Ground broken for Chattanooga State's Advanced Manufacturing Building

Architect's rendering of TCAT Advanced Manufacturing Building at Chattanooga State

Chattanooga State Community College held the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, June 7, for the future home of its $21.7 million TCAT Advanced Manufacturing Building on the college's main campus.

Groundbreaking for Chattanooga State's Advanced Manufacturing Building

The 50,000-square-foot, two-story workforce training facility is scheduled to open in 2024 as part of Chattanooga State's Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). 

Chattanooga State TCAT is a leading provider of hands-on training, currently offering more than 25 programs of study that can be completed in one year or less.

Upon completion of the Advanced Manufacturing Building, programs in Industrial Automation and Major Appliance Repair will be ready to accept students into these exciting new career paths. Existing programs that will be relocated and expanded include Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance-Mechatronics, Computer Support Technician, Medical Assisting, and Administrative Office Professional. Plans also call for an expanded Student Services department with additional space for students and 80 more parking spaces. 

Participating in the groundbreaking program were President Rebecca Ashford, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Jermaine Freeman, senior advisor for economic opportunity for the City of Chattanooga, and Dr. Jim Barrott, Chattanooga State executive vice president.

Video highlights of the ceremony are here

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.