Northeast reaches articulation agreements with Milligan, TCAT-Morristown

Rick Wagner • Dec 22, 2017 at 9:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Community College is going far and wide with its articulation programs, in one case flying down to Morristown.

Two recent agreements involving the school, one covering the aviation program, will benefit students and the region’s economy alike, according to NSCC interim President James King.

NSCC in mid-September reached an articulation agreement with Milligan College for its electrical and mechanical engineering programs, allowing NSCC students to transition smoothly into that field of study at the latter school. This month NSCC entered into an articulation agreement with the TCAT (Tennessee College of Applied Technology) in Morristown so students there can go through NSCC’s aviation program since Walters State Community College in Morristown does not have one. 

TCAT-Morristown and NSCC are the only two Tennessee Board of Regents colleges that have aviation programs in East Tennessee, TCAT-Morristown President Jerry S. Young said in a news release.

“We need more aviation maintenance technicians,” King said in a recent interview in Blountville. 

He said the ultimate goal is to move the aviation program to Tri-Cities Airport. 

The presidents of NSCC and TCAT-Morristown on Dec. 11 signed the articulation agreement to provide transfer opportunities for aviation technology students.

The agreement allows students to apply for an associate of applied science degree once they have completed the aviation maintenance technology program and earned a Federal Aviation Administration airframe and power plant license at the TCAT-Morristown.

The TCAT program prepares students to inspect, repair, service and overhaul airframe and power plant systems. Students also receive aviation-related electrical and electronics training.

The agreement allows students to receive full credit for 40 hours of aviation technology courses at Northeast State. Students will need to complete approximately 20 hours of general education core classes to obtain an associate’s degree from NSCC. The courses required to complete that degree will be offered in a variety of schedules and formats including online instruction.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the TCAT-Morristown students to build on their academic credentials,” King said in a news release. “We believe this will be another tool to help students advance their skills and enhance their employability.”

“The employment opportunities are fantastic. We get calls all the time from multiple companies seeking aviation maintenance technicians,” Young said. “We want to take advantage of any opportunity to expand and allow students to be successful. We appreciate Northeast State and President King for working with us, and we look forward to a great partnership.”

For more information, contact TCAT-Morristown at (423) 581-7028 or [email protected] or Northeast State at (423) 354-5179 or [email protected]

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