Philosophy and Mission
The basic philosophy of The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Athens is that every citizen should have the privilege and opportunity to reach as high a station in life as the student is capable of reaching or desires to reach. Recognizing that all people do not have the same background, abilities, or desires and therefore cannot be fitted into the same mold, the objective of TCATA is that each student is treated as an individual. Individualized instruction is utilized to the maximum in most programs. School policy provides that a student may enter a program when a vacancy occurs, start training at the student's own level, and progress at a pace to the level desired within the limitations of the school. Individualized instruction provides the student with the highest quality instruction possible in the occupational area chosen.
The philosophy is further subscribed to that the mere development of specific skills and knowledge in an individual is not sufficient. Desirable worker characteristics are emphasized to instill character development, good work habits, reliability, honesty, and respect for authority needed for a productive society.
TCAT Athens Mission Statement:
The mission of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens is to meet, more adequately, the occupational and technical training needs of citizens and residents of the College’s service area including employees of existing and/or prospective industries and businesses of the state.