High School Programs



High School Programs 
Director:  Shelby McKenzie
Room:  F103, Lana Hamilton Hall, Blountville Campus
Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5186
Email:  swmckenzie@NortheastState.edu

Coordinator:  Jacqueline Rasnic
Room:  F206, Lana Hamilton Hall, Blountville Campus
Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:   2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.2586
Email:   jlrasnic@NortheastState.edu

Coordinator:  Olivia Orten Wyatt, Early Postsecondary Opportunities
Room: F209, Lana Hamilton Hall, Blountville Campus
Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:   2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5198
Email:   OAOrten@NortheastState.edu

Coordinator:  Vanessa Price, High School Programs and Perkins V
Room: F210, Lana Hamilton Hall, Blountville Campus
Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:   2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5297
Email:   VGPrice@NortheastState.edu

Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/HighSchoolPrograms 



Northeast State High School Programs - students

Get a head start on your college experience by beginning college NOW! 

Earn college credit while attending high school either on our campus or at your high school. High school students in dual enrollment programs are afforded the same educational and support services as all other students.

Financial assistance is available for select programs! Students must meet eligibility requirements for grant-based assistance.


Career and Technical Education Dual Enrollment

Career and Technical Education (CTE) dual enrollment gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in the career field of their choice! Students can take classes in subjects such as medical terminology, welding, programming, robotics, and cyber security. These courses not only allow students to earn college credit while in high school, but also to explore potential career pathways for the future! High school students in dual enrollment programs are afforded the same educational and support services as all other students.

Students enrolled in CTE Dual Enrollment must have approval from their high school CTE principal or counselor to participate. Classes are offered at the high school, a Northeast State campus, or online. Interested students should contact the Coordinator of Early Postsecondary Opportunities at 423.354.5198 or HSP@NortheastState.edu for more information about course availability and course prerequisite requirements.

  • Students must be currently enrolled in high school.
  • Students must submit a Northeast State application for admission and provide a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores if applicable. Please note: ACT or SAT scores are not required for all CTE dual enrollment courses.
  • Courses must be chosen by the student in consultation with the high school counselor or principal (unless home-schooled) and the Coordinator of Early Postsecondary Opportunities.
  • Students in this program will complete all Northeast State admission requirements and program entrance requirements (with the exception of the high school diploma) as outlined below and prior to enrolling in college classes. 
Please follow the instructions and complete the forms listed below.

The Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant provides funding for eligible high school juniors and seniors who are taking dual enrollment courses. For more information, visit  Tennessee’s Dual Enrollment Grant website.


  • Olivia Orten Wyatt, Coordinator, Early Postsecondary Opportunities
  • Lana Hamilton Hall, Room F209, Blountville Campus
    oaorten@northeaststate.edu
  • 423.354.5198   


Northeast State High School Programs - welding

University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program

The University Parallel Dual Enrollment (UPDE) Program allows students to earn transferable college credit. These classes may be taught by qualified faculty members at service-area high schools or students may enroll in courses at Northeast State campuses. UPDE students are afforded the same academic and  support services as all other Northeast State students.

  • Dual enrollment students can simultaneously earn college and high school credit.
  • Dual enrollment students are intellectually and academically challenged, enhancing leadership and social development.
  • Dual enrollment students are eligible to use all available academic and student support services.
  • Students must be enrolled in high school and have a 3.60 cumulative, unweighted GPA to enroll in most coursework. 
  • Students who do not meet this pre-requisite must have an 18-ACT English and 19-ACT Reading for most general education courses and a 19-ACT Math for most math and science courses.
  • Students must submit a Northeast State application for admission and provide a high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, and proof of residency.
  • Students who have taken the SAT must score a 490 in Writing and 500 in Reading and Math. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must successfully pass the ACCUPLACER placement test, which is an untimed placement test given at Northeast State. For specific course pre-requisite information, please visit our Academic Catalog.
  • Courses must be chosen by the student in consultation with the high school counselor or principal (unless home-schooled) and the University Parallel Dual Enrollment administrators.
  • Students requesting to enroll in more than 12 semester credit hours in a given semester must have prior approval from the Assistant Vice President of Multi-Campus Programs.
  • Exceptions to the above criteria must be approved by the high school principal (unless home-schooled) and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • UPDE students who enroll in courses at their high school will attend an orientation session hosted by UPDE staff at their high school prior to enrollment.
  • UPDE students who enroll at a Northeast State campus will attend an advisement appointment with the UPDE Director or Coordinator to complete required applications and discuss course options.

The Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant provides funding for eligible high school juniors and seniors who are taking dual enrollment courses. Please visit the Tennessee State Dual Enrollment Grant website for more information.

All courses employ the Northeast State grading scale.  Most institutions receiving transfer credit require that the student earn at least a "C" average on college-level work to be transferred. Although Northeast State students have successfully transferred to numerous colleges and universities, it is the responsibility of students who are not planning to attend Northeast State after high school to contact the colleges of their choice to ensure transferability of coursework. All grades earned will become a permanent part of the student's academic record at Northeast State.

  • Jacqueline Rasnic, Coordinator, High School Programs
  • Lana Hamilton Hall, Room F206, Blountville Campus
  • JLRasnic@NortheastState.edu
  • 423.354.2586
  • Vanessa Price, Coordinator, High School Programs and Perkins V
  • Lana Hamilton Hall, Room F210, Blountville Campus
  • VGPrice@NortheastState.edu
  • 423.354.5297


For more information about the University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program, please read our  2022-2023 Dual Enrollment Handbook.

We’re here to get you there! Please email hsp@NortheastState.edu to email required documentation or request information.