Northeast State was honored to receive CenturyLink’s 5th annual Faith in the Future Education Award for 2014 presented at the Millennium Center in Johnson City in November.
A five-member panel of judges selected Northeast State from a group of nominees in higher education from around the region. Northeast State vice president for Administrative Services, Dr. Fred Lewis, accepted the award on behalf of the College.
“Everyone at Northeast State extends our deepest thanks to CenturyLink and the judges for this prestigious award,” said Lewis. “The College has long been a forward-thinking institution dedicated to serving our students and expanding access to a college degree for the region’s high school seniors.”
CenturyLink hosts the Faith in the Future awards to recognize businesses and individuals that demonstrate a commitment to the future of their business, their employees, their community, and the region. Businesses and individuals from the counties of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington (TN and VA) are invited to participate.
Ceremony emcee Josh Smith highlighted the College’s expansion into Johnson City, academic program development, and responsive role in the new Tennessee Promise program to give high school seniors an opportunity to have a two-year degree funded.
The College is experiencing considerable expansion of facilities and academic opportunities. The Tennessee Board of Regents confirmed in August a construction contract with Rainey Contracting to complete Phase 3 of the $1.6 million, 36,000 square-foot renovation of Northeast State at Johnson City campus.The College launched the Entertainment Technology technical certificate program this fall at the Northeast State at Bristol campus. NASA’s Office of Education award the College two-year grant to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
A five-member evaluation team reviewed all nominations based on the criteria, choosing one winner per category. Other category winners included the One Acre Café, Mountain States Health Alliance Board of Directors, The Creative Energy Group, the Junior League of Johnson City, and John Deere Power Products.