ELIZABETHTON/BLOUNTVILLE – Welding was the preferred choice of study during National CL3 Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, April 14 at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Elizabethton.
TCAT welcomed 42 high school students from the region in its professional technical training programs, including 13 in welding.
Also this Thursday, Northeastern State hosted its first National Vocational and Technical Education Letter of Intent Signing Day, welcoming three students who have committed to attending the college for the school year. 2022-2023.
WHAT ARE CL3 CEREMONIES?
The ceremonies were part of a national event sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), which mirrors the NCAA’s national signing day for athletes. The event honors students entering a technical education field and celebrates the dignity of hard work.
NC3 seeks to build a workforce to meet the needs of business and industry by connecting employers and educational institutions to foster training and employment opportunities. For more information, go online to https://nc3.net/signingday/.
FIRST NORTHEAST EVENT
Eli Richardson and Seth Snyder of Sullivan East High School and Savannah Giles of David Crockett High School have signed with Northeast State.
Richardson and Snyder earn certificates in machine tool technology before graduating from high school, then pursue associate degrees in that field at Northeast, while Giles is on the same path for medical technology from emergency.
Varsity athletes donned Northeast State Community College hats and signed letters of intent while being celebrated by faculty, staff, parents and community members.
“We are honored that these students have chosen to continue their education at Northeast State,” said Dr. Connie Marshall, Acting President of Northeast State. “This ceremony validates their commitment to technical education as a career path, and we are delighted to welcome them to the College.
Meanwhile, at TCAT, which has had a signing day in the past, 42 new students for the 2022-23 school year took part in the ceremony on Thursday.
Of the 42 members of the TCAT, 13 were in welding, seven in cosmetology, four in phlebotomy and industrial electricity, three in automotive technology and diesel engine equipment technology, two in piping and one in advanced manufacturing, technology building construction and computer information technology. , criminal justice and HVAC/refrigeration.
From Sullivan County and its towns, Dobyns-Bennett High School seniors from Kingsport, Donovan Tracy and Tanner Trent, are both heading to the welding program, while Seth Duckett from Tennessee High School in Bristol is going into the piping.
Other high schools represented by TCAT signatory students include Unicoi, Happy Valley, Johnson County, Elizabethton, Unaka, and Hampton.
FULL TCAT LIST
Here is a complete list of TCAT ceremony attendees by field of study, listing the instructors:
Welding (13 students)
Dale Hicks, Lead Instructor (Main Campus) Adam Vest, Instructor (Arney Street)
Landon Garrett Bennett – Unicoi High School
John Hilemon – Unicoi High School
Trenten Carr – Unicoi High School
Andy Wright – Unicoi High School
Alex Caldwell – Happy Valley High School
Cayden Campbell – Happy Valley High School
Seth Williams – Happy Valley High School
Jacob Earp – Johnson County High School
Mason Egolf – Elizabethton High School
Dillon Woodby – Elizabethton High School
Donovan Tracy – Dobyns Bennett High School
Tanner Trent – Dobyns Bennett Secondary School
Nathan Hartley – Unaka High School
Industrial Electricity (4 students)
Phillip Peters, Associate Instructor
Hunter Perkins – Hampton High School
Aiden Bowman – Happy Valley High School
Dawson Cardwell – Elizabethton High School
Lucas Perkins – Unaka High School
Automotive Technology (3 students)
Jackie Livingston, teacher
Corey Payne – Unaka High School
Connor Cannon – Unaka High School
Lonny Linthicum – Happy Valley High School
Cosmetology (7 students)
Toni Campbell, Lead Instructor
Tori Rowe – Unaka High School
Olivia Warfield – Unaka High School
Angel Honaker – Unaka High School
Victoria DeMare – Elizabethton High School
Kelsey Price – Happy Valley High School
Lacy Taylor – Happy Valley High School
Hannah Julian – Elizabethton High School
Phlebotomy (4 students)
Loretta Eades, associate teacher
Alley Taylor – Elizabethton High School
Shelby Grindstaff – Elizabethton High School
Ekatrina Gallagher – Unicoi High School
Emily Lane – Unicoi High School
Diesel Engine Equipment Technology (3 students)
Tim Ward, Instructor/Dave Honeycutt, Instructor, Fredrick Anderson, Instructor
Christian Carrillo – Unicoi County High School
Lonny Linthicum – Happy Valley High School
Landon Babb – Happy Valley High School
Piping (2 students)
Tim Pierce, Associate Instructor
Seth Duckett – Tennessee High School
Isaac “Jody” White – Happy Valley High School
Auxiliary nursing (1 student)
Renee Hensley, Director of Nursing Melissa Price, Instructor Meredith Pardee, Instructor Melinda Douglas, Instructor Kimmie Tipton, Instructor April Bowman
Alexus White – Unicoi High School
Advanced Manufacturing (1 student)
Timmy McMahan – Happy Valley High School
Building Construction Technology (1 student)
Carmella Thompson – Unaka High School
Computer Information Technology (1 student)
Brandon Franklin, Instructor
Mason Sells – Happy Valley High School
Criminal Justice (1 student)
Joe Harrah, Instructor
Sierra Woody – Unicoi County High School
Doug Street, Associate Instructor
Jacob Oliver – Unaka High School
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