With a population of nearly 200,000 and a focus on sustainable and affordable living, Chattanooga, Tennessee is quickly becoming a top destination to live, work, and study. From its endless outdoor activities to a flourishing waterfront and downtown, Chattanooga is a model medium-sized American city. The city holds several annual festivals and sporting events, and is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Civil War battlefield sites, and part of the Appalachian Trail.
However, Chattanooga’s appeal goes beyond scenic beauty. During the last four decades, Chattanooga has won acclaim for its collaborative approach to problem solving which has produced best practices for cleaning up air pollution, downtown revitalization, affordable housing, and much more.
Chattanooga has also focused on innovation and economic development—practices that are equally apparent at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). In fact, UTC’s College of Business offers eight undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees, and a variety of options for learning outside of the classroom. The College of Business also has connections to business incubators and innovation centers. Oh, and did we mention that Chattanooga has one of the fastest internet connections in the country?
Business education at UTC provides students with a strong foundation in business theory as well as the chance to engage in hands-on learning outside the classroom. Experiential learning opportunities range from real-time investing through the Student Managed Investment Learning Experience to providing research and planning for startup companies though the Solutions Scholars program and more. The department’s Career Development Center helps students find internships and jobs.
“We strive to meet the needs of our students and provide them with quality educational experiences while also making sure they graduate with the knowledge and skills employers demand,” said Dr. Robert Dooley, Dean of College of Business. “Through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and insight in all of our initiatives, the College of Business strives to foster progressive innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in all of our degree programs.”
Entrepreneurial thinking is found throughout the college, which has cultivated strong ties to the startup community and is involved with the annual Startup Week Chattanooga—an exciting event featuring startup founders, investors, and the Chattanooga community. The college hosts its own elevator pitch competition, which draws student participation from across campus. In addition to entrepreneurship, the College of Business offers degrees in economics, finance, management, business analytics, and connections to major companies including Volkswagen, Amazon, and Coca-Cola.
“Not only do our graduate and undergraduate students receive world-class instruction from outstanding faculty, they also have opportunities to apply that theory to real-world problems,” said Dean of College of Business, Dr. Robert Dooley. “Our graduates are both academically prepared and business world ready and leave UTC with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their workplaces and in their communities.”