About the TCAT //

The President

Welcome to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville, the southern middle Tennessee’s premier supplier of workforce development. Our experienced faculty and staff are among the best in their areas of knowledge and are poised to serve students, industry, and community stakeholders.  In addition, our completion and placement rates are clear indicators of the return on investment that our graduates achieve. Celebrating the high completion and placement rates across our thirteen training programs, the graduates of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville are employed or continuing their education within six months of getting their diploma or certificate—and achieve some of the highest average starting salaries in the state. Our programs are in-demand and companies and organizations seek after our graduates.

There are so many exciting initiatives underway at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville as we celebrate our 50 plus years of nurturing distinctive, career-ready professionals in the areas of advanced manufacturing, information technology, healthcare and other programs. New programs that are currently benefiting our students include Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect. Operating extension campuses in Lincoln County and Franklin County has allowed us to serve more students closer to their homes. That is what the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville does: we listen to our students and the employers that hire our students about what types of education and career experiences are needed to be at the top of the field.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville has connections with industry and the workforce, which brings advantages to our students’ learning, innovation and engagement. Students have access to on-the-job training, internships, community projects, capstone projects, exciting lab experiences, and faculty that bring industry experience directly into the classroom. In addition, the Council on Occupational Education accredits our institution, assuring our students of effective, competency-based training programs.

Whether you are a prospective student or parent, a company looking to partner in nurturing the most talented workforce, a donor looking to make a transformative investment, or a legislator gathering information to best represent your constituents, we welcome you to our campus and invite you to visit soon. You will find us to be a college committed to excellence, innovation, and student-success. We have a truly unique model of education that is producing innovative problem solvers with solid training experiences that are in-demand, not just in Tennessee and the region, but nationally and globally.


Dr. Laura Monks, President

931-685-5013 Ext. 104