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.

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