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Welcome, Alumni and Friends of Northeast State!



Alumni Benefits


Career and Workforce Development Center

The Career & Workforce Development Center at Northeast State Community College is your one-stop shop for career planning and job search needs. Whether you are looking for your dream job or climbing the career ladder, we invite you to partake in our free career services.

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Basler Library

As graduates/alumni, you have full access to Northeast State's Basler Library. Alumni status grants access to our library's collection of over 70,000 books, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and other materials, along with the following privileges:

  • Borrowing items from the library
  • Use of library computers
  • Wi-Fi access on campus
  • Access to online databases, including eBooks (on campus only)
  • Ability to reserve group study rooms for Zoom meetings, etc.
  • Option to reserve conference rooms for your community group
  • Alumni are also able to contact librarians for research assistance remotely via the Ask-A-Librarian/Chat with a Librarian options on our website, as well as by phone.

To sign up for library access after graduation, stop by the circulation desk on the second floor of the library on the Blountville campus or fill out this form.

Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding alumni Clayton Dowell

Clayton Dowell, chief executive officer for Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, was selected as Northeast State Community College’s outstanding alum for 2022.

The award was presented at the Northeast State Foundation’s spring 2023 meeting at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

Dowell graduated from Northeast State in 2006 with an associate degree in pre-engineering.

Dowell is a native of Northeast Tennessee and joined BTES in May 2009. He assumed the CEO role on Jan. 1, 2023. Previously, he served as vice president of engineering. 

“There is no better person to lead BTES into the future than Clayton Dowell,” Erin Downs, chair of the Board of Directors, said upon his selection as CEO. “Clayton is a proven leader with a clear vision and deep understanding of the business.”

Dowell also holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, a master’s in Engineering Management degree from the University of Tennessee, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Dowell is active in the Bristol community, serving on the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2012 and as a Rotary Club of Bristol VA-TN member.

He served as a leader on the Baldrige team at BTES, which led the organization to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2017–the nation’s highest honor for quality.

He was on the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Board of Examiners in 2010, a 2011 graduate of the LEAD Bristol program, and was part of the 2011 Tri-Cities’ 40 Under Forty class.

BTES is a municipally owned electric utility that provides high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable television services over a fiber optic network. BTES has more than 34,000 electric customers in a 280-square-mile service area in the City of Bristol and Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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Josh Johnson | Assistant Director of Advancement & Alumni Activities | | 423.354.5359

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