2017 Progress Edition
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Northeast State celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016
Northeast State wrapped up 2016 after a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. The school opened for classes in 1966 with two buildings, six programs, and 35 students. Today, the school is a comprehensive community college with five campuses, 150 academic programs, and more than 7,500 enrolled students. Below are a few highlights from the year:
■ Northeast State was named as a new Tennessee service provider for adult education services. The College is one of eight service providers announced by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) to coordinate adult education programs in each of the state's 95 counties. The College was awarded a $798,000 grant to oversee the delivery of the program. The College now serves TDLWD District 1 which includes Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.
■ Victoria Hewlett, the College’s 2016 outstanding student, was accepted to Yale University and currently attends there on an academic scholarship. A high school dropout, Hewlett enrolled in Northeast State in 2013 and quickly excelled in academic and leadership roles. She is enrolled in the university's Ethics, Politics, and Economics program.
■ Northeast State at Elizabethton celebrated two decades as a higher education fixture in Carter County with the campus’s 20-year anniversary this. The campus celebrated the anniversary throughout the year in conjunction with the College’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.
■ Rising country performer Courtney Cole performed at the WRCPA Theater in April to raise awareness of educational opportunities for U.S. veterans in Northeast Tennessee. The concert was sponsored by Northeast State and the CMT Network.
■ Northeast State’s Advanced Technologies Division announced the addition of a new associate of applied science degree program in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Created through a partnership with the Bell Helicopter aeronautics company, the Aviation Technology program seeks to fill the demand for aeronautic mechanics in the regional and national workforce.
■ Hundreds of people attended Northeast State's 50th-anniversary Homecoming event on Sept. 29 with a free concert from The Breakfast Club and the Grammy-nominated band Fastball. The day opened with former College presidents Drs. Wade Powers, James Owen, Bill Locke, and Janice Gilliam reflecting on the growth of the College and their years of service at Northeast State. The homecoming and concert also celebrated the Northeast State Foundation’s annual Because of You Campaign (BOYC) week, designed to allow the College’s clubs and organizations to raise funds for scholarships, programs, and projects.
■ The National Science Foundation awarded Northeast State a $190,000 grant to recruit high school students and prepare them for careers in cyber security. The two-year project will combine technical, entrepreneurial, and soft skills training to produce well-round professionals who can not only solve technological issues but also work well with individuals and teams to identify and fix problems.
■ The College’s Police Department was the first community college police department in the state to be granted accreditation status by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program. To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness using more than 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment.
■ Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 15,000 square-foot expansion. The expansion adds workforce development capacity adjacent to the existing 26,000 square-foot facilities. The extra space will provide for expanded content delivery for both credit and continuing education programs.