General Advisory Committee Meeting planned for TCAT

Published 4:53 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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TCAT — The physical facilities of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) will be discussed Nov. 16 for inclusion in a statewide master improvement plan for the Tennessee Board of Regents.  
Some TCAT Elizabethton facilities at the original campus site, 1500 Arney St., Elizabethton, were constructed in 1963. However, they are still housing student training today.   
College President Dean Blevins said the Tennessee Board of Regents system office contracted with the Atlanta architectural firm of TSW to review physical facilities at the 27 TCATs and to make recommendations for a system-wide facilities master plan.  
Woody Giles, AICP, of TSW, is developing the master plan. He will meet with the TCAT Elizabethton General Advisory Committee on Nov. 16 to discuss the need for additional physical facilities. 
Giles said he plans to also discuss the ability of the college to meet the future needs of the region, particularly as it relates to the job market.   
“Our task from TBR is to draft a completely updated Statewide TCAT Master Plan by the end of next year. This will include recommendations for future improvements on all state-owned campuses,” Giles said.  
Among discussion topics, they will identify the largest local industries and employers that employ TCAT graduates and if TCAT can respond to changes in the local economy. 
Blevins said TCAT will be following health safety protocols to include social distancing and required facial coverings since this is an in-person meeting. 
The TCAT Elizabethton General Advisory Committee meets at least once each year. The forthcoming meeting will be in the Administrative and Technology Building at the Main Campus, beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 16.  

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