New Northeast complex aligns technology, business | Education

BLOUNTVILLE — As Northeast State Community College welcomed students into the long-anticipated Technical Education Complex (TEC) this fall, the worlds of technology and business education aligned in one space on the college’s main campus in Blountville.

“Having everyone under one roof, that is the most exciting thing to me,” said David Blair, who took the helm as the college’s dean of the Technologies Division earlier this year. “That makes collaboration a lot easier and offers a ton of potential for us.” The new Technologies Division is the merger between Advanced Technologies and Business Technologies divisions.

WHAT IS THE TeC?

The new 114,475-square-foot TEC building houses the Technologies Division. The TEC’s first floor features classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices for the former Technical Education Buildings on the Blountville campus, built in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The first floor provides laboratory space for instruction in computer numeric control (CNC) machining,

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