Chattanooga leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors announced a collaboration aimed at better preparing students for the workforce.

The new Future Ready Institutes initiative creates “schools within a school” that have career themes and connect classroom lessons to practical workforce skills. 

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson introduced the new Future Ready Institutes this morning. (Photo: Contributed)

“It is vital that graduates of Hamilton County Schools are postsecondary ready and prepared to succeed in college or a career,” Hamilton County schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson said, according to a prepared statement. “The Future Ready Institutes, through partnerships with community leaders are the dawning of a new day filled with opportunity and possibilities for our graduates and their families.”

Future Ready is meant to challenge the traditional approach to high school education by developing “career-themed small learning communities.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Hamilton County Department of Education, in partnership with Chattanooga 2.0 and other community organizations, announced Thursday the launch of the institutes this fall in 11 Hamilton County high schools.

Themes for the institutes include medicine, robotics, forensic science, engineering, hospitality and technology. 

Teachers of all content areas including English, math, science and social studies will work closely with the career theme teacher to provide classroom instruction through the lens of a career, according to a news release. 

The goal is for students to clearly understand why a lesson is important and how they will use the information in the future.

Dual enrollment opportunities will also be a vital part of Future Ready Institutes.  

Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State Community College and Dr. Steven Angle, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga were at Thursday morning’s announcement to show their support and talk about the importance of partnering with Hamilton County Schools in this exciting new program for students, according to a news release. 

Future Ready Institutes will begin with current eighth-graders who will be a freshman in the fall.  

Schools will begin accepting applications for the Institutes April 2 with the deadline for applying on May 4. 

Applicants accepted to an institute will be notified between May 16 and May 22.

The institutes will add another class for the following three years to fill out a full four-year program.

The list of new programs and the schools to host them included:

Brainerd High School

  •  The Institute of First Responders and Forensic Science
  •  The Institute of Aviation

East Hamilton High School

  • The TIE Institute: Tinker, Innovate, Engineer
  •  The CLIMB Institute: The Canes Leadership Institute of Marketing and Business

East Ridge High School

  • The Institute of Building and Design

Hixson High School

  •  The Institute for Integrative Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Technology
  • The Institute for Health Careers and Medical Advancement

The Howard School

  •  Erlanger Institute for Healthcare and Innovation
  • The Institute of Hospitality and Tourism

Ooltewah High School

  • The Institute of International Baccalaureate Studies

Red Bank High School

  • The Institute of Computer Sciences and Engineering

Sequoyah High School

  • The Institute of Industrial Manufacturing
  • The Institute of Digital Arts, Design, and Production

Tyner High School

  • The Institute of Technology and Security
  • The Institute of Teaching and Learning

Signal Mountain High School  

  • The Institute of International Baccalaureate Studies

Soddy-Daisy High School

  •  The Institute of Tech Start-Ups and Web Design


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