ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

Additions are now complete at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton and the learning space has doubled.

Friday, officials cut the ribbon on the expansion, which was started in August of 2012. The total learning space is up to about 95,000 square feet.

The expansion comes online just as the school has been named a National Coalition Certification Center, and gives the school the ability to offer specialized training and certifications in technical skills.

They are a Southeast Regional Center, which is only one of four in the country.

Director Dean Blevins says this means a lot to the students and the area. "It's more dollars per hour going in to the job market, and it's really in line with the governor's Drive to 55 where 55 percent of Tennesseans need to hold a certification or post secondary credential by the year 2025," he said.

The expansion project cost about $16 million and replaces a building they used on Arney Street in Elizabethton.