Welcome to TCAT-Paris

Welcome to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris is one of 46 institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation.

The primary objective of the TCAT-P is to provide quality technical training designed to meet the occupational needs of the citizens of this region and state. Our programs are structured to meet the changing training needs of business and industry. We strive daily to be innovative in program design and proactive in our approach to delivery.

We believe that students enrolled at the College have the ability and desire to be a credit to themselves, their chosen occupation, and to the community. Therefore, we welcome you to become a part of our team. We pledge to you our support, encouragement, and belief that by working together you can reach your intended goal.

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We have openings in the following programs for enrollment on May 4, 2015:

Administrative Office Technology
Collision Repair Technology
Computer Information Technology
Early Childhood Education
Health Information Management
Industrial Maintenance
Machine Tool Technology
Motorcycle/ATV Repair
Patient Care Technician
Residential Building Maintenance

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information, please come by the college at 312 South Wilson Street, Paris, or call 731-644-7365.


03/13/15 - Sign up TODAY at www.tnreconnect.gov or call us at 731-644-7365 for more information.

Sign up TODAY at www.tnreconnect.gov or call us at 731-644-7365 for more information.

03/13/15 - Sign up TODAY at www.tnreconnect.gov or call us at 731-644-7365 for more information.

 Sign up TODAY at www.tnreconnect.gov or call us at 731-644-7365 for more information. 

03/06/15 - TCAT-Paris will remain closed Saturday, March 7, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

TCAT-Paris will remain closed Saturday, March 7, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

03/05/15 - TCAT-Paris will remain closed Friday, March 6th, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

Due to inclement weather, TCAT-Paris will remain closed Friday, March 6th, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

03/04/15 - TCAT-Paris will be closed Thursday, March 5th for all students, faculty, and staff.

Due to inclement weather, TCAT-Paris will be closed for all students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

02/24/15 - February COMPASS test dates rescheduled

The COMPASS tests for February have been rescheduled for March 2nd and March 4th. Please call the college at 731-644-7365 to confirm which day you want to test.

02/19/15 - TCAT-Paris will remain closed Friday, February 20, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

Due to inclement weather, TCAT-Paris will remain closed Friday, February 20, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, all classes/clinicals are cancelled for Saturday, February 21st for PN students.

02/18/15 - TCAT-Paris will remain closed Thursday, February 19, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

TCAT-Paris will remain closed on Thursday, February 19, 2015. All classes are cancelled for faculty, staff, and students. This includes the Evening Nursing classes as well as the COMPASS test scheduled for Thursday.  Watch the website for the dates to reschedule the COMPASS test.

02/16/15 - TCAT-Paris will be closed Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.

Due to inclement weather, TCAT-Paris will be closed Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for all students, faculty, and staff.  This includes all day and night classes.  The COMPASS test scheduled for Tuesday will be rescheduled at a later date. Watch the website for continued updates.

02/16/15 - TCAT-Paris will remain closed Saturday, March 7th for all students, faculty, and staff.

TCAT-Paris will remain closed Saturday, March 7th for all students, faculty, and staff.

01/29/15 - FAFSA Night to be held February 3rd

FAFSA Night will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd from 4-6 p.m. at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Paris Campus, 312 S. Wilson Street, Paris. Our Financial Aid staff will be on hand to help students and their parents complete the federal financial aid application.

Anyone who needs a FAFSA completed is welcome to come. They will need to bring their 2014 or preferably 2015 tax return.

12/16/14 - TCAT-P Students Compete and Win!

The American Welding Society hosted their annual  competition at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson campus on November 25, 2014.  92 student competed in welding categories. Congratulations to our TCAT-Paris General Metal winners:  Tony Swift - 2nd place overall in Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Kyle McKee - 3rd place overall in Gas Metal Arc Welding.  

04/17/14 - TCAT-Paris brings home GOLD from 2014 Skills USA Competition!

Congratulations to all of our students chosen to participate in the 2014 TN Skills USA Competition in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We are SO proud of your hard work and preparation.  We have two gold medalists who will be representing Tennessee in the National Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Missouri in June.

