AT&T donation helps TCAT-S fund data recovery practice

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Celebrating a donation from AT&T to Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville are, from left, Dennis Wagner, AT&T director of external affairs for Tennessee; State Rep. Pat Marsh; TCAT-S president Laura Monks; Steve Mallard, TCAT-S information technology and Infrastructure management master instructor; Mike Miller and Walter McCord, information technology and infrastructure management instructors.
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AT&T has donated $3,000 to Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. The contribution will be used to purchase network storage units for training students to successfully recover from a mock data disaster and practice implementing recovery plans.

"The training supported by this contribution will help provide our students the skills required to compete in today's technology based economy," said TCAT-S president Laura Monks. "Creating and maintaining a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of our region is vitally important and through donations like today's we will be able to reach even more Tennesseans."

Large grant

This donation is part of an $81,000 gift from AT&T 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.

"As Tennessee's economy continues to grow we must focus on workforce readiness to ensure employers have the skilled workers they need to flourish," said State Rep. Pat Marsh. "And colleges of applied technology are instrumental in preparing our workforce to meet the needs of an ever changing 21st century economy."

IT training

"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 Dennis Wagner, director of external affairs for AT&T Tennessee.

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