After 71 years, Fountainhead College of Technology is closing its doors.
The college, located at 3203 Tazewell Pike, will cease educational activities Oct. 31. Students were notified Tuesday night.
Fountainhead President and CEO Richard Rackley said Tuesday that free education offered by the state of Tennessee at other institutions is the major contributor to the small private college’s struggles in recent years.
“We are tremendously saddened by the necessary decision to close the college,” Rackley said. “We’ve considered it a privilege to serve our students and prepare them for jobs in technology.”
Rackley said Fountainhead is working to identify opportunities for currently enrolled students – about 50 total – to continue their education elsewhere, particularly at other local colleges. Students will have tuition refunded according to Fountainhead policies.
The college was founded in 1947 as Tennessee Radio Service School but changed to Tennessee Institute of Electronics the following year. Richard Rackley is second generation college president and has worked at the college since 1994. The college had several locations over the years before moving to Tazewell Pike in 1984. It became Fountainhead in 2003 and was one of 11 Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education as designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Besides Rackley, the school has 6 full-time and 5 part-time employees but had 40 full-time employees in 2011.
Effective Oct. 31, the Tazewell Pike building will be locked. The 33,000-square-foot building, which includes a 285-seat auditorium, has been for sale since July. Contact for the college going forward will be by email at FCT_Closure@yahoo.com.
Rackley said current students will have final transcripts printed and mailed to them after grades from the last classes are finalized. All students will have their transcripts permanently archived at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s website, https://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/institution-closure-information-2.html
In addition, THEC’s website will have a page updating the college’s closure, he said. THEC’s Division of Postsecondary State Authorization can be reached at 615-741-5293.
Fountainhead College of Technology understands the importance of learning about relevant job information during the course of your studies. Our Career Services department provides job placement assistance to all students and graduates in good standing. The College actively pursues 100% placement of its graduates; however, employment is not guaranteed. We offer:
Job listings | Resume referrals
On-campus interviews | Career fairs
We connect students and graduates with employment opportunities through job posting alerts and by arranging interviews with employers. If you would like personal assistance with your job search, we invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our Career Services Coordinators. Find technology job postings and technical career advice on Fountainhead College’s LinkedIn Group.
One great resource for learning effective strategies for job searches can be found in the Job Choices magazine, a periodical on job choices for science, engineering and technical education students. Not sure where the best jobs are? O*NET Online is a useful website where you can learn about different careers that suit your interests and also learn about the job outlook for those industries. To get you started, we have provided some of the most important job search tips below.
Resumes & Cover Letters
- Include objective in resume
- Write a strong cover letter
- Proofread, proofread, proofread
- Introduce yourself with a handshake
- Research the company
- Be on time
Dressing for the Interview
- Professional dress
- Clean and pressed
- Think conservative
What Employers Want to See
- Well-written cover letter and resume
- Follow-up after the interview
- Initiative and uniqueness
After graduating from Fountainhead College of Technology with their baccalaureate degree, a number of graduates have continued their education. Following is a list of schools and graduate programs that FCT graduates have reported attending or from which they have earned Master’s degrees.
- Capella, Master of Science in Information Assurance & Security
- Capitol Technology University, Master of Cyber and Information Security
- Colorado Technical University, Master of Science in Information Technology with concentration in Security Management
- Lincoln Memorial University, Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Stayer University, Master of Science in Information Systems
- University of Management and Technology, Master of Science in Engineering Management
- University of Phoenix, Master of Business Administration
- Western Governor’s University, Master of Science, Computer and Information Systems Security/ Information Assurance
(This information is comprised of data from the past six years.)