Tennessee College Applied Technology Eyes New Satellite Campus
Tennessee College of Applied Technology expects to submit requirements by the end of July 2016 in their application of having South Carolina’s Mt. Pleasant as their home to a satellite campus.
On June 12 of this year, an initial meeting has been called among the region’s business and community leaders at Mt. Pleasant Grille to discuss matters on the potentiality of an industrial maintenance program.
Accordingly, a grant to the college amounting to $2 million to begin the program has been discussed by the Director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Kelli Kea-Carroll.
The mentioned grant is upon the approval of Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Labor and Education Alignment Program (LEAP). Other business leaders also expressed their continued support of the program such that the establishment of it may increase development and success in the said area.
The industrial maintenance program classes will cover several courses relevant to the field including welding, robotics, fluid power, industrial mechanics, industrial electricity and electronics, green technologies, to mention a few. According to Collier, Mt Pleasant Grille is strategically located in the center of the community’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Moreover, the industrial maintenance program takes the opportunity to propose Mt Pleasant as home to the campus’ satellite as it will only utilize a small part of the building. At present, it has been stated that a large area of the building remains unused—but which many others believe that it should rather not be idle.
This means that there is still a large space for other groups to utilize especially to accommodate those in the private sector. In fact, Tennessee College of Applied Technology is already paying for its facilities.
Prior to this proposal, the College has already been running the industrial maintenance program in other campuses including that of Hohenwald, Shelbyville and Waynesboro. Officials say that the program has proven its sustainability. This is best proven in the consistency of student completion and placement rates of over 90 percent— with the coverage of all other campuses offering the program.
According to one of South Central Tennessee’s Development District Consultants, the program’s edge lies on the idea that it has been specifically designed and tailored-fit to address the needs of the local companies. Other aspects that may contribute to the program’s success are still being studied as well.
The development district has also been one of the most helpful sectors in the submission of the College for a grant. More so, community leaders are made aware of the possibility of a new vocational education center in Maury County. With the given program, students will be trained to eventually become workers for the community’s needs.
Dr. Chis Marczak, Director of Maury County Public Schools, states that a percentage of 42.8 students are currently pursuing graduation equipped with experiences in dual-enrollment— including industry certification, work-based learning, advanced placement or military preparation. With that matter on hand, a good percentage of 57.2 students in high school can be the potential targets of this type of opportunity.