Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern
Former names
Tennessee Technology Center
Motto Workforce Development - It's What We Do
Type Public Technical College
Established 1965
Director Donna Hastings
Academic staff
Students 275
Location Newbern, Tennessee,
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and Red
Website www.tcatnewbern.edu
High Skill, High Wage, High Demand Careers

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the United States. This system comprises six universities, 14 community colleges, and 27 Colleges of Applied Technology.[1][2]


The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee in 1963 directed the State Board for Vocational Education to locate, establish, construct, and operate a statewide system of area vocational-technical schools. The intent of this legislation was to meet more adequately the occupational training needs of citizens and residents of this state, including employees and future employees of existing and prospective industries and businesses.[3]

In July 1994, a name change was passed by the legislature, and the Area Schools became the Tennessee Technology Centers to better reflect the trend toward the more advanced, technological training needed to supply skilled employees.

On July 1, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed Senate Bill SB0643 officially renaming all statewide technology centers to the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.[4]

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern is a post-secondary and adult institution which provides programs to serve the training needs of a broad geographic area by providing technical instruction and skilled training in trade, technical, and other occupations. The instructional programs are designed to prepare persons for employment and to upgrade the skills and knowledge of persons who have already entered the work force.


The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern will function as the premier workforce development provider for the citizens and employers of Northwest Tennessee. Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern, in pursuit of its mission, will:

  • Offer competency-based training programs utilizing both traditional classroom/lab settings and online technology. Such training shall prepare students for entry into or advancement within their chosen fields.
  • Design all training programs to maximize the learning experience by incorporating new technologies and the practical application of theory in a workplace environment.
  • Promote worker ethics as an integral part of all training regimens.
  • Incorporate community involvement opportunities to compliment the technical skills learned through the program.
  • Offer all programs in such a way that access and cost effectiveness are stressed.
  • Function as a catalyst for positive change in the community consistent with promoting economic growth and an improved quality of life.[5]

Office of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology[edit]

The headquarters of the TCATs is located in Nashville, Tennessee. James King is the Vice Chancellor for the Colleges of Applied Technology.[6]

Academic programs[edit]

Each of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology offers programs based on geographic needs of businesses and industry. Therefore, each college can have different academic programs and offerings. The following academic programs are available at TCAT-Newbern.[7]

Student organizations[edit]

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern provides memberships and organizations for students, including the following:


The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education (COE), a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[10]


  1. ^ Staff (2013). "Residency Guidelines". University of Memphis. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  2. ^ Staff (2013). "About us: the Tennessee Board of Regents". Tennessee Board of Regents. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ M.L. Wolfe (1978). "The Vocational Education Act of 1963". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ Tennessee General Assembly (2013). "Bill Information for SB0643". http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0643
  5. ^ http://www.ttcnewbern.edu/
  6. ^ http://www.tbr.edu/offices/tennesseetechnologycenters.aspx?id=322&ekmensel=e2f22c9a_972_976_btnlink/
  7. ^ http://www.ttcnewbern.edu/fulltime-programs
  8. ^ http://www.skillsusa.org/
  9. ^ http://www.nhs.us/
  10. ^ http://www.council.org/history-mission-core-values/