High School Initiatives

Our Workforce Development Committee began its high school initiatives with a career fair for 8th graders, which was designed to help guide students through their high school courses with a career in mind. 

The committee then decided to continue an association with the students with an activity each year throughout high school that would demonstrate the importance of education and how it affects earning potential. Through these activities we help develop our workforce of the future.

These programs are presented in all 23 Hamilton County Department of Education High Schools reaching 13,000 students with more than 1,000 community volunteers each school year with an economic impact of over $1 million in volunteer hours contributed to our school system.
We need community volunteers to assist with events. Please contact Cathy Humble at 423.763.4321 or chumble@chattanoogachamber.com to participate.

College Day Out

The College Day Out Program is presented in partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Education. College Day Out was piloted in 2013 and we have been able to host some area 6th graders at Chattanooga State Community College, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The goal of this program is to motivate students to pursue higher education by giving them a real-life, half-day college experience as well as a college campus tour. 

Career Crunch

Career Crunch is a two-day career awareness fair for 8th graders. Local professionals from more than 60 companies tell students about the educational requirements for in-demand jobs to encourage them to make good choices while still in school.

Reality Check

Reality Check teaches 9th graders lessons in household budgeting and emphasizes the connection between education and income by allowing students to role-play as heads of household while trying to provide for their families on a set budget. 

Get A Job

Get A Job instructs 10th graders on the finer points of interviewing skills, completing job applications, dressing for success and other topics of importance for the 21st century workforce. 

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a money management program for 11th graders that focuses on savings, financial planning and credit card management through the use of an interactive PowerPoint presentation. 

College & Career Fair

The College & Career Fair gives 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to network with college representatives and members of the business community. Vendors participate by setting up booths and sharing information about higher education and career opportunities.