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AT&T contributes to brighter future
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Tennessee College of Applied Technology received a $3,000 financial boost from AT&T. The donation is part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Funds will provide 26 TCAT’s up to $3,000 each. Pictured are AT&T representative Alan Hill, left, and TCAT president Dr. Warren Laux. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to support quality education across Tennessee, the company has donated $3,000 to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

The contribution will provide for the purchase of wireless networking equipment which will help support training for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills throughout Tennessee. 

“We are thrilled that AT&T is investing in our students and has recognized our technical programs bring industry and employment opportunities directly to graduates right here in our own community,” said Dr. Warren Laux, president of TCAT. “Creating and maintaining a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of our region is critically important and the training supported by this contribution will better equip graduates for success as they begin their careers.”

This donation is part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Funding will provide 26 TCATs up to $3,000 to purchase new wireless networking setups used to teach infrastructure design, security and planning, and to practice implementing and protecting networks and operating plans.

As a result, students will have expanded opportunities to learn the skills they need for careers in information technology fields.

“Technology is creating new jobs and new jobs require new skills,” said state Rep. Paul Sherrell. “Through this partnership with AT&T and TCAT-McMinnville, I am confident our graduates will have the necessary skills today’s employers demand.”

Tennessee’s information technology and technical needs are growing at an exponential rate, creating increased demand for well-trained IT personnel that are crucial to the economic development of Tennessee businesses and industries.

“We are excited to continue our support for the TCATs to help more students gain the high-demand skills necessary to compete for quality job opportunities and to empower more students to reach their highest potential,” said AT&T representative Alan Hill.

TCAT is located at 241 Vo Tech Drive and can be reached at 473-5587.