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Complete College America Webinar
February 2015
Dr. Carol G. Puryear
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology
Tennessee Board of Regents
Who We Are
•The 27 TCATs are part of
the Tennessee Board of
Regents
•Post-secondary
Institutions
•Mission is Workforce
Development
•Serve 27,000/year
2013-14 DATA
•81% Completion
•86% Placement
Why We Have Success
• Program Structure
• Competency-based
• Highly involved
Students Services
• Contextualized
Foundation Skills
Program Structure
•No Burger King
Model
•Structure is geared
to encourage
completion &
placement
TCAT Program Structure
•Students enroll in academic
programs
•Full-time Programs are offered M-F
7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. or Part-time
options are available
•Students know before they enroll
the program costs, the classes, time
frame to graduation and what jobs
are available
Program Structure
•Year around Schedule- no big breaks
•Small Classrooms and labs
•Competency based
•Attendance is taken
•Requires a Commitment of
the Institution and Student
Program Structure
Help working students balance jobs
and school by using structured
scheduling of classes to add
predictability to their busy lives —
doing so enables many more students
to attend college.
Less choice is more!
Competency-based
•Move at their own pace
•Open entry
•Prior Credit Given
•Based on Industry
Requirements
Highly involved Students
Services
•Low Student Teacher Ratio
•Student Services is NOT a
Department
•Six Hours a Day
•Concern for Completion and Job
Placement
Aligned and Parallel Support in
Technical Certificate Programs
Technical
Program
Math and
Language
Skills
• Work
Keys/Keytrain
• Required, Proctored Lab
• Competency-based, Self-paced
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Why it Works
•All go to Tech
Foundations
•Students have early
successes
•Students have a
support system
Why it Works
•Math, reading and thinking skills ARE
work specific
•Parallel remediation
•If students need extra time, they can
have it
Suggestions
•Review Current Graduation Rates
•Have Students Choose Program NOT
Classes
•Provide Structured Schedules
•Show Students the Advantages of
Full Time Enrollment
•Couple Classes together- Register
for One Section Which Represents
English and Math Together
•Cohort Classes
•Parallel remediation
Complete College America Webinar
February 2015
Dr. Carol G. Puryear
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology
Tennessee Board of Regents

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