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Dean Blevins, president of TCAT Elizabethton, welcomed industry training partners Stacy Schroeder, senior manager of Kubota University, Josh Lashley, industrial account manager of Snap-on and Julie Powers, territory manager of Greenlee, from left, to the Signing Day event.

Welding was the most popular training program for 90 students participating in TCAT Elizabethton’s third annual National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day (NC3) on Feb. 21. 

Students from Elizabethton, Hancock, Hampton, Cloudland, Happy Valley, Unaka, Johnson County and Science Hill high schools selected their chosen field of study that begins in the 2019 fall trimester.  There were 20 signees for Welding, 14 for Automotive Technology, 11 for Practical Nursing, 10 for Industrial Electricity, eight for Diesel Powered Equipment Technology, seven for Cosmetology, three each for Machine Tool Technology and Phlebotomy, two for Pipefitting and HVAC, and one each for Computer Information Technology and Millwright Skills.

“By signing incoming students to Letters of Intent, we are telling them that a place has been reserved for them. Technical education will prepare them for a strong career. The event also provides an opportunity for industry training partners to meet these future workers,” said Dean Blevins, president of TCAT Elizabethton.

Also participating in the program were Stacy Schroeder of Kubota, Josh Lashley of Snap-on, Dan Lee of Trane and Julie Powers of Greenlee, training partners at TCAT Elizabethton. John Lee, NC3 Industry Training Coordinator at TCAT Elizabethton, said he was pleased with the turnout for the signing day event.

Eddie Pless, recruiter, and Lori Clarke, assistant Student Services Coordinator, pictured above, introduced signees. The signees were:

Automotive Technology-- Cloudland High School: Israel Boone, Jessie Mathes, Jayden McClellan, Warren Mathes, Christian Chambers, Steven Boone; Elizabethton High School: Zachary Carr; Hampton High School: Timber Shaw; Science Hill High School: Christopher Pardee; Unaka High School: Jacob Cannon, Ricky Davis, Tom Hewitt, Nicholas Nunley, Bobby Joe Williams.

Computer Information Technology—Unaka High School: Benny Massey.

Cosmetology—Hampton High School: Kristen Creasey; Johnson County High School: Abby Barker, Danielle Roark; Unaka High School: Taylor Baird, Summer Herrin, Allie Smith, Alexis Street.

Diesel Powered Equipment Technology—Clinch River High School: Ryan Johnson;Elizabethton High School: Daniel Garrison; Hancock County High School: Ryan Johnson;Johnson County High School: Griffin Brown, Kolby Clark, Christopher Stout, Ty Warren; Unaka High School: Bryson Street.

HVAC—Elizabethton High School: Andrew Pearson; Unaka High School: Aaron Carr.

Industrial Electricity—Cloudland High School: Malachi Benfield; Happy Valley High School: Micah Melton, Hannah Moore, Thomas Shelton. John Paul Townsend, Caden Ward, Charles Wilson. Johnson County High School: Trowa Potter; Unaka High School: Tyler Carr, Cody Lowe.

Machine Tool Technology--Elizabethton High School: Gavin Tolley, Jacob Forbes; Unicoi High School: Danielle Williams.

Millwright Skills--Johnson County High School: Josh Jones.

Phlebotomy—Elizabethton High School: Jazmyne Turner, Justina Vanover; Unaka High School: Isabella Weaver.

Pipefitting—Cloudland High School: Robert Leeper; Hampton High School: Austin Hughes.

Practical Nursing—Elizabethton High School: Essence Murray; Hampton High School: Kaylee Miller; Johnson County High School: Patience Baird, Amber Gates, Brianna Hipshire, Alexis Nicholson, Jennifer Matherly; Unaka High School: Savannah Estep, Abigail Fridley, Kellie Price, Shellie Price;

Welding-- Cloudland High School: K. J. Arnold, Jordan Coffey, Dylan Fleming, Casey Hughes; Elizabethton High School: Peyton Mullins, Isaiah Schubert; Hamblen County High School: Colby Rymer, Happy Valley High School: Brad Adkins, Austin Ayers, Lane Kyte, Ethan Savage; Unaka High School: Max Clouse Timothy Easton Edwards, Alex Foster, Cordelia France, Athin Hughes, Holden Orton, Zach Phillips, Matthew Powers, Garrett Stiltner.

Due to flooding and school closings due to student illness, some students were unable to attend the signing day event.

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