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Informational meeting to discuss possibility of TCAT campus here

On September 22, State Representative Timothy Hill, along with Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter and other area leaders will hold an information session and discussion regarding the feasibility for a future Tennessee Center for Applied Technologies (TCAT) school in Johnson County on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Health Center. Representatives from TCAT will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.
Johnson County has an empty 50,000 square foot facility on Route 67 toward Doe near the Northeast Correctional Complex that is a potential location to hold classes for those seeking future education in various hands-on fields.
A complex in Johnson County would provide easier access for students, young and old, and eliminate a ride around Watauga Lake, a consideration for those attending night classes or driving in inclement weather. Although the cost of gasoline has dropped considerably, for those on a tight budget, transportation to and from the Elizabethton area can be cost prohibitive. A campus close to home could open the doors and make further education a realistic possibility for many.
“I would like to encourage everyone to attend this informational meeting,” said Mayor Potter. “TCAT and Johnson County are a perfect fit for each other, and they have shown a real interest in coming here. I hope we can show them how badly they are needed.”
Currently, the Elizabethton campus for TCAT offer courses in administrative office technology, automotive technology, certified nurse aid, computer information technology, diesel powered equipment technology, electricity and electronics programs, HVAC and refrigeration programs, machine tool technology, millwright and industrial maintenance, pipefitting and plumbing, practical nursing and welding. The completion and job placement rate for the majority of these studies is high.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Johnson County Health Center, located at 715 W. Main Street in Mountain City.