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Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski

Pulaski, Tenn. (June 28, 2013) — The Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski will be renamed Tennessee College of Applied Technology as of July 1.

“While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided,” said Tony Creecy, Director of the TCAT in Pulaski.

In addition, Creecy stated “our new name serves as a better indicator to the local community as well as business and industry that the technical programs offered at TCAT-Pulaski are indeed a viable training option that can lead to a successful career.”

The TCATs have always been excellent higher education institutions, offering post-secondary programs for workforce preparation. But the previous “center” title was too often misunderstood.

That led State Representative Harry Brooks and Senator Jim Tracy to co-sponsor a bill to change the name. After research into the best naming options, Tennessee College of Applied Technology was introduced as the best option to meet the needs of students in the region and the expectations of employers and industry leaders. The bill received unanimous support from the General Assembly, and was recently signed by Governor Bill Haslam.

“The education programs and training opportunities provided by these schools have been key to workforce and economic development in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. “They aid in recruiting industry and development initiatives, and this new name better represents the quality programs offered.”

The TCATs play a major role in the workforce development from Memphis to Elizabethton providing workforce training in industrial, allied health, business, and personal service programs training over 30,000 students yearly. 

The institutions have a statewide completion rate of 79 percent and a placement rate of 84 percent, well above the national average. The schools have received nationwide attention for their success rates, including comments by Bill and Melinda Gates and media coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and others.

James King, TBR’s vice chancellor for TCATs, attributes the outstanding performance to institutions doing a great job in their communities and remaining focused on their mission.

“The renamed 27 campuses will aid in recruiting industry and economic development initiatives. We believe changing our name will aid in students choosing public institutions rather than private and proprietary institutions lessening debt burdens for the same programs we offer.” 

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Pulaski offers training in a number of technical programs such as Advanced Manufacturing, Business Technology, Call Center Specialist, Computer Operating Systems and Networking, Dental Assisting, HVACR, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance, Medical Coding, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, Residential/Commercial Electrician and Green Technology, Residential Construction Technology, Residential/Commercial Wiring and Plumbing, and Welding. For additional information regarding enrollment and financial aid, contact the College at (931) 424-4014.


Tony Creecy

Director, TCAT-Pulaski

(931) 424-4014, ext. 2426