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CLARKESVILLE, Tennessee (now Clarksville) — A new school to help accelerate the education and career path of automotive technicians began and was celebrated Tuesday on the Clarksville campus of Tennessee Polytechnic College (TCAT) on International Boulevard.

The program is known as Automotive Technician Development Training, or ATDT. Prior to the ATDT, it took one to two years for a technician to receive a higher education. This first class of eight technical students has been brought up to just four months.

With this industry-specific TCAT course, technicians will not only accelerate learning, but also complete required online courses and earn the necessary certifications. At the end of the course, each technician will receive a toolbox and tools.

Casey Jenkins, owner of Jenkins & Wynne Ford Lincoln Honda, said the school should help address the significant shortage of such workers in the industry for advanced skilled technicians in the field.