Today lends new hope to securing a permanent site location for Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald in Wayne County. Mr. Autry Gobbell, Peoples Bank President, Wayne County Executive Jim Mangubat, and the Wayne County Joint Economic Community Development Board (JECDB) have partnered with Kelli Kea-Carroll, TCAT President to begin the process of site exploration for a future TCAT Site. The Tennessee Board of Regents is represented by Vice Chancellor Dr. Kim McCormick.
To facilitate the process, Wayne County government, including County Executive Mangubat and JECDB Director Rena Purdy, applied for an Asset-Based Planning Grant, which will eventually be utilized in partnership with Peoples Bank to assist in the site location. The prospective location will undergo all of the steps necessary through the Tennessee Board of Regents and State Building Commission. The prospective site is presently owned by People’s Bank, under the direction of Mr. Autry Gobbell, who is a longtime leader and supporter of higher education in the Wayne County community. In order for the Tennessee Board of Regents and State Building Commission to conduct the necessary facility process, the partners signed a lease agreement between TCAT Hohenwald and Peoples Bank for the property and also signed a Memorandum of Agreement.
The present location of the Industrial Maintenance Program of TCAT Hohenwald is on the Waynesboro Square in the Griggs Building. The initial location was made possible through the LEAP 2.0 Grant, along with the generosity of Bank of Waynesboro. The site will be relocated once all applications are processed through the appropriate channels, including the Tennessee Board of Regents, State Building Commission, and the Commission on the Council of Occupational Education.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald states that they are honored to partner with Peoples Bank, Wayne County government, and the Joint Economic Community Development Board. Each of the partners has long contributed to TCAT's success in Wayne County. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology says that they are looking forward to serving Wayne County for years to come.