Career & Technical Education (CTE)


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Early Technical College at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)

The Early Technical College at TCAT is a unique, hands-on learning experience that allows students a no-cost opportunity to work towards an industry certification while also completing the necessary high school courses for graduation in the state of TN. Students can choose one option from five pathways, earning up to two certifications for the chosen pathway. Students who qualify can use funding from TNPromise to complete TCAT diplomas following HS graduation.

All classes required for a high school diploma will be taken on the TCAT campus using an online delivery system. Through the online platform, students will have access to a certified TN teacher who will oversee their progress in each high school course and offer individualized supports as needed. All classes required for TCAT certifications will be taught by a certified TCAT instructor. Classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Clarksville campus of TCAT. If needed, transportation can be provided by CMCSS.

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If you have questions about the Early Technical College at TCAT that was not answered in the frequently asked questions, please email the ETC administrator, Dr. Karen Beard, at [email protected].

Early Technical College Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

    • 2.0 GPA
    • On track to graduate
    • Satisfactory Attendance
    • Satisfactory Behavior


The following programs are offered at CMCSS at TCAT:

Criminal Justice: Correctional Services

Correctional Services pathway will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to become a jailer or guard within a correctional facility. Students will garner a better understanding of inmate processing, the ways in which order is maintained within a jail, and how to invoke disciplinary measures when necessary. In addition, students will learn the standards and expectations required to perform cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect quarters for cleanliness, and stand guard during exercise periods. Coursework will give students time to grapple with topics such as mental health, use of force, ethical and legal issues, and personal development. 

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
This program provides practical experience in the repair and maintenance of diesel-powered equipment. Students receive instruction in troubleshooting, engine analysis, disassembling engines, replacing defective parts, reassembling, etc. The program’s mission is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to enter employment in truck, construction, agricultural equipment, and other related fields as technicians.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
Classroom and shop learning experiences include theory, application, and service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Print reading,
basic electronics, pneumatics, math, programmable controllers, refrigerant containment certification (EPA certification), and heat pump technology are basic components of this program. Upon completion, students will be prepared to enter jobs as service technicians in a variety of domestic, industrial, and commercial settings.

Industrial Electrical Maintenance/Mechatronics
This program includes classroom and hands-on experience in electronics, electrical, pneumatics, hydraulics, motor controls, programmable controllers, robotics, machine shop, and related math. Students completing this program will be prepared to perform in entry-level positions within a typical industrial environment.

Pharmacy Technology
Students will be prepared to work as pharmacy technicians in healthcare settings. Instruction includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacy math, and other courses, along with supervised clinical training. Pharmacy technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist and may measure, mix, count, label, and record amounts of medication dosages according to prescription orders.