The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

The 24 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) are the state’s premier provider of workforce development strategies. The network offers more than 70 occupational programs to help job seekers train for a career and help businesses build a skilled workforce. Local industry demand determines the programs each campus offers. Instructors are experienced in the occupation they teach and are expected to maintain occupational certifications or licenses.

Students at TCATs are successful: 81% of TCAT students complete their programs and 86% find a job in their field of study.

Employers and alumni are happy with the training received at TCATs:

When asked to rate TCAT graduates in job knowledge, technical skills, work quality, and work attitude, employers rated “Satisfactory” or above in 96% of responses.

Alumni rated program preparation for employment “Satisfactory” or above in 97% of the responses.

There is a TCAT location near you:

The network of 24 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology is strategically located across the state to ensure that businesses and industries throughout Tennessee have access to a qualified workforce. They offer certificate and diploma programs, as well as specialized training for some of Tennessee’s largest employers.

TCATs offer more than 70 career programs. Each TCAT has specific programs available and not all programs are available at all locations. Check the TCAT you’re interested in online to see what it offers.

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TCATs are an affordable option:

Financial aid programs are available for you to attend a TCAT.

Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant: Any Tennessee citizen aged 18 or older who wants to attend a TCAT is eligible for up to $2,000 from the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant funded by the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program. The Wilder- Naifeh grants do not require a high school diploma, a minimum grade point average, or taking the ACT or SAT college entrance tests. However, students must meet program admission requirements as either full or part-time students. For more information regarding the Wilder-Naifeh Grant, contact your local College of Applied Technology.

TN Reconnect TCAT Grant: The TN Reconnect TCAT Grant is a “last dollar” scholarship for any adult student age 25 or older that attends a TCAT. This means that once your federal and state financial aid has been applied, the TCAT Reconnect Grant picks up any of the remaining tuition costs. In simple terms, you could get your TCAT certificate or diploma without paying any tuition! (Books and supply fees are not included). To find out more, visit Looking for the TN Reconnect TCAT Grant?