Gold medalists include:

Angel Mo - Cosmetology
Mark Swift - Motorcycle Service Technology

Silver medalists include:

Raymond Garrett - Extemporaneous Speaking
Rachel Shelton - Power Equipment Technology

Bronze medalists include:

Teddy Riola - Welding

Joshua Crews competed in CNC Machining.


The three days missed in March due to extreme weather conditions must be made up.  Below are the dates classes will be in session:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014


The Graduation ceremony has been moved to:

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at KPAC.


TCAT-PARIS will be open and operate on a regular schedule for Thursday, March 6, 2014.


TCAT-Paris will be CLOSED for Wednesday, March 5, 2014 for all faculty, staff, and students.


Due to continued hazardous driving conditions, TCAT-Paris will be closed on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.


Due to road conditions, all classes at the TCAT-Paris have been cancelled for Monday, March 3, 2014.


Start a new career today in a high demand occupation. Training program is 5 trimesters (20 months). Financial Aid is available to most students. Call or stop by today for more on enrollment information.

07/02/13 - Tennessee Technology Center at Paris becomes Tennessee College of Applied Technology!

Tennessee Technology Center at Paris

Becomes Tennessee College of Applied Technology


The Tennessee Technology Center at Paris has been renamed Tennessee College of Applied Technology as of July 1, 2013.

While the name changes, the mission remains the same. The new name just more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided, said Dr. Brad White, director of the TCAT in Paris.

“I believe this name change better reflects what we do and gives our students the acknowlegement they deserve,” White said.

The TCATs have always been excellent higher education institutions, offering post-secondary programs for workforce preparation. But the previous “center” title was too often misunderstood.

That led State Representative Harry Brooks and Senator Jim Tracy to co-sponsor a bill to change the name. After research into the best naming options, Tennessee College of Applied Technology was introduced as the best option to meet the needs of students in the region and the expectations of employers and industry leaders. The bill received unanimous support from the General Assembly, and was recently signed by Governor Bill Haslam.

“The education programs and training opportunities provided by these schools have been key to workforce and economic development in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. “They aid in recruiting industry and development initiatives, and this new name better represents the quality programs offered.”

The TCATs play a major role in the workforce development from Memphis to Elizabethton providing workforce training in industrial, allied health, business, and personal service programs training over 30,000 students yearly. 

The institutions have a statewide completion rate of 79 percent and a placement rate of 84 percent, well above the national average.  The schools have received nationwide attention for their success rates, including comments by Bill and Melinda Gates and media coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and others.

James King, TBR’s vice chancellor for TCATs, attributes the outstanding performance to institutions doing a great job in their communities and remaining focused on their mission. 

“The renamed 27 campuses will aid in recruiting industry and economic development initiatives. We believe changing our name will aid in students choosing public institutions rather than private and proprietary institutions lessening debt burdens for the same programs we offer," King said.


06/04/13 - TCAT-P Student Brings Home the Gold in Skills USA Competition!

Josh Crews, Machine Tool Technology, Gold Medalist. He will represent Tennessee in the National SkillsUSA competition for Related Math in Kansas City in June.


TCAT Paris SkillsUSA competitors, from left, TJ Williams, Cosmetology, Silver Medal; Matthew Vance, Machine Tool Technology, Silver Medal; Justin Watkins, Industrial Maintenance, Silver Medal; Josh Hoit, General Metals, Silver Metal; Josh Beard, Machine Tool, Bronze Medal; Andrew Gann, Motorcycle/ATV Repair, Silver Medal; Charles Mitchell, Motorcycle/ATV Repair, Silver Medal;  Michelle Phelps, Business Systems, Silver Medal; Donald Drinkard, Computer Information, Bronze Medal; and Michael Simpson, Computer Information, recipient of the National Assessment Certification for Computer Maintenance Technology.

01/18/13 - Technology Center employees are recognized for their years of service.

