Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson


Tennessee Tech has been serving the needs of local businesses, industries, and citizens by providing high-quality education and technical training to students on each of the college’s four campuses. The college assists in local workforce development by providing retraining of employed workers and competency-based training to address the changing face of the Tennessee workforce. Students at Tennessee Tech often choose among some of the more popular programs, which include Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training, Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Cosmetology, Computer Installation and Repair Technology, and Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Technology.

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Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty N/A
Retention (full-time / part-time) 75% / 60%
Enrollment Total (all students) 713


Two of the most popular programs offered by Tennessee Tech are the year-long Dental Assisting Program and the two-year-long Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanics Program, with additional specialties in Welding, Computer Basics, Spanish for Medical Professions, Medical Coding, Medical Tool Technology, and Horticulture. Additional academic services include distance learning possibilities, remedial services, placement/employment services, and academic counseling with qualified advisors.

The Dental Assisting Program is comprised of class instruction, lab and clinical practices and rotations in dental offices. The program offers specialties in dental materials, anatomy, chair-side assisting, radiology, and oral pathology.

The Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanics Program gives students hand-on experience in areas like fuel system and diesel engine repair and maintenance, brake systems, suspensions, steering, electrical systems, and drivetrains. Classes instruct students in replacing defective parts, troubleshooting, engine analysis, and reassembling. Students often find post-graduation employment in areas like agricultural equipment repair, construction, and technical fields.

Students graduating from Tennessee Tech have a variety of possibilities open to them as far as job placement. The modern workforce demands skilled workers in the fields of diesel service, technical repair, and truck and machinery maintenance. Students learn industry-approved methods of mechanical diagnosis and repair using measuring tools, test equipment, and service manuals.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Enrollment is available to students 18 and over on a first-come, first-served basis. Placement tests including the AVT Basic Skills Assessment Program, the Plato/Work Keys Locator Tests, or the NET Test may be required, depending on the intended area of study, and additional entrance requirements are needed for Cosmetology, Practical Nursing, and Dental Assisting students.

To apply, students must fill out an Application for Admission, and, upon its successful reception, pay the fee associated with their program of study.

Financial Aid

Tennessee Technical College at Dickson participates in a variety of federally- and locally-funded financial aid programs, which include work-study, scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Wilder-Naifeh Lottery Scholarship is available to residents of Tennessee who are over the age of 18 and in possession of a GED or high school diploma. This Technical Skills Grant provides assistance to students enrolled part- or full- time in Tennessee Tech in pursuit of a certificate or diploma. In order to continue to be eligible for the Wilder-Naifeh Scholarship, students must maintain a ā€œCā€ or better average and meet attendance requirements.

The Hope Scholarship, which is not available to students receiving the Wilder-Naifeh Scholarship, assists needy students with education-related expenses and fees.

The State Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides aid to students who successfully complete a pre-assessment screening for books, tuition and fees, and other expenses related to their education.

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The student body at Tennessee Tech was comprised of 24% 18-19 year olds, and between 12% and 17% students between the ages of 20 and 29 as of the 2007-2008 school year. There were 488 undergraduates enrolled full-time, and 35 part-time, with 221 males and 302 females.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

The local community of Dickson, Tennessee, features beautiful outdoor recreation areas as well as arts and cultural centers that attract visitors and locals year-round. These include the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Percy Warner Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, the Museum of Tobacco Art and History, the Broadway Drive-in Theater, and the Waverly Train Explosion Memorial Museum. Locals enjoy the lovely Tennessee weather at popular city parks, including the J. Dan Buckner Park, which features 60 acres of wildlife area, a playground, picnic areas, soccer, baseball, and softball fields, a sand volleyball court, batting cages, a swimming pool, and a running track. The Buckner Park Aquatic Center invites individuals and families to enjoy water sports and aquatic exercise facilities. Civic pride runs deep, as locals come out to support the Dickson County Youth Athletic Association’s sports teams, the Dickson County Soccer Association, and the Competitive Baseball League.

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