Chattanooga State Community College, also known as Chattanooga State, is a public, comprehensive community college located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The college is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Athletically, Chattanooga State is a member of Region VII of the NJCAA.
Chattanooga State offers a variety of programs and degrees including 50 career programs; three university parallel degrees (Associate of Science, Associate of Art, and Associate of Science in Teaching) with areas of emphasis in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences; 20 technical certificate programs; corporate training; continuing education; adult education, including GED preparation; Middle College High School (dual enrollment); Early College (dual enrollment); and community service programs.
Chattanooga State is the only community college in Tennessee that has a Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) as an integral part of its organization. The TTC offers 21 diploma programs and 7 certificate programs with a combined annual enrollment of over 2,300 students.
Total fall 2012 headcount enrollment, including the non-college credit providing TTC, was 11,357.
Chattanooga State functions as an open-entry postsecondary institution for students residing in six counties in Southeast Tennessee, as well as seven bordering counties of North Georgia and Northeast Alabama, including Bledsoe, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie in Tennessee; Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield in Georgia; and Jackson in Alabama.
Students who want to transfer to a four-year institution can go through the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program to transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions, the University of Tennessee (UT), and other Tennessee public universities. Students can also enter the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) as juniors or get guaranteed acceptance to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) under special agreements signed between Chattanooga State, UTC, and MTSU.
The college offers instruction in a variety of modes including traditional classroom and laboratory instruction; asynchronous online instruction (more than 100 courses entirely online as well as many hybrid courses); synchronous instruction engaging students simultaneously at multiple sites; and one-to-one tutoring.