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What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning at UTC takes students beyond the classroom connecting theory to practice through internships, creative endeavors, intercultural experiences, research, leadership and service learning opportunities.      

What is ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom?

ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom is the platform for supporting Experiential Learning at UTC. Our students participate in and reflect on some of the most remarkable experiences offered at UTC, in the Chattanooga area and around the world.

As students participate and reflect, they gain points towards university awards and recognition while simultaneously acquiring vital experience for life.

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Creating Connections

See the broad variety and growing number of currently designated opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff, as well as how to create new ones.

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Beyond the Classroom Challenge

A weekly event series based on each student’s interest and flexibility, sign up to connect to the campus and community, meet others and learn about yourself .

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Success Stories

Jay, an alumni of ThinkAchieve, is a medical student after graduating from UTC

Jay Nguyen

"Participating in ThinkAchieve has helped me more fully appreciate the benefits of pursuing learning opportunities outside of the the traditional classroom setting"

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Allison, an alumni of UTC and ThinkAchieve, is seen graduated with her husband and infant son

Allison Plattsmier

"ThinkAchieve instilled in me a lust for learning and creative problem solving, eventually leading me to pursue my Ed.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice..."

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Grace Mcpherson, a ThinkAchieve and UTC Alumna

Grace Mcpherson

"ThinkAchieve nurtured a growth mindset. I have been able to explore a lot of different types of jobs by not confining myself to my major or my initial beliefs about myself"

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