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2+2 program equals success for high tech manufacturing students

An agreement between The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Technical Community College will allow students to easily move from a two-year degree to a four-year degree to prepare for a career in high-tech industries.

“These two organizations are aligning themselves, working together to help meet the need of highly skilled technical worker. We applaud UTC and Chattanooga State for coming together to make this happen,” said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area of Commerce.

Dr. Jim Catanzaro, President of
Chattanooga State, and Dr. Roger Brown,
Chancellor of UTC, sign the engineering
technology management articulation

Calling UTC and Chattanooga State “natural partners,” Chancellor Roger Brown announced that the University of Chattanooga Foundation and gift funds from the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science will provide matching scholarships for students, with the support of local manufacturers.

Dr. Ronald Bailey, Dean of the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science, acknowledged that corporate support was necessary to award the scholarships.

“We need to make this program affordable to students. We will be working to find funding for scholarships, and we will look to the manufacturers to provide summer jobs for these students. They will be ready to work,” Bailey said.

Years one and two at Chattanooga State include 36 hours of engineering technology courses and 28 hours of science and humanities. Successful candidates earn an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology degree. Years three and four at UTC include 24 hours of engineering, 24 hours of management and accounting, and 16 hours of humanities. Successful candidates receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management.
Ray Childers, president of the Chattanooga
Manufacturer's Association, expressed
his hopes for the new program

Information sessions will be held this week at both UTC and Chattanooga State. For more information, call the UTC College of Engineering at (423)425-2256. You may also contact Dr. Ed McMahan at (423)425-4121.

Information Sessions:

  • August 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Chattanooga State Center for Advanced Technology Room C-30
  • August 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m., UTC Engineering Building, Maytag Conference Room (4th Floor)

August 8, 2005

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