Northeast State Community College Article

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Northeast State Community College
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College logo
MottoWe're here to get you there
Type Public Community College
Endowment$5.1 million [1]
ChancellorFlora W. Tydings
PresidentDr. Bethany H. Flora
Vice-ChancellorJames Martin King
P.O. Box 246
Kingsport, TN 37617-00246
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36°29′06″N 82°24′32″W / 36.485°N 82.409°W / 36.485; -82.409

36°29′06″N 82°24′32″W / 36.485°N 82.409°W / 36.485; -82.409

Northeast State Community College is a public comprehensive community college based in Blountville, Tennessee, offering technical education and college transfer programs in Blountville and at teaching sites in Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport. The school strives to tailor its programs and services to meet the special needs of a diverse student body that numbers more than 6,000. [2]

Northeast State offers associate degrees in more than 130 programs of study, which can be transferred to a number of local and regional four-year colleges and universities. The school also offers associate of applied science degrees in more than 30 programs of study, such as business management, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, and office administration technology that prepare students for immediate entry into the workplace. In addition, Northeast State offers academic and technical certificates in more than a dozen areas of study.

Northeast State also offers a large program in continuing education and professional development courses. These programs help students update and hone work skills and aid companies with workforce development.

Classes are available during the day or night, and some are offered on weekends. In addition, Northeast State offers a variety of online and alternative delivery courses.


Northeast State 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 current name was made official

Kingsport Academic Village

The Kingsport Academic Village is a 2nd campus located in Kingsport, Tennessee

The Regional Center for Health Professions

In recent years, Northeast State have moved their health profession programs to Kingsport, Tennessee including the college's two-year nursing program. [3]

Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Just before Fall 2009, Northeast State opened the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. The KCHE is a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2), $12 million project. This moved their current Kingsport classes to a new up to date building. This also created a distance learning facility for undergraduate and graduate programs from King University, Carson–Newman University, Lincoln Memorial University and University of Tennessee (all are private colleges located in Tennessee, except for University of Tennessee which is a public school). [4]

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing also opened in the Fall of 2009. It provides a training type facility for local business and industries to train employees who work in manufacturing jobs. It is also home to Northeast State's advanced manufacturing degree and certificate program. [5]



  • Tri-Cities Area Vocational-Technical School, Tri-Cities Regional Vocational-

Technical School, Tri-Cities State Technical Institute

 * Dr. James M. Pierce (superintendent/president 1965-1983)
 * Dr. James Owen (president 1983-1987)
  • Tri-Cities State Technical Institute, Northeast State Technical Community College
 * Dr. Wade Powers (president 1987 to 1996)
 * Dr. William Locke (president 1996 to 2009)
  • Northeast State Community College
 * Dr. Janice H. Gilliam (president 2009 to 2017)
 * Mr. James King (interim president 2017 to December 2018)
 * Dr. Bethany H. Flora (president January 2019 to present)


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
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