TCAT Elizabethton faculty travel to Johnson City to encourage prospective students

John Thompson • Oct 1, 2019 at 8:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A spirit of regional cooperation for a mutual benefit was displayed Tuesday night when two instructors and a recruiter from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton visited with the children who spend time at the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department’s Carver Recreation Center.

The TCAT instructors were Melody Bailey and Allen Trent and the recruiter was Eddie Pless. They spoke with students and parents at Carver to discuss the many and varied training opportunities at the college in Elizabethton.

The efforts of the Elizabethton educators was supported by the Carver Recreation Center director.

“At Carver Recreation Center, we are attempting to help students and their families find a successful career in today’s workplace,” Director Herb Greenlee said. In short, they encourage students to stay in school and discourage dropouts.

Some 40-50 youngsters usually attend after-school functions held at Carver. A 501(c)3 foundation has been established to receive donations.

Greenlee said checks must be made payable to the Johnson City Parks Foundation and earmarked for the Carver Recreation Center.

Greenlee said a mentoring fair will be held at Carver on Nov. 12. That event is designed to bridge the gap between students and their career choices.

The Carver Recreation Center is located at 322 W. Watauga Ave. in Johnson City.