TN College of Applied Technology in Lebanon
From: The Wilson County Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB)
A Wilson County technical training center to be operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents at the old Lebanon High School vocational building which has been vacant along with the entire old Lebanon High building on Harding Drive since the school opened a new campus in 2012 could be open for students in January.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Wilson County will start with three student programs: welding, computer information technology and nursing. Plans are to build up to eight programs of study.
The Wilson County School Board approved a 20-year lease for the vocational center for no money with the Board of Regents to pay operating costs.
Adult students generally attend 30 hours a week for a semester. Semesters run January through April, May to August and September into December. Cost now averages $1,142 a semester.
The agreement allows for six spots to be reserved for certain courses that Wilson County high school students can take as part of a dual enrollment program starting in spring 2015. The students accepted would attend for a specific period of time at no cost.
The building will require minor renovation with cleanup that is scheduled to begin after receiving occupancy.