Stories @ TCAT

(Dickson, TN) – Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Dickson and the Clarksville campus recently hosted a SkillsUSA Open House after receiving a sponsorship grant from Channellock. It was held simultaneously at both the Dickson and Clarksville campuses.

Companies such as Flying J, Snap-On, Tennova, Delight Products, A. O. Smith, and Workforce Essentials attended. Many local high students, teachers, and counselors attended as well. Tours and demonstrations were given by the students to highlight the programs, training equipment and facilities.

The SkillsUSA Open House provided an opportunity for the TCAT students to work together as a team and improve their communication skills as they prepared for and volunteered to host the open house. The chapter was also able to showcase their previous awards, competitors, and accomplishments.

In April of 2019, there will be thirty-eight TCAT Dickson and Clarksville Campus students participating in the state-wide SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga. The students will be competing in such areas as: cosmetology, nails, industrial motor controls, welding sculpture, welding fabrication, diesel powered equipment, advertising, HVAC, mechatronics, CNC turning and milling, additive manufacturing, customer service, esthetics, dental assisting, photography, CNA, CPR, medical math, medical terminology, and practical nursing.

Tennessee has over 11,000 students and professional SkillsUSA members annually. Students participate in various activities throughout the year including leadership training, community service and competition. To learn more about SkillsUSA Tennessee State Association visit

TCAT Dickson is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and complies with non-discrimination laws: Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA. Located on Highway 46 in Dickson, the technical training college also has extension campuses in Clarksville, Dickson, and Franklin. Additional information about the school is located at


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Figure 1 Sal Evangalista and Rudy Orejel working the SkillsUSA information table

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Figure 2 Garrett Eberly giving a demonstration

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Figure 3 Jonathan Owens, Snap-On, and Jeffrey Kipp


Figure 4 Sal Evangalista giving a tour to West Creek High School Students

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Figure 5 SOAR Student of the Year Jessica Maldonado and SkillsUSA competitor Oscar Campos working the Guest Welcome Table #ThanksChannellock, #SkillsUSAWeek, @Channellock, @SkillsUSA


Figure 6 Diesel Powered Equipment Instructor discussing job opportunities with 2 representatives from Pilot Flying Js during the open house. #ThanksChannellock, #SkillsUSAWeek, @Channellock, @SkillsUSA


Figure 7 Alex Ozolins, SkillsUSA Welding Competitor, at the welding table with 2 other students.

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Figure 8 Students with Welding Class Sculptures. L to R, Oscar Rodriguez, Steve Miller (Gold medal winner for photography 2018), Trenton Allen (SGA president), Matt Woods, (Welding Fabrication  Competitor for 2019.) #ThanksChannellock, #SkillsUSAWeek, @Channellock, @SkillsUSA


Figure 9 SGA President, Trenton Allen, MTT instructor Kim McPherson, and SkillsUSA Officer, Rudy Orejel wearing TShirts provided by sponsor, Channellock #ThanksChannellock, #SkillsUSAWeek, @Channellock, @SkillsUSA


Figure 10 Machine Tool Instructor, Kim McPherson giving a demonstration during open house.

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Figure 11 Darrell Chambers, SkillsUSA Officer


Figure 12 Nursing Students Doing Demonstrations During Open House


Figure 13 Open House Dickson Campus