Northeast State’s Commitment to Access and Diversity


Northeast State shall be a premier learning-centered institution whose students and graduates are among the best-prepared individuals to meet current and emerging needs.


Northeast State is an open-access, public, comprehensive community college that advances the lifelong educational development of the residents of the region and strengthens the economic and social/cultural aspects of the community.

To facilitate teaching, learning, service and student success, the College provides innovative, high-quality and relevant associate, certificate and career-focused educational programs and services.

Programming and comprehensive support services are offered through varied delivery systems and at multiple sites throughout its primary service area of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties.

Within all aspects of its operations, Northeast State serves the public’s interest through the wise use of fiscal, human and physical resources.

Northeast State Community College embraces these Guiding Beliefs:

  • Accessibility - Residents should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through participation in higher education.
  • Accountability - Effectiveness and efficiency are achieved through the wise use of fiscal, human and physical resources.
  • Cooperation - Forming partnerships and working with others facilitates the achievement of common goals.
  • Diversity - Creativity and achievement are fostered through respect for all individuals and their ideas.
  • Excellence - Quality is ensured by using information gathered through a continuous assessment, planning and implementation process.
  • Integrity - Success occurs in an environment of honesty, openness, fairness and trust where people are treated with dignity and respect.

Northeast State is committed to work cooperatively with campus and community groups to encourage academic excellence, to strengthen leadership skills and to enrich cultural awareness. Northeast State is also committed to developing a climate in which racial harmony and cultural diversity are valued, appreciated and accepted.

The 2017-2021 Northeast State Community College Diversity Plan complements the College’s 2011-2016 Strategic Plan and responds to the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 - to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary degrees. The plan also focuses on increasing enrollment and persistence to graduation among first-time full-time students from the following underrepresented groups: minority and low-income students. Minority students include the following ethnicities:

  • Alaskan Native
  • American Indian
  • Asian or Pacific Islander
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Multiple Codes

Low-income students are considered Pell-eligible.

Institutional Contacts

  • Office of Inclusion
  • Phone: 423.354.5303 or 423.354.5326
  • E-mail:
  • Mail: P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
  • Campus: Johnson City (J1094 and J1095)       

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” -- Maya Angelou