Chattanooga Technology Council Hosts Roundtable Summit

(Chattanooga, TN) – More than 100 industry leaders were on hand May 15 as technology educators and technology business professionals spoke on the future of the relationship between the education and business world of technology during a roundtable summit at Chattanooga’s Business Development Center.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Information Systems Program Director Charles Estes was among the educators selected to address the issue to the industries of the Tennessee Valley. “We want our businesses to know that when it comes to the skill sets and quality of students we are sending out into the world that we are ahead of the game,” said Estes.

The Chattanooga Technology Council is a non-profit organization which helps promote growth in the business of technology in the tri-state area. The summit discussed the skill sets and background the colleges are generating in their students, as well as the qualities and experience the technology business leaders are looking for in future professionals.

Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Last year, instructors at the 25 TCSG colleges educated and trained more than 170,000 students.

Estes is the only TCSG employee who has won his college’s awards for both top student and top instructor. Estes was selected as Georgia Northwestern’s GOAL Award winner (top student) in 1999. Eight years later, he would win the Perkins Award (top instructor) for GNTC.