Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie was certified for another six years by the Council on Occupational Education, the premier accrediting agency for technology schools.
A team of four persons from C.O.E. visited the school last week to evaluate 10 standards. Team members reviewed many documents, including financial aid sources, student records, safety and evacuation plans, program curriculum, and success of students being employed following the completion of their studies.
John Penn Ridgeway, assistant director of TCAT-McKenzie, said the visit went well with the examiners finding only one deficiency, which has already been corrected.
The team consisted of Sharon Hornsby of Louisiana, Lisa Birch of Utah, Valerie Summerville of Florida, and Paul Fair of Utah.
During an opening dinner, C.O.E. team members heard reports from student representatives Michael Johnson and April Archibald. They said the school is small, but has a big heart. They, along with Dr. Brad White, director, told of the many accomplishments of the students, from bringing home state and national awards to helping the community through food drives.
“I wish I could tell you the great things about his group,” said Dr. White. “This is a group that can get things done.”
TCAT-McKenzie is the third or fourth smallest TCAT in Tennessee.
Johnson said of the C.O.E. team’s visit, “It means a lot to the students for you to be here.” He noted that some students have tough times of their own, but are always eager to help others.
Archibald told of the students’ accomplishments in receiving training in an occupation and leadership training through the various programs. Lots of students take part in the competition, helping TCAT-McKenzie maintain its tradition of winning. Last year, one student won third in the nation in skills competition, said Archibald.
In closing, Johnson and Archibald said the theme of the school is “small school, big heart.” We try to live up to that motto.