By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) kicked off summer with it’s eighth grade summer camp program last week.
According to TCAT President Debbie Petree, the eighth grade camps are a component of the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) grant that the school received.
During the four day summer camp, students get to experience a little bit of what programs the school provides such as automotive repair, welding, woodworking, electrical, nursing, and much more.
“The purpose is to expose eighth graders who are transitioning to high school an exploration of career and technical education, possibilities,” Petree said.
The students participate in the camp for four days and do projects in each of the programs the school has on campus. On the last day of their camp, they are visiting two businesses and Roane State Community College as well as having lunch at Charley’s Pizza.
So far this summer, TCAT has completed two groups of LaFollette Middle School students, as well as a group from Jacksboro Middle School. Another group of Jacksboro Middle School students will attend the week of July 12th due to the campus being on a two-week break.
“Our goal with this summer camp is that students will see some of the career opportunities that await them with technical programs,” Petree said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/21/2021-6AM)