Northeast State at Elizabethton will celebrate two decades as a higher education fixture in Carter County with the campus’s 20-year anniversary this spring. The campus will celebrate the anniversary as students return to class this week for the spring semester. The campus opens its expanded Learning Resource Center on Thursday, Jan. 28.
The Elizabethton campus schedules more than 100 course offerings each semester to accommodate student enrollment consistently exceeding 500 students and rising to over 650 students for past semesters.The campus also provides financial aid, business office, student health, and tutoring services for students.
Northeast State at Elizabethton began operating as a college campus in November 1995. The Elizabethton campus was formed after a committee of Carter County government and Northeast State officials met during the early summer of 1995 to discuss establishing a satellite campus. Individuals from the Workforce Development Complex, Alliance for Business and Training, the First Tennessee Private Industry Council, and county mayors of Carter, Johnson, and Unicoi counties collaborated on the project.
Workers began renovating what would become the Regional Workforce Development Complex in August of 1995. The Complex occupied one portion of the property established in the former Great Lakes Research Center across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The College’s then teaching site occupied another portion of the complex with six classrooms, two computer labs, and office space.
During the past 20 years, course offerings were added and enrollment grew to over 500 students. To meet the needs of scores of new students enrolling for classes, Northeast State at Elizabethton completed a multi-phase expansion that more than doubled the College’s physical space in 2010. The expansion added 15,000 square feet of available space to the teaching site.
Phases one and two added two new classrooms, one Interactive Television (ITV) classroom, one new computer lab, additional restrooms, and new office space for administration. The expansion also creates office space for financial aid, business office, student health, and tutoring service services at the existing entrance. The final phase completed in 2015 created laboratory space enabling the Elizabethton site to offer Intro to Microbiology courses for Health-Related Professions majors.
The Elizabethton campus received high marks from students over the years. A student satisfaction student released in 2010 reported more than 60 percent of students surveyed ranked individual attention from instructors and accessible computers labs as “highly important” to their experience at Northeast State. The survey also found a whopping 98 percent of enrolled students would recommend attending Northeast State to friends.
Today, Northeast State at Elizabethton boasts conventional classes as well as evening and distance education courses through online, video, and ITV formats.