Northeast State has been designated a VETS Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) in recognition of the College’s support of student veterans.
Northeast State is one of only 13 institutions in Tennessee to have the distinction of being named a VETS Campus. Currently, Northeast State provides services to over 250 students who have previously served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
The VETS Campus designation is part of the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act of 2014. Campuses that meet the requirements must prioritize outreach to veterans and create an environment in which veteran students have the resources to thrive.
Specific requirements include annual surveys of veteran students, targeted orientation programs, and mentoring and support services developed specifically for students who are veterans.
THEC administers the VETS Campus program and provides the designation to campuses that meet the requirements specified by the VETS Act.
“We are very appreciative of this distinction,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam. “This honor is a testament to the hard work of our staff and faculty to create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for our student veterans.”
During a Feb. 5 event, Northeast State received a certificate from THEC recognizing the institution’s designation as a VETS Campus. Speakers at the event included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, sponsor of the VETS Act; Dr. Russ Deaton, interim executive director of THEC; and Dr. Janice H. Gilliam, president of Northeast State.
“In Tennessee, we are working hard to ensure that veterans have the services and support they need to be successful in pursuing higher education,” said Dr. Deaton. “Northeast State has proven to be an example of all that a campus can do to welcome and serve the veterans who have so bravely served our country.”