TCAT online CDM students graduate

Published 4:55 pm Friday, July 24, 2020

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TCAT — The Tennessee College of Technology at Elizabethton is graduating students this trimester although there will be no formal graduation ceremony now because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TCAT Elizabethton offers an online Dietary Manager Training Program, approved by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, which can be completed in eight months.
The program is designed to prepare graduates for the National Credentialing Exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM). CDMs are employed by hospitals and correctional facilities, among others.
By county, students from Tennessee who completed the training are,
Scarlette Bizzell, Savanna; Tamela Dunn, Covington; Joe Anna Farless, McMinnville; Britney Holt, Mascot; Melissa Kulisah, Kingsport; Gage Mahaffee, Livingston; and Bethany Vann, West Moreland.
Allison Parker, Pisgah Forest, N.C., was also among the 2020 graduates.
The program consists of 714 web-based hours and 150 hours of field training experience. First term: 372 web-based online hours, 60 field training hours. Second term: 342 web-based online hours, 90 field training hours.
Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, recent TB skin test or chest x-ray prior to field training, and pay tuition and fees. There is no out of state tuition fee.
The program is approved for the Federal Pell Grant and Tennessee Lottery Education Scholarship, the latter for residents of Tennessee. Include the TCAT school code, #005281, on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
Go to the TCAT Elizabethton website,, select dietary manager and follow instructions. For assistance, contact Lisa Blackburn, at TCAT Elizabethton, via email to

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