December 1, 2016
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Vice Chancellor Warren Nichols reported that Motlow State Community College was awarded a
$5.5 million capacity grant for construction of a new advanced robotics training center at its
McMinnville campus. Dyersburg State Community College received $1,075,000 to expand its
nursing program that will provide additional equipment, additional lab space and renovate existing
lab space. Volunteer State Community College received $1,560,000 in a new capital and
renovation project of the Wharf Science Building located at its Gallatin campus where it will house
the mechatronics program.
Vice Chancellor James King reported on the $13 .2 million grants awarded to five colleges of
applied technology. TCAT-Crump received $114,380 for a welding technology program in
Chester County. TCAT-Harriman received $250,000 for its practical nursing, nursing aide,
phlebotomy and medical office assistants program in Loudon County. TCAT-Pulaski received
$3.2 million to purchase a building and property adjacent to its main campus to expand several
programs in high demand, including advanced manufacturing and industrial maintenance. TCAT–
Memphis in partnership with Greater Memphis Medical Device Council and the City of Bartlett
received a $4 million grant to be used to establish a facility offering instruction in machine tool
technology, industrial maintenance and welding technology.
will serve as the official training
center for the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council, aligning the workforce supply with
employer demand. Lastly, the TCAT-Knoxville received a $5.7 million grant to build a 30,000
square foot, state of the art training center in Anderson County.
will offer instruction in welding,
diesel powered equipment service and repair, truck driving, machine tool technology and industrial
maintenance as well as automotive technology. Chancellor Gregory thanked all those who
participated in applying for the grants and for their continued work with business and industry in
their respective areas.
There was no unfinished business for the Board to address at this meeting.
NEW BUSINESS-Informational Reporting
The following agenda items were presented for informational purposes only and no action was
• Dr. Kenyatta Lovett, Executive Director of Complete Tennessee addressed the
Board and made a presentation on the Complete Tennessee initiative.
• A report on the consolidated management discussion and analysis for the System's
FY 2015-16 financial statements. A copy of the observations for our system is
attached to the official copy of the Minutes as Appendix D.
• Vice Chancellor Tristan Denley addressed the Board and provided an update on
Academic Affairs initiatives since the last quarterly meeting.
• An employer and alumni survey for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied
Technology presented by Vice Chancellor King. This is an annual survey of