Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.
Between providing for your family, working a job, and paying bills, returning to college can often seem like an unrealistic option. To make college a reality, Tennessee Reconnect programs are designed to help busy adults achieve dreams of attaining a college degree.
We understand that many barriers can arise for adult students during the process of enrolling in college, and it is our goal to remove as many of those barriers as possible. Many Northeast State employees returned to school as working adults, so we can identify barriers we faced, and try to eliminate them for our
- We want to help you take the first step in the process by allowing you to apply for admission at Northeast State for free! Since there is no financial obligation up front, the only thing you are giving up by applying to Northeast State is about 10 minutes of your time.
- We also have an Open Admission policy which allows us some flexibility with our enrollment deadlines.
- We offer a variety of options for our students to take classes. This allows students to work classes into their already busy lives! About 1/3 of our student population falls into the non-traditional category.
We also understand that our students may have concerns about returning to college after a period of time. We try to tackle those head on to make our students feel as comfortable as possible.
- Our highly trained Financial Aid Staff can answer any questions you have about paying for school. We have a number of institutional scholarships, and we honor outside scholarships you may receive.
- Our library and learning centers are staffed with folks who can help you with tutoring and help you understand the online resources that are available to you.
- Our classes are full of students from all walks of life. We have students who are new high school graduates, working professionals, and veterans. It is not uncommon for the majority of your class to be adults coming back to finish a degree they previously started.
Between providing for your family, working a job, and paying bills, returning to college can often seem overwhelming. We want you to know that achieving your dreams of earning a college degree at Northeast State is possible. Visit Northeast State's
Adult Learners webpage for more information.
Programs/courses are offered in both traditional and alternative delivery systems as follows:
Interactive Television (ITV),
Block Schedule Courses,
TN eCampus (formerly Regents Online Degree Program)
The Northeast Tennessee Reconnect Community is a group of college planning advisors who help adults planning to begin school for the first time or re-enroll navigate the process. They provide information about applying to schools, filing for financial aid, and serve as a valuable resource the entire time a student is in school.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), newly renamed
Timewise TN, is a method of evaluating what you have learned outside school for college credit. Your past experiences and knowledge (from work, hobbies, volunteering, and other sources) may already account for skills that you would have learned in the classroom. If you can demonstrate
this knowledge at the college level, many institutions in Tennessee will award college credit for what you already know. Of course, your knowledge must be relevant to your proposed degree, so you may not be able to earn credit for your knowledge of computers for a degree in music; however, there are many
options for demonstrating prior learning. By demonstrating your skills and skipping the class, you save time and money. Here are a few examples of options to earn credits through PLA at Northeast State: Military Service Credit, Credit by Examination, Credit for Evaluation of Professional Credentials, College-Level
Examination Program (CLEP), and Professional Portfolio. Advanced Placement (AP) and High School Dual Credit/Articulated Credit are also options, but they are more applicable to high school students.
Northeast State awards assistance to students to meet their college expenses through scholarships administered by the Northeast State Foundation or other sponsoring agencies that establish programs for Northeast State students. Northeast State scholarship awards are based on the availability of funds and the criteria set forth by the appropriate program sponsor and are subject to change.
The role of this office is to serve the educational needs of prospective and enrolled service persons, veterans, their dependents/survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs. We strive to administer these programs in an exemplary
manner by providing program information and advising, certifying eligible students, and serving as a liaison between the student and the DVA. Northeast State was recently named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2016, and also opened a Veteran's Center on our Blountville Campus.
Access to college can be difficult for several reasons. Some of the most common barriers are money, distance, and academic readiness. Many students have added responsibilities, including family and jobs that make attending college difficult. College Access Programs works with traditional and non-traditional students and their families in planning for post-secondary training and education.
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Membership is extended by invitation in the spring of
the academic year. The Nu Sigma Chi Chapter at Northeast State is one of over 300 institutional chapters throughout the United States.
Northeast State offers 140 degree programs, but to be eligible for the Tennessee Reconnect + Complete program students must be in the process of pursuing an AAS degree. The list of programs we offer has a column that specifically shows which degrees are designated as AAS degrees.
"The first thing I realized when I started classes was that I wasn’t the only “older” student here. I also realized that the faculty was just as friendly and helpful as the staff had been. I was not able to attend full time but really wanted to finish as quickly
as possible. I worked with an advisor that helped me schedule my classes every semester. With her help, I was able to graduate in the fall of 2012. I now tell people that other than having and raising my children, coming to school at Northeast State has been one of the best experiences in my life."-Cathy Phillips, Class of 2012.
