About the TCAT //

The College


Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville currently offers instruction at four locations, including the Main Campus located at 1405 Madison Street in Shelbyville.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville:

  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Aided Design Technology
  • Criminal Justice: Correctional Officer
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Industrial Maintenance Automation
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Nurse Aide: Direct Support Professional (DSP)
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Electricity
  • Supplemental/Practical Nursing Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology and Math for Meds
  • Truck Driving
  • Welding Technology

Extension Campuses:

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville - Lincoln Central Academy, Fayetteville

  • Industrial Maintenance Automation
  • Supplemental/Practical Nursing Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology and Math for Meds

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville - Franklin County Campus, Winchester

  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Information Technology & Infrastructure Management
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Supplemental/Practical Nursing Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology and Math for Meds
  • Welding Technology

Instructional Service Centers:

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville - Middle Tennessee Education Center, Shelbyville

  • Information Technology and Infrastructure Management

For more information, email admissions@tcatshelbyville.edu or contact the Student Services Department at 931-685-5013. 

Why Choose TCAT Shelbyville?
  • Accredited College by the Council of Occupational Education
  • High job placement among other colleges and universities(1)
  • A member of TBR - The University and Community College system of Tennessee
  • Instructors and Teachers who have experience in the workforce as experts in their field
  • Instructors and Teachers who are published in magazines and on the web
  • Exposure to your instructor with individualized instruction 30 hours each week full-time
  • No other program offers this much exposure to an expert in your career choice
  • Programs accredited by independent organizations
  • 13 Full-time and 5 Part-time programs including supplemental classes
  • Retention and Graduation rates above other organizations
  • Education to career in less than two years (Full-time)
  • CEUs for Classes taken
  • Articulation to most colleges and universities
  • Student benefits that include Office 365 professional email, Live Essentials, Office Live, software discounts and more.
  • Many programs offer multiple certificates, diplomas, professional certifications and licensing
  • ‘Hands-on’ training and academic studies that exceed industry standards
  • State of the art equipment
  • Financial Aid Awards from more than one entity
  • Training for Business, Industries and Individuals
  • TCAT Shelbyville was the first Tennessee College of Applied Technology, est. 1964(2)

Campus History

This institution was authorized by House Bill 633, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly on March 15, 1963, and approved by the Governor on March 22, 1963.

The college was governed by the Tennessee Department of Education until 1983 when control was transferred to the Tennessee Board of Regents by House Bill 697 and Senate Bill 746.

Located on a 20-acre (81,000 m2) tract of land at 1405 Madison Street (U.S. Highway 41-A) approximately two miles east of downtown Shelbyville, the college serves individuals from a broad geographical area including but not limited to Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, and Rutherford counties.

The first of its kind to be constructed, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville, opened its doors on November 30, 1964, for full-time preparatory programs with forty-one students enrolled in six programs (Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Auto Mechanics, Drafting, Industrial Electricity, Machine Shop and Welding).

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville became the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville on July 1, 2013 under Senate Bill No. 643 House Bill No. 236*. Approval of Public Chapter No. 473.

(1)Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book 2020-2021