A degree in technical education offers a number of benefits for parents and students alike because the path to it is usually faster and more affordable. Parents appreciate the reduced tuition costs and high job placement rates of accredited institutions. With specialized training, students are able to quickly transition into the workforce.Discover the benefits of technical education
Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality and student achievement. Accreditation by COE is viewed as a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions and denotes honesty and integrity.Learn more about achieving accreditation
TCAT Hartsville has brought the promise of a quality education, the potential for workplace opportunities, and the privilege of lifelong learning to individuals, businesses, and industries across five counties in northern Middle Tennessee since 1965.
“Around 40% is teaching curriculum and skill, but 60% is instilling that students are worth it and have the potential to do great things,” says Ms. Daphne Brown, Student Services Coordinator at TCAT McKenzie. As one of the smallest TCAT schools, the biggest benefits are the easy access, constant contact, and personal connection with faculty.
“A good lesson for schools is to remember and reiterate to faculty what COE accreditation is all about and how it benefits students, the institution, and the business community,” explains Ms. Myra West, President of TCAT Livingston. “COE accreditation allows you to celebrate your successes while recognizing what needs improvement.”
At Moore Tech, education goes hand-in-hand with experience. The curriculum is focused on one-year and two-year programs in several technical fields. Along with opening the doors to education, COE recognition brings Moore Tech to the attention of industry partners who provide students with hands-on experience and, later, employment.
TCAT Morristown strives to do more for Tennesseans by providing an abundance of opportunities to acquire the skills and training for success. This mission and its accomplishments have earned TCAT Morristown the attention of students, industry partners and COE accreditation. “COE is a friend and they’re on your side to guide you in what it takes to be a great institution,” says Mr. Jerry Young, President of TCAT Morristown.
TCAT Athens was one of 21 institutions first accredited by the newly-formed Council in 1971. “We look at COE accreditation as something that’s beneficial to us,’” explained Mr. Smith. “It helps us learn to be more efficient and come up with new initiatives that benefit our students and employers year after year.”
Suncoast Technical College’s commitment to helping individuals develop the technical skills and work ethic to reach their highest potential has earned the Sarasota, Florida institution the recognition and respect of COE accreditation since 1971. The school shines for its array of adult education courses, apprenticeships, and adult and community enrichment classes.
“Since COE is technically focused, their processes and structure are specific and relevant to what’s going on in the business and the industry,” says Dr. Boykin. “In the long run, COE saves taxpayer dollars by ensuring schools offer only quality, relevant programs that put people to work.”
“I am most impressed with the level of professionalism in the COE program…Their leaders not only come in to inspect an institution but provide insight and advice on best practices to help a school meet high standards of educational quality. This ensures that we are serving our students, the community and the U.S. Army.” – Jose N. Osorio, Training Specialist
NMFSC received a certificate for 35 years of accreditation from COE. This surpasses the average of 22 years for all of COE’s accredited organizations. “We are very proud of this accomplishment! More importantly, we are very excited about the benefit that this brings to our students as they continue their life-long learning,” said Elizabeth Swatzell, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Academics, NMFSC.
The Council on Occupational Education is dedicated to the continued improvement of our standards and open to receiving feedback from the general public. We have designed a survey that allows you to rate the adequacy and relevancy of the objectives of the standards for accreditation of career and technical education institutions. The results of this survey are reviewed annually by the Council's Committees on Accreditation Standards and Conditions.Take Survey