TOP PHOTO: TCAT has been a cornerstone of the educational community for more than 50 years.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Jacksboro’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) is adding two new classes. The school’s new EMT Training class starts tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4. TCAT is also starting a Criminal Justice class, which is expected to be under way by May.

According to TCAT Jacksboro President Debbie Petree, last fall, the school had a site visit from the Emergency Management Services Board to aid TCAT in starting its EMT classes. After two classes at TCAT, students will move to Advanced EMT. Chris Demott is the EMT instructor for the course. This first class has five students enrolled.  

“We’re excited to be able to train first responders who will meet a critical employment need in our community,” Petree said. 

TCAT President Debbie Petree, a Campbell County High School alum, speaks at a TCAT graduation ceremony.

The technology college will also be adding a Criminal Justice Corrections Officer course in late spring, according to Petree.  After two semesters, students will obtain the training and skills to work as a corrections officer or a jailer. Local and veteran law enforcement officer John Long has been hired as the Criminal Justice instructor.

The course expansions in these two areas are a result of state wide shortages in these career fields. TCAT Jacksboro and other Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology were given funds by the legislature to expand studies and classes in these areas. 

“The support of Governor Bill Lee, Senator Ken Yager, Representative Dennis Powers and the legislative leaders have allowed Tennessee Board of Regents colleges to meet local and statewide needs.  We look forward to providing quality training in these fields,” Petree said

Over the years TCAT Jacksboro has grown and expanded from the eight courses offered in 2016 to the current 16 programs of study; after these two courses are added, it will bring the total to 18 programs offered locally here in Campbell County.

“We’re looking forward to getting these courses on board and starting students in these programs,” Petree said. 

For more information about TCAT Jacksboro and starting classes, visit or call 423.566.9629, or visit the school’s website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/03/2023-6AM)