HCS Continues Pursuit to Creating Future Ready Students
Posted on 10/29/2021
HCS Continues Pursuit to Creating Future Ready StudentsChattanooga, Tenn. (October 29, 2021) -- Hamilton County Schools (HCS) partners with local organizations to open the Global Center for Digital Innovation (GCDI) and break ground on the Construction Career Center.

In 2012, HCS partnered with Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga State) to develop STEM education within the region and opened the STEM School. While Hamilton County has the most designated STEM schools in the state, the GCDI highlights the continuation of HCS and Chattanooga State’s dedication to providing STEM Education. This Center is the first of its kind to offer K-14 programs sustaining student learning through collegiate opportunities.

The GCDI will be co-facilitated by the HCS STEM School and Chattanooga State’s Engineering division. Through the GCDI opening, the STEM School is also leading the way in developing a micro-credentialing process allowing students to earn Tennessee Student Industry Credentials.

“HCS is ensuring that our students have multiple pathways to build a future without limits,” said Dr. Nakia Towns, Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent. “The GCDI and the Construction Career Center increase students’ hands-on learning opportunities to develop the skills for high demand industry sectors. We are grateful for these partnerships that provide future ready learning opportunities for all students.”

The Construction Career Center will house continuing education programs for high school juniors and seniors, and adults interested in a career in construction. The Center operates through Chattanooga State and TCAT. The Center will allow HCS 11th and 12th grade students to graduate with up to five construction industry certifications. The Construction Career Center will have a lasting impact on Hamilton County as it prepares HCS students for success and offers avenues for adults to enter thriving and well-paying jobs locally.

HCS strives for all students to graduate prepared for life after graduation, and the GCDI and Construction Career Center demonstrates the district’s continued journey to creating Future Ready Graduates.