Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Sequoyah High School, located at 9517 Ridge Trail in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, was photographed on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Sequoyah High School hosting career fair this week

Sequoyah High School will host a job and career fair on Thursday for the school and community.

Thirty-five companies will be in attendance at the fair, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Siskin Steel, Chambliss Center for Children and Hamilton County EMS.

The event will be open for Sequoyah High School students from 1-2 p.m. and for the community from 2-6 p.m.

For more information and the full list of attending companies, visit the school's website.


Chattanooga State expands health care training to three rural counties

Chattanooga State Community College expanded health care training in three of its rural service areas through Gov. Bill Lee's GIVE Grant from 2019.

Industry certifications were awarded to high school students in Bledsoe, Marion and Sequatchie counties for CPR, OSHA and certified patient care technicians.

The school also recently expanded its medical assisting program, offered through Tennessee College of Applied Technology, to its Marion County site in Kimball. The program is now accepting applications for fall 2021, with day classes at Kimball and the main campus.

"The initial 2021 cohort class this spring in Kimball is small, but we anticipate a full class for fall 2021," said Nancy Draper, director of the program.

For more information on the TCAT medical assisting program at Chattanooga State, visit the program's page on the Chattanooga State website, call 423-697-4433 or email


Gordon County Schools teacher in running for 2022 Georgia Teacher of the Year

Catherine Nichole Hampton, a teacher from Gordon County Schools, is one of 10 nominees for the Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2022.

Hampton is an elementary STEAM teacher at W.L. Swain Elementary School in the district. She and the nine other finalists were chosen from the original pool of 2021 candidates due to the program's pause amid COVID-19.

Candidates will interview with a panel of judges and make speeches virtually, and the winner will be announced Aug. 7.


Tennessee Department of Education awards sub-grants to 15 proposed charter schools

The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded 15 proposed charter schools with sub-grants under the Charter School Expansion Grant.

Two proposed Hamilton County charter schools — Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence High School and Ivy Academy's Skillern Elementary School — are among the schools receiving awards.

"Governor Bill Lee has made providing high-quality school options for all Tennessee families a top priority," said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a statement. "With the goal of helping ensure students throughout the state are provided a high-quality education, this expansion of charter school supports will help give Tennessee families and students additional school options."

The sub-grants total $6.3 million to go toward the schools' planning, design and possible launch and will fund up to 8,800 new high-quality charter school seats in the state.

The awards depend upon approval of the proposed charter school by the applicants' district, and the Hamilton County Schools board approved the charter application of both schools at its April meeting.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at or 423-757-6592.