Between 2001 and 2011, Northeast State Community College was the second fastest growing two-year college in Tennessee in terms of enrollment. Recent expansions on its scenically located main campus give it the architectural feel of a liberal arts college, but significant growth has lead to a need for expanded facilities, particularly for technical education courses.
TSW completed a Master Plan for the main campus, including a comprehensive physical analysis, space analysis and needs projections, growth projections based on a demographic analysis, recommendations for new facilities and other improvements, long-term parking recommendations, and a program for the proposed Advanced Technology building. This building, currently in the design phase, will house a mix of business programs in conventional computer labs, as well as technical courses in high-tech labs.
Northeast State’s technical education programs prepare students for local industry by giving them the problem solving skills that come with a college degree rather than a certificate program. TSW worked hand-in-hand with college administrators to develop a future facility that meets industry needs, based on the results of a demographic analysis TSW performed that shows the potential for increased enrollment and growth in key local industries. The college has already made great strides in meeting local employment needs, as evidenced by its Kingsport campus receiving the 2009 Ash Institute’s Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University.