TRiO at Northeast State

(Northeast State highlights students service offices around campus this summer with links to their services. First up is the TRiO Students Support Services office.)

You know something that is both useful and great?  The TRiO Student Support Services Program at Northeast State.

The Northeast State TRiO team of Jenny Reed, Raylene Steward, Tonya Cassell, and Rita Lay assist students with a variety of services from academic planning and advising to tutoring and transfer opportunities.

TRiO assists low-income, first-generation and/or students with documented disabilities graduate from college and transfer to a four-year college or university. Northeast State’s TRiO SSS program serves 180 eligible students annually. Applications are being taken now for the fall semester and can be submitted here.

TRiO advising staff meet with students throughout the semester with a great emphasis on academic planning. TRiO advisors help students understand general education requirements, registration and financial aid opportunities, and understand degree/certificate programs available. To learn more about TRiO at Northeast State, visit their website and apply now for the fall semester.

Northeast State announces new accelerated and online degree programs

Two innovative new degree options give students an opportunity to earn an associate degree online or in only 18 months at Northeast State Community College.

Beginning this fall semester, college ready students will have the opportunity to complete an associate degree in General Studies over four fall and spring semesters in a fully online setting. The online option requires students to visit a campus for weekly lab meetings for the biology courses and exams proctored on the Blountville campus.

“The online degree program is open to any student seeking to enroll at Northeast State,” said Dr. J. Mike Ramey, Director of Distance Education Programs and Services at the College. “The online program gives students the flexibility to work at their own pace within assigned deadlines.”

The fully online degree path gives students full-term classes over four semesters. The A.S. General degree consists of 60 credit hours transferable to any Tennessee Board of Regents two- or four-year institution. Students opting to register for the fully online classes can register through My.Northeast, receive financial aid and take classes in other formats – ITV or classroom sessions – as needed.

Online courses offered through Northeast State are staffed by Northeast State faculty members; students are charged no additional fees to enroll in online courses.

“The proximity and availability of our professors to the students is a major asset to our online degree program,” Ramey said.

A second new degree option available open to students this fall is the 18-month A.S. General program. Students opting for the accelerated path take one course at a time except when required by the program to take two courses. Each student meets with the Cohort Advisor to discuss his or her progress in the program. Students must attend in-class meetings. In addition, the program requires that students sign an agreement indicating they have discussed all details of the program with the Cohort Advisor.

“The accelerated degree program requires a student to dedicate at least 45 hours per week to class work,” said Ramey.

Students attend intersession classes which are three-and-a-half weeks in duration. Terms 1 and 2 last seven weeks each, and a full summer session lasts ten weeks. The program needs a minimum of 25 students enrolled this fall. If the cohort is postponed, enrolled students can register for the same courses in online or traditional class formats.

The accelerated path was designed specifically for non-traditional college students who meet admissions requirements and adhere to the stipulations of the program agreement. The accelerated option is not designed for students requiring Learning Support classes.

“We tailored the accelerated program to college-ready students who are highly motivated to earn their associate degree quickly,” said Ramey. “The curriculum and time demands are intensive and rigorous because students are immersed in course content from day one.”

For more information about these new degree paths, visit the Evening and Distance Education web page or email


Emerging Technologies Complex project moves forward April 3

The Emerging Technologies Complex project at the Blountville campus moves forward with construction site preparation beginning April 3.

Construction crews will begin placing a barrier fence around the construction site on that date to establish a safety perimeter around the build area. The 18-month project will claim one faculty and two student parking lots for construction vehicles and staging. The parking lots affected are:

  • Faculty/Staff parking lot adjacent to the Automotive/Welding building
  • Student parking lot to the southwest of the basketball/tennis courts
  • Student parking lot southeast of the basketball/tennis courts.

The yellow outline on the map below projects the size of the new technology complex. The dashed red line on the map displays where the barrier fence will be placed and which parking areas will be affected.

Overflow parking lots are available at the northeast area of campus. As parking areas are going to be condensed, students and staff will be required to walk around the fenced construction area. Students and staff should prepare for significantly increased pedestrian traffic in parking lots and around buildings.

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to drive with caution while the construction project is underway. For more information, contact the Northeast State Police Department at 423.323.0255 or visit

Career Discovery program offered for high school juniors, seniors

This summer, rising high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take part in a five-day, rigorous, hands-on exploration of various academic areas such as Entertainment Technology, Welding, Drafting, and Criminal Justice.

Career Discovery, sponsored by Northeast State’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, aims to help high school students discover their career and academic potential within a fun and exciting atmosphere. Students will join in activities at the College and explore careers through industry field trips.

The Career Discovery program will allow CTE students to explore career and academic paths.

Career Discovery will be held June 12-16, 2017. The program is free, but limited to 20 high school students. Participating students will receive a t-shirt, lunch daily, and a $50 gift card for completing the program.

Any current high school sophomores or juniors interested in Career Discovery should speak with their high school’s CTE Principal by March 30. For more information, call 423.354.5297 or e-mail