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Bennett keynote speaker at TCAT graduation

Shatona Bennett
Left to right, James Smith, AOT instructor in Mountain City, Shatona Bennett, Patricia Henderson, TCAT Student Services Coordinator.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton presented a diploma, posthumously, to Jeremy King of Elizabethton, who died unexpectedly while enrolled in the Pipefitting and Plumbing class.

Jeremy’s mother, Pamela King of Elizabethton, accepted the diploma from Tim Pierce, his instructor, during TCAT graduation ceremonies held Thursday (Aug. 11) in Seeger Chapel at Milligan College.

Shatona Lunceford Bennett of Mountain City, 2015-2016 Student of the Year at TCAT Elizabethton, was the keynote speaker. Bennett, who said she was born with only one fully-developed arm, mastered the Administration Office Training program while using a computer keyboard with one hand.

Bennett, who is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, thanked TCAT Elizabethton for helping her achieve success. She applauded the support she received from her husband and children, TCAT Student Services, and her instructor, Patricia Henderson.

A record 314 TCAT students were in the 2016 graduating class. Among 285 graduates of full-time training programs that take 12 to 20 months to complete, 89 were from Carter County, 63 from Washington County, 49 from Sullivan County, 26 from Johnson County, 20 from Hawkins County, 12 from Unicoi County, and 10 from Greene County, Another 16 are from North Carolina, Virginia and Mississippi.

The 2016 graduates include 131 students who majored in Practical Nursing, 32 each in Administrative Office Technology and Welding, 18 each in Electricity-Electronics and Automotive Technology, 12 each in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology, Computer Information Technology and Millwright/Industrial Maintenance, 11 in Pipefitting and Plumbing, and six in HVAC/Refrigeration.

Another 29 students who live in 24 cities and towns in five states received certificates of completion in the online Dietary Manager Training Program. The program, which may be completed in eight months, prepares students for the national credentialing exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager.

For additional information, contact TCAT Elizabethton, 423-543-0070, or visit the college website,