"Northeast State offered practical training that the university did not. What I needed was an array of practical skills to equip me for better job opportunities."-J. Mike Ramey, Class of 2001
"After my husband and I split up, I moved to Tennessee to be near my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. Despite having had a great career (news anchor for nine years, marketing executive for a major league sports team in Denver, CO), I could not get a job in Tennessee. Every
employer I applied to asked, “Do you have a college degree?” My son was a student here and said it was an amazing school, which is why I chose Northeast State." -Kelley Hatch, Class of 2007
"The decision to come back to college was not an easy one. I had many concerns about the time commitment to study, maintaining family responsibilities, and meeting the financial obligations. While I have been fortunate to find a career that I truly enjoy, I have always had the desire to achieve more. In
order to advance in the direction I wanted to go, I needed more education. With the obstacle of not having enough education in front of my dreams, I knew the time was right to pursue my Associates Degree while working toward a Bachelor’s Degree."-Jennifer Kendrick-currently enrolled
do I begin the process of re-enrolling in college?
The first step is to complete a FREE online
for admission. You will also be asked to provide certain pieces of information such as official transcripts, proof of citizenship, immunizations, etc.
if I previously attended Northeast State Community College?
If you previously attended Northeast State Community College, you will need to complete an
application for readmission, and submit the necessary documents.
financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available through federal and state programs such as the Federal Pell Grant Program, Tennessee Reconnect + Complete Grant, and institutional scholarships through the Northeast State Foundation. Please contact the Northeast
Financial Aid Help Center for assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
FAFSA), and for information on additional sources on financial assistance.
will I fit classes into my work/family schedule?
Fitting classes into busy schedules is a common concern; however, Northeast State offers classes at
five convenient locations across the Tri-Cities. We also have schedules at our
Johnson City campus which allow students to take classes in 7 week or 4 week blocks using both classroom instruction and web-based learning. In addition, there are various options for taking
online courses with Northeast State. Although you may experience a small sacrifice of time with family and friends, we will work with you to find a schedule and location that best fits your circumstances.
long will it take to finish my degree?
The amount of time it will take you to finish your degree will vary based on your personal circumstances, i.e., how many credit hours you have earned and how many courses you are able to take during a semester. Once we review your transcripts, an academic advisor will work with you
to create a timetable that works best for your schedule.
will I take my classes?
You will choose where you are going to take your classes when you create your schedule each semester. You may take all of your classes at the same campus if they are available, or at
various campus locations if the time/dates at different locations better fit your schedule.
I receive help writing papers? Also, are
there tutors to help me in my classes?
Yes. Students may receive assistance in writing papers and can also request tutoring services through our on-site
Learning Centers. All of Northeast State's campuses are home to Learning Centers at which staff members are available to help you during regular operating hours. For those campus locations that do not have a full-time staff member, assistance with
papers and tutoring sessions can be arranged by appointment.
childcare available on campus?
At this time, we do not have childcare available on any of our campuses.
a place on campus where I can meet other non-traditional students?
Yes. One of the best ways to meet other non-traditional students is in your classes. In addition to the
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, which is designed specifically for non-traditional students, Northeast State offers numerous campus organizations consisting of a combination of traditional and non-traditional students.
Where can I receive career advising and get help with resume
Career Services office serves the students and alumni of Northeast State Community College in all aspects of career counseling and professional planning. A dedicated staff is available to assist students with resume development, cover letters, interviewing, and job search planning. Additionally, the office can assist students with clarifying their objectives and establishing career goals, which will enable them to fulfill their personal potential. Career Services has a full range of programs and services to help you find and achieve your goals.
I am a veteran. What kinds of military education benefits are
available for me?
Because the type of military benefits you can receive will be determined based on your individual situation, Northeast State has a fully staffed
Veterans Affairs Office that can help you with your admissions application and enrolling in courses, while maximizing your veterans benefits. We also have a new Veterans Center, an area on campus specifically set aside for veterans to have quiet
time between classes, study, and build relationships with fellow veteran students.
Can I participate in campus activities?
Absolutely! All students are encouraged to become active in our many
student organizations/clubs and social activities that take place at various campus locations throughout the year. Whether you involve yourself in campus carnival days in the fall and spring, various clubs related to your interests, intramural sports that test your athletic endurance and teamwork skills, or
cultural activities involving nationally known artists, musicians, singers, dancers, writers, and lecturers, you are sure to find events that enhance your collegiate experience. And, best of all, most activities and events are absolutely FREE for students.
How do I register for my classes?
You will receive assistance with class registration when you attend
New Student Orientation.
Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you in selecting the appropriate classes for your major, thereby insuring that you are on the correct path to earning your degree! You can always schedule an appointment with your advisor prior to orientation if you do not want to wait.
MyNortheast is a secure site that provides students, faculty, and administrative staff with world-class intranet and internet services. This is where you can check your e-mail, register for courses, and explore the internet. In addition, you can stay in contact with your professors through MyNortheast and will see your
grades as well.
Can I get credit for past work experience?
Yes. You can apply for college credit through a program known as
Prior Learning Assessment, also known as
Timewise TN, in which your past experiences and knowledge (from work, hobbies, volunteering, and other sources) may account for skills that you would have learned in the classroom. If you can demonstrate this knowledge at the college level, Northeast State may award college credit for what you already know.
do I pay for my classes?
If you qualify for grants and loans, those will automatically be applied to your account. If there is a remaining balance, you can pay with cash, check, or credit card. You may also use our
payment plan to cover your balance.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester. Exact dates can be found on our