2008-2009 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2008-2009 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Northeast State

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Northeast State Technical Community College is located adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The main campus is centrally located to the cities of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport. The college also occupies educational facilities in Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport.


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The history of Northeast State Technical Community College reflects the changing educational needs of the residents of the five Northeast Tennessee counties which it serves. The college 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.

As a comprehensive community college, Northeast State provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties. In partnership with the community, the college sustains the effort toward improving the quality of life for residents of the upper East Tennessee region.


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Northeast State Technical Community College shall be recognized for excellence in teaching, learning, and service.


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Northeast State Technical Community College is an open-access, public, comprehensive community college which is affiliated with the State University and Community College System in Tennessee and governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Northeast State’s primary service area includes Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties and expands to include ten additional counties for the delivery of Engineering Technologies. As a result of the College’s commitment to accessibility and diversity, educational opportunities are offered to all residents of its service area without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Northeast State provides programs of study leading to the associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, as well as academic and technical certificates. Within these academic areas, the College provides business, technical, and health-related professions programs which prepare students for immediate employment, university parallel programs designed for transfer to other institutions of higher education, honors courses for the academically talented, and a developmental education program to prepare students for college-level studies.

Northeast State provides a broad range of high-quality services and programs at an affordable cost. To accommodate students, programming and comprehensive support services are offered at multiple sites through varied delivery systems and schedules.

Northeast State provides access to and the application of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and service to the community. The College collaborates with other post-secondary institutions and public and private K-12 schools in the service area to promote high academic standards, ensure educational mobility, and encourage lifelong learning.

Northeast State provides leadership in support of entrepreneurial activities and encourages business and industrial partnerships to promote workforce development. The College promotes economic and community development through progressive public service activities. Specialized training for business, industry, and government is provided through standard and customized delivery systems. Continuing education and personal interest classes are offered for individuals desiring professional growth and personal enrichment. The College sponsors a variety of public programs relating to cultural, artistic, and recreational interests.

Northeast State incorporates rigorous planning and assessment procedures designed to improve institutional effectiveness in all instructional and administrative processes. The College’s commitment to equity and success for a diverse student body enhances the quality of life in the Northeast Tennessee region.

Guiding Beliefs

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Northeast State Technical Community College embraces these guiding beliefs:

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

Registration and Grade Information

Application, Financial Aid, Registration, and Grade Information

Web Address: http://www.NortheastState.edu click on Admissions

Campus Directory

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Academic Standing, Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement   Admissions and Records
Academic Advising   Faculty Advisor or Student Success Center
Accelerated Studies Program   Evening and Distance Education
Adding/Dropping Classes    Admissions and Records
Admission to the College   Admissions and Records
Advanced Placement, Auditing Courses   Admissions and Records
Appeal of Parking and Traffic Tickets   Student Affairs
Assessment (ACT, COMPASS, MAPP, CLEP)   Student Success Center
Books and Supplies   Bookstore
Bulletin Board Information Approval   Student Development and Activities
Campus Tour   Student Information Center
Career Planning   Student Success Center
Class Attendance   Faculty
College Publications   Community Relations
College Readiness   Evening and Distance Education
Continuing Education   Evening and Distance Education
Cooperative Education   Career and Employment Services
Course Overload Approval   Academic Affairs
Credit by Examination   Technical Education Division
Disabilities   Center for Students with Disabilities
Disciplinary Action   Student Affairs
Employment Assistance   Career and Employment Services
Evening Courses   Evening and Distance Education
Grades and Grade Appeals   Academic Division Offices
Graduation   Registrar
Grants, Loans, Scholarships, Work Study   Financial Aid
High School Transition Programs   Evening and Distance Education
Identification Cards   Admissions and Records
Insurance   Student Health Services
Internet Courses   Evening and Distance Education
Intramurals   Student Development and Activities
Jump Start Advanced Studies Program   Evening and Distance Education
Library Services   Library
Lost and Found/Motor Vehicle Registration/Parking   Police and Safety
New Student Orientation   Office of Enrollment Services
Non-Credit Courses   Evening and Distance Education
Off-Campus Credit Classes   Evening and Distance Education
Orientation   Office of Enrollment Services
Payment of College Obligations   Business Office
Payment of Parking and Traffic Tickets   Business Office
Personal Injury   Police and Safety
Public Relations   Community Relations
Refunds   Business Office
Registration   Admissions and Records
Student Complaints   Student Affairs
Student Life   Student Development and Activities
Telecourses   Evening and Distance Education
Testing (GED)   GED Testing Center
Transfer Credit   Admissions and Records
Veterans Benefits   Veterans Affairs
Weekend College   Evening and Distance Education
Withdrawal from College   Admissions and Records

Campus Telephone Directory (423 Area Code)

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General Inquiries/Campus Operator   323.3191 or 282.0800
Academic Affairs   279.7632
Admissions and Records   323.0253 or 800.836.7822
Behavioral and Social Sciences Division   354.2457
Bookstore   279.3340
Business Affairs   323.0205
Business Office   323.0258
Campus Information   323.0243
Career and Employment Services   323.0216
Center for Students with Disabilities   279.7640 (TDD and voice)
Community Relations and Marketing   323.0259
Developmental Studies Program   323.0219
Evening and Distance Education   323.0221
Fax, Main Campus   279.7636
Financial Aid   323.0252
GED   323.0211
Health-Related Professions Division   323.0238
Human Resources   323.0204
Honors Program   323.0218 or 354.2596
Humanities Division   323.0218
Institute for Business and Industry Services   354.2570
Institutional Advancement   279.7637
Institutional Effectiveness   354.2445
Library   279.7641
Mathematics Division   323-0219
Mountain City   727.5223
Multicultural Affairs   279.7630
Northeast State at Elizabethton   547.8450
Northeast State at Kingsport   354-2525
Office of Enrollment Services   323-0229
Office of Police and Safety  

323.0255 or 677.7927 (cell)

President’s Office   323.0201
Purchasing    323.0207
Registrar   354.2405
Science Division   279.7659
Student Affairs   354.2529
Student Success Center   323.0214
Student Development and Activities   354.2474
Student Support Services   323.0249
Technical Education Division   279.7639
Veterans Information   323.0210



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