Northeast State at Blountville campus adding new parking lot

Circling rows of cars hoping to see an empty space is no fun for any motorist. It gets even more maddening if your chemistry class starts in less than two minutes.

Students arriving for classes at Northeast State Community College’s main campus this fall will find hundreds of new parking spaces available after a new parking lot and road expansion is completed this summer.

“We’ve been trying to get done for a few years,” said Pete Miller, director of maintenance at Northeast State.

Located on the east end of campus, the new lot creates more than 300 new student parking spaces. Grading on the new space began last week. Construction includes paving and striping parking spaces. In addition to a new parking lot, the paving project joins two existing streets on campus into one main roadway that improves vehicle traffic flow around campus.

“The paving creates one continuous loop around campus connecting both entrances on Highway 75,” said Miller. “That should help students move around campus better.”

Summers-Taylor, Inc. won a public bid for the project earlier this year. Miller said the project should be completed by August of this year and well before fall semester classes convene. The project is being funded through the College’s existing fund budget with no new state appropriations being used, he added.

Fast-growing enrollment at Northeast State in recent years has left students facing overflow parking conditions during the first week of the fall semester. Many had no choice but to park on the grass or simply make their own spaces to reach classes on time.

Miller said the College’s Blountville campus still had some room for growth as additional property extending east to Muddy Creek Road remained undeveloped.

“I think it will make a big difference this because students shouldn’t need to park on the grass this fall,” said Miller. “We may not have enough spaces for everyone in the first couple of weeks, but after that I think we will be in good shape parking wise for the near term.”


Northeast State and Tusculum sign articulation agreement

The presidents of Northeast State Community College and Tusculum College signed a new articulation agreement today opening the door for a seamless transfer for students majoring in selected academic programs at both institutions.

Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam signed the articulation agreement at the Northeast State at Gray teaching site on Tuesday afternoon. The agreement becomes effective immediately for students enrolled at Northeast State.

“We are very pleased to announce the new partnership and articulation agreement with our friends at Northeast State,” said Moody. “This articulation agreement offers prospective students of all ages an opportunity to complete everything from the GED through a master’s degree through a seamless process that creates a tremendous opportunity for them to remain at home and pursue their educational dreams.”

The two colleges have maintained a general articulation agreement since 1995. Both institutions reviewed all existing curriculum offerings, matching equivalency courses at both colleges and eliminating the need for students to retake courses or lose earned credit hours.

“Any Northeast State student who has earned an associate of science or associate of applied science and who meets the requirements for admission at Tusculum will receive transfer credits for all courses taken at Northeast State,” said Lana Hamilton, vice president for Academic Affairs at Northeast State. The articulation agreement includes students who have earned associate of science degrees in Teaching and associate of science degrees in Business at Northeast State. These graduates may transfer all earned credit hours into the Bachelor’s degree programs of Education and Business at Tusculum.

“This partnership demonstrates the value of how earning an associate degree can give students the opportunity to move into a Bachelor’s degree program,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam said. “Tusculum’s reputation as one our region’s finest colleges will make this an attractive option for both traditional and non-traditional students at Northeast State.”

Tusculum opened their Tri-Cities Teaching Center at the Northeast State at Gray teaching site in 2009. The college began conducting cohort classes at the center the same year.

“Due to their expansion at the Tri-Cities Center, we are able to enhance and strengthen our partnership with Tusculum,” said Hamilton. Northeast State students admitted to Tusculum may be eligible for merit scholarships based upon academic performance, as well as other forms of financial aid.

“In recent years, Tusculum College has awarded up to $8 million in institutional aid in addition to federal and state funding sources in order to help deserving students complete their education,” said Moody. “Students articulating from Northeast State will be eligible to apply for all forms of financial aid for which they are eligible.”

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 is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. The College's fall 2009 headcount enrollment was 6,270 students.

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-four hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.


Northeast State & Tusculum to sign new articulation agreement June 15

Representatives of Northeast State Community College and Tusculum College will sign a new articulation agreement on June 15 that provides seamless transfer for Northeast State graduates into a select number of Bachelor’s degree programs at Tusculum.

The signing is being held at 2 p.m. in the Northeast State at Gray teaching site, 104 Dillon Court, near Highway 75 market in Gray.

Any Northeast State student who has earned an associate of science or associate of applied science and who meets the minimum requirements for admission at Tusculum will receive transfer credits for all courses taken at Northeast State.

Tusculum established the Tri-Cities Teaching Center at the Northeast State at Gray teaching site in 2009. The articulation program between both institutions begins in fall 2010.

For information, contact Thomas Wilson at 423.279.7668 or tdwilson@NortheastState.edu or Suzanne Richey at 423.636.7304 or srichey@tusculum.edu.