Northeast State holds groundbreaking for Technical Education Complex

Northeast State Community College officials on Tuesday held a ceremonial groundbreaking hailing the construction of a $29.8 million Technical Education Complex.

The 114,475 square-foot building will house the divisions of Business and Advanced Technologies. The complex will replace the oldest buildings on campus, which were built in the 1960s and early 1970s.

“This building has been long-awaited by the College and the community,” said Northeast State President James D. King. “It will be the crown jewel of the campus, and instrumental in student recruitment and workforce development.”

Breaking ground on the new Technical Education Complex at Northeast State.

The complex features two main floors, plus a courtyard level that will house division offices.

The ground floor will house classrooms, lab space, and faculty offices for Advanced Technologies. It will have lab space for instruction in computer numeric control (CNC) machining, welding, HVAC/electromechanical, electrical and wiring, magnetics and motors, and programmable logic controller (PLC)/mechatronics.

Entertainment Technology, part of the Business Technologies division, will also have a lighting and sound lab, recording studios, and a sound editing room on the first floor.

Thank you to all today’s attendees of our groundbreaking ceremony.

The top floor is home to Business Technologies and will feature lab space for business, computer programming, PC maintenance, cyber security, networking, accounting, professional office administration, entertainment technology, and an entrepreneurial center as well as faculty offices and classrooms.

“Lab space needs have grown tremendously in recent years,” King said. “The need for technology in classrooms and labs to train skilled workers is critical. We feel this facility will answer those needs as well as the demands of business and industry for generations to come.”

The project dovetails with Gov. Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative, a campaign to raise the number of Tennesseans who hold two- and four-year degrees to 55 percent by 2025. Currently, only 32 percent of residents have earned a college degree. Projections show 55 percent of all new jobs will require a degree.

Ohio-based Messer Construction Co. is the contractor for the project and John Fisher of Fisher Associates of Greeneville, Tenn., is the lead architect on the project.

Messer is a construction manager and general contractor, providing leadership for complex, commercial construction projects in the healthcare, higher education, life sciences, and industrial market segments.

Northeast State Alumni Night at the Theater set Nov. 9

Alumni of Northeast State Community College can enjoy a special ticket price for an upcoming evening performance of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through the Alumni at the Theater initiative.

Alumni Night at the Theatre provides free admission tickets to one alumni member and one guest to the Nov. 9 performance of 20,000 Leagues staged at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus. Alumni tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Alumni Night at the Theatre welcome graduates and former students back to campus for special events. This initiative provides opportunities for Northeast State alumni to attend theatre productions at special rates. Northeast State Theatre has established a strong reputation as a college program with students and faculty winning regional theatre competition awards.

Once alumni status is verified, names will be placed on the “Admit Free” list at the box office for the show. Alumni presenting their Northeast State National Alumni Association membership cards at the box office will be admitted free. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

This offer is good for the Nov. 9 performance only. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance from the Northeast State Business Office (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) for $10 or at the theatre box office before the show.

Northeast State alumni may reserve tickets by contacting the Northeast State Foundation at 423.279.7630. For more information about the production visit

Northeast State plans launch of CCAMPIS child-care program

Northeast State Community College released details today of its federally funded program to assist eligible Northeast State students with child care expenses. The program is expected to launch in January 2019.

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education to lessen education barriers and help parents stay in college and complete a certificate or degree. The four-year program is funded for a total of $729,000.  The program is eligible to receive an additional $99,334 for FY 2019, contingent on making substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the grant.

Northeast State announced plans today of its federally funded CCAMPIS program to assist eligible students with child care expenses.

As envisioned, the program will subsidize full-time care for infants through preschool children for 45 Northeast State students per year.  A sliding fee scale is used to determine the cost to the provider.

Northeast State will partner with local daycare providers who have a 3-star rating—the highest rating available—under the Tennessee Department of Human Services Child Care Report Card and Star Quality Programs.

CCAMPIS funds will be provided for the fall and spring semesters and during official college breaks. All subsidies are paid directly to the childcare center. Student copays must be paid on time, in accordance with center policies to maintain CCAMPIS funding. Students are responsible for all other fees, (application, supply, field trip, late fees, etc.). Students are responsible for summer rates and fees.

Program director Kurt Schmidt discussed the new CCAMPIS program with regional child care professionals at today’s event.

Eligibility for the program will be based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines a family’s financial status based on income, assets, and benefits as well as family size and the number of family members in college.

Students will be required to enroll in a degree or certificate program and sign up for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. Also, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5, meet regularly with the CCAMPIS coordinator, meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan, and participate in one parent training activity each semester.

For more information, contact Kurt F. Schmidt, CCAMPIS coordinator, 423.354.5273 or

Northeast State & Tusculum sign dual admissions agreement

Students attending Northeast State Community College will have a seamless transition to Tusculum University after receipt of an associate’s degree through a new agreement reached between the two higher education institutions.

Leaders from Tusculum and Northeast State conducted a news conference Oct. 22, on the Northeast State campus to discuss the new dual admission program. The initiative, which is effective immediately, will provide another path for students to receive their undergraduate degree and save them and their families money.

Northeast State President James King (left) and Tusculum President Dr. James Hurley at today’s dual admissions signing.

“The value of earning an undergraduate degree cannot be overstated because of the long-term impact it has on a person’s career and earning potential,” said Dr. James Hurley, Tusculum’s president. “As first-generation college graduates, some of my cabinet members and I have seen firsthand how this experience has changed our lives. This partnership between Tusculum and Northeast State is an excellent way for our two academic institutions to help those students achieve that ultimate goal.”

Students who participate in this program first enroll at Northeast State and earn an associate of arts degree, an associate of science degree or an associate of science and teaching degree. They then enroll at Tusculum to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Northeast State students who fulfill the requirements of the dual enrollment program are guaranteed acceptance to Tusculum. However, some majors might carry additional application and program admission requirements.

“We are appreciative of this partnership with Tusculum University that provides a smooth path for Northeast State students to achieve a bachelor’s degree,” said Northeast State President James D. King. “This dual admission program is an excellent opportunity for our students to further their educational goals.”

To be eligible for the dual admission program, students must plan to pursue an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree and meet Northeast State’s current admission requirements. Those who are already enrolled at Northeast State can still apply for the program provided that they have no more than 29 credit hours and meet threshold grade point average requirements.

Students who do not enroll for classes at Northeast State for more than a year have to reapply to the dual admission program. Anyone who does not complete all prerequisites for a degree at Tusculum while they attend Northeast State will have to take those courses at the university.

Northeast State will refer students to appropriate Tusculum campus contacts during their first semester enrolled in the program. Students will work jointly with contacts at both higher education institutions to determine the best course selection.

“When institutions of higher education work closely together students benefit,” said Dr. Sam Rowell, Northeast State’s vice president for Academic Affairs. “Students that plan to transfer to Tusculum will have a direct pathway receive academic advising and from both institutions. This partnership will allow students to become familiar with Tusculum advisors and resources prior to transferring, ultimately aiding the transition between institutions.”

Tusculum officials said the dual enrollment agreement will be a good fit for the university because it gives them plenty of time to prepare for a student’s arrival and have the necessary academic and social structure in place to serve them. Representatives of the two institutions also said they would be able to collaborate on recruitment efforts with high school students.

“This is a win-win-win scenario because it not only benefits our institutions but also the students who are pursuing a degree,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, Tusculum’s vice president of enrollment management and financial aid. “This agreement presents an organized method for everyone to plan a student’s academic path well in advance so students better understand the framework of their academic career. We’re excited about working with an excellent institution in Northeast State and will welcome these students with open arms on our campus.”

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