In January 2017, TCAT – Murfreesboro and Nissan North America began accepting its first students at the Smyrna Campus and Nissan Training Center. The 162,000 square-foot technical training center is jointly occupied by the college and Nissan, representing a public-private partnership between Nissan and the College System of Tennessee to create educational opportunities that are closely aligned to current workforce needs in the region. The $45.75 million, the state-of-the-art campus offers high-quality programs to prepare students and Nissan employees for careers in advanced manufacturing and other fields.
Both public TCAT students and employees from the Nissan Smyrna plant are enrolled at the education and training facility. Through classes in fields such as Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Industrial Electrical Maintenance / Mechatronics, Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology, current and prospective workers learn valuable skills that can be directly applied in Nissan’s facilities or with other employers in the region.
Governor Haslam proposed the joint-use facility in his 2013 State of the State address and the Tennessee General Assembly approved a $35.4 million appropriation in the 2013-14 state budget. Nissan is paying $1.9 million through a lease agreement. The balance of the funding for its state-of-the-art training equipment and machinery came through internal TBR funding, grants from state and federal agencies, and donations from Nissan and its vendors.