Dear Friends, I am excited to share the wonderful accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the College during our 50th anniversary celebration year!
Over the years, Northeast State has seen name changes, different presidents, new buildings, and many more transformations. However, the College has always held true to the original mission of serving individuals with diverse needs. We have worked to meet the needs of the thousands of learners who have followed their dreams and taken advantage of a Northeast State education. It has been a journey of progress, starting in 1966 as a vocational school with two buildings, six programs, and 35 students; and arriving in 2016 as a comprehensive community college with five campuses, 150 programs, and serving more than 7,500 students annually.
We work hard to live up to our motto: “We’re Here to Get You There.” As a result, Northeast State students have become valued employees and solid citizens. They are mechanics, welders, accountants, attorneys, nurses, teachers, police officers, physician’s assistants, office workers, entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers, and paramedics, to name a few. They are the College’s legacy of excellence.
To celebrate the growth and educational endeavors of Northeast State’s 50 years, we hosted events every month to bring our campus, the community, and alumni together. These events included Back to the Classroom lectures with former and current faculty, staff and presidents, a concert by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, a CMT Concert for Veterans, a golf tournament, Educate4Success with Ron Clark, and a Jeff Little Trio Concert.
The Elizabethton campus celebrated 20 years of service as a higher education campus in Carter County. The campus hosts conventional classes as well as evening and distance education courses through online, and ITV formats. It also opened a new Learning Resource Center space that more than doubled computer access for students.
Homecoming on September 29, 2016, marked the culmination of our celebration year. The day included carnival activities on the quad, with local food trucks providing new tastes to try. A concert by award winning rock band Fastball, with the Breakfast Club, closed out the night with music and dancing. Also, on this day, the College received a preliminary report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that after reviewing Northeast State’s processes, programs and visiting five off-campus instructional sites it had found Northeast State to be in full compliance with the standards related to the Off-campus Instructional Site Report.
The College presented the Outstanding Student Award to Victoria Hewlett of Elizabethton, She was an Honors student, a member of the President’s All-Academic Team with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and a double major in Sociology and Speech Communication. Hewlett is currently attending Yale University.
Dottie Corey, with the Human Resources Department, was named the Distinguished Support Staff recipient. Dean of Enrollment Management, Jennifer Starling, received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Award. English Associate Professor Tempi Hale was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award.
Long-time Northeast State faculty member Dr. Charles H. Charlton was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the East Tennessee State University’s Annual Black Faculty and Staff Heritage Banquet. Charlton had a distinguished career in civic government, education, and pastoral ministry. He has been a professor at Northeast State for 23 years, currently teaching reading, learning strategies, humanities, and Black studies.
Donald Coleman received the College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2016. Coleman earned his EMT-Paramedic certification from Northeast State in 1987. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University. Today, Coleman serves as assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and associate professor of Emergency Medical Technology at Northeast State.
The Northeast State Community College Police Department became the first community college police department in the state to be granted accreditation status by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program. To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing more than 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards address a variety of areas including organizational, operational, safety, and budget management practices.
The National Science Foundation awarded the College 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-rounded professionals who cannot only solve technological issues, but also work well with individuals and teams to identify and fix problems.
Northeast State was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new federal program allowing low-income high school students to apply for Federal Pell grants to pay for certain dual enrollment courses. The College was one of 44 post-secondary institutions in 23 states chosen for the program, which is expected to give an estimated 10,000 high school students access to $20 million in Pell Grants. Northeast State’s Dual Enrollment Program is a cooperative effort between high schools, home schools, and the College. Currently, the College has more than 600 students in its program.
To expand academic and advising programs, the College received a Tennessee Promise Forward Grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). THEC awarded five community colleges nearly $800,000 designated to help the recipient colleges focus on student success and retention. Northeast State plans to expand its successful peer mentoring program with this funding.
As we begin to close out 2016, we are anticipating the arrival of 2017. We look forward to sharing news and event information regarding all the great surprises in store next year!