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May 21, 2021


At TCAT-Harriman, as of May 17, 2021, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.

Therefore, in accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks on TBR campuses such as TCAT-Harriman.  It is recommended that those individuals who have not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. TCAT-Harriman highly encourages those who have not been fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask and to engage in social distancing, both to protect themselves and others.

February 25, 2021

Beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 TCAT-Harriman will return to a full on-site schedule. Students may return to their prospective programs on both the Main Campus, the Loudon County Instructional Service Center, and the ThreeStar Extension campus beginning Monday March 1, 2021 at regular instruction times.  

January 13, 2021


The spring term will continue to be conducted in a hybrid mode of training with small groups on campus at least through February 25, 2021. 

December 28, 2020


TCAT-Harriman will continue its hybrid schedule for students for the Spring Trimester at least through January 19, 2021 because of increasing case numbers of COVID-19 in our service area.

Returning students will follow their same hybrid schedule from the Fall Trimester. For example, if your on-campus days were previously Tuesdays and Thursdays, you report to campus on Tuesday, January 5. If your on-campus days were previously Mondays and Wednesdays, you report to campus on Wednesday, January 6.

New students will report to campus on Thursday, January 7 to begin studies and set their schedules.

Monday, November 30, 2020 Harriman Campus Update

TCAT-Harriman is experiencing problems with their phone lines. Anyone needing to get a hold of the TCAT is welcome to email. See Quick Contacts at the bottom of this page.


Friday, August 14, 2020 Campus Update (Loudon County Campus Location) 


We, at Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman, are notifying our campus community about a person testing positive for COVID-19 at our Loudon County location. It involves our evening Diesel Powered Equipment Technology program. Possible exposure could have happened August 8-10. All affected students have been notified by the Vice President. Although routine daily cleaning occurs, the area will undergo deep cleaning prior to class resuming on August 17. 




Thursday, July 16, 2020 Campus Update

From:  Danice Turpin, President

For release:  July 16, 2020

COVID-19 Statement

Today, July 16, 2020, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman location at 1745 Harriman Hwy, Harriman received notification of a positive student case of COVID-19. The student affected has not been on campus for the last week. Students who may have come in contact with the affected student or program area will be contacted directly by TCAT-Harriman administration for further directions. Since the positive results arrive today, TCAT-Harriman will follow a normal shutdown for the affected program for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with additional cleaning of all surfaces. Students showing no symptoms and the ability to answer "no" to the 5 question daily COVID-19 survey may return to campus Monday July 20, 2020. Students must continue to answer "no" to the 5 question COVID-19 survey each day, wear a face covering (mask, face shield, etc.), maintain social distancing, and maintain increased handwashing in order to return to campus. Any student who does not feel comfortable returning to campus may work with Student Services to request a "Leave of Absence". It is recommended any student who cannot answer "no" to all 5 questions on the COVID-19 survey seek a COVID-19 test immediately. Tests are available at the local health department. Any student who cannot answer "no" to all 5 questions on the COVID-19 survey will not be allowed to return to campus without a negative COVID-19 test or documentation from a healthcare provider.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 Campus Update

All returning students preparing to return on May 4, 2020 for summer trimester:

Spring 2020 students in good standings may return to their prospective programs on both the Main Campus and the Loudon County Instructional Service Center (4380 Harrison Road, Lenoir City, TN 3771) beginning Monday May 4, 2020 at regular instruction times. In order to return to the campuses for training students must meet the following regulations:

You must be able to answer “No” to the 5 following questions:

Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

If you are not able to answer “No” to each of the above questions, contact Chris Ayers at cayers@tcatharriman.edu immediately to discuss your return to campus options.

Everyone must bring with them and wear in all designated areas some type of face mask or covering. This could include any store-bought face mask or cloth coverings (such as a bandanas, scarves, or homemade masks).

Snack machines will be available. However, breakrooms, lobbies and other public areas will be closed to student gathering.

Additional health practices will be enforced such as social distancing, handwashing, and enhanced cleaning schedules. Health and Safety briefings will be conducted on Monday May 4th for all students, faculty, and staff.

Visitors will be admitted by appointment only standards.


Students whose health or other conditions will not allow them to return to campus during this COVID-19 crisis should contact Chris Ayers at cayers@tcatharriman.edu to determine an education success plan.


Thursday, April 9, 2020 Campus Update

Notice to Current Students and New Summer Term Students:

Current Students: TCAT-Harriman will continue on-line learning through April 30th (the new end date for Spring Term). Students who were scheduled to graduate in April are still on target for graduation in accordance with the program instructors. Third Term Nursing students will work with the Coordinator of Health Sciences to finish clinical hours for graduation (simulation labs are being scheduled).

As of now, all programs are scheduled to begin the Summer Term on May 4th, following the original 2020 calendar. Also, as of now, classes will begin back on campuses on May 4th for the Summer Term. All returning students need to log into their S# account and register for their classes for the Summer Term. Also, all returning students need to update their FAFSA and complete the new 2020-2021 application.  Suzanne Ziegler (sziegler@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with registration and Jennifer Bible (jbible@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with financial aid.


