TCAT team heading to national manufacturing competition

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 23:48:26-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — They are schools that prepare Tennesseans for careers in several different trades that are in high demand, even during the pandemic.

Now a team of students from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology is getting ready to show off their skills on a national stage.

Kennedy Chapa is part of a team that will represent TCAT's Dickson and Clarksville campus during next month's national Project MFG competition, that includes events like welding and other hands-on tasks.

Kennedy says especially with so many out of work in the pandemic, more people should consider trade schools.

"I ended up going to welding school instead and its given me a path to gain financial stability and that's empowering in its own way," Chapa said.

Kennedy was one of just two women in her class of 20 at TCAT. She says there's nothing about any trade that women can't do.