Whether you are looking for a two-year degree, undergraduate four-year degree, or post-secondary graduate degree, McMinn County colleges offers it all. There are also multiple choices for higher education in the region with our convenient location to Chattanooga and Knoxville. The following highlights both local and regional post-secondary education opportunities.
The Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs provides students a last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.
Cleveland State Community College operates a satellite campus in McMinn County in the City of Athens. Their main campus is located in Cleveland, Tennessee and within 28 miles of their satellite campus. Cleveland State Community College is an accredited public community college serving approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students. Committed to quality education, Cleveland State operates within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The average age of the student population is 28 years old. More than 200 employees work at the college with 70 full-time faculty members of which 94 percent hold a master’s degree or higher. A variety of academic degrees are available in Humanities and Social Science, Math and Science, Business and Technology, and Health, Wellness and Nursing.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens is McMinn County’s choice for skills education training. Established in 1964, the Tennessee Technology Center at Athens serves McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Bradley and Polk counties. The Center is one of twenty-seven technology centers strategically located across the state. The TTC Athens is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Through the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology's Workforce Development mission, Tennessee residents are able to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in today's competitive job market. Full-time certificate programs include: Administrative Office Technology, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Electronics, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Special Industry Training, and Welding.