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Northeast State wins trio of TBR grants totaling $100,000

Staff Report • Jul 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Community College recently landed three grants from the Tennessee Board of Regents totaling more than $100,000.

The grants are part of TBR’s Student Engagement Retention and Success initiative, which targets student success, retention and strategic diversity efforts.

HONORS INSTITUTE

The college received $34,763 to create the Northeast State Honors Institute to increase the retention and graduation rates of honors-eligible students from under-represented populations.

A recent survey at the college revealed that students who took an honors course reported higher levels of engagement as compared to honors-eligible students who did not participate in the honors program.

The grant will provide under-represented honors students with opportunities for leadership development, extracurricular activities and academic support.

INCLUSION OFFICE

TBR provided $33,113 for the Northeast State Inclusion Project, which is designed to enhance the enrollment and retention of African-American students enrolled at the college through programs coordinated by the Office of Inclusion.

Northeast State, like the majority of TBR community colleges, does not employ a staff member who is devoted to campus diversity efforts. Therefore, an integral part of this project is the addition of a part-time inclusion professional who will develop and direct project activities while working with other areas of the college.

Program components include collaborative dialogues about diversity issues and concerns, climate surveys and formation of a community advisory group.

RECONNECTING THE GAP – ADULT BRIDGE PROGRAM 

Northeast State was awarded $32,616 to create a bridge program to assist adult learners returning to college. The program will provide TN Reconnect students, who may be hesitant about returning to school, with foundational skills to foster academic success. TN Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship for eligible adults to attend a community college tuition-free.

The program seeks to address reading, writing, and technology skill deficiencies before enrollment in college-level coursework. Also, the program will work on building student confidence, increasing awareness of support services and easing the transition to college. Classes will meet two nights per week for a total of six weeks before the start of each semester with dinner provided.

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