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TCAT celebrates 50 years of job training

By: Michael Ganzman
Freelance Writer

A commemoration was held for the 50th anniversary of Carter County Tennessee College of Applied Technology last Thursday in Elizabethton.
The event gathered students, faculty, staff and alumni from TCAT, as well as government officials from the area. The attendants came together to celebrate the anniversary but also to reminisce about the past fifty years and to plan for the future of the college.
Government officials at the event, including state Senator Rusty Crowe and state representatives Timothy Hill and John Holsclaw, Jr., presented a proclamation that declared continued support for TCAT and expressed gratitude for the college’s effect on the region.
“Our deepest appreciation to the students, faculty and staff for their contributions to the state of Tennessee,” the proclamation said. “We look forward with excitement to the next fifty years.”
Holsclaw urged students at the event to value the importance of job training and to continue their education at technical schools like TCAT.
“Technical skills change lifestyles,” he said. “Take advantage of the training programs at TCAT Elizabethton….You are our future.”
Other government officials also came to the event, including Bill Darden, field representative for Congressman Phil Roe, of the first district of Tennessee. Darden said that receiving an education at TCAT was easier now due to the Tennessee Promise Scholarship and that technical skills would help students gain financial security in their lives.
“You can’t go hungry,” he said to the students.
Another person that spoke at the event was a man who has seen TCAT grow from the outside and the inside. Terry Peters, retired professor at TCAT and one of the original students in the first class at the college in 1965, told new students about the progress of the school and how the job landscape has changed over time.
“Finding a job in those days was relatively easy,” Peters said. “Now, with today’s economy like it is, with fewer local industries, it has become more difficult to find a job locally.”

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