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Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton

Total Qualifying Score: 1
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Other – 0
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton
Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee 37643

County (ARC Region) Carter
State (ARC Region) Tennessee


Q1. Mission:

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology continue to serve as the premier providers for workforce development throughout the State of Tennessee.

The centers fulfill the mission by:

  • Providing competency-based training of the highest quality that will qualify individuals for employment and/or advancement in jobs.
  • Providing high quality training and retraining of employed workers.
  • Providing high quality training that is economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee, thereby contributing to economic and community development of the communities we serve.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

TCAT Elizabethton aligns directly with the ARC’s strategic plan goal #2: Increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Appalachia.

As a technical college, TTCAT Elizabethton’s main mission to provide training for high skill, high demand jobs in our region.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: State Higher Education Institution   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: Yes

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 39/9 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 37/11 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $5,200,000/$4,995,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: July-June

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $5,100,000 / $4,910,200

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $5,200,000 / $4,995,000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($440,582)
Received From: Dept of Education   Date Received: 7/22/2020
For What Purpose(s): Student Refund portion of CARES Grant

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 has had a negative impact on everyone and everything.  We were impacted in March as we had to close the college to on-site education and move to an all on-line education platform.  We were able to open back up in May on a hybrid plan where we only allowed classes of 10 or less per Governor Lee’s orders.  Our enrollment has remained steady, but we did see a reduction in state funding.  TCAT Elizabethton’s state appropriations was reduced by $178,700 from May 2020 to October 2020.  TCAT Elizabethton had to implement a reduction in budget plan to ensure the college met its annual budget. 

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Threat of decreased enrollment due to COVID-19.
Having to move back to an all on-line education platform due to COVID-19
Threat of further reduction in state funding due to COVID-19

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

TCAT Elizabethton has relied on different grants to provide funding for new training equipment.  We have received the ARC grant and are very appreciative of the help it provided.  Hopefully, we will be able to secure more grants to help with training during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These funds would be used for on-line training modules  and for more equipment which will allow the college to help social distance students to avoid direct contact.  The more training equipment we have in the shops, the more students we can accommodate on campus and meeting COVID-19 distancing regulations.   


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Mission & Operations

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: Danny O’Quinn, Vice President TCAT Elizabethton

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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