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Tennessee College of Applied Technology Clarksville Campus to host Grand Opening August 4th


The extension campus of TCAT Dickson welcomes the community to tour its new facility

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) – Dickson is pleased to announce that it is hosting a grand opening event for its Clarksville extension campus.

The event, being held at 135 International Boulevard. in Clarksville on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, is an opportunity for all to come and view the new facility, the upgraded equipment, and to the meet faculty and staff.

Industrial Maintenance/Electricity instructor Steve Shaw instructs student Greg Haler on the mechanical operations of robotics.

Industrial Maintenance/Electricity instructor Steve Shaw instructs student Greg Haler on the mechanical operations of robotics.

A ribbon cutting with the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will occur at 11:00 am and will be followed by presentations from Tennessee Board of Regents representatives, institutional leadership, and community leaders. An open house with tours will conclude the event.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Clarksville Campus, or TCAT Clarksville Campus, is an extension of TCAT Dickson and is a post-secondary institution that provides career and technical education with the mission of building a strong workforce for the State of Tennessee. Through its efforts of preparing individuals for the workforce, TCAT Clarksville Campus contributes to the economic and community development of Montgomery and surround counties.

The institution provides competency-based training to individual students, as well as special industry training for local employers. TCAT Dickson is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Local Clarksville artist Terry L. Smith donated this original watercolor rendering of the new Clarksville facility.

Local Clarksville artist Terry L. Smith donated this original watercolor rendering of the new Clarksville facility.

To meet the workforce needs of its community, TCAT Clarksville Campus currently offers programs of study in ten areas: Administrative Office Technology, Automotive, Computer Information Technology, Cosmetology, HVAC, Industrial Maintenance and Electricity, Machine Tool Technology, Mechatronics, Practical Nursing, and Welding.

Additionally, the campus plans to add three additional programs this fall: Digital Graphic Design, Diesel Powered Equipment and Pharmacy Technology. The institution continually assesses the employment needs of its service area to determine if additional programming is warranted.

“The Clarksville Campus is a great example of our commitment to providing quality educational programs that are accessible to the residents of our service area. Having this campus in Montgomery County enables us to meet the training needs, not only of the individual citizen, but also to the dynamic and growing industrial businesses in this community. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the city and county governments, local business and industry, and agencies such as Workforce Essentials, for their continuing support of our institution,” noted Dr. Arrita Summers, director.

TCAT Clarksville Campus began offering training at its current site in 1992 with 11,000 sq. ft. followed by the building of an additional 11,000 sq. ft. in 1994. The addition of the new facility has increased the square footage by another 60,000 sq. ft. and will enable the campus to double its enrollments from where it was in 2011.

The commitment of local public and private entities has been evident from the very beginning of the development of the campus and has included donations of land, financial contributions, and in-kind contributions.

Debbie Griffin, TCAT Clarksville Campus Coordinator, notes that the expansion will enable more individuals to seek training, “The expansion of the Clarksville campus has afforded us the opportunity to provide additional training capabilities for the day-time and full-time students, as well as, the Special Industry classes that are structured to meet local business and industry training needs. And, with the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect grants, our programs are expected to reach full capacity, which has led us to add three new programs to reach more individuals seeking new skills.”

TCAT Clarksville Campus is open for tours to prospective students Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm. Student financial aid is available for those who qualify, including the newly established Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, which offers last dollar scholarships for recent high school graduates and most adult students. Additional information about the college is located at

TCAT Dickson is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and complies with non-discrimination laws: Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA. Located on Highway 46 in Dickson, the technical training college also has an extension campus In Clarksville, TN, and two instructional service centers in Ashland City and Franklin.




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