Local clubs to host classic car show at TCAT in Elizabethton this weekend

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Carter and Unicoi County Car Clubs have been invited to display classic cars at the Tennessee Reconnect signup and open house event held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology on Saturday, April 2.

The event will be held at TCAT Elizabethton’s main campus, located across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport on State Highway 91 North, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you were born prior to 1993 and have been a resident of Tennessee for one year, you are eligible to receive two years of free tuition to attend the Tennessee College of Applied Technology after all other financial assistance has been applied.

To begin the admission process, adults must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll in a full-time training program. TCAT Director Dean Blevins said technical education can change lives and provide a successful future through a variety of high-skilled and high-wage training programs.

Currently, there are 10 full-time training programs now offered that may be completed in 12 to 20 months. They are Administrative Office Technology, Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Diesel Powered Equipment, Electricity-Electronics, HVAC/Refrigeration, Millwright/Industrial Maintenance, Pipefitting and Plumbing, Practical Nursing and Welding.

Machine Tools Technology will be added this summer. Another welding class was added in February. “We encourage any adult that has not completed a certificate or college degree to attend TCAT Elizabethton,” Blevins said.

Tennessee Reconnect is part of Gov. Haslam’s Drive to 55, an initiative focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a college degree or technical certificate by 2055.

TCAT Elizabethton, which began operation in 1965, serves approximately 1,000 students each year who commute to classes from their residence in Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties. Job training programs at TCAT Elizabethton are accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

For the 12-month period ending Aug. 31, 2015, at TCAT Elizabethton the program completion rate was 92 percent, the job placement rate was 89 percent and the licensure pass rate on the Tennessee Board of Nursing exam was 96 percent. For additional information, visit the college website, www.tcatelizabethton.edu, or telephone 423-543-0070.

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