Our Community

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Community Partnerships

D-B EXCEL is grateful for our many community partners who not only support our program, but give our students real world experiences by allowing them to solve problems for their businesses and complete work-based learning.
  • Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
  • Keep Kingsport Beautiful
  • Health Kingsport
  • Visit Kingsport
  • Leadership Kingsport
  • S.H.O.U.T.!
  • STREAMWorks
  • Kingsport Mets 
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Eastman Chemical Company
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job shadowing

In a Science Daily article from 2014, research indicated that students who were exposed directly to work environments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields were more likely to decide to follow paths that will lead to such careers.
Connecting education to the real world is an opportunity that students at Sonoma Valley High School get to experience in the Linked Learning Program.  Vice Principal Andrew Ryan, who leads the pathway team at the high school explains, "This is a true partnership between public education and private enterprise, one that could lead to internships for future seniors and spark the interest of young men and women alike".
Mimi Silveyra is a senior at UCLA Community School and participates in the UCLA School Intern Program, a job shadowing program run by the school that places high school students with mentors at local businesses and nonprofits. This opportunity has inspired her to pursue a career in the arts.
Students and employers build valuable connections in a recent session of the Engineering Explorers Program.  The program connects students with local engineering firms to expand their knowledge of the field and for a few hours each week, students engage with engineering professionals through job shadowing.

Work opportunities "earn and learn"

DBE works with community partners (businesses/individuals/civic organizations) to assist in securing jobs for our students. All students are eligible to sign up for Earn & Learn and the jobs will be dependent upon what jobs are available at the time of the students looking for work. We strongly encourage each of these students to faithfully attend school and work, arriving on time, passing each school course according to the requirements, and performing his/her work assignments in a satisfactory manner. Our goal is to consistently remain focused on the purpose of Earn & Learn and in doing so our students/community will benefit greatly from these endeavors.

Partnerships with higher education

Northeast State at Kingsport serves as the center for higher education and workforce development in Downtown Kingsport. The campus consists of:
300 W. Market St.,Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 354.5521
The Center consists of six institutions: King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Northeast State Community College, Tusculum College, and the University of Tennessee. This unique partnership allows the Center to offer courses and programs ranging from associate to doctoral degrees.
305 W. Main St.,Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 354.5149
RCAM is the branded outreach of Northeast State Community College. Focused on advanced manufacturing training, the programs and services offered through RCAM are designed to develop the 21st century workforce.
337 W. Center St., Kingsport, TN 37660
(800) 836.7822
The Automotive Body/Collision Repair program at Northeast State prepares individuals for employment in the auto body industry for estimation of services, auto-body work, and painting. With the acquired skills and knowledge gained, individuals will be able to repair, reconstruct, refinish automotive bodies, and straighten vehicle frames and external features using state-of-the-art equipment and skills involving manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination. 
300 W. Main St.,Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 323.0248
The RCHP houses all of Northeast State Community College’s health-related and nursing programs. The 42,000 square-foot facility offers programs in Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Technology (EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic), Medical Laboratory Technology, and Surgical Technology. The facility also is home to the College’s Nursing program, which offers a two-year associate of applied science degree.