The Council on Occupational Education has recognized Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville for completing 45 years of accredited status at the council’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville, which became initially accredited with COE in 1971, has undergone self-studies and subsequent site visits about every six years in order to maintain this recognition.
The award of accreditation is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the council, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers.
The commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.
The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Ga., offers quality assurance services to postsecondary career and technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and workforce education providers, and informational services. Most of the council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in workforce education.
There are over 550 institutional members at present.