College of Applied Technology at Ripley
A Tennessee Board of Regents Institution
127 Industrial Drive
Ripley, TN 38063-7360
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley (TCAT) opened November, 1967 as a State Area Vocational Technical School. The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology were originally established as a statewide system by the enactment of the Tennessee Legislature during the 1963 General Assembly as State Area Vocational-Technical Schools. This system operated under the supervision of the Tennessee State Board of Education until June 20, 1983. The State Area Vocational-Technical Schools came under the jurisdiction of the Tennessee State Board of Regents July 1, 1983. Further legislation changed the State Area Vocational-Technical Schools to Tennessee Technology Centers effective July 1, 1994. On July 1, 2013, through an act of the legislature, Tennessee Technology Centers became the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.
The Ripley TCAT is located at 127 Industrial Drive on 25 acres of land donated by the City of Ripley. The nearly 40,000 square ft. building houses classrooms and labs for the following programs: Administrative Office Technology, Computer Information Technology, Industrial Electricity, Practical Nursing and Technical Foundations.