A statewide system of State Area Vocational-Technical Schools was established by the enactment of the state Legislature during the 1963 General Assembly to be operated by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
The contract for the first building was awarded in February 1964, and ultimately, 26 of these schools were built in order to offer occupational training to as many Tennessee citizens as possible. All schools were to have modern facilities, flexible plans of operation ,and competent instructors selected from the field of work in which they teach.
The Livingston State Area Vocational-Technical School was the tenth of the 26 schools to be built and the first classes began in September 1966. The first graduates received their diplomas in December 1967.
The site selected for the school was a 15-acre plot on Airport Road just outside (at the time) of Livingston. The land was deeded to the State of Tennessee by Overton County. Construction of the buildings cost approximately $310,000 and the equipment cost around $500,000.
Livingston was chosen as the site for the school because of its central location in the area it was to serve (Overton, Clay, Fentress, Pickett, Putnam, and Jackson counties.)
In 1976 a building was constructed at the school to accommodate the High School comprehensive Vocational programs for Overton and Pickett County students. Due to the travel time involved from Pickett County, this proved to be impossible for those students until 1996, when a new highway was completed between the two counties.
The school was governed by the Tennessee Department of Education from its opening until 1983 when it was assigned to the Tennessee Board of Regents as an institution of higher education. In July of 1994, the name was changed to "Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston." Then on July of 2013 the name changed to "Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston."
The Center is located at 740 Hi Tech Drive, Livingston, TN 38570. The three buildings on campus house classrooms, labs, offices, and support services for full-time, part-time, secondary, supplemental, special industry, and public programs. Mission
The mission of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Livingston is to be the premier provider for workforce development throughout the Upper Cumberland area.
The Center fulfills this mission by:
- Providing competency-based training through traditional and distance learning instructional delivery systems of the highest quality that will qualify individuals for employment and/or advancement in jobs .
- Providing high quality training and retraining of employed workers.
- Providing high quality training that is economical and accessible to all residents of the Upper Cumberland, thereby contributing to the economic and community development of the community we serve.