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TCAT to host Scholarship Saturday

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday for area adults to sign up for the Tennessee Reconnect grant, a new program that allows Tennesseans to attend a technical college tuition-free.

During Scholarship Saturday, adults may come to the Wilson County Campus, located at 415 Tennessee McMurry Blvd.

Blvd. in Lebanon, to tour the campus, learn more about available training programs and use the college's computers to sign up online. Adults may also visit the main campus in Hartsville, located at 716 McMurry Blvd.

The event is designed to encourage adults to enroll in the Tennessee Reconnect program, Gov. Bill Haslam's initiative to provide eligible adults the opportunity to earn a diploma or certificate at a TCAT free of tuition and mandatory fees. Tennessee Reconnect is part of the Drive to 55, an initiative focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a college degree or technical certificate.

The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover the remaining costs of tuition and mandatory fees for a TCAT program after other state and federal financial aid has been McMurry Blvd.

James D. King, vice chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, stated, "We look forward to potential students visiting our 27 campuses to learn more about how technical education can change their lives and provide a successful future through a variety of high-skilled and high-wage programs such as advanced manufacturing, welding technology, computer information technology and applied.

"Tennessee Reconnect is such an incredible opportunity for adults to gain critical skills and enter the workforce," TCAT Hartsville Director Mae Perry added. "Scholarship Saturday is an opportunity to come see firsthand the opportunities we offer at TCAT Hartsville and take the first step towards admission."

Drive to 55 Executive Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee adults would attend the event nearest them.

"Now, more than ever, Tennessee needs a workforce that is educated and trained for the 21st century workforce," Krause said. "Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology offer an incredible chance for an adult to gain a new skill, become workforce ready and learn real-world skills from skilled faculty."

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