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Center for Community Career Education celebrates 25 years

A gathering at the chancellor’s residence on Lookout Mountain celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Center for Community Career Education. The Center has been the leading educational intervention center in Tennessee for 25 years. Dedicated to promoting education, career development, and workforce preparation, the center serves clients in a seven-county metropolitan area in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia.

“We believe the economic health of our area is directly tied to the quality of education an individual receives,” said Sandy Cole, newly named center director. “Whether our services are to assist young people with understanding where they fit in the world of work or helping adults enter college, access to higher education is vitally important to the residents of this region.”

The center’s current programs include—

Education Opportunity Center
In its seventh year of serving high school students and adults in the area with information and assistance to improve their lives through education. Free services include assistance with selecting a college, choosing a major, and completing admissions and financial aid processes. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Email or call: Cynthia Wallace or 425-1702

WesTech/SoTech Community Technology Center
Serving residents in Chattanooga’s Westside and Southside communities in the area of computer applications leading to new jobs or higher education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Email or call: Bill Henry or 634-0175

Promoting Resolve in Science and Math (PRISM)
Upward Bound Math and Science: PRISM is a federally funded TRIO program designed to help Hamilton County high school students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Email or call: Twyler Boykin or 425-2248

Alliance for Reaching Kids (ARK) Project
Increasing opportunities that promote high achievement, resilience, and civic involvement to the youth of Chattanooga’s M.L. King community. Funded by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

Email or call:Wendy Yates or 425-4475

BYRNE: Leading Youth to Success (LYTS)
Providing positive in-school, after-school, weekend, evening, and summer interactions that promote high achievement, resilience, and civic involvement for students at Howard School of Academics and Technology. Services include individual needs assessments, goal setting, preventive seminars, incentives, and mentoring.

Email or call: Rosalind Knight or 425-4496

GEAR UP, a federally funded program that promotes postsecondary education, targets low-income, first generation college attending, high school students in Bradley County (TN) and Walker County (GA). Services include strengthening relationships with parents, schools, and communities; providing professional development opportunities for teachers; and supporting systemic school improvement plans. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Email or call: Kristi Casey or 425-4481

Life Planning
Offering career development services for individuals in career transition. Assistance includes career assessments, career planning workshops, resume development, and job search techniques. Donation funded.

Email or call:Bobi Reed or 425-4475

“As we begin the next 25 years of service, the center will continue to be connected to economic development strategies and will find creative ways to help residents become part of this growth,” said Cole.

Partner with the Center

By definition, an investment is looking for a return. When we support programs that help youths or adults gain the potential to achieve much more with their lives, we are also investing in our community, our society, and in our own lives.

The staff of the Center for Community Career Education recognizes the need for good stewardship that accompanies your gifts of time, talents, and treasure, and we accept the responsibility of ensuring worthy programs that are viable.

If you seen an opportunity where our experience and expertise could be of benefit, please call us and let us get involved.

The Center for Community Career Education
Sandy Cole, Director
Frist Hall Suite 306
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
(423) 425-4475 or (423) 425-5282

Thank you to the center’s 25th Anniversary sponsors.

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
UTC College of Health, Education & Professional Studies

Chattanooga Manufacturers Association
Tristate Carpenters
Joy’s Flowers & Gifts
Public Education Foundation
River City Company
Elaine Duncan

May 12, 2005

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