About Us


    Contact information

    2425 Highway 75
    P.O. Box 246
    Blountville, Tennessee 37617-0246
    Phone: 423.323.3191 or 423.282.0800
    Admissions and Records only: 800.836.7822
    Fax: 423.279.7636

Northeast State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. As a comprehensive community college, Northeast State provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties.

The history of Northeast State reflects the changing educational needs of the residents of the five Northeast Tennessee counties which it serves. The college began as Tri-Cities State Area Vocational-Technical School in 1966 under the governance of the State Board for Vocational Education. In 1970, the mission was expanded and the school became a regional center for vocational and technical training. The scope was again expanded in 1978 to include the awarding of both one-year certificates and associate degrees in technology, and the name was changed to Tri-Cities State Technical Institute. Effective on July 1, 1983, Tri-Cities State Tech was placed under the governance of the Tennessee State Board of Regents and became part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. On July 1, 1990, a university parallel component was added, and the institution’s name was changed to Northeast State Technical Community College. On July 1, 2009, the name of the institution was changed to Northeast State Community College to better reflect the diverse range of programs offered by the institution.

In partnership with the community, the college sustains the effort toward improving the quality of life for residents of the Northeast Tennessee region. The college's fall 2014 headcount enrollment was 5,865 credit students.

Northeast State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northeast State.

Message From the President ...

Dr. Gilliam  

Dear Northeast State Students,

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 95% 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.

A new initiative at Northeast State, called STEP (Strategies for Teaching Excellence Program), focuses on helping students learn more effectively. Over the next several years, instructors will be utilizing research-based instructional strategies to improve student learning and more actively engage students in the learning process. These strategies will charge the students with setting, monitoring, and pursing learning goals; encourage them to take the initiative to find solutions to answers on their own; show them how to learn in groups; and help them to relate what they have learned in the classroom to their life, career, and any new situation.

Northeast State 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, Gray, Kingsport, and Elizabethton if you need tutoring, advising, or other academic and student support services. 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.

To continue 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.

Northeast State has articulation agreements with several four year colleges, and 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 King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Tusculum College, and the University of Tennessee.

Again, welcome and congratulations on selecting Northeast State to further your education.