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Tennessee continues its commitment to technical education and workforce development
By Bob Robinson
Institutional Development Coordinator
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Home, be it ever so humble, is more than just a place. It’s also an ideaundefinedone where the heart is.
For the past 48 years, “home away from home” for thousands of residents in the region has been the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton, and its predecessors, the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton and the State Area Vocational Technical School at Elizabethton.
In 1963, the Tennessee General Assembly established the vocational technical school in Elizabethton. The legislation was sponsored by State Sen. Herman Robinson of Elizabethton. In 1994, the legislature changed the name to the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton and in 2013, to Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton.
At the 2013 COE Annual Meeting to be held in Dallas in November of 2013, TCAT Elizabethton will be presented a plaque for maintaining its accredited status for 40 years. “This is quite a landmark for an institution,” said Gary Puckett, executive director of the council, in Aug. 21, 2013 correspondence to Dean Blevins, director of TCAT Elizabethton.
TCAT Elizabethton will move all training programs to the Main Campus, located at 426 Highway 91 North in the Watauga Industrial Park, across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport, when construction is completed in April 2014 on a $16 million campus consolidation project. Construction of three new buildings and renovation of a fourth building will provide 95,000 square feet of training space at one location.
Participating in the Sept. 29, 2010 ground breaking ceremony for the $16 million campus consolidation construction project at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, pictured from left, are Eddie Pless, former assistant director; Dean Blevins, director; James King, vice chancellor for Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology; former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen; former Tennessee House of Representative Speaker Kent Williams of Elizabethton; Mike Cole, student services coordinator; Jerry Patton, former director; and former State Rep. Ralph Cole of Elizabethton. In the 48-year history of the school, there have been six directorsundefinedTommy Neece, Lonnie Hyder, Kelly Yates, Dr. Bruce Blanding, Jerry Patton and Dean Blevins. (Photo by Bob Robinson.)
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