Evening and Distance Education transitioning to Multi-Campus Programs

The Northeast State Division of Evening and Distance Education has been approved to change its name. Effective July 1, Evening and Distance Education becomes the Division of Multi-Campus Programs.

“The name change better encompasses the role the division has across the College’s six campuses and sixteen high school instructional teaching sites,” said Dr. Pashia Hogan, assistant vice president of the division.

The functions of Multi-Campus Programs have changed considerably as Northeast State has worked to expand access to classes and degree opportunities for potential students throughout the region.

Multi-Campus Programs deliver courses and student services to Northeast State campus sites.

The division provides classes on all campuses through traditional and alternative delivery methods, both day and evening, including Weekend College, to meet students’ diverse scheduling needs. The division’s Distance Education unit offers Interactive Television (ITV), Internet and Hybrid classes, and fully online classes. The division also directs the University Parallel Dual Enrollment and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to provide early postsecondary opportunities for area high school students.

Northeast State operates a campus site in all five counties of the College’s service area and offers dual enrollment and Career Academy options in 16 area high schools. Dual enrollment represents a growing interest from high school students eager to earn college credits.

This dual enrollment class on robotics is one of many course offerings available to high school students.

Hogan said division staff had discussed renaming options over the last several months prior to deciding on Multi-Campus Programs. She said the name appropriately reflected the division’s expanding role in delivering education through the College’s service area. A new logo representing the division will be unveiled next month.

Students completing evening and distance education courses meet the same requirements as those in traditional daytime classes. Students enrolled in the evening, distance education, and non-traditional programs coordinated by the division of Multi-Campus Programs also have all the same educational and support services available to them as students enrolled in traditional programs.

“Because the division encompasses much more than “evening” and “distance” programs, we determined it was time for a change,” said Hogan. “We needed something to better represent what we do across the College’s multiple campuses.”

Northeast State hosts CollegeforTN training session

Northeast State hosted the Tennessee Higher Education Commission CollegeforTN counselor training session today at the Blountville campus. Counselors representing high schools from across Northeast Tennessee attended the session designed to acquaint them with the tools the CollegeforTN portal provides to upcoming high school graduates.

Area high school counselors visit the CollegeforTN online portal.
Lisa Davies breaks down the CollegeforTN online portal at today’s training event.

Northeast State vice president for Academic Affairs, Lana Hamilton, welcomed the counselors to the event and introduced Western Governors University – TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep and CollegeforTN Higher Education Coordinator Lisa Davies.

NeSCC VP for Academic Affairs Lana Hamilton welcomes counselors to the day's training session.
Northeast State VP for Academic Affairs Lana Hamilton welcomes counselors to the day’s training session.

Davis presented the CollegeforTN one-stop online portal that allows high school students to prepare and apply for college and or any post-secondary education pursuit. The portal offers students online career and interest assessments as they explore potential college majors and careers.

WGU-TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep talks about the transfer opportunities available to students after they earn associate degrees.
Western Governors University-TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep talks about the transfer opportunities available to students with WGU after they earn associate degrees.

CollegeforTN.org offers a guided resume builder, free ACT and SAT test preparation section, and the customization of high school and college planning timelines. The web portal also offers financial aid guides and resources specific to Tennessee.

Northeast State was delighted to welcome high school counselors from around our area.
Fueling up before the morning’s session.

Earn volunteer hours at Fairmont El fall festival Sept. 26

TN Promise students can earn volunteer hours this month when Fairmont Elementary School in Johnson City hosts its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 25.

Class of 2014 TN Promise students must complete 8 hours of community service by Dec. 1.
Class of 2015 TN Promise students must complete 8 hours of community service by Dec. 1.

Festival organizers are looking for student volunteers to help with the different games and activities for the night. TN Promise students can earn up to four (4) volunteer hours at the event. Organizers have shifts available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or students can do both to get four hours.

For more information, contact Bethany Teilhet at 423.943.1090 or e-mail bethteilhet@gmail.com.