A worker assembles the Passat at the Volkswagen automotive assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Workforce Delivery

A growing population and emphasis on technical education make the Greater Chattanooga Region an ideal location for new and expanding businesses. With a well-established manufacturing heritage and booming tech and business community, the region has a culture that makes it easy to hire qualified employees prepared to meet your company’s needs.

From primary school to the university level, schools all across the Greater Chattanooga Region are translating tomorrow’s advances into training for today’s student. Partnering with multinational companies, such as Volkswagen and Wacker Chemie, area colleges and universities are cultivating promising engineering and business talent, as well as providing a proven resource for retooling employees who are transferring their skills from other industries to advanced manufacturing, distribution, and back office operations. A few examples of unique workforce delivery programs have included:

  • Midnight welding classes
  • Customer service training
  • Non-Destructive Testing program
  • Nuclear Operator training and certificates
  • Mechatronics and Maintenance apprenticeships and certifications


Region Stats

Labor Pool: 483,130 workers

Educational Attainment: 20.9% with some college (20.2% with four-year degree or higher)

Wages: Manufacturing wages are 34% below the national average 


In addition, the Greater Chattanooga region enjoys a uniquely close proximity to several other major cities in the Southeast, including Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Huntsville—which are all within a two-hour drive. This proximity provides employers easy access to a vast number of potential recruits from schools such as Georgia Tech, Emory, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Alabama Huntsville.

Institution Enrollment
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 11,638
Chattanooga State Community College 8,050
Lee University 5,386
Dalton State College 5,118
Cleveland State Community College 3,264
Southern Adventist University 2,942
Northeast Alabama Community College 2,883
Georgia Northwestern Technical 2,370
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Chattanooga 1,707
Bryan College 1,363
Georgia Northwestern Technical (Whitfield Campus) 1,149
Covenant College 1,046
Tennessee Wesleyan University 1,008
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical  526
Georgia Northwestern Technical (Catoosa Campus) 291
Chattanooga State-Kimball Site 288
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens 221
Chattanooga State-Dayton Site 156

Source: School websites, IPEDS

Students at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee

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