Tennessee and Nissan have joined forces to open a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus in Smyrna. The new campus, the result of a public-private partnership, will train workers on automotive technology, regardless of whether they work or plan to work at the nearby Nissan plant. The Smyrna plant employs more than 8,500 of the 12,000-plus people in Middle Tennessee who work for the automaker. “This facility is the result of a long-standing, deep and very valued partnership between the State of Tennessee and Nissan North America,” said John Martin, senior vice president for Nissan North America, whose responsibilities include the new campus. “More than 30 years ago, Nissan made the decision to open its first United States manufacturing facility right here in the Town of Smyrna. Now, we chose Smyrna, in very large part, due to the state’s commitment to education and its view of education as a key driver of economic development,” he told The Murfreesboro Post.