Accessible Web design provides better usability and benefits everyone, including persons with disabilities. It provides benefit to users with text-based browsers, low-end processors, slow modem connections, or users who do not have state-of-the-art computer equipment. It also allows for easier access to the Internet via technologies such as internet-enabled phones or personal digital assistants.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology has adopted the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0, Level A & AA and Section 508 standards for federal electronic and information technology issued by the U.S. Access Board. The TCAT strives to follow WCAG Level A & AA and Section 508 standards for an accessible and usable Web environment.
The TCAT is committed to making our website accessible to all users and we have included several features designed to improve usability for everyone. We welcome comments on how to improve the site's usability and accessibility for all users including persons with disabilities. If you should find any usability or accessibility issues during your visit to our site please take the time to notify us of the issue through the “Report a Website Issue” form. In order to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please note the nature of your accessibility concern, the Web page address of the issue, and the best way to contact you. We thank you in advance in helping the TCAT maintain a Web site usable by everyone.
Information found on the TCAT website is provided by multiple sources. Every effort is made to keep the content updated; however, the website may not always reflect the most recent information and is subject to change. The College reserves the right to revise the information on this website at any time and without notice. This web site has links to many other web sites. These include links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. The TCAT is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these sites and suggests you review their privacy statements.
Some of the content that we make available to users through this application comes from Careeronestop Web Services. All such content is provided to users "as is." This content and customer’s use of it are subject to change and/or removal at any time.
When you access TCAT web pages, several pieces of access information are automatically collected. Collected information includes your IP address, identification of the page or service you are accessing, type of browser and operating system you are using, and date and time of the request. This information helps diagnose problems with our servers and with administration of our site. We do not use IP addresses to identify personal information.
Collection of Information
The TCAT only collects the personally identifiable information that is necessary to provide the information or services requested by an individual[LPS1] . "Personal information" refers to any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual. This is the same information that an individual might provide when visiting a government office and includes such items as an individual's name, address, or phone number. The TCAT uses the collected information to respond appropriately to requests. This may be to respond directly to you or to improve the web site. E-mail or other information requests sent to the TCAT web site may be maintained or forwarded to the appropriate agencies in order to respond to the request. Survey[LPS2] information is used for the purpose designated in the survey.
The TCAT also collects statistical information that helps us understand how people are using the web site so we can continually improve our services. The information collected is not associated with any specific individual[LPS3] and no attempt is made to profile individuals who browse the web site. This information includes, but is not limited to:
- Device-specific information (hardware, operating system, language and browser type)
- Log information (IP address, search queries and referral URL)
- Local storage, cookies[LPS4] and anonymous identifiers to collect and store information locally on your device
Retention of Information
Records needed to support the TCAT program functions are retained, managed, and accessible in record keeping or filing systems in accordance with established records disposition authorizations approved by the State of Tennessee’s Public Records Commission. Records transmitted to this site will be identified, managed, protected, and retained as long as they are needed to meet historical, administrative, fiscal, or legal requirements.
Regardless of whether information is provided to the TCAT by personal visit, mail, or web site, it becomes public record and is open to public inspection unless protected by State or Federal law. Public records are subject to the rules and requirements located in Tennessee Code Annotated Title 10 Chapter 7. A public record is defined as follows:
"Public record(s)" or "state record(s)" means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency. (T.C.A. 10-7-301 (6))
Based on the definition of public records, be aware that any information collected at this site could be made available to the public. Requests for public records will be examined for compliance with public record laws.
Web Site Security
The TCAT is committed to the security of the information that is either available from or collected by this web site. The TCAT has taken multiple steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, encryption (SSL) and various physical safeguards.
FERPA Rights to Privacy
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
For more information on FERPA, please see the Department of Education web site.
Links to external resources are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the TCAT of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The TCAT bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.