Oct 17, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs and Services

ADVANCE Business Option

Accelerate Your Future!

The Associate of Applied Science in Business is offered in a cohort schedule for working adults to complete their degree in 14 to 16 months by going year-round including summer semester. There is a summer semester start and a fall semester start cohort of this program. In the Advance Business Option, students take their courses in a block scheduling format as a group. Classes are accelerated, meeting only on Thursday nights in either Cleveland or Athens. Several courses in the option are offered online as well. 

Working towards your degree as a group has proven to dramatically improve graduation rates. Students are in class with “like minded” people who are very focused, determined and self-disciplined. As working adults, students have real world work experience to share and draw on in applying business theories. In this program, students form strong connections with other students and their instructors. Many students go on to complete their bachelor degree in business upon completion of this associate degree program.

Students must contact the Business Department for more information or for acceptance into this option: advance_business@clevelandstatecc.edu or 423-478-6245.

To view classes contained in this accelerated business pathway, visit: http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/academics/business/business-concentration.html.

Center of Dynamic Instruction

Cleveland State Community College is committed to excellence and the Center of Dynamic Instruction is a central part of providing on-going leadership and support for innovations in teaching, learning and student engagement. The center provides facilities, training and assistance for teaching with instructional classroom technology, integrating high impact pedagogical practices, course design, hybrid and online teaching and so much more.

Mission:  The Center of Dynamic Instruction leads an energetic exploration of innovative, creative and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning and supports faculty as champions of learning as they boost student success in extraordinary ways.

Facilities:  While dynamic instruction occurs throughout our campus, the center is located beneath the Library. In our space you will find the following:

  • Dynamic Learning Lab: The Dynamic Learning Lab is located in L-118 and is a modern classroom space that allows you to create a learner centered experience for your students. The room can be moved into many different configurations with rolling chairs and workstations. There is also an emphasis on tactile technology and multiple moveable whiteboards to allow for multiple learning styles.
  • Synchronous Distance Learning: This space offers instructors the ability to connect to other CSCC sites and beyond. Using Zoom, a synchronous audio/video conferencing system, we can transmit down the street or across the globe. The space allows simple control of moving cameras and allows instructors and students to see the participants on the other end seamlessly.
  • Media Center: The Media Center is a fully functioning video production studio. This space is equipped with multiple cameras and studio sets, as well as a key wall. The center also has an audio studio perfect for recording video screen captures, podcasts or other audio projects you may need for your classes.  The center’s staff are knowledgeable about different media and are ready to assist with your multimedia needs.

CSCC @ A Distance

Cleveland State offers many convenient ways to take courses beyond the traditional classroom experience. No matter what your situation is, Cleveland State has an option for you that offers convenient learning experiences that allow you to take courses where and when you need them.

There are four main modes of distance courses that we offer: Hybrid, Online, TN eCampus and Synchronous Video.

  • Hybrid Courses: Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face interaction and online learning. Roughly half the time for a hybrid course will be spent in a classroom. The rest of the coursework will be completed online. Hybrid courses are designated by a “Y” in the section number (ex. PSYC 1030 1Y1).
  • Online Courses: Online courses will be completed entirely online in an asynchronous format. This means that instructors will give you assignments and due dates. As long as it is complete by the due date, you can complete these assignments on a time scale that works best for you. These courses are delivered through myCS Courses, our learning management system. In online courses, you may find course documents, learning content, discussion boards, activities, quizzes and much more. Tests can be delivered online or be proctored in the CSCC Testing Center. Students who take online courses should be computer literate and have access to high speed internet. Online courses are designated by a “W” in the section number (ex. PSYC 1030 WWW).
  • TN eCampus: TN eCampus courses run similarly to the regular online courses. The difference is that your instructor could be from a different Tennessee college or university. You will also login to a different site to access your course. There are additional fees associated with taking TN eCampus courses. TN eCampus courses are designated by an “R” in the section number (ex. PSYC 1030 R50).
  • Synchronous Video: Synchronous Video courses are live broadcasts with an instructor teaching at one location and the students receiving the information at another campus, home or any other location. These classes are real time and have specific days and times associated with the delivery of the class. These classes run through the Zoom platform. Synchronous video courses are designated by a “T” in the section number (ex. PSYC 1030 1T1).

Technical requirements:
Students participating in any of these distance methods should have access to the following specifications:

  • a recent model computer,
  • a reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP), and
  • a minimum Internet connection of at least 56kbps, although a broadband or DSL connection is preferred.

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education Program at Cleveland State Community College strives to prepare students for the world of work, bridging the student’s academic preparation with hands-on experience in his/her field. A variety of independent study courses available include:

  • Cooperative Education
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Search Skills
  • Soft Skills in the Workforce

Working in conjunction with the student and the student’s academic advisor, the Cooperative Education Office assists the student in identifying a placement related to his/her college major for Cooperative Education (CPED 1010 , 1020 , 2010  & 2020 ). Students develop learning objectives and projects with their supervisor and complete a 150-hour placement during the semester. These three credit-hour courses can be taken for up to four semesters. Students who need assistance in locating a co-op placement need to schedule an appointment with the cooperative education office in advance. Two credit-hour versions (CPED 2100  and 2200 ) are also available and require a 100-hour/semester placement.

