Admissions Information

Why apply for the Advanced Technologies Institute?

The Advanced Technologies Institute offers an opportunity for students to earn wages while attending college. Not only will the learning be received in a classroom, but hands-on, real-world experience will be gained through priceless work experience with local manufacturing leaders. This will allow for students to enter the job market fully trained and a step above competing graduates, with more work-based learning and less educational debt.

Who will be selected for the Advanced Technologies Institute?

Prospective students will be selectively chosen and accepted based on the following: (along with a Cleveland State application for admission)

1. Academic success (measured through grades and class rank)
2. Aptitude Assessment (scheduled after application is submitted by CSCC representative)
3. ACT/SAT scores showing scholastic capability (College readiness in all areas, i.e. Math 19, Reading 19, and Writing 18 ACT scores, equivalent SAT scores, and/or CSCC placement test score)*
4. Commitment to work in a team and problem-solving environment
5. Two letters of recommendation for employment in the advanced technology field and student’s commitment to work in a team and problem-solving environment
6. Interview with Industry Partners (date to be set and communicated by CSCC representative after applications are complete)

*If scores are lower than mentioned above, please continue to apply with 1-2 extra letters of recommendation written by a supervisor, mentor, instructor, or someone who is aware of work ethic and ability.

The Advanced Technologies Institute has specific admission requirements due to its limited placement positions with the committed industry partners. Students seeking admission to the Advanced Technologies Institute must submit SEPARATE applications for:

Admissions to The Advanced Technologies Institute @ Cleveland State (can be found on Cougarnet–>My Account Tab–>Registration Tools & Forms)

Application Information

Advanced Technologies Institute Application* – Deadline APRIL 1, 2021

*Must already be enrolled at CSCC.

Application Guidelines

All areas of the application are to be filled out completely. If any portion is left blank or can’t be read by the selection committee the application will be considered incomplete.

Once the application is complete and all items are turned in by the applicant, the applicant’s high school transcripts need to be submitted for review. The official transcript will be incomplete as it is due before graduation for most high schools, but will be required to be sent to CSCC once it is available before an applicant can be “officially” accepted to the Advanced Technologies Institute and CSCC. The unofficial transcripts are due by APRIL 1, 2021.

Other items that aren’t required, but are HIGHLY recommended to include with the application items include:

-Copy of ACT/SAT scores

-Letters of recommendation

All completed applications (along with attachments) should be emailed directly to with the subject title stating applicant’s name-ATIApplication. (For example: Subject line- Joe Smith-ATIApplication)

The application can also be mailed to:

(Note-If the packet is being mailed it must arrive by April 1, 2021.)

Cleveland State Community College

Attn: Advanced Technologies Institute Career Education Building E106-C

3535 Adkisson Dr.

Cleveland, Tn 37320-33570

Application Requirements

  1. Applicant must reach the age of 18 by August 1, 2021.
  2. A minimum score of 19, 21 is preferred, ACT score on the Math subsection is required to apply, however college readiness in Math (19), English (18) and Reading (19) by the Fall Term will be required for admissions into the institute. (This may be achieved through improved ACT or SAT scores, successful completion of CSCC challenge exams, and/or completion of co-req labs by the Fall Term.)
  3. Complete and submit a CSCC Application for Admissions as well as the How to Apply.
  4. Prepare to be interviewed by a panel of industry partner members and CSCC faculty/staff.
  5. Ability to meet employment screening requirements that may include a drug screen, a physical exam, and a background check.

Important Dates

  1. Due by April 1, 2021: Prepare, register and take the ACT. You will need a minimum 19, 21 preferred, on the Math portion of the exam to apply, however college readiness in Math (19), English (18) and Reading (19) by Fall Term will be required for admissions into the institute. (This maybe achieved through improved ACT or SAT scores, successful completion of CSCC challenge exams, and/or completion of co-req labs by the Fall Term.)
  2. Due by April 1, 2021: Submit completed application for admission to Cleveland State Community College.
  3. Due by April 1, 2021: Complete and submit application(s) for financial aid (FAFSA, TN Promise, TN Reconnect, Scholarships, and Grants). Yes, applicants will still be eligible to receive any additional funding for which they are qualified to receive.
  4. January – April 1, 2021: Complete the Advanced Technologies Institute application:
    Meet with guidance counselor concerning necessary data for the Advanced Technologies Institute application.
    Complete the application and all items associated with the application.
  5. April 2021: Interview selections.
  6. April 2021: Applicant interviews with industry partners and CSCC faculty/staff.
  7. May 2021: Program participant selections.
  8. May 2021: Selection notifications.
  9. May 2021: Advanced Technologies Institute Signing Day
  10. June – August 2021: Begin on-site work experience.
  11. August 2021: First day of class.

ATI Educational Opportunity

  1. Students meeting the application requirements will be asked to participate in one or more interviews.
    The interviews may be conducted on the phone, via virtual meeting, or in person. An individual should expect to be interviewed by a panel consisting of multiple industry partners and CSCC faculty and staff.
    The purpose of the interview is for industry partners to find the best match for their firm and to ensure the highest possible opportunity for success of the applicant.

Interview Tips

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2. The final decision for employment placement will be made by the hiring committee. An applicant’s preference WILL NOT be considered when making the final selections.
3. Selected applicants will be expected to be college ready in the areas of Math (19), English (18) and Reading (19) by the beginning of the Fall Term to be permitted to participate in the institute.
4. ATI students will be required to attend ALL orientations, safety meetings, and/or FYS meetings scheduled by the industry partner (employer) and CSCC.

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