Student Life

Student life at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville is anything but usual. In fact, you’ll find that we’re a very active campus. Students, faculty, and staff alike lend their time and talents toward creating a campus culture that is both informative and fun.  

Campus Activities

Help organize – or just attend – a wide assortment of events held on campus each year.


The SkillsUSA along with the National Technical Honor Society help students develop their skills – such as leadership, communication, and organization – important in every area of life.

Recreation and Leisure

Although there are no dorms at the TCAT-Shelbyville, many students find the City of Shelbyville offers a full recreation center at H.V. Griffin Park, restaurants (as well as a full service cafeteria on campus), activities at the Calsonic Arena (the Nashville Symphony, Rodeos, Motocross, and the Tennessee Walking Horse shows), which often provides students with free or discounted admissions.

In addition to campus activities, students have access to a wide range of resources through Student Services, including programs affecting careers, academics, financial aid and counseling. 

Student Benefits

IT Department

Email for Students

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville in cooperation with the Tennessee Board of Regents and Microsoft have collaborated on a universal email system for college students.

We are pleased to offer all students an email account along with other benefits. This service is available for all students full and part-time at no cost. Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who have a valid TCAT-Shelbyville email account. This includes 5GB of free storage in the cloud with Microsoft Onedrive. Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPad®.

The IT department will issue a student email and temporary passwword to each new student within two weeks of registration. 

Login to Student Email

**All Students at the TCAT**
To purchase a copy of Microsoft Office Professional or Windows 10 at a discounted price, inquire at the administration office. Limit one copy per household.

Online Learning Center – Available 24/7 to students 

Nationally Recognized Technical Blog

SkillsUSA – TCAT-Shelbyville has over 300 student and professional members annually. Students at TCAT Shelbyville participate in various activities throughout the year including leadership training, community service, and competition.

National Vocational Technical Society

Wireless Hotspots – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville offers wireless access for students and visitors of TCAT-Shelbyville. Wireless access is available throughout the school.  Visitor and student devices must be registered with the IT Department for internet access.

Financial Aid

DreamSpark – DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

Prometric, VUE, ASE and MOS Testing Center on Site for Computer and other Certifications.

All students who elect to take an exam(s) receive discounts on all CompTIA exams through Jobs+

Amazon Prime for Students – First 6 months for free (trial membership), after the six months your membership will upgrade to Amazon Prime for 50% off.  You can cancel at any time. 

Amazon Cloud Storage – 5GB of storage in the cloud

Dropbox – Verify your .edu email address. Once your address is verified, your current Dropbox account storage will be doubled; for example, from 2GB of existing Dropbox space to 4GB after your .edu account is verified.

Journey Ed – Offers qualified students software and related technology items at significantly discounted prices.

Dell Computers

AutoDesk for Students

Microsoft Software Education Store

Nixle – Sign up to receive emergency services broadcasts and school information through SMS (texting) and email services. 

Other Discounts

Many times a student can obtain discounts online and in stores with their student email account and student ID.  Contact online businesses’ customer service department and ask if they give student discounts.  In stores, ask if they give student discounts before you check out. 

Regal Cinemas – Participating locations offer discounts at different times and days, so check the one nearest you for details.

List of stores that give student discounts (list subject to change)


National chains rumored to sometimes offer student discounts include Subway, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Chick-fil-A, Waffle House, Dairy Queen, Arby’s, McDonalds and Burger King. Discounts can vary by location and may not be offered in every location.

Many area restaurants, especially those near the college, may offer a discount for students. Ask before you place your order.

Sam’s Club

Student Resources


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