Good for you: Chattanooga State announces campus, student awards

Good for you: Chattanooga State announces campus, student awards

August 29th, 2014 by Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

Chattanooga State announces campus, student awards

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Chattanooga State Community College $197,944 as part of its Advanced Technological Education program.

The grant, "Faculty Development for Technician Education in Welding, Materials Joining and Non-Destructive Testing," will address the growing need for certified technicians in those areas. The project's focus is to assist educators in the region with attracting students and preparing them with the skills and credentials to meet industry needs in material joining and nondestructive testing.

For more information on the program, contact Jacqueline Smith at 423-697-4761 or email

Aleta Lenyard

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• Aleta Lenyard, director of Chattanooga State's Mathematics Center, was named the recipient of the Debbie Waggoner Above and Beyond Award presented by the Student Government Association.

The award is named in memory of Waggoner, a student advocate who died of cancer, and recognizes individuals who make a positive impact on others around them. Lenyard interacts with almost every student enrolled in a math course, according to a news release. She tutors, oversees testing, hires peer tutors in the center, serves as campus liaison with the Chattanooga State network and MyLabsPlus. She coordinates help sessions for students and oversees focus groups on how to improve student learning.

• Chattanooga State's Chemical Engineering Technology program has received a six-year accreditation with no findings by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.

"ABET is the gold standard for engineering technology in the United States," says Tom McGhee, dean of the Engineering Technology division.

For information about programs in Engineering Technology, call 423-697-4434.

• Chattanooga State students competed in the national Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. They competed in 10 events and returned home with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Two students also finished fourth, two placed seventh and one finished 13th.

Winning the gold medal in the nursing assistant division was Christie Hudgins; Drew White won the silver in marine service technology. Bronze medals went to Amanda Mills in aesthetics, Danielle Burnette in major appliance repair and Charles Smith in job skill demonstration for massage therapy.

Fourth-place winners were Andrea Gilliam in CPR first aid and Corey Guisinger in computer numeric control milling. Nail technology student Samantha Greco-Bishop and motorcycle service technology student Daniel Moore placed seventh. Steve McMeans was 13th out of 24 in industrial motor control.

• Recipients of the Mathematics and Sciences Division Excellence Awards at Chattanooga State are Azar Raiszadeh, David Wollert, Janice Neal, Julie Franklin and Carolyn Clark. The winners were selected from a pool of nominees by members of the Division Excellence Award Committee.

Karlie Zimmerman

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• After winning Chattanooga State's Tennessee College of Applied Technology Outstanding Student of the Year last fall, Karlie Zimmerman won the regional competition, then brought home the state title. For being named state OSY winner, Zimmerman won a 2014 Chevrolet Spark.