Chattanooga State TCAT Launches Automotive Toolkit Initiative

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State made a big announcement this morning.

The school along with local automotive industry partners are launching the Automotive Toolkit Initiative. This program will donate toolkits to the T-CAT Automotive Program for use by the students. These toolkits can cost up to $10,000.

This is designed to help lower the barrier of entry into a booming job market.

Malcolm, a student of the automotive technician program at Chattanooga State, said of his time in the program, “It’s meant a lot, it’s a big deal career wise, to experience something. It’s actually helped me grow in confidence, leadership wise.”

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, who serves on the Tennessee Board of Regents, said of the program, “Today you saw competitors, from Intergrity, to Sonic, to the Watson family dealerships. Brad Cobb was really their leader from Audi and Volkswagen. You saw competitors in an industry, kind of set aside their differences and their competition, to invest in the young people of our community, and for that matter even adults who are coming here to be retrained, and so that’s what we need more of.”

Officials say it takes student up to a year to go through the program. Tuition to the program is free. It takes a year to complete. More information on the program is at



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