AT&T announces contribution to TCAT-Newbern

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Pictured above, AT&T Regional Director Chuck Thomas presents TCAT-Newbern Director Donna Hastings with a check for $3,000. (Back row, L-R):Joel Howard-USDA area director, Tim Climber-Chamber of Commerce president, Chuck Thomas- AT&T Regional Director, Benny Spain-county commissioner, Joel Howard- TCAT-Newbern electronics instructor, Donnie Walton- TCAT-Newbern assistant director. (Front row, L-R) Harriet Cannon- assistant to the USDA rural development director, Jim Tracy-USDA Rural Development state director, Senator Ed Jackson, Donna Hastings- TCAT-Newbern Director, Dyer County Mayor Chris Young.

As part of AT&T’s continuing commitment to supporting quality education across Tennessee, the company has donated $3,000 to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Newbern. The contribution will provide for the purchase of network storage units, which help support training for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills throughout Tennessee. The use of the units will prepare students to successfully recover from a mock data disaster and practice implementing recovery plans.

“This type of support from private business is important as we work to find ways to advance higher education in West Tennessee,” said Ms. Donna Hastings, President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Newbern. “Expanding access to this sort of training gives our students the skills required to compete in today’s technology based economy."

This donation is part of AT&T’s $81,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Each of the state’s 27 colleges of applied technology will receive $3,000 to support their efforts to provide workforce development through high quality training that is economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee.

“Success in higher education is critical for Tennessee’s long-term growth and potential,” said Sen. Ed Jackson. “Thanks to the programs offered at TCAT-Newbern, students receive the real-world training and education that is required to succeed in the 21st century workforce.”

"Our state's colleges of applied technology are real pathways to prosperity for students who want to enter the job market as soon as possible," said Rep. Bill Sanderson." AT&T's commitment to education is helping our Tennessee's future workforce reach its full potential, with benefits for all Tennesseans."

Tennessee’s information technology and technical needs are growing at an exponential rate, creating increased demand for well-trained IT personnel that are crucial to the economic development of Tennessee businesses and industries.

“As the need for IT personnel surges, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are helping students develop the critical skills required to enter the workforce and find good jobs right here in Tennessee. We are delighted to support these students on their journey to professional development,” said Chuck Thomas, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Tennessee.

The 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are located in: Athens, Chattanooga, Covington, Crossville, Crump, Dickson, Elizabethton, Harriman, Hartsville, Hohenwald, Jacksboro, Jackson, Knoxville, Livingston, McKenzie, McMinnville, Memphis, Morristown, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Newbern, Huntsville, Paris, Pulaski, Ripley, Shelbyville and Whiteville.

This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond. More information on AT&T’s Aspire is available at: