What’s Right With Our Schools: Sequoyah High School TCAT Program

Soddy Daisy, TN (WDEF) – Students at Sequoyah High School are getting a head start on their college and career through a program that should save them time and money in the long run.

Amy Myhan is the Principal at Sequoyah High School.

She explains, “So the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is a program we brought into the school for a high school level opportunity. We started this program two years ago, offering it for machining and welding.  Last year, in year two is where you added cosmetology, and in year three, now, we have added automotive, industrial electricity and building construction technology,  giving kids in our community more opportunities and options to advance the learning for a post secondary career.

Brooke Elsea is a Senior at Sequoyah.

She says, “TCAT Programs help with getting you like ready to get into college. It gives you more opportunities with what you’re going to be able to do in life, and it gives you an option of what you would want to do before you get into college.”

Kristy L. Needham is an Instructor and Cosmetologist.

She explains, “Through TCAT, through the program, we have kids that otherwise wouldn’t go on to college and wouldn’t be able to afford a private school, to be able to do cosmetology, and through the TCAT program, it allows kids that opportunity, that wouldn’t have that opportunity otherwise.”

Courtney Frank is a College and Career Advisor at Sequoyah.

She says, “We actually brought on an additional cosmetology teacher. So, we offer even more spaces for that now, four hours. We have, I think around 80 students, who are enrolled in the program this year. So, a lot of our juniors and seniors are involved in that. They are able to earn up to 2/3 of the hours that they need to complete the TCAT programs once they graduate and move on to Chattanooga State or any of the other TCAT programs. They do not have to complete them in Chattanooga. So, if they want to go to a different location, they can do that, as long as they offer the same program.”






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