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2020 ANTSHE Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership

Congratulations Marsha Goolesby-Barker and The Student Support Center/Student Affairs Division at Chattanooga State Community College! 2020 Winner of the Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads"

The ANTSHE Board of Directors, after careful review of nominations submitted from November 2019-February 15, 2020, has selected Marsha Goolesby-Barker and The Student Support Center/Student Affairs Division at Chattanooga State Community College for this award because of their commitment and obvious devotion to non-traditional student success. Their work with Tennessee Reconnect, special events such as the Adult Student Club Picnic, Adult Student Recognition Day, Spire Honor Society, and personal dedication to helping their adult students to succeed in their endeavors, as well as their work and commitment to recognize adult students for their accomplishments, is appreciated and a true inspiration for other colleges/universities across the country. The Student Support Center at Chattanooga State Community College provides adult students with the resources and support they need to aide in their degree success. The board would also like to show appreciation to Ms. Goolesby-Barker, for her steadfast determination and dedication to helping non-traditional students and for going above and beyond to help them reach their educational goals.

Congratulations and Thank you again for your support of non-traditional students and of ANTSHE! 

Chattanooga State Community College "Connects" with Adult Students

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Goolesby-Barker is staying connected with their adult students by offering “Adult Students Group Chat” Sessions, TN Reconnect Info Sessions, and TN Reconnect Updates via WebEx. Several of the students involved in the group chat sessions are “Spire Honor Society” students. Some of these students have also been featured as a “TN Reconnect Tuesday” Student of the Week.  

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Chattanooga State Community College Student Support Center Provides...

  • information regarding TN Reconnect and guidance with the Reconnect process
  • personalized assistance for admissions, readmission, and/or transfer
  • assistance with understanding academic policies, rules and regulations
  • an abundance of information and forms regarding services, offices and departments at the college
  • information on careers, childcare, financial aid, housing and personalized referral to other college services
  • mentoring
  • information regarding the National Spire Honor Society and coordinate the selection process
  • student success sessions, seminars and special events
  • acknowledgement through college credit of your prior work experience (PLA)

Thank you Chattanooga State Community College and Marsha Goolesby-Barker for your Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontraditional Students!

The Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" (formerly the Nontraditional Student-Friendly Award)

ANTSHE's Annual award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" is formerly known as the Nontraditional Student-Friendly Award, recognizes adult learner programs at colleges and universities across the country that provide the resources, support, motivation, and an environment that encourages nontraditional students and aides in their success. It is the physical location, resources, and academic support that is assessed and rewarded. 

Nominate someone you know for the award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads. 

2019 Winner

Past Winners

Complete this survey to see if your college/university meets the criteria for this award and you could be the next winner of the award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads! Nontrad Survey.


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