The triad mission of the College moves our region forward. CECS’s community engagement is key to its fulfillment of that mission. The College’s outreach and engagement initiatives make a difference in the lives of our students and those in communities across our region.
Enabling social and economic progress through mutually beneficial outreach partnerships enhances our students’ experiential learning, and strengthens the value of their degrees. Outreach partnerships provide exposure to real-world, industry environments, allowing our students to enter the workforce with applicable hands-on experience and critical thinking skills.
The internships, senior design capstone projects with public and private sector partners, service efforts by the College’s student organizations, and other outreach initiatives inspire and empower scholarship, public service, and entrepreneurism while expanding the College’s service learning and civic engagement.
Option One: Come See Us!
CECS is proud to showcase the opportunities found in Engineering and Computer Science. Welcoming school groups to the Engineering, Math, and Computer Science (EMCS) building on UTC’s campus allows younger students to conceptualize not only the college experience, but the particularly challenging and exciting Engineering and Computer Science college experience. CECS Outreach Coordinator Sara Jackson can coordinate a visit that encompasses tours of the EMCS building, tours of the Multidisciplinary Research Building (formerly known as the SIM Center), presentations by current CECS students and faculty, and hands-on activities. If you would like to request a field trip to CECS, please contact the Outreach team to finalize a date for your visit.
Option Two: CECS Comes to You!
CECS is very active in the region, visiting with younger students to encourage STEM skills. Our Outreach Coordinator and the team of Student Ambassadors along with CECS faculty, staff, alumni, and industry partners are all deeply invested in growing the next generation of Engineers and Computer Scientists. If you are an educator/administrator in K-14, please reserve the date for a visit to your institution from the options listed below. The Outreach team will coordinate a site visit that encompasses interactive group projects, classroom discussions, and basic education on the nature of STEM fields. We cannot wait to visit you to spread the good news of Engineering and Computer Science!
The College of Engineering and Computer Science holds a Career Fair twice a year, the first Wednesday of March and November, within the Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building (EMCS). This event was started at the request of the students within the college. Having the event schedule the same time every year allow you to pre-plan and be present at all the events.
Outreach and College of Engineering Tours
CECS Seminar Series
In support of CECS’ teaching, research, and service mission, the College launched a Seminar Series beginning Fall 2016. As a further outreach commitment to students, faculty, and the extended community, the Speaker Series is open to the public. The presentations in the Speaker Series provide opportunities for sharing both cutting-edge information from noted researcher in various fields as well as experience and timely insights from community leaders.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way’s mission is to prepare students for the global economy. PLTW accomplishes this through world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities, and professionals. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.
PLTW at UTC - UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science has been the official PLTW University Affiliate for the state of Tennessee since 2004.
The Chattanooga Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers sponsors an ACT preparation workshop for area high school students usually in Fall and again in Spring. NSBE members and CECS faculty members volunteer to teach sessions on both test content and strategies, afterward taking a sample ACT test.
Since 2010, the UTC NSBE chapter has sponsored semi-annual ACT workshops for area high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as part of the chapter’s community service commitment. The collegiate membership in NSBE is open to any undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Ambassadors Program is a new initiative designed to provide service to the College, the University, and the extended Chattanooga community by organizing student representatives of CECS as goodwill ambassadors. The students provide assistance to the College in welcoming potential students, CECS alumni, friends, community partners, and visitors. The Ambassadors also provide information and support events and activities sponsored by the College. Students enrolled in each of the College’s disciplines comprise the Ambassador Corp, and are a welcome addition to all aspects of CECS outreach.
Applications for new Ambassadors are available in Fall.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science Community Service Internship Program is another example of our community service commitment. By partnering with community agencies, the internship program makes a difference in the lives of our student interns, and the life of our community. The CECS Community Service Internship pairs CECS undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address community-identified projects in the Chattanooga region. The goal of the Internship program is to give students in engineering and computer science opportunities to gain real-world problem solving experience while contributing toward the Greater Chattanooga community.