President, Northeast State Community College
As the new president of Northeast State Community College, I offer the warmest of greetings. During the past two months as president, I have found Northeast State has more than lived up to its reputation as a leader in workforce development and the best community college in Tennessee.
That said, our resources will be demanded more than ever as Northeast State prepares for the biggest year of growth in our 43-year history.
Do you know approximately 30 percent of adults in our region do not have a college degree? Northeast State seeks to change that demographic with outreach and opportunity.
Distance education opportunities represent a major asset in getting students there. The Kingsport Academic Village moves from a vision to a reality this fall with the opening of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE). At the Kingsport Center, Northeast State joins Carson-Newman College, King College, Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Tennessee offering college degrees under one roof.
Student enthusiasm about KCHE exceeded our hopes - enrollment in Northeast State courses reached capacity in early August. Enrollment in courses offered by our partner institutions followed suit through the month.
The RCAM creates a new technical education site to accommodate more students and expand course offerings. The Regional Center for Applied Technology will change its mission to provide services of financial aid, fee payments, and student counseling.
Within two years, the Regional Center for Automotive Technology will open at Center and Market streets. This new facility offers a comprehensive automotive technology education.
Our College saw record enrollment this fall at every teaching site. Northeast State at Elizabethton enjoyed record enrollment numbers this fall. The College also extends educational opportunities with teaching sites in Mountain City and a new space in Erwin through a partnership with Unicoi County High School. The College now operates teaching sites in the College's five-county regional service area.
Northeast State continued to work with area economic development organizations in recruiting new industry. Our relationships with the region's employers both local and international in scope give students access to cutting edge technical education assets.
My initial impression of Northeast State as a student-centered college determined to put students on the road to success comes true on a daily basis. We never lose sight of our responsibility to serve students and our region.
At Northeast State, the best is yet to come.
Dr. Janice H. Gilliam
President, Northeast State Community