Welcome to TCAT Dickson

"The Highway to Success"

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When it comes to crafting a successful future, two important building blocks are education and technology. At the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson campuses in Ashland City, Clarksville, Dickson and Franklin, we build on those two fundamentals in following our mission to prepare workers for success in the workplace.

With enrollment growing and programs expanding, the opportunities are rich for students seeking entry into the workplace or for veteran employees needing to retool to ensure future success.

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Getting Started

What's the best way to get started on your educational journey? Start with the end in mind. That means determine what your goal is - to be a machinist, an auto mechanic or a doctor - then figure out what training you'll need to get you to that goal. One great tool we make available to everyone is Kuder® Career Planning System. This free online assessment helps individuals determine their interests and skills and then points toward training possibilities and then on to employment opportunities. Kuder® will truly be your career planning tool for a lifetime. Click here for an information page to get you started.

At this point in your search for post-secondary training (technical school, community college or university) you need to:

Talk. Talk to folks doing the work you want to do someday. Ask them what training they got to qualify for employment. Ask them how to land entry-level positions that would lead to the ultimate goal you have in mind. If it's technical training you're after, call us at the  Tennessee College of Applied Technology and talk to our counselors and instructors. You know where they came from? Business and industry! They're the experts in their field and it's their life's calling to help folks get the training they need to accomplish their employment goals.

Connect. Technical training connects or leads to 60 percent of the jobs in today's economy. There's no better place to be than at the  Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson when it comes to getting the "head and hand" skills one needs to thrive as a practical nurse, a diesel technician or a computer network troubleshooter. TCAT Dickson offers 13 different training programs that culminate in diplomas that qualify graduates for hundreds of different jobs. Look through the program offerings. Each program's web page has information listing what careers the training can lead to. Each program has specific information about costs of tuition, books, fees and supplies, on-time completion rates and placement rates. It's all there.

Ask. There are no silly questions when it comes to your future. Pick our brains. If we don't know the answer, we'll try and find an answer to your career questions.

Tour. How can you make such a critical decision about your future without seeing what technical training is all about? Call one of campuses and ask about touring a program. Come meet the instructor, talk to students, check out the course content, We want to do everything to ensure we fit the right student with the right program. We also want you to have all the information you need to make the right choice. We can help get you on the highway to success.

Just remember T C A T. Clever, huh?

Action Steps

Do this:

  1. Look at our program listing and determine the best fit for you and your career goals.
  2. Download brochures on any program.
  3. Fill out a contact form if you're interested in a tour or talking to a counselor.
  4. If you know the program you want, fill out an application, return it and we'll be in touch.

Accreditation and Student Complaints

Students or prospective students who wish to file a complaint related to accreditation or regarding violations of state law not resolved at the institution may submit a Student Complaint Form to the Tennessee Board of Regents at 1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 340, Nashville, TN  37217, or by going on line and filing out the form electronically at http://www.tbr.edu/contact/default.aspx?id=2936. Under Tennessee's open records law, all or parts of complaints will generally be available for review upon request from a member of the public. Complaints regarding accreditation can also be made by contacting the Council on Occupational Education (COE) at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300 Suite 325, Atlanta, GA  30350 (www.council.org)

Complaints of fraud, waste or abuse may be made by email at reportfraud [at] tbr [dot] edu or by calling the Tennessee Comptroller's Hotline for Fraud, Waste and Abuse at 1-800-232-5454.

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