Welcome to TCAT – McMinnville Veterans Services
TCAT – McMinnville is honored to welcome veterans, service members, and dependents interested in completing a technical diploma or certification at our college. We are glad to help you meet your goals as you transition from service to college to a career!
We strive to ensure our campus is a supportive environment for veterans to fulfill their education goals. TCAT – McMinnville military students will receive quality training along with the recognition and honor they deserve.
At TCAT, we appreciate the unique challenges facing military members and their families. We want to support veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and their family members in their education and career goals. Your military experience gives you the ability to contribute to our student body with a distinctive point of view and we value what this brings to our campus.
Sometimes applying to college can be intimidating, we understand that. When you add navigating military benefits, it can be even more daunting. We will help you through the process and help to make sure you receive that to which you are entitled.
Whether you are active duty, national guard, reserve, a veteran student, or a veteran/military family member, we aim to provide you with all the information you need when it comes to making your transition to college life a success!
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville is an approved College for Veterans Training (GI Bill)
Veteran Enrollment Checklist
- Complete online TCAT application
- Determine/Apply for benefits at: https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
- Veteran Education and Training Benefits
- Gather or Request Documentation
- High school diploma or GED (if applicable for the program you are enrolling in)
- Prior College Transcripts (can be unofficial)
- Prior Learning Assessment: During school orientation, you will complete a prior learning assessment form that allows you to earn credit for previous education or training. You will need copies of transcripts to complete this form.
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or VA Benefits Certification Form
- Credit for Military Service (link to access a military transcript)
- VA VOC Authorization (if applicable)
TCAT Student Veterans
Veteran Events on Campus
TCAT – McMinnville celebrates and honors our student and faculty on Veteran’s day each year.
Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus
TCAT – McMinnville recently received approval to be a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus. This designation was passed into law in 2014, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act establishes a program of recognition for higher education institutions which allocate resources for veterans' successful transition from military service to college enrollment.
An institution receiving VETS Campus certification not only prioritizes outreach to veterans, but successfully delivers the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.
Veteran and Military Family Services and Resources
TCAT – McMinnville is committed to providing support and resources for our military community, ensuring their success in the classroom and after graduation. Below is a list of veteran support, resources with websites, and contact information.
US Dept of Veterans Affairs (https://www.va.gov/)
Military and Veteran Support (https://crossroadscounselingtn.com/military-and-veteran-support/)
Soldiers And Families Embraced (https://www.soldiersandfamiliesembraced.org/)
Support for Military Personnel & Families | Military OneSource (http://www.militaryonesource.mil/)
VA Community Provider Toolkit (https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders/)
TBR Veteran Benefits (https://www.tbr.edu/student-success/veterans-and-military-families-support)
Employee Assistance Program (https://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/docs/em_EAP_practices.asp): provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referral, and follow-up services to VA employees and their families
Veterans Health Administration mental health services (https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/), including how family members can assist a Veteran in crisis
Veterans Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/)
Suicide Prevention Hotline: [ dial 988 and press 1 ] or [ 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 ] or [ text 838255 ]
Finding local mental health services and resources:
Resources | Videos & Info for Military Veterans | Make the Connection; (https://www.maketheconnection.net/resources)
Information on how to access immediate care and/or book a mental health appointment:
VA Mental Health Services; (https://www.va.gov/health-care/health-needs-conditions/mental-health/)
Vet Center resources (https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/) are also available and include counseling; there is also a toll- free number: 877-WAR-VETS
For information on using Veteran benefits please contact the Financial Aid Department in the Student Services Office.
Financial Aid Office & School Certifying Officer:
Charles Priest : 931-473-5587
Tennille Haston: 931-473-5587
Tenn VA Education
110 9th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill