I would like to
welcome you to Northeast State where the faculty and staff have created a warm
and welcoming learning environment. Because of its dedicated faculty and staff,
Northeast State has one of the highest retention and graduation rates in the state.
Our graduates learn skills and gain knowledge that helps them become
successful, with over 90% placing into jobs in their fields of study.
Additionally, our graduates regularly meet or exceed critical performance
measures. These performance measures include general education competency
exams, major field tests, academic program reviews, and licensure exams.
Several of these performance measures compare Northeast State graduates against
other students from across the state or nation.
at Northeast State, called STEP (Strategies for Teaching Excellence Program), focuses on helping students learn
more effectively. Instructors are utilizing research-based instructional
strategies to improve student learning and more actively engage students in the
learning process. To improve employability skills, students learn to take
responsibility for their own learning, actively engage in the learning process,
work cooperatively with other students, and implement higher order thinking to
solve problems. These strategies also assist students in setting, monitoring,
and pursuing learning goals; encourage them to take the initiative to find
solutions to answers on their own; show them how to learn in a team
environment, as required by the workplace; and help them to relate what they
have learned in the classroom to their life, career, and any new situation.
offers many support services to help you meet your goals. Please visit the
learning centers located on the Blountville campus as well as centers located
at the Northeast State teaching sites in Bristol, Kingsport and Elizabethton if
you need tutoring, advising, or other academic and student support services. Most
of the student services offices are centrally located at the intersection of
the Pierce Building and General Studies Building. It is important that you meet
with your academic advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on
track for graduation. I encourage you to register early each semester in order
to get the courses you need and to develop a schedule that works best for you.
receiving financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA (application for
federal financial aid)
each year. So your application can be processed in a timely manner and you will
be eligible for special state grants, please complete the FAFSA application by March 1. If you need assistance,
please contact the office of Financial Aid and schedule an appointment. We provide a Help Center to
help you complete the FAFSA.
has articulation agreements with several four year colleges, and all of the
public four year universities through a program called Tennessee Transfer
Pathways (TTPs). I encourage you to work with advisors from the college if you
plan to attend after you complete your degree or certificate program at
Northeast State. Throughout the year, Northeast State invites representatives
from four-year colleges and universities to assist you in your plans to
transfer. Also, the Kingsport Center for Higher Education at Northeast State at Kingsport
houses offices for representatives from Tusculum, Milligan, King College,
Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Tennessee. ETSU also has
classes in Kingsport and Bristol.
and congratulations on selecting Northeast State to further your education.
Gilliam, Ed. D.