Northeast State receives two-year NASA grant

Northeast State has been awarded a two-year grant from NASA’s Office of Education to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Northeast State’s grant is part of a $499,689 NASA grant to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program.

“We are very pleased to have received this grant,” said Dr. Gilliam, Northeast State president. “The funding will enable the College to attract students to STEM-related programs and provide them with skills and training that will enhance their opportunities in the job market.”

nasa-logoThe grant was one of 35 awards made to U.S. Space Grant Consortia. Winning proposals outlined ways to attract and retain more students from community and technical colleges in STEM curricula, develop stronger collaborations to increase student access to NASA’s STEM education content, and increase the number of students who advance from an associate to a bachelor’s degree.

The members of the Tennessee consortium include Northeast State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, and Roane State Community College.

The grant will allow Northeast State to provide $45,000 in scholarships as well as fund efforts to recruit under-represented groups into STEM-related programs of study.

Space Grant Consortia operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Each has a lead institution to manage its activities. In addition, there are more than 850 affiliates, including colleges and universities, industry, museums and science centers, and state and local agencies, that work to support and enhance science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts for NASA’s aeronautics and space projects. The affiliates work directly with the lead Space Grant institutions to deliver quality STEM programs.

Through this NASA higher education program, the agency continues its tradition of investing in the U.S. education infrastructure with the goal of developing STEM skills and capabilities critical to achieving the nation’s exploration goals through a robust, STEM-literate workforce.

For more information on the grant or the Northeast State’s advanced technology offerings, visit or call 423.279.7639.

Because of You kicks off today

The Northeast State kicks off the third year of the successful Because of You Campaign today to raise money for student scholarships.

The Because of You campaign begins Sept. 29.
The Because of You campaign begins Sept. 29.

Because of You launches Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 6 as a fundraising campaign by the College’s academic programs and administrative departments. The week’s fundraising events include a car wash by Automotive Programs, BEAR Bucks Village with a variety of nice seasonal goods, the GLOW Run road race by the Honors Program, and a Northeast State Has Talent show among many others. Get the entire calendar of events by clicking here.

J.P. the Bear will be there for his many fans.
J.P. the Bear will be there for his many fans.

The week also features the art exhibit “Edged Perception” by alumnus Darby Curtis, ’11, at Basler Library on Sept. 30.  Curtis will lecture about his work at 1:30 p.m. and host a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Gallery.

Alumnus and artist Darby Curtis opens his Edged Perception exhibit.
Alumnus and artist Darby Curtis opens his Edged Perception exhibit.

Initiated in 2012, the campaign generated a tremendous response from faculty and staff raising more than $50,000 for new and existing scholarships.  The campaign features a friendly competition between participating departments for their fundraising efforts.

The Honors Glow Run
The Honors Glow Run happens Oct. 1.

The campaign continues throughout the week with individual groups and organizations each taking a day for fundraising. Events are held staged at Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville, as well as teaching sites in Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport.


Northeast State earns Military Friendly Schools listing

Victory Media has once again named Northeast State to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“It is an honor to be included in this select group of colleges and universities for the 6th consecutive year,” said Pat Chandler, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at Northeast State. “Our College strives to offer the best possible services to those who have already given so much. We want these students to be successful.”

MFS15_HighResThe Military Friendly Schools® website,, features the list as well as interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

MTSU, NeSCC sign agreements for transfer options

The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College signed agreements Sept. 22 to ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the community college to the university.

MTSU’s Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Northeast State’s Dr. Janice Gilliam authorized three agreements that create dual admissions and reverse transfer options between the community college – with a main campus in Blountville and four satellite campuses – and MTSU, located in Murfreesboro.

The agreement signing occurred at The Millennium Center in Johnson City, where the second leg of the six-city True Blue Tour was held later for prospective students and their guests.

“These agreements point to the need for higher education institutions to work together more closely to help more Tennesseans earn a college degree,” said McPhee. “This partnership with Northeast State is part of MTSU’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking their degrees and to support the state’s goal of producing a more educated workforce.”

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Middle Tennessee State University,” Gilliam said. “This agreement is a great opportunity for students to establish a relationship with both Northeast State and MTSU, which we believe will enhance their academic experience and help them achieve their goal of college completion.”

Dr. Sidney McPhee and Dr. Janice Gilliam celebrate three transfer agreements.
Dr. Sidney McPhee and Dr. Janice Gilliam celebrate three transfer agreements.

The agreements allow Northeast State students to interact with MTSU advisers and have access to faculty and programs within their proposed majors. Students completing an associate degree will be granted access to register early for university classes.

Another element of the agreements is reverse transfer.

A student completing MTSU courses can transfer those credits back to Northeast State to help meet requirements for an associate degree. To learn more, students should email or visit

MTSU, the largest and oldest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regent’s system, also has established dual-admission programs with Nashville State, Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State, Motlow State, Jackson State and Roane State community colleges.

Northeast State is a two-year TBR college providing university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to citizens from five counties. The school has campuses in Blountville, Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport. A Johnson City campus is scheduled to open in April 2015.