Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville
MottoWorkforce Development Its What We Do
TypePublic Technical College
EstablishedMarch 1964
PresidentLaura Monks
Academic staff
1405 Madison St
Shelbyville, TN 37160
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35°29′09″N 86°25′16″W / 35.4857°N 86.4210°W / 35.4857; -86.4210Coordinates: 35°29′09″N 86°25′16″W / 35.4857°N 86.4210°W / 35.4857; -86.4210
CampusSuburban; 20 acres (0.081 km2)
ColorsBlue & red
High Skill, High Wage, High Demand Careers

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville is one of 27 colleges of applied technology in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises thirteen community colleges and twenty-seven colleges of applied technology. More than 60 percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions are enrolled in a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.


This institution was authorized by House Bill 633, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly on March 15, 1963, and approved by the Governor on March 22, 1963.

The college was governed by the Tennessee Department of Education until 1983 when control was transferred to the Tennessee Board of Regents by House Bill 697 and Senate Bill 746.

Located on a 20-acre (81,000 m2) tract of land at 1405 Madison Street (U.S. Highway 41-A) approximately two miles east of downtown Shelbyville, the college serves individuals from a broad geographical area including but not limited to Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, and Rutherford counties.

The first of its kind to be constructed, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville, opened its doors on November 30, 1964, for full-time preparatory programs with forty-one students enrolled in six programs (Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Auto Mechanics, Drafting, Industrial Electricity, Machine Shop and Welding).

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville became the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville on July 1, 2013 under Senate Bill No. 643 House Bill No. 236*. Approval of Public Chapter No. 473..

The colleges have been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard's Graduate School of Education, the New York Times, EcoSouth and other leading organizations for job placement and completion rates.[2][3][4] The colleges were also credited for completion and placement rates in the New York Times.[5]

Office of Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology[edit]

The office of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology is in Nashville Tennessee at the Tennessee Board of Regents offices. James King is the Vice Chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. TCAT Board Office

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 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville offers Certificates and Diplomas in the following programs:[6] In January 1965, evening programs (part-time)[7] were opened.

  • Automotive Technology
  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Collision Repair
  • Drafting and CAD
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
  • Information Technology and Infrastructure Management
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Industrial Maintenance Automation
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Patient Care Tech/Medical Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Truck Driving
  • Welding

The college offers supplemental programs based on business, industry and public demand. These classes include Computer Technology, Leadership, Office Occupations, Industrial (Electricity, Machine Tool, Industrial Maintenance) or can be customized to meet client needs.

Beginning in July 2000 the college began delivering professional testing through Prometric. This testing allows for career based testing. The college began delivering professional exams through Pearson VUE in 2007 allowing for additional delivery of career based testing expanding its services to allow professional certifications and higher-education exams. During this same year, the college began using Certiport and COMPASS as additional ways to achieve certifications and qualification based testing.

Beginning in July 2012 the college began delivering ASE certifications through Prometric.

In October 2012, the Collision Repair class began delivering virtual hands on painting, using state of the art 3D virtualization. [1] [8]

Beginning in January 2014, the Industrial Maintenance program expanded to a campus in Winchester, Tennessee. The Medical Assistant program also opened at a remote campus on the west side of Shelbyville.

In August 2015, the college expanded to Lewisburg, Shelbyville (MTEC Building) and Tullahoma, Tennessee with the Industrial Maintenance Program. The Computer Information Technology program also expanded to the MTEC Building in August.

In 2017 construction on a new building in Winchester, Tennessee will begin and will provide classrooms for Information Technology and Infrastructure Management, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Welding, CNA and Nursing.