New Students scheduled to begin classes Summer 2020:  New student enrollment has been postponed until June 1st for all programs except for the Evening Practical Nursing Program at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center. As of now, a tentative registration date of May 19th has been set for all new Summer Term students except for Evening Practical Nursing Program at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center. All students attending programs at the main campus will set for a mandatory orientation at 9:00 a.m., May 19th on the main campus. All students attending the Evening Welding Technology and Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Programs at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center will set for a mandatory orientation at 4:00 p.m., May 19th at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center. Once summer acceptance has been confirmed those students can log into their S# account and register for their classes for the Summer Term. Also, Summer Term students need to update their FAFSA and complete the new 2020-2021 application.  Suzanne Ziegler (sziegler@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with registration and Jennifer Bible (jbible@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with financial aid.


Evening Practical Nursing Students scheduled to begin classes on May 4th at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center:  As of now classes are to begin as scheduled on the evening of May 4th at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center.  All students should have been contacted by this point. Any student who has not been in contact with campus administration about acceptance, needs to email the Coordinator of Health Sciences Jessica Massengill (jmassengill@tcatharriman.edu) immediately for assistance. The nursing department is working with these students currently capturing personal emails in order to build a student communication platform through “Edmodo.” Important updates and needed forms to complete the registration process will be posted using this platform.  Orientation will be held the first night of class at 4:00 p.m. at the Loudon County Instructional Service Center. Evening Nursing Students can log into their S# account and register for their classes for the Summer Term. Also, since this is a Summer Term start date, students need to update their FAFSA and complete the new 2020-2021 application.  Suzanne Ziegler (sziegler@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with registration and Jennifer Bible (jbible@tcatharriman.edu) can assist with financial aid.


TCAT-Harriman administration wishes all student a safe return to the campuses on May 4th.  We want to take this opportunity again to apologize for any disruption the online learning environment has caused you during your enrollment. We understand that you have chosen a technical college because of your desire to learn hands-on through live-work environments. We too pride ourselves on our hands-on learning labs and look forward to returning to those labs in May.  Again, stay in constant contact with your program instructors and do not hesitate to contact any of us through email for Student Services or other needs.


Addresses for TCAT-Harriman Campuses:
Main Campus
1740 Harriman Hwy.
Harriman, TN 37748

Loudon County Instructional Service Center
4380 Harrison Rd.
Lenoir City, TN 37771

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Campus Update


TCAT-Harriman continues to adhere to recommended guidance from the State of Tennessee and Federal Departments.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and continued public health concerns, all training will remain on-line through the end of the Spring 2020 Trimester (April 30, 2020).


The College will remain closed to students and to the public through April 30, 2020. Our faculty and staff will be working virtually to conduct regular college business and provide services to students

Students that are unable to complete their courses online should immediately notify their instructor or contact our Student Services Coordinator, Sandy Aston-Wash, sastonwash@tcatharriman.edu.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority during this crisis. We want to do our best under the circumstances to make sure we are meeting our mission of Student Success and Workforce Development. The College will continue to post updates and the status of the campus on our website and social media sites.

Current students remember to stay in constant communication with your instructor so he or she can ensure that we are meeting your needs to the best of our ability.


Monday, March 30, 2020

In consideration of Governor Bill Lee’s “Safer at Home” Guidelines, TCAT-Harriman will follow Executive Order 22 and keep the campus closed to all students and the public until April 15, 2020.

This will mean that all students will have online learning extended an additional week. Constant communication with your instructors is the keys to online success. Completing the theory portions of your curriculum during this state of emergency will allow more focus on hand-on learning when you return to campus.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TCAT-Harriman made an immediate change to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Plan under direction from our system office. Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 TCAT-Harriman will be operating on an all on-line format for students. ALL LEARNING WILL BE DELIVERED ON-LINE ONLY through April 6. Any student who was utilizing the campus for computer or internet assistance or any medical student that was attending clinicals or coming to campus for a staggered schedule for testing will no longer be able to come to campus. Students should be communicating with their faculty member regularly. Only essential personnel will be allowed on campus during this time. Any change in this directive will be shared with students immediately.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

TCAT-Harriman, including the Loudon County Instructional Service Center, will begin online instruction Monday, March 23, 2020. By this time, all students should have received information and have been in contact with their program instructors on how to proceed. Training will remain online through April 2, 2020.

TCAT-Harriman faculty and staff are working diligently to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone. We ask for your patience as we work to keep everyone safe while continuing to provide training during this unprecedented time. In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, students will be permitted on campus by scheduled appointment.

Students, employees, and visitors should not come to campus if they are sick or have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. If a student is sick and/or needs a leave of absence, please call 865-882-6703 or email the Student Services office (sastonwash@tcatharriman.edu) for assistance in requesting a leave of absence.

Campus locations will remain open for questions concerning admissions, financial aid, and records.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

TCAT-Harriman is extending spring break for students from March 16 through March 20, 2020, with the expectation that classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020. TCAT-Harriman will remain open during regular business hours at this time with faculty available to speak to their students about course questions. Staff will be available to answer your questions about financial aid implications, admissions, and records.

During this extended break TCAT-Harriman will be researching alternate ways to safely continue training.

At this point in time, we have not experienced any active COVID-19 cases on any of our campus locations, and the risk level in our communities remains low. We will continue to take steps that are consistent with local and state health guidance, which will reduce risks and protect our community.

If you are experiencing symptoms identified by the CDC regarding the virus, please make your instructor aware of your situation and refrain from visiting the campus.


Danice E. Turpin
President, TCAT-Harriman

Both campuses of Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman will be CLOSED to students from March 16-20, 2020 due to our college's Coronavirus Preparedness Plan.

COVID-19 Information Line

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

People with concerns about their health should contact their healthcare providers. Tennessee Department of Health has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated information and guidance available online and can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.