Faculty and staff from the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris were recently recognized for years of service. The staff members and their years are (seated from left) Cathy Waters, Nursing instructor (20 years); Francis Swain, Business instructor (15 years); Patsy Howard, Financial Aid Supervisor (25 years); (standing from left) Carlton Holland, Machine Tool instructor (five  years), Gina Matlock, Childcare instructor (15 years) Dr. White, Director( 35 years) Chris Grissom, Motorcycle Instructor (five years) and Jackie Gardner, Counselor (15 years).


01/18/13 - Rep. Tim Wirgau Visits Tennessee Technology Center-Paris

Rep. Tim Wirgau hears from TTC-Paris about the impact the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant has had on their education.

07/12/12 - TTC-Paris Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

“A national model for technical education which is catching the attention of organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,:  is how James King, Vice-Chancellor for Technical Education describes the 27  Technology Centers across the state of Tennessee in opening remarks during the 40thanniversary celebration of the local Center on Thursday, March 8. Speaking to a room full of retirees, faculty, staff and students of the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris, King also noted the contributions of former Director, the late Jimmie Pritchard in making the Paris Campus a leader across the state.

Some other special guests for the event included Ann Neese Walker and Dian Neese Jordan, daughters of the late State Representative, W. J. Neese, for whom the local campus is named.

In addition, Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of Jackson State Community College and Carl Holder, Paris city manager spoke on the state and local impact of the Center.

In addition to the speakers, several presentations were made. Dr. Bradley W. White, Driector of the Center and Willie Huffman, Assistant Director, unveiled  plaques honoring Outstanding Alumni, retired employees and SkillsUSA medalists. The plaques were created through a collaboration of the Residential  Building Maintenance and Machine Tool Technology programs.

The final presentation was from the SkillsUSA Chapter. The officers and one of their advisors, Lorie Goodgine, unveiled a bench that that been created by the General Metals and Collision Repair programs.

Following the luncheon, the Center hosted an open house and offered tours and displays of the 12 programs currently being offered in Paris and branch campuses in Dresden and Camden. Along the hallways were displays of current projects and equipment used in the 12 programs, along with photos of successful alumni and a timeline of the history of the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris. Highlights from that timeline follow.

Beginning in 1969, Rep. Neese began the process of securing state appropriations for the Center, which was initially a branch of the Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie. The schools were originally called State Area Vocational Technical Schools. Opening its doors  on March 1, 1972, the Paris Center originally offered Nursing and Electronics programs. The original building been renovated twice with the first being a 23,000-square-foot addition in 1973. A 6,000-square-foot addition and major renovation occurred in 1997-98.

The governance of the school was transferred from the State Board of Education to the State Board of Regents in 1983.

 Through the years, the Vo-Tech-- as it was often called-- has evolved-- with an official name change in 1994 --into the Tennessee Technology Centers, offering various programs to meet the needs of local industry and to train the local workforce in Henry and surrounding counties. The only course of study that has been offered continuously through the past four decades is the Practical Nursing program. The 12 programs currently being offered are Business Systems, Computer Information, Collision Repair, Early Childhood Education, Cosmetology, General Metals, Industrial Maintenance,  Machine Tool Technology, Motorcycle/ATV Repair,  Patient Care Technician, Practical Nursing,  and Residential Building Maintenance.


DSCN0770---Sisters Dian Neese Jordan (left) and  Ann  Neese Walker thumb through scrapbooks highlighting the past 40 years during last week’s open house at the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris. The Paris Campus is named for their late father, W. J. Neese.

DSCN0672----From left, Vice-Chancellor James King, Director Bradley White, Instructor Mickey Thurmond and Assistant Director Willie Huffman review dates and facts on a timeline in the hallway at the TTC-Paris.

Groundbreaking #1----Several local and state dignitaries were on hand for the groundbreaking of the 1997-98 renovation. They are from left, Herman Jackson, Don Ridgeway, Gayle Griffith, John Tanner, Roy Herron, Larry Ray and Clarence Clark.



Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Come help us celebrate 40 years of successful workforce development. Visit with retirees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students!!!!

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