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 four 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 program called SchoolsPLP. Through the SchoolsPLP program, 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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Information Sessions

In January, representatives from Middle College, TCAT, and NSCC will host additional information sessions for students wishing to learn more about these options.  These informational sessions will take place during the school day for students who register using this link.


Early Technical College Admission Requirements:

– CMCSS Student
– 2.5 GPA or higher
– Maturity for a college environment
– Good attendance and behavior
– On track to graduate


Click here for the 2020-2021 application.

The following programs are offered at CMCSS at TCAT:

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, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/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.