Northeast State – The Year in Review

Northeast State wraps up 2016 after a yearlong celebration of its opening 50 years ago. From Tri-Cities Area Vocational-Technical School to Northeast State Community College, our institution celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. The small vocational school opened for classes in 1966 with two buildings, six program, and just north of 30 total students. Today, the school functions as a comprehensive community college with five campuses, 150 academic programs, more than 6,000 enrolled students, and a national alumni directory.

Below are a few highlights from the year.

Northeast State at Elizabethton celebrates 20th anniversary

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 throughout the year in conjunction with the College’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Elizabethton campus received high marks from students over the years.  A student satisfaction student released in 2010 reported 98 percent of enrolled students would recommend attending Northeast State to friends.

Northeast State at Elizabethton successfully enrolls hundreds of students each semester.
Northeast State at Elizabethton successfully enrolls hundreds of students each semester.

Northeast State, CMT partner for veterans’ awareness concert

Rising country performer Courtney Cole performed at the WRCPA Theater in April to raise awareness of educational opportunities for U.S. veterans in Northeast Tennessee. The concert was sponsored by Northeast State and the CMT Network. Northeast State partnered with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative and the American Association of Community Colleges to increase visibility for education and rural workforce challenges.

Courtney Cole

Northeast State named service provider for adult education services

Northeast State was named as a new Tennessee service provider for adult education services. The College is one of eight service providers announced by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) to coordinate adult education programs in each of the state’s 95 counties. Northeast State was awarded a $798,000 grant to oversee delivery of the program. The College now serves TDLWD District 1 which includes Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

TBR approves A.A.S. degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology

aviationtechnologylogoNortheast State’s Advanced Technologies Division has announced the addition of a new associate of applied science degree program in Aviation Maintenance Technology. The two-year degree was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents in spring 2016. Created through a partnership with the Bell Helicopter aeronautics company, the Aviation Technology program seeks to fill the demand for aeronautic mechanics in the regional and national workforce. The two-year degree program requires students to complete 63 credit hours of core curriculum courses and aviation-specific courses. The College began offering a 29-credit-hour technical certificate program in Aviation Technology in fall 2015.

TBR meets in quarterly session at Northeast State

 The Tennessee Board of Regents held its regular quarterly session at Northeast State on June 24, following a day of committee meetings on June 23. Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday in the 1st Floor Theater of the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Committees will meet in this order: Audit, Finance and Business Operations, Personnel and Compensation, Academic Policies and Programs and Student Life, External Affairs, and Workforce Development.
Members of the TBR and Northeast State faculty and staff.

Northeast State’s 50th homecoming event

Hundreds of people attended Northeast State’s 50th anniversary Homecoming event on Sept. 29 with a free concert from The Breakfast Club and the Grammy-nominated band Fastball.

Northeast State presidents (from left) Janice Gilliam, William Locke, Wade Powers, and James Owen.
Northeast State presidents (from left) Janice Gilliam, William Locke, Wade Powers, and James Owen.

The day opened with four living Northeast State presidents Drs. Wade Powers, James Owen, Bill Locke, and Janice Gilliam reflecting on the growth of the College and their years of service at Northeast State. The homecoming and concert also celebrated the Northeast State Foundation’s annual Because of You Campaign (BOYC) week, designed to allow the College’s clubs and organizations to raise funds for scholarships, programs and projects.

Northeast State lands $190,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Northeast State a $190,000 grant to recruit high school students and prepare them for careers in cybersecurity. The two-year project will combine technical, entrepreneurial, and soft skills training to produce well-round professionals who can not only solve technological issues, but also work well with individuals and teams to identify and fix problems. Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences Allan Anderson is the project’s principal investigator and he will be assisted by Dr. Carol Cole, co-principal investigator and professor of Management.

Cyber Defense is a growing career field.

Northeast State named top blood drive sponsor among area collegesNortheast State Community College was named top blood drive sponsor among area colleges and universities recently at the Marsh Regional Blood Center’s annual awards luncheon. In 2015, the College collected 443 units in drives on the College’s various campuses. This is the third year in a row the College has ranked number one in donations.

 Northeast State buries time capsule culminating 50 year anniversary

Northeast State Community College wrapped up its year of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary today by burying a time capsule. The 20 items buried in the capsule behind the Wayne G. Basler Library included a 50th anniversary pin, a copy of the 1966-67 college catalog, the college’s first administrative staff photo from 1966, a selfie stick, and a jump drive.

The 50-year Northeast State time capsule.


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