Students looking for a job-shadowing opportunity while also learning fundamental work-based skills can enroll in Career Exploration (CPED 1100)  for one semester. Students will develop goals with their business or industry mentor to improve their shadowing experience, while also completing coursework such as a resume portfolio and soft skill discussions with their peers. This one-credit hour course can be taken for one semester, and students who need assistance in locating a job-shadowing placement need to schedule an appointment with the cooperative education office in advance.

In Job Search Skills (CPED 1011) , students receive assistance in developing a resume portfolio, interviewing skills and an individual job search strategy. In Soft Skills in the Workforce (CPED 1012) , students learn about the importance of successfully navigating the work world and the importance of soft skills communication, time management, problem solving, teamwork and customer service skills. Both CPED 1011  and 1012  are one credit-hour courses and like other CPED classes are offered in an independent study format.

Cooperative Education:

  • Connects academic training with the work setting
  • Helps in career decision-making to be sure the student’s chosen career field is a good fit
  • Enhances skills and increases the student’s expertise
  • Provides valuable work experience that can help strengthen the student’s resume portfolio
  • Develops workplace responsibility
  • Encourages students to persevere and complete a college degree

Dual Credit 

 The Dual Credit program is a cooperative effort between Cleveland State Community College and each of the eleven high schools in our service area allowing students enrolled at Cleveland State to receive credit for skills and competencies mastered in high school. The program objectives are to:

  • Encourage secondary career and technical education students to pursue a postsecondary education at CSCC
  • Reduce student costs and time for degree completion
  • Meet the need for more students to enter the workplace with a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree
  • Reduce repetition of mastered competencies between secondary career and technical education and Cleveland State
  • Provide a smooth transition from secondary career and technical education to CSCC
  • Align programs to complement one another
  • Use performance-based competencies and/or an assessment given by Cleveland State faculty to measure the student’s skill levels
  • Prepare students for the future workforce and to compete in the global market

Articulated major areas at Cleveland State Community College in which credit may be applied are:

  • Administrative Professional Technology
  • Advanced Technology
  • Business and Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education

If granted, there will be no charge to the student for the Dual Credit if granted. This process is subject to all current requirements at Cleveland State. Transfer of this Dual Credit to other institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institution. For further information about Dual Credit contact your high school career and technical education director or instructor, your high school guidance counselor or the Cleveland State Enrollment Services Center.


The library serves our college community by supporting learning as an ongoing, dynamic process. Librarians assist students with developing information literacy skills that will enable them to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information” (ACRL Standards for Information Literacy).

The library affords students and faculty the opportunity to expand their academic and personal horizons by providing access to a collection of 50,000 books, 200,000 e-books, 3,589 videos, 27,000 microforms and 69 current print journal subscriptions. A faculty video collection is available for support of classroom instruction. The ever-expanding world of electronic technology offers the Cleveland State student online access to e-books, scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.   Cooperative agreements such as the Tennessee Academic Library Cooperative (TALC) offer the campus community borrowing privileges and access to each college or university library within the TBR/UT system, and regional Lyrasis membership allows for the delivery of resources from institutions across the world to our doorstep.

Librarians work with faculty to offer group information literacy instruction designed to meet the specific needs of course assignments.  Librarians offer instruction in research skills, such as determining the type of information needed, accessing information effectively, evaluating information and using information ethically and legally. Information literacy instruction, reference services and all library resources are also available to off-site and dual-enrollment students.  Students, faculty and staff may access the library’s electronic resources via CougarNet.

Three computer labs are available in the library to support access to course materials, CougarNet, technology support and email. Studio Connect is a collaborative learning space where students have access to interactive technologies, including an Apple TV, iPads, a Promethean Board and iMac computers with creative software.

Tools for accessing subject and government information sources are available from the library’s home page http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/library/.

Service Learning

Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing students with the opportunity for experiential learning through community service activities during their collegiate experience. A number of courses in various disciplines at the college incorporate service-learning activities, providing students with an opportunity to connect what they are learning in the classroom with service in the community. Service opportunities are structured to help students acquire a sense of civic and social responsibility, gain exposure to culture and socioeconomic differences, apply classroom learning, learn new skills and reflect on their experiences. These service-learning activities are designed to advance the college’s mission of enhancing quality of life and encouraging civic involvement.

