Northeast State first TBR community college to launch mobile app

Northeast State has become the first community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to launch its own mobile application.

The free app is available for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace or from the iTunes Store by searching for Northeast State.

The app currently includes buttons to search the college directory, look at maps of the main campus and the Kingsport teaching sites, read recent news articles about the college, view contact information for all of Northeast State’s teaching sites, and access to Library information and various research databases.

Northeast State students can now download the College's free mobile app from Android or iTunes.

Users may also use the app to access Northeast State’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter sites. The Android version has a button for NORSTAR access and the Apple version will soon have that capability. For the Apple version, devices should have an iOS 5+ operating system.

“I am pleased to announce the mobile app is now available, giving students, faculty, staff, and the community access to the College on the go,” said Fred Lewis, vice president for information technology. “This is the first version of the app and we plan to add additional features over time.”

A Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey conducted last fall noted 57 percent of community college students own smartphones, with 42 percent of that group using their devices to study or do homework.

“We know the trend toward uses of mobile devices will continue to grow,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president, “This mobile app is a big step in keeping Northeast State information convenient and accessible for our students and the community at-large.”

A 10-person team designed and created the app under the direction of lead developers Chris Demas, a Northeast State librarian, and Russell Bowman, the College’s Webmaster.  The College plans to share the source code with sister Tennessee Board of Regents’ institutions.

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