Tennessee College of Applied Technology



Tennessee College of Applied Technology


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Two STEM Best Practices: Applied Technology and Eastman Chemical Company Field Mechanic Training Program


Address, phone etc.


426 State Highway 91 North, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643, Telephone 423-543-0070, 1-888-986-2368 (toll free)


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Organization type


Post-Secondary Training School


Contact name


Dean Blevins, Director


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Eastman Chemical Company’s Field Mechanic Training Program involves Welding, Millwright and Pipefitting and Plumbing skill sets in the Applied Technology training program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  The Technology Foundation work key assessment testing in Locating Information, Reading and Writing, and Mathematics prepares individuals for Career Readiness Certificate testing.




Applied Technology (hybrid online and on ground) are dual credit courses offered to area high school students.  The Applied Technology curriculum includes Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Electricity, and Mechanics. Upon completion of the Applied Technology program, Eastman Chemical Company places the student in a trainee assignment (co-op) for one year. Eastman Chemical Company then gives the student a “first look” for permanent hire status.




The Tennessee College of Applied Technology and the ETSU College of Business and Technology are developing dual credit for the Applied Technology program.  ETSU, in partnership with Technology Center, PreK-16, LEAs and Business & Industry, are developing plans to become an East Tennessee STEM Hub.  The Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Eastman Chemical Company’s Field Mechanic Training Program, along with The Tennessee College of Applied Technology and ETSU Applied Technology dual credit model, are two STEM best practices for hub development.




Does it address STEM standards?






Adults -- 18 Years or Older

STEM area


Automotive Technology, Business Systems Technology, Computer Information Technology, Diesel Powered Equipment Technology, Electricity-Electronics, HVAC/Refrigeration, Millwright Skills, Pipefitting and Plumbing, Practical Nursing, Welding


STEM goals


To prepare students for entry-level employment by providing the necessary training for the skill sets that are required.


County(ies) served


Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington


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