With a goal of promoting high-quality education, sharing trends and best practices in technical education, and building partnerships to enhance workforce development strategies, the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) is dedicated to quality of postsecondary technical education excellence emphasizing professional development.
Byrd’s Automotive of Chattanooga received the Silver Star Award for its partnership with Chattanooga State’s collision repair program. Accepting the award were Darrel Bult, AkzoNobel district sales manager, and Tamara and Clark Presley, co-owners of Byrd’s Automotive. Present at the ceremony were associate instructor of collision repair, Tim Chastain, and Dr. Jim Barrott, executive vice president of the technical college.
In addition, ATEA awarded the 2018 Outstanding Technical Program of the Year to Chattanooga State’s HVAC/R Technician Program. This one-year diploma program provides learning experiences to students training to find career opportunities as air conditioning/refrigeration technicians; sales, retail, and wholesale representatives; installers; maintenance and service; engineer helpers; or operatosr. Instructor Houston Graham and associate instructor Kyle Lee accepted the award with Barrott.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology has a 96 percent average graduate placement rate. During the recent state SkillsUSA competition, collision repair program students earned gold and bronze medals, while a silver medal was awarded to a student in HVAC/R. For more information on available programs, call 423.697.4433.