The State of Tennessee, not unlike the rest of the nation, is undergoing the most rapid workforce transformation ever experienced in its history. Manufacturers are choosing technology over unskilled labor. Growth in the healthcare field is progressing more rapidly than skilled individuals can be trained to fill vacancies. Jobs that used to require only a high school diploma now require high school plus one to two years additional training. These trends in education and training are forecasted to accelerate over the next decade. Those who do not keep pace with the demand for increased skills will be relegated to the ranks of the unemployed and/or underemployed.The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Ripley, in recognition of this ever increasing need for education, is working hard to provide skill enhancing opportunities for the citizens of West Tennessee. Whether you are in need of training for an entry level position or an upgrade for promotion, the TCAT is there to assist you. Employers needing specialized instruction for existing employees may take advantage of customized training programs designed to be both affordable and flexible in nature.