In this lab, students experience just what they'll do at a job. This program opens doors.
When Travis Stutz finishes his shift at a local factory, his day is not over.
Each weekday, he leaves his full-time job and heads to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State and clocks in for six-and-a-half hours of class.
Stutz, a recent Ooltewah High School graduate, began studying machine tool technology this fall because he believes this year of training will expand his opportunities and fatten his wallet.
"I'll probably get a job working on machines next," Stutz said. "It'll be a better job [than I have now] and I'll get more pay."