Cleveland State Opens Newly-Renovated Technology Building

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Students enrolling in the electrical and mechanical technology programs at Cleveland State Community College this semester will be the first to use the newly-renovated Technology Building.
Students enrolling in the electrical and mechanical technology programs at Cleveland State Community College this semester will be the first to use the newly-renovated Technology Building.

Technology students enrolling this spring semester at Cleveland State Community College will be the first to use the newly-renovated Technology Building on CSCC’s campus, not to mention all types of new equipment, according to Technology Department Chairman Allan Gentry. 

The actual building design incorporates many energy efficient features including sensors that adjust interior lighting to compensate for natural light coming through large windows or turn off the light when no one is around.  

Some of the new purchases include enough precision measurement tools which eliminate the need for students to share tools or wait on one to be available, updated robotic trainers that instruct on fundamentals of hardware and software that supports the robotic applications, a computer numerically controlled (CNC) plasma cutting system, which is a tool to illustrate the production process that integrates mechanical drawings and automated processes.  

“These are all state of the art tools connected to our electrical and mechanical technology programs,” said Mr. Gentry. “Students don’t want to miss the opportunity to come and break them in! And of course, we will also continue to have courses in green building and energy efficiency construction.” 

Sherra Witt, dean of Business and Technology, said, “We want people to know that they can come to Cleveland State to get their training, certificates, and/or degrees that will assist them in getting hired on at some of the new expanding companies in the area.” 

According to Mr. Gentry, CSCC has been selected by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to participate in the EnergyRight Solutions for Higher Education Program and is seeking enthusiastic energy efficiency advocates to serve as interns starting this month through the end of this semester with the possibility of reappointment for the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014.  Interns will work as a team to:  

? Plan, lead, and mobilize students to execute energy efficiency projects campus-wide;

?Assist with the coordination of an annual faculty forum on sustainability, known as the Appalachia Project, to initiate a formal discussion and ongoing workgroup on infusing sustainability, stewardship and energy efficiency concepts into existing course curricula;

?Work with facilities managers to track campus energy use online and make recommendations for energy efficiency improvements.

In order for participants to be a part of this, experience in on-campus energy efficiency, sustainability and/or environmental activism, and skills such as engineering or technical knowledge, data analysis, experience with education and outreach, strong communication skills, writing, and public speaking preferred. For more information about enrolling in one of CSCC’s Technology Programs or the TVA EnergyRight Solutions for Higher Education Program, contact Gentry at 472-7141, ext. 447.

Technology Department Chairman Allan Gentry and Dean of Business and Technology Sherra Witt look over one of the new robotic trainers students will be able to use this semester.
Technology Department Chairman Allan Gentry and Dean of Business and Technology Sherra Witt look over one of the new robotic trainers students will be able to use this semester.

Cleveland State's Continuing Education Department Announces Fall Line Up

The Department of Continuing Education at Cleveland State Community College has a new line up of classes for fall. The upcoming classes are as follows:   ?         Beginning Microsoft Excel This beginning Microsoft Excel course is designed to help individuals gain basic skills in working and implementing Excel software ... (click for more)

UTC's Brown Recognized For Public Service

Dr. Richard Brown, executive vice chancellor for Finance, Operations, and Information Technology at UTC received the 2016 University of Tennessee Alumni Association Public Service Award for the UT Chattanooga campus. The UTAA Public Service Award recognizes faculty and staff members who make substantial contributions to the welfare and good of the state or national publics. ... (click for more)

Hixson Man Charged With Sending Threatening Emails To General Sessions Court Judge

A 30-year-old Hixson man has been charged with making threats to kill General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom after police said they found evidence to tie him to recent threats against the judge. David Lee Graham, of 1730 Colorado St., is charged with retaliation against a judge. His bond was raised to $100,000. Detective Ric Whaley said he had been conducting an investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Carry Injured 15-Year-Old Boy Out Of Pocket Wilderness

First responders spent Sunday afternoon rescuing an injured 15-year-old boy at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain. At 1:20 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a teenager had injured his ankle from cliff jumping at the "Blue Hole " at the Pocket Wilderness. Tennessee State Parks and the Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and immediately ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jerika’s Last Dance

There is a horrifying disease called spinal muscular atrophy type 2 that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. What happens is the nerve cells in a person’s brain stem and spinal cord slowly die and, without the ability to voluntarily control your muscles, your body withers away in one of the most painful ways you can imagine. Jerika Bolen, age 14, can’t stand it any longer, nor ... (click for more)