History of the CCCE

The Center for Community Career Education was founded in 1980. For over 35 years, the Center has helped The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fulfill its mission as an engaged metropolitan university. Since its inception, it has provided the guidance and assistance necessary to ensure more than 64,000 clients achieve their goals of enhanced education and better careers. Over the years, audiences served include displaced homemakers, single parents, at-risk youth, career changers, people with disabilities, and other groups who face barriers to education or employment.

As a unit of UTC's College of Health Education, and Professional Studies, the Center applies its skills and shares "best practices" in service provision to individuals in five counties in Southeast Tennessee. With an average annual grant budget of $1.5 million, the Center has earned more than $36 million since 1980.

"Since it's beginning, the Center's mission has been dedicated to educate, support and inspire and inspire individuals to achieve their potential. Thousands have been provided with services that have enriched their lives and provided them with opportunities and skills to achieve goals. Our partners in the community and region are vital to our success and we share those successes with them and continue to look for ways to inspire our citizens to reach their potential."

-Sandy Cole, Director for the CCCE