Cleveland State has developed elective courses for students who would like to be involved in a community service project as part of their college experience. Introduction to Service Learning (SRVL 1020)  is a three-credit hour course requiring 50 hours of service for the semester and Service Learning Exercise (SRVL 1100)  is a one-credit hour class requiring 20 hours of service. SRVL classes are independent study courses and involve reflection seminars, online discussions and reflection activities in addition to the service activity. Students may elect to work with an agency in their own community or may want to address a community need by developing their own service project. The college can assist with community service placements as well.  Introduction to Service Learning (SRVL 1020)  is a Social/Behavioral Science General Education  course and will meet the Gen Ed requirement found in many degree pathways at Cleveland State.

Small Business Development Center

Tennessee’s economic growth and stability depends largely on the small business community and its ability to get products to market. However, getting a new business on solid ground is no easy feat. That’s why the Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State Community College was created. Dedicated to helping entrepreneurs every step of the way, the Small Business Development Center turns small business dreams into reality.

What Is the Small Business Development Center?
Cleveland State’s Small Business Development Center is one branch of Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, a network of professional business consultants with 14 centers and seven affiliate offices throughout the State of Tennessee. The TSBDC provides expert business advice to all types of businesses, whether you’re running a manufacturing, retail, service or professional business. In other words, the TSBDC and the Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State are here to help you help your business.

Over 80,000 businesses have received TSBDC’s expert counsel in countless areas, from accounting, banking and finance to advertising, human resources and sales to location analysis, exit strategies and international trade. How can we help your business?

Personalized One-on-One Counseling
You will be assigned a personal consultant to work with on your business. Your consultant is your point person, the person who will know everything pertinent to your situation. No matter if you need financial, marketing, operations, management or other business advice or services, your personal consultant will work with you on those issues.
The Small Business Development Center offers training for you and your staff on many relevant business subjects, including the following:

  • Starting & Managing a Small Business
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Assistance Preparing Financial Statements for Small Businesses
  • Marketing
  • Finding Funding
  • E-Commerce 

Referrals to Professional Services and Agencies
The TSBDC has extensive resources available which are used to find the answers to your business questions.

Confidential No-Cost Business Counseling and Training
Your one-on-one counseling and consulting services are provided to your business at no cost! Most business seminars are offered at no cost, but some of the more specialized events may come with a small fee. Visit our website for training information: http://www.tsbdc.org/clscc.

Still have questions? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we field:

Who can benefit from the Small Business Development Center?
Anyone who currently owns a small business or is interested in opening a business.

Do you have a bilingual small business specialist?
Yes. We are fluent in Spanish and English.

How do I make an appointment?
Call the Small Business Development Center at (423) 478-6247. To register for training workshops and seminars, call us or visit the website at http://www.tsbdc.org/clscc.

Where are you located and what are your hours of operation?
The Small Business Development Center is located on the Cleveland State Community College campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, at 3535 Adkisson Drive in the Technology building, Room 126. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the Small Business Development Center, call (423) 478-6247 or (800) 604-CSCC, ext. 247. 

TN eCampus (Formerly Regents Online Program - RODP)

The online education offered through TN eCampus mirrors the same education offered at the physical campus locations. You need to select a college campus as your home school and meet the admission requirements. All campuses in the collaboration are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), while several programs have national accreditation status.

Students can be enrolled in TN eCampus and traditionally structured classes at the same time. These TN eCampus courses are available for all Cleveland State students; however, an additional charge is added per credit hour for TN eCampus classes.

Many instructors are located at campuses across the state and may require you to take your mid-term and final exams at an approved proctor site, such as your home school’s testing center.

You will need to purchase your textbook at the TN eCampus bookstore and log in to class at the site identified as TN eCampus on your CougarNet account.

To learn more about TN eCampus, please visit: http://tnecampus.org.

If you need assistance with registering for a class, contact your advisor. The TN eCampus liaison may be reached at 423-473-2360. 

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing training solutions to assist in meeting the needs of business and industry.  Cleveland State Workforce Development and Continuing Education team offers training to businesses, companies, and organizations on a customized, contracted basis as well as scheduled open enrollment education programs.  Our team is committed to providing solutions with new and existing advanced manufacturing industries to provide relevant skills training encompassing both employability and technical skills.  Our vision is to recruit, identify, screen, assess, and train a highly skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance and workforce to meet immediate employer requirements.

Cleveland State Community College has a dedicated Workforce Development Department committed to collaborate with business and industry to provide training solutions and close skill gaps. Cleveland State Community College has a trained and certified faculty and staff qualified to assess candidates for hire using Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) hands-on, scientifically validated, assessment machines. These machines assess mechatronic skills in mechanical, electrical, PLC, CNC, Process Control skills and mechanical aptitude. These are hands on assessments and the scored reports identify specific skill courses of study, which will close skill gaps. We can provide industrial skills assessments which can accurately predict candidate success on the job. Assessments are used in the hiring process globally for the selection and evaluation of maintenance mechanics, Machine Operators, Industrial Electricians, PLC technicians, Electro-mechanical, Process Control, and CNC personnel.