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TCAT Elizabethton to offer new programs

John Thompson • Dec 3, 2019 at 6:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — With the start of 2020, two new programs will be offered at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton.

The programs are advanced manufacturing, to be taught by Charles Phillips; and criminal justice for jailers and guards, to be taught by Myles Cook.

College President Dean Blevins said both new teachers come highly qualified. Blevins said Phillips has extensive experience in various facets of advanced manufacturing technology. The program offers three career paths: robotics automation; programmable logic controls automation; and plastics injection molding.

“Training in these areas are related to the high tech manufacturing industry of today’s economy, completion of the program yields an engineering technician diploma,” Blevins said.

Phillips brings more than 21 years experience to the position. He graduated from TCAT-Elizabethton in 1991 with a major in electricity and electronics. He also holds an associate of applied science degree in electrical technology and electronic engineering from Northeast State and a bachelor’s in computer information systems from Milligan College.

Blevins said certificates will be awarded as a protective maintenance certificate after one trimester, as a mechanical maintenance assistant after two trimesters; a diploma will be awarded as a process technician after three trimesters; a diploma as a manufacturing technician after four trimesters; and a robotics automation technician diploma will be awarded after 20 months of training.

Classes meet from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Main Campus, 426 Highway 91 north, across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in the Watauga Industrial Park.

In the second new program being offered by TCAT, Cook also has experience teaching his field, He serves as an adjunct instructor at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches criminal justice ethics, criminological theory, policing in America, corrections, probability and statistics, and violence: the American experience. He is also an in-service instructor at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, where he teaches firearms training and search and seizure law.

Blevins said the criminal justice curriculum at TCAT-Elizabethton consists of a broad range of topics designed to equip jailers and guards with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary. In addition, the course will provide instruction on how to conduct cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect the facility for cleanliness and stand guard during exercise periods.

“This training, which may be completed in two trimesters, provides students with knowledge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations, personal development, and worker characteristics, among other items,” Blevins said.

Students who complete the first trimester, 432 clock hours of study, will receive a correctional officer apprentice certificate. If students complete both trimesters, totaling 864 clock hours of study, they will receive a master correctional officer certificate.

Classes will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Building One at 1500 Arney St. in Elizabethton.

To be admitted to TCAT-Elizabethton, students must apply online at www.tcatelizabethton.edu. Select a program and follow instructions. Students will be assigned a personal identification number to register for the program or course desired. For additional information, call Patricia Henderson at TCAT-Elizabethton, 423-543-0070, extension 1004.

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