The Hamilton County Department of Education has opened enrollment to Polytech Academy at Chattanooga State Community Collegefor incoming high school juniors.

Polytech Academy offers a blend of high school, dual credit and dual enrollment courses designed to give students a jump-start on their career paths, according to the news release.

Students enrolled at Polytech Academy will earn more than 40 credit hours toward a degree while completing their high school diplomas. Students will also get to meet business and industry leaders, as well as receive hands-on training with Chattanooga State’s labs and equipment.


Polytech Academy students will remain paired with their home high schools so they can participate in the school’s activities and events, according to the news release.

HCDE Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly said he is thrilled to offer this to Hamilton County students.

“Polytech Academy is an amazing opportunity for our students because it really is a 21st-century Kirkman,” he said in a prepared statement. “Students at Polytech will work with the latest state-of-the-art equipment that is constantly updated as industry standards change.”

Polytech Academy offers students four career paths: building science, mechatronics, chemical engineering technology and computer programming, according to the news release.

David Cowan, HCDE career and technical education director,has been working to make Polytech Academy a reality.

“It is an ideal path for both career- and college-bound students,” he said in a prepared statement. “In addition to learning the skills employers need and want, Polytech offers students study time with tutoring.”

Polytech Academy will offer an open house event June 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The academy is located on the west side of Chattanooga State’s campus, near STEM School Chattanooga.

For more information about Polytech Academy, click here.