The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology serve as the premier suppliers of workforce development throughout the State of Tennessee. The Colleges fulfill their mission by:
Providing competency-based training through superior quality, traditional and distance learning instruction methods that qualify completers for employment and job advancement;
Contributing to the economic and community development of the communities served by training and retraining employed workers;
Ensuring that programs and services are economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee; and
Building relationships of trust with community, business, and industry leaders to supply highly skilled workers in areas of need.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board for this system which is comprised of 6 universities, 13 community colleges and 27 technology centers. The TBR system enrolls more than 80 percent of all Tennessee students attending public institutions of higher education.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Crossville was established in 1967 as the State Area Vocational Technical School, one of 26 Vo-Techs located across Tennessee. Construction of the first Technology Center began in 1964 and the system was completed in 1975. The Crossville Technology Center was the 18th school built. In 1994 the Tennessee Legislature, realizing that training in the Vo-Tech schools was becoming more technical, passed legislation changing our school's name to the Tennessee Technology Center to better reflect the school's mission. The center enrolled its first students in September, 1967. Six courses were available at that time—Auto Mechanics, Drafting, Electronics, Machine Shop, Office Occupations and Welding; 120 students supported by a staff of 10 full-time employees. In 2013, the name of the Tennessee Technology Centers were changed to Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The name change is a more accurate representation of the post-secondary training offered at the 27 campuses and various satellite locations across the state.
The history of our school has been one of growth and expansion since the beginning. During the first five years, five additional full-time programs were added to the original six: Masonry, Carpentry, Practical Nursing, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and Electrical Wiring. In addition to the eleven full-time programs offered during the day, an Evening School was started. The initial Evening School served about 75 students taught by five part-time instructors. Today, the Evening School offers 25-30 programs with a staff of 30 instructors.
A new wing was built in 1975 as a result of the Comprehensive Vocational Education ACT. The goal was to provide training for at least 50% of all high school students. The most feasible plan was to build those high school facilities on the TCAT - Crossville campus. A major expansion/remodeling project at TCAT - Crossville was completed in 1997. This project increased the square footage of the school by one third and provided a complete remodeling of all existing facilities. The history of TCAT - Crossville has been a story of success—success for the school with continued growth and strength—success of the school’s graduates which enables them to enjoy a better way of life.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology strives to produce the high quality workers that industry demands; preparing students for the work world is the goal of this school and placement figures vary with an average of over 90% of graduates being placed in jobs related to their training. These successful results provide the community businesses and industries with better trained employees. As of January 1999, 16 programs are available. They are Auto Body Technology, Auto Technology, Business Systems Technology, Early Childhood Education, Computer Operations Technology, Drafting/CAD Technology, Electronics Technology, GED Preparation, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Industrial Electricity/Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Masonry Technology, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, Technology Foundations, and Welding Technology with a staff of 32 full time employees.