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New Tennessee College of Applied Technology opens, offering program in industrial maintenance

By Mike Christen, for Columbia Daily Herald

Oct 26, 2017

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Mt. Pleasant’s community leaders gathered Tuesday morning for the official opening of the city’s new satellite campus of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Located inside the city’s community center, the new campus offers a 12 to 18-month program in industrial maintenance, specifically developed for students to learn the the skills and training required by local employers.

Students who complete the program will graduate with an associate degree in industrial maintenance after taking courses in welding, robotics, fluid power, industrial mechanics, industrial electricity and electronics and green technologies.

The $300,000 investment is funded through through the Labor Education Alignment Program, or LEAP. The grant, which directly coincides with Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to have 55 percent of the state’s population equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025, works to align academic partners and communities with the workforce needs of their local economy.

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