Student Handbook

Academic Support


Instructor Qualifications

Instructors at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology meet a minimum requirement of at least three years of experience and formal training in the area in which they instruct. In addition, each instructor that has prior experience and training is involved in continuing education to ensure that they are knowledgeable in the latest technology relevant to their prospective programs.


Preparatory Programs

All preparatory programs are designed to prepare persons for employment in specific or closely related occupations. Full-time continuing programs are offered on a thirty-hour per week basis. The part-time continuing programs are offered on a less than full-time basis. Instructional units are designed as a guide to assist the instructor in developing an individualized program for each student. The instructor will adjust the number of hours that a student spends working in the instructional units according to the student's ability.


Non-preparatory Supplemental Programs

All non-preparatory supplemental programs are designed to assist employed workers to improve or upgrade skills and increase technical knowledge necessary to present employment or to acquire new skills and knowledge for a higher level of employment. Special interest courses may be offered as demands warrant by the public.


Special Industry Training Programs

Special industrial programs are offered to business and industry upon their request. These classes are conducted by instructors at the school or at the place of the enrollees' employment. When the need arises, specialized and intensified courses may be developed to meet specific requirements of industry. School administration may be contacted for more information. These courses do not qualify for Title IV financial aid.


Notice of Disclaimer

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by providing programs through faculty who, in the opinion of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, are trained and qualified for teaching at the post-secondary level. However, the acquisition of the knowledge by any student is contingent upon the student's desire to learn and his/her application of appropriate study techniques to any course program. As a result, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology does not warrant or represent that any student who completes a course or program of study will necessarily acquire any specific knowledge or skills or will be able to successfully pass or complete a specific examination for any course, degree or license.


Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is an educational program that combines classroom instruction with practical work experiences directly related to the student's curriculum. This combined classroom study and work experience is a meaningful way for students to learn and to assist in making informed career choices while earning credit. Students interested in Cooperative Education should meet with their instructor to discuss co-op opportunities. The instructor must submit a co-op request form to the President for approval. The student, instructor, employer, and President must sign the formal co-op agreement.


Library / Media Services

Media resources are available to the students in their program of instruction. Resource materials may include (reading material, catalogs, texts, magazines, online resources, etc.). In addition, students may use the multimedia equipment located in their program.  During college orientation, students will be oriented to technology (email, portal, etc.) as well as covered during program orientation to email, wi-fi, eLearn/D2L, etc