an employee continues to disregard the posting, he/she will be reported to their respective Vice-President.
The College has designated “Smoking” areas on campuses and at the sites. These areas can be located on the campus map.

(423) 697-4467

Scholars on the River

Scholars on the River consists of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa which provides an enriched curriculum and related informal educational experience for able and highly motivated students.

Test and GPA requirements are located in the General Information/Academic Regulations /Academic Honors section of this course catalog.

(423) 697-2463

Student Life

The Student Life Office has a very enthusiastic and talented team of people ready to assist students as they integrate into college life and become an involved member of the college community.  Student Life includes: New Student Orientation, Multicultural and International Student Services and Programming, Judicial Affairs, Student Activities, Intramurals and over forty clubs and organizations.  The Student Life Office assists students with student insurance, locker registration, student ID cards, housing, lost and found and student handbooks.  Students are offered many exciting opportunities for participation and leadership development in Student Life.  Come by our office in S-216 or call 697-4475 for more information.

(423) 697-4475

Tennessee Small Business Development and Resource Center

Chattanooga State, with area partners, operates the Tennessee Small Business Development and Resource Center at 100 Cherokee Blvd. The Center promotes entrepreneurial education, supports small business start-ups, and provides access to capital. It enhances small businesses through counseling, planning assistance, the First Tennessee Small Business Computing Center, a comprehensive resource library, the TVA Small Business Video Center, seminars, and courses.

(423) 756-8668

Testing Center

The Testing Center offers regularly scheduled tests, tests by special appointment, and unscheduled tests.

(423) 697-4461

Regularly Scheduled Tests Tests by Special Appointment Unscheduled Exams
  • ACT Residual Test
  • Career Abilities Placement Survey (CAPS)
  • Computerized Placement Testing (COMPASS)
  • Computerized Placement Testing (TTC/COMPASS)
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Nursing Entrance Test (NET)
  • Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET)
  • Ability to Benefit (ATB)
  • Certified Electronic Technician (CET)
  • Regents Online Degree Program (RODP)
  • Special Proctored Exams for other colleges/ businesses
  • Make-up Exams
  • Exams for Distance Education Courses
  • COPS Career Inventory
  • Myers Briggs
  • 16 PF Personality Profile
  • Strong Interest Inventory

Transitional Studies

The Transitional Studies Program offers foundation courses in English, mathematics, reading and Psychology of Learning for students who need additional preparation for college level-courses.

Transitional Studies Policies and Procedures:

  • Valid ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS or other assessment is needed to determine Transitional Studies course placement. Students who have taken the COMPASS/ASSET exam at another institution must have their transcript and test scores sent to the College.
  • Transitional Studies requirements must be completed during the student’s initial terms of enrollment. A grade of “C” or higher is required for progression to the next course. Auditing is not allowed.
  • Students may not withdraw from a Transitional Studies course except for extraordinary reasons and with special permission from the Transitional Studies Director.
  • Instructional labs provide tutoring and supplementary materials.
  • Placement in Learning Strategies (DSPS 0800) is required for students who place into two or more subject areas of DSP courses. This course is no longer offered at Chattanooga State. To complete requirements for this course, register for RI 100, College and Personal Success, and complete the course with a grade of at least a “C.”
  • Credit hours earned for Transitional Studies do not satisfy degree requirements for an associate degree; however, may be corequisites or prerequisites for credit courses and must be completed prior to graduation.

(423) 697-3221

WAWL Radio

The purpose of the WAWL is to serve as a learning lab for students enrolled in the Media Technologies degree program where they are able to receive valuable hands-on experience in the art of radio broadcasting.