By Tamas Mondovics
With welding as the most popular training program, 90 students participated in TCAT Elizabethton’s third annual National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day held last week.
According TCAT (The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology) officials to students from Elizabethton, Hancock, Hampton, Cloudland, Happy Valley, Unaka, Johnson County and Science Hill high schools selected their chosen field of study that begins in the 2019 fall trimester.
The roster included 20 signees for Welding, 14 for Automotive Technology, 11 for Practical Nursing, 10 for Industrial Electricity, eight for Diesel Powered Equipment Technology, seven for Cosmetology, three each for Machine Tool
Technology and Phlebotomy, two for Pipefitting and HVAC, and one each for Computer Information Technology and Millwright Skills.
“By signing incoming students to Letters of Intent, we are telling them that a place has been reserved for them,” said Dean Blevins, president of TCAT Elizabethton.
Johnson County High School students included:
Cosmetology–Abby Barker, Danielle Roark;
Diesel Powered Equipment Technology—Griffin Brown, Kolby Clark, Christopher Stout, and Ty Warren;
Industrial Electricity—Trowa Potter;
Practical Nursing— Patience Baird, Amber Gates, Brianna Hipshire, Alexis Nicholson and Jennifer Matherly;
Millwright Skills— Josh Jones.
Blevins emphasized that technical education will prepare them for a strong career when he said, “The event also provides an opportunity for industry training partners to meet these future workers.”
Also participating in the program were Stacy
Schroeder of Kubota, Josh Lashley of Snap-on, Dan Lee of Trane and Julie Powers of Greenlee, training partners at TCAT Elizabethton. John Lee, NC3 Industry Training Coordinator at TCAT
Elizabethton, said he was pleased with the turnout for the signing day event.
The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology serve as the premier suppliers of workforce development throughout the State of Tennessee. The Colleges fulfill their mission by:
Providing competency-based training through superior quality, traditional and distance learning instruction methods that qualify completers for employment and job advancement;
Contributing to the economic and community development of the communities served by training and retraining employed workers;
Ensuring that programs and services are economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee; and
Building relationships of trust with community, business, and industry leaders to supply highly skilled workers in areas of need.
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