State scholarships enable students to prepare for jobs in manufacturing

Wayne Denny, U.S. Army Retired, touches one of the projects he is working on a lathe Monday afternoon in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology division at Chattanooga State.

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."