Chattanooga Chamber Connects Companies, The Community And Continuous Learning; Recruits Tennessee Promise Mentors

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Chattanooga Chamber continues momentum to prepare students for the future, from middle school to college and beyond, officials said. 
 
The Chamber released an annual report summarizing results of its six career readiness programs:

•   College Day Out, hosting sixth graders from inner city and rural schools for local college visits.
•   Career Crunch, a two-day career awareness fair for eighth graders.
•   Reality Check, a budgeting lesson for ninth graders emphasizing the connection between education and income.


•   Get a Job, teaching 10th graders about interviewing, job applications, dressing for success, etc.
•   Who wants to be a millionaire?, a money management program for 11th graders.
•   College and Career Fair for 11th and 12th graders. 
 
More than 1,100 Chamber volunteers from more than 200 companies delivered these programs, impacting 16,500 students in most of Hamilton County’s public schools. This year’s volunteer engagement with these programs represents a 7 percent increase from last year’s, allowing Chattanooga Chamber workforce programs to reach 11 percent more students. 
 
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Hamilton County students through the Chattanooga Chamber,” says Clomeisha Tumlin, business instructor at Chattanooga State Community College and one of the Chamber’s most active workforce development volunteers. “It allows me to transfer my knowledge. I had a student at a local high school say at the end of a Get A Job session, ‘Thanks for telling us about getting a job. Will you hire me today? I did answer and participate during the Q & A session.’ My heart smiled.” 
 
Because of the Chamber’s programs: 
 
•         98 percent of students better understand how education affects future salary.
•         96 percent will set financial goals.
•         94 percent will continue education/training after high school.
•         91 percent set a career or work goal.
•         87 percent have a better understanding of different career opportunities.
 
Find the full report here.  
  
In addition to offering a range of excellent workforce development programs, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce spearheads tnAchieves mentor recruitment in Hamilton County for the second year. 

tnAchieves is the partnering organization of Tennessee Promise, a last-dollar scholarship providing the opportunity for every Tennessee high school student to earn a post-secondary credential. It funds up to $4,000 annually for five consecutive semesters at participating colleges and universities.

Mentors invest 10 to 15 hours a year assisting between five and ten high school seniors in meeting the requirements for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. They play an active role in eliminating barriers to post-secondary education — reaching out to parents and guardians, reminding students of meetings and deadlines, assisting with community service opportunities and lessening the post-secondary intimidation factor by sharing personal experiences.

The Chamber has recruited half of the mentors needed to support students who graduate in 2018. Sign up at tnachieves.org/mentors/apply/

If you’d like to volunteer for one of the Chamber’s career readiness programs, contact Cathy Humble at chumble@chattanoogachamber.com or 423-763-4321.


Enrollment Period Announced For Monthly Payment Program For Bradley County Property Taxes

Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith has announced the enrollment periods for the 12-month payment program for property taxes. The program for the 2019 property taxes will have the first payment due on March 15, 2019. Enrollment for the monthly payment program is currently open through Dec 7. An additional enrollment period will be from Jan. 3, 2019, through Feb. 8, 2019. ... (click for more)

Tennessee September Revenues Exceeded Budgeted Estimates

Tennessee revenues exceeded budgeted estimates for September. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin Thursday reported that overall September revenues were $1.4 billion, which is $63.4 million more than September of last year and $53.3 million more than the budgeted estimate. The growth rate for September was 4.66 percent. "September sales tax receipts continue ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

Teach For America Raises Concerns

For the last several years, many groups, individuals and parties interested in preserving public education for our children have stood firm as a rampantly growing privatization movement has descended upon our local educational landscape.  We saw last year the Department of Education push a plan that would form a partnership zone which could potentially lead to schools in the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Inequality & The Left

The story is told about a liberal politician who was getting a room full of snowflakes all heated up over equity and equality, which is big with the political Left right now. One of his handlers finally got the chance and whispered in his ear, “Use ‘fairness’ instead! That’s what sells … “ Afterwards a newspaper column read, “The liberals love fairness because it cannot be measured. ... (click for more)