Beginning August 1, 2017, the CIT program became the Information Technology and Infrastructure Management Program. [2] [9]

Student organizations[edit]

TCAT Shelbyville provides memberships and organizations for students.[10]


National Technical Honor Society

Student Government Association

TCAT Shelbyville Technical Blog, Web 2.0 and Cloud Services[edit]

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville began a technical blog in September 2007 to supplement programs and focus on new technologies. TCAT Shelbyville Technical Blog's Readership grew to over 1.8 million by early 2014 and has a global following.[11]

In 2010 the information technology department implemented the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville Learning Management System. This LMS Cloud array is used to supplement classes with Moodle Learning Management System Servers, Nida Servers, streaming video, online classes, Microsoft SharePoint Services, medical education, file sharing and collaboration. Currently TCAT Shelbyville is the only institution with a comprehensive online learning center. Learning Center [12]

Beginning August 2011, TCAT Shelbyville became the first institution to offer [3] online through their on campus LMS cloud servers.[13]

Beginning in 2012 the Industrial Maintenance department implemented a web-based SCADA curriculum. This curriculum uses the physical hardware in the cloud combining and integrating the existing curriculum of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Robotics, touchscreens along with industrial high speed cameras and other hardware on campus. The Program became one of the first classrooms in the TBR system allowing the integration of cloud based SCADA/PLC systems with an on ground industrial training environment. [4] [14]

In May 2012 the CIT program moved live hardware into the cloud for live hands on. This move became one of the first higher education live hardware projects in the cloud presenting CIT students IaaS (infrastructure as a service) cloud computing to practice configuring servers, network devices and other advanced hardware from anywhere in the world. [5] [15] In September 2013 TCAT Shelbyville expanded their cloud services to include file sharing for instructors and students.

Professional Memberships[edit]

  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • American Design and Drafting Association
  • American Digital Design Association
  • American Technical Educators Association
  • American Welding Society
  • Automotive Service Excellence
  • CompTIA
  • HVAC Excellence
  • Microsoft
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
  • National Center for Women of Information Technology [16]
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National League of Nursing
  • Precision Metalforming Association
  • Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI)
  • Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce
  • SkillsUSA
  • Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Tennessee Business Education Association
  • Tennessee State Board of Dentistry
  • Tennessee State Board of Nursing
  • Tennessee State Board of Vocational Education

Building Expansions[edit]

In 1981 the school was expanded to give more space for existing programs. In July 1994, the name was changed by the Tennessee Legislature to "Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville". The name was again changed July 2013 by Tennessee Legislature to "Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville".

Another expansion in 1996 with the addition of approximately 17,700 square feet (1,640 m2) and renovation to the existing building.

The expansion brought the total square footage of the college to approximately 61,250 square feet (5,690 m2). Also included in the expansion was money for the upgrade of equipment in all program and classroom areas.

Renovations in 2008–2009 included monies to update classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment and to renovate the lobby and all hallways.

Plans are to expand the school to include a building on the southern portion of the school's grounds by 2017.

Remote campuses were added in Winchester, Tullahoma, Fayetteville, Lewisburg and Shelbyville, Tennessee.


The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education (COE).[17] The Council on Occupational Education (COE), is a national accrediting agency which was originally established in 1971 as a regional agency under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Awards and recognition[edit]

Program Awards and recognition[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TTC Shelbyville". News. January 30, 2009.
  2. ^ "Gates Foundation". Gates Foundation. May 2011.
  3. ^ "Harvard - Pathways to Prosperity" (PDF). Harvard. February 2011.
  4. ^ "EconSouth". EconSouth. January 2011.
  5. ^ "New York Times-College Graduation Rates Are Stagnant Even as Enrollment Rises, a Study Finds". New York Times. September 2011.
  6. ^ "Academic Programs". Academic Programs. November 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Part-Time Academic Programs". Part-Time Academic Programs. November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Collision Repair Technology Students Learn Painting Skills in a 3D Virtual Environment". October 30, 2012.
  9. ^ "ITIM Program". ITIM Program. July 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Student organizations". Student organizations. May 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "TCAT Shelbyville Tech Blog Readers". Readers. April 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "TCAT Shelbyville LMS Cloud". TCAT Shelbyville LMS Cloud. November 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Allied Health Online". Allied Health. November 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "TCAT Shelbyville IM LMS Cloud". TCAT Shelbyville IM LMS Cloud. November 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "TCAT Shelbyville CIT IaaS LMS Cloud". TCAT Shelbyville CIT IaaS LMS Cloud. November 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "TTC Shelbyville Affiliations". Institution Affiliation. May 15, 2011.
  17. ^ "TCAT Shelbyville Accreditation". Accreditation. September 4, 2016.
  18. ^ "Program Awards and Recognition". Program Awards and Recognition. November 1, 2016.

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