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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.


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


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.


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

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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)

Charlie Phillips

Timmy McMahan – Happy Valley High School

Building Construction Technology (1 student)

Jamel Foster

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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