The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald is expanding services in Perry County. On February 27, 2019, Perry County Officials and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald (TCAT Hohenwald) Administration celebrated a facility expansion of the Linden Fire Hall with a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Linden Fire Hall Facility.
The Linden Fire Hall presently serves as an off-campus site of TCAT Hohenwald, known as the Perry County Instructional Service Center. The Instructional Service Center was established with the LEAP 2.0 Grant in the Fall of 2017 to open an Industrial Maintenance Program. The proposed expansion of the present building will enable the TCAT to additionally offer a Welding Technology Program at the same site. The site also acts as the home of the Linden Volunteer Fire Department as the Linden Fire Hall.
The groundbreaking and proposed expansion is the result of the Perry County Officials and TCAT Hohenwald acting in cooperation to write a couple of grants to support the Perry County Program and local area community.
In order to make the expansion possible, Mayor Wes Ward, the City of Linden, and Perry County Officials, with TCAT Hohenwald input, wrote and received an Asset-Based Planning Grant to construct and expand the building space necessary for the TCAT to expand program offerings.
In conjunction to the expansion, Perry County Schools, under the direction of Director Eric Lomax, along with CTE Director, Ginger Cagle successfully wrote a Distressed County CTE THEC (Tennessee Higher Education Grant) Grant to add a Welding Program to the site offerings within the expansion. The CTE grant funding will be utilized to provide equipment and the initial partial salary funding for a new Welding Instructor.
The combined efforts of Perry County Schools and the City of Linden, in conjunction with TCAT Hohenwald will result in additional training opportunities beyond the main campus and have a positive impact on Perry County and the surrounding area communities. The building expansion and facility improvements are scheduled to be begin next week, with the Welding Technology Program to e added as early as May 2019.