Milligan, Northeast sign engineering partnership

A new partnership between Milligan College and Northeast State will give Northeast State students a smoother and faster start to earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering at Milligan.

On Friday, administrators from Northeast State and Milligan signed an agreement giving Northeast State students who plan to transfer to Milligan’s engineering program an option to co-enroll and take core pre-engineering and engineering courses.

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Milligan College President Dr. Bill Greer (left) and Northeast State President James King signed a transfer agreement Friday.
Back row, L-R: Hongyou Lu, Milligan’s program development associate for engineering; Dr. Jeff Giesey, Milligan’s professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Greg Harrell, Milligan’s director of engineering; and Malissa Trent, Northeast State’s dean of mathematics.

“We’re grateful for the chance to collaborate with Northeast State in this venture, and we look forward to discussing additional mutually-beneficial partnerships with them in the near future,” said Dr. Garland Young, vice president for academic affairs.

Milligan’s engineering program is a four-year program offered at the college’s main campus in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is the only such program within a two-hour radius of the Tri-Cities. The college recently dedicated its state-of-the-art labs in honor of Eastman, NN Inc., Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. (a subsidiary of BWX Technologies) and TPI Corporation.

“I think one of the big advantages to the program is co-enrollment,” said Northeast State President James King. “Students can co-enroll here at Milligan and automatically feel comfortable. We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.”

Directed by Dr. Greg Harrell, a lead technical adviser for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Energy, Milligan’s engineering faculty have taught at Virginia Tech, West Point and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, as well as earned NASA and Fulbright fellowships.

Milligan’s engineering majors have been reviewed and approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Milligan also will be seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accordingly, the program has been designed to meet accreditation standards.

Milligan’s engineering faculty members are experienced leaders in the field and seasoned academicians who have been core faculty members in ABET-accredited programs. Local industry leaders and national corporations have endorsed the program, are offering internships and co-ops, and are eager to hire Milligan engineering graduates.More information on ABET accreditation can be found

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