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CSCC closes Sequatchie-Bledsoe campus, to start classes at high schools

The Sequatchie-Bledsoe Campus of Chattanooga State Community College closed its doors in June. Located near the Sequatchie-Bledsoe County line, the school had experienced a decline in adult enrollment in recent years.

With adult attendance in decline, the Sequatchie-Bledsoe Campus of Chattanooga State Community College has closed its doors, but plans are in progress to begin holding classes at the local high schools, to continue serving students trying to get a jump on their college careers.

"June marked the first month of us not opening at the Sequatchie-Bledsoe Campus," Nancy Patterson said Thursday, July 21. Patterson is CSCC vice-president for college advancement and public relations.

"Chattanooga State is committed to serving this area and has plans to offer both college credit and TCAT (Tennessee College Approved Technical) courses at Bledsoe and Sequatchie County high schools, during the day and evening," Patterson added. "The college is going to use this fall term to evaluate future uses for the Sequatchie-Bledsoe site."

Patterson said the decision to close the local campus was "related to trying to deliver our services more effectively to high-schoolers, and addressing a drop in adult enrollment at Sequatchie-Bledsoe."

CSCC currently is holding information sessions in Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties for students interested in pursuing a college career with the help of the community college. The next sessions are scheduled for Aug. 2 at Sequatchie County Chamber of Commerce and Aug. 4 at Bledsoe County Middle School.

Courses scheduled for fall semester at Sequatchie County High School include Composition I, Learning Support Writing, Intro to Statistics, Learning Support Math, CAD Engineering Drawing I, CAD Engineering Drawing I Lab, US History, and Music Appreciation. For information about these classes, students may contact Melissa Tibbs at the school system's central office, or by email at mtibbs@sequatchie.k12.tn.us.

The college has been in communication with the local mayors, Patterson said, and plans to continue developing courses for area businesses to train potential and current employees.

"We would love for businesses and industry wanting to develop their workforce to get in touch with us," Patterson said. "We would love to collaborate with them to build programs to meet their needs."

Patterson said that any business interested in working with CSCC in workforce development may call Lulu Copeland at 423-697-3212 for more information. Current students with additional questions may contact Jerry Hendrix at 423-365-5010.