Welcome to Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald

TCAT - Hohenwald Vision

To enhance the quality of life of:

• The individual Tennessee citizen
• The Tennessee family
• The local community

Mission Statement

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

TCAT Purpose and Objective

The goal of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is to provide technical training to students to meet the occupational needs of employers in our community.  Recognizing that all people do not have the same background, abilities, or desires and cannot  be fitted into the same mold, the objective of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is that each student be treated as an individual.  Individualized instruction is utilized to the maximum in most programs.  Our school policy provides that a student may enter a program when a vacancy occurs, start training at his/her own level, and progress at his/her own rate to the level desired within the limitations of the school.  Individualized instruction provides the student with the highest quality instruction possible in the occupational area of his/her choosing.

The objective is further subscribed to that the mere development of specific skills and knowledge in an individual is not sufficient.  Desirable worker characteristics are emphasized to instill character development, good work habits, reliability, honesty, and respect for authority needed for a productive society.

The primary purpose of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald is to more adequately meet the occupational and technical training needs of citizens and residents of this geographic area including employees of existing or prospective industries and businesses of the State.

The college fulfills this mission by providing instructional programs to train or retrain persons for employment. Programs are designed to update existing skills and increase knowledge of workers already employed.

Governance

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald is one of 45 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the sixth largest system of higher education in the nation.  The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board for this system that is comprised of six universities, thirteen community colleges, and twenty-six colleges of applied technology.  The Tennessee Board of Regents system enrolls more than eighty percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions of higher education.

Our History

The institution's name was changed to the Tenneessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald, effective July 1, 2013.

Construction of the Hohenwald State Area Vocational Technical School began in the Fall of 1965.  The school opened classes February 14, 1967, with offerings in four instructional areas.  The Center currently offers full time preparatory training in eleven instructional areas and part time, secondary, or supplementary training in twelve instructional areas.

In 1994, the Tennessee Legislature, realizing the Vo Tech schools were becoming more technical, passed legislation changing our school’s name to the Tennessee Technology Center to better reflect the school’s mission.

The Tennessee Technology Center system, statewide, was part of a plan and commitment of the 1993 Ninety-ninth General Assembly to improve institutions of higher education.  Appropriations for the renovation and construction projects for each of the Technology Center’s campuses passed the Tennessee Legislature by a unanimous vote.  The Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald received approximately two million dollars for the renovation of existing facilities, additional construction of 13,000 square feet of space and acquisition of the latest state of the art technology and equipment for each training program.  The Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald held Groundbreaking Ceremonies on April 30, 1997; the project was completed approximately two years later.  TTC Hohenwald held Open House on June 14, 1999 in celebration of the newly renovated and constructed campus.

Additionally, in response to demand and the changing workforce, the Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald added the training programs of Computer Operations Technology and Surgical Technology to the training opportunities available at the school.  Computer Operations Technology admitted the first students on August 31, 1998; the inception of Surgical Technology students began January 4, 1999.  In October 2000, the Tennessee Technology Center added the Electro-Mechanical Program to its venue of offering.

Effective January 1, 2005, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the change of the Tennessee Technology Centers system from quarters to trimesters.  The system chose to continue the earning of clock hours as a means of academic credits.  The Tennessee Technology Center added Early Childhood Education as an educational program on the main campus in October of 2006.

Due to the growing demand for technical training, in September 2006, the Tennessee Board of Regents authorized the expansion of the Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald to the Maury County area to offer the programs of Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, and Machine Tool Technology.  The expansion effort is a partnership between TTC Hohenwald and the Maury County School System.  The off-campus sites opened January 29, 2007, as an Instructional Service Center.

In early 2007, the local GM/Saturn plant announced a mass lay-off of employees and suppliers alike.  From that mass lay-off, Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald gained Tennessee Board of Regents approval in October of 2007 and opened two Industrial Service Centers.  The South Central Career Center Instructional Service Center offered Practical Nursing and Business Systems Technology and the Spring Hill Instructional Service Center offered Electronics Technology and Computer Operations Technology.  The accrediting body, Council on Occupational Education, granted initial approval of both sites.  After much recruitment for all programs, only Practical Nursing materialized, and only for a period of one year.  The Spring Hill Instructional Service Center was closed in early 2008, and shortly followed thereafter with the closing of the Career Center Instructional Service Center.

Another county within the Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald service area began to experience drastic plant closures in 2008, which was Perry County.  Perry County made national news with an alarming unemployment rate of almost 35%.  In reaction to the area plant closings, Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald proposed the following programs, which were approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents: Practical Nursing, Industrial Maintenance, Electronics Technology, CNA, and Business Systems Technology.  The demand of education for the training and retraining of the workers became very evident; however, the only program which actually sustained the necessary number of students for implementation was Practical Nursing.  The Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald began the equivalent of two classes of Practical Nursing education in the fall of 2008.  The site gained initial approval as an Instructional Service Center shortly thereafter and sustained final approval in 2009.  The Practical Nursing class continued to be offered at the Perry County site in the fall of 2009.

The year 2010 brought further expansion of the Tennessee Technology Center campus in the Maury County area once again.  In the latter part of 2009 the GM/Saturn plant began talks of permanent closure.  This closing hit the Tennessee Technology Service area hard, as the GM/Saturn plant employed approximately 1800 people.  On January 19, 2010, the Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald sought Tennessee Board of Regents approval for the implementation of Green Jobs Technology, Automotive Technology, Electronics Technology, Industrial Maintenance and Practical Nursing programs to be located at the GM Northfield Training Center.  In February 2010, the institution submitted to the Council on Occupational Education an application for the site designation of Northfield Instructional Service Center.  The initial approval was granted and the site is presently operational with the offerings of Green Jobs Technology and Practical Nursing.  The other programs did not sustain adequate numbers for commencement and have been placed on inactive status at present.  Green Jobs Technology was the first operational program beginning on February 16, 2010 and Practical Nursing began on March 1, 2010.

As the campus experienced continued growth, it became evident that utilization of the classroom sites of the Practical Nursing programs at Maury Regional Medical Center and Wayne Medical Center would be necessary; thus, the off-campus sites became Instructional Service Centers with initial Council on Occupational Education approval in May and June of 2010.

The Technology Center is located in Lewis County and serves a six county area including Maury, Lewis, Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, and Hickman counties.  It is located on a 15 acre tract of land on Highway 412, West of Hohenwald.  The Instructional Service Center sites are located at Columbia Central High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, and Perry County Career Center.

Name was changed to the Tenneessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald, effective July 1, 2013.

Accreditation

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald is an accredited higher education institution.  An evaluation team, composed of individuals from various parts of southern states, visited the Hohenwald School in February 1972, and made a thorough examination of all facets of the instructional programs.  As a result of the finding of this team, on December 13, 1972, the Hohenwald School was accepted as an accredited member of the Commission on Occupational Education. An annual report of the school’s progress is made each year for continuing accreditation and every five years the accreditation must be substantiated by another self study and team visit.  The school had a five-year team visit May 1977, July 1982, March 1987, April 1992, September 1998, and October 2004 and was re accredited each time.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Address: 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350;
Tel: (770) 396-3898, Toll free (800) 917-2081, FAX (770) 396-3790..

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees play an important role in the College by providing information and recommendations that may assist the administrative staff in making decisions favorable to the effective operation of the school. The college also utilizes occupational advisory committees, which aid the instructional staff in assessing the needs of the students and local industry. These advisory committees assist the faculty in keeping abreast of the latest equipment, methods, and technologies in their respective occupational areas.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald is an EEO/AA higher education institution.

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