Volkswagen and Chattanooga State Offer Associates Degree

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 3/01/2013 6:50 pm

Students like these now have the opportunity to earn their Associates Degree in Applied Science through Volkswagen and Chattanooga State.

It's a hands on program that's a step up from the technical diploma.

Ilker Subasi, Manager of the Mechatronics Program and Assistant Manager of Technical Training, completed the same program 13 years ago in Germany.

Subasi says "I tell also to my instructors and to my students, here I say okay, I'm a living example. You can make your own career, not after three years but you can work on it and Volkswagen is giving you that opportunity."

Students like Phillip Slocum say they hope the program helps change the stigma about vocational careers.

Slocum says "We're gonna be trained to be highly skilled so it's not just you know, some guy with a wrench banging on a motor somewhere. We're going to be learning complex systems."

And these students are learning those systems quickly, thanks to a mostly hands-on program, Slocum says bridges the gap.

Slocum says "You have the opportunity to go out into the shop and actually practice that, see how it works in real life. It fortifies that education and helps it stay in your mind better."

Mechatronics Program Coordinator Ralph Gwaltney says the students are high-quality.

Gwaltney says "Chattanooga State and VW together sit down for the interview process. We do a little bit of testing and we take the best 12 students for each class."

Student Brandon Crabtree says it's an unrivaled opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.

Crabtree says "It is strict so you've gotta be ready to work and you have to be dedicated or you won't make it through because it's strictly on you. It's college!"

In Chattanooga, Brittany Shaw, WDEF News 12.

0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
What's On TV
4:31AM - 5:00AM
5:00AM - 5:30AM
5:30AM - 6:00AM
6:00AM - 6:30AM
6:30AM - 7:00AM
7:00AM - 7:30AM
7:30AM - 8:00AM
8:30AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Over The Air Antenna 12.2
Bledsoe   38
Blue Ridge Cable  111
Charter Scottsboro 192
Charter-Ten Mile 181
Charter-Ringgold  181
Comcast 212
EPB 162
ETC 198
FTC Ft. Payne  13
Optilink (Dalton) 159
Spring City Cable   114
Trenton Tele   14
3:00AM - 5:00AM
5:00AM - 5:30AM
5:30AM - 6:00AM
7:30AM - 8:00AM
8:00AM - 8:30AM
8:30AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 10:00AM
10:00AM - 10:30AM
10:30AM - 11:00AM
11:00AM - 11:30AM
11:30AM - 12:00PM

WDEF News 12 This Morning can be seen on WDEF News 12, 5-7am and on Bounce TV Chattanooga, 6-8am.

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.