TCAT Elizabethton looks to expand to Mountain City

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL)- Students making an hour-long commute to school may soon have opportunities to learn closer to home.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton is planning to put an extension campus in Mountain City.

Patricia Henderson with TCAT Elizabethton said the new campus will offer full-time job training programs.

“That could help alleviate that waiting list, because we have waiting lists in all of our program areas right now and that could open up some more slots for residents in this area,” Henderson said.

She said right now dozens of TCAT Elizabethton students live in Mountain City.

“Those 60 students are driving at least one hour one way every day, so you’re looking at two hours every day that they’re on the road just to come to the main campus in Elizabethton,” Henderson said.

Henderson said TCAT applied for an $8 million grant to execute this project as part of the governor’s goal for 55 percent of all Tennesseans to hold a certification or post-secondary credential by the year 2025.

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