The Center for Community Career Education (CCCE) recently celebrated its 30th year at UTC, where it has “provided the guidance and assistance necessary to ensure more than 27,000 clients achieve their goals of enhanced education and better careers. Over the years, audiences served include displaced homemakers, single parents, at-risk youth, career changers, people with disabilities, and other groups who face barriers to education or employment,” according to Chancellor Roger Brown.

With an average annual grant budget of $1.5 million, the Center has earned more than $24 million since 1980.  CCCE is a unit of UTC’s College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies.  It applies its skills and shares “best practices” in service provision to individuals in eight counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

“The Center for Community Career Education is a real manifestation of our commitment as a metropolitan university. Our campus embraces a responsibility to serve not only our students but the community at large, and this center is one significant way we fulfill that responsibility,” Brown said.

Since its beginning, the Center’s mission has been dedicated to educate, support and inspire individuals to achieve their potential, according to Sandy Cole, Director of the Center for Community Career Education.

“Thousands have been provided with services that have enriched their lives and provided them with opportunities and skills to achieve their goals,” Cole said.  “Our partners in the community and region are vital to our success and we share those successes with them. “

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