Kyndra Hamilton and Emmaleigh Hubbard were recognized as the first nursing students to graduate from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) through a partnership with the Greene Technology Center.
Hamilton and Hubbard, both graduates of Greeneville High School, recently graduated from TCAT in Morristown.
TCAT's partnership with the Greene Technology Center allows students from Greeneville and Greene County high schools to directly enter the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program upon graduation.
Participating students, such as Hamilton and Hubbard, attend the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Greene Technology Center during their time in high school.
After passing the CNA exam and achieving a composite score of at least 19 on the ACT college entrance exam, the students can directly enter TCAT's LPN program.
Located at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, the LPN program usually has a waiting list of a year or more before students can enter, according to a recent news release from Greene Technology Center.
In addition to immediate admittance, Greene Technology Center students receive a $500 scholarship from the TCAT.
The partnership through the CNA and LPN programs was in place before Greene Technology Center was approved to become a satellite center of TCAT.
This year, the center will offer TCAT classes in Greeneville for adults interested in certifications in welding, machining, and industrial electricity.
Those interested in obtaining information about enrolling in the programs should contact TCAT in Morristown by calling (423) 586-5771.