Industry Partners Connect. Collaborate. Make a Difference.

A Promising Future

We envision a future of increased urgency to provide more innovative education for the best students through programs and opportunities that challenge the norm, so we see the need to establish long-term industry partners to ensure our successes with innovative programs and stability through times of economic downturn.

A Win-Win

Long-term industry partners provide major gifts and resources to support our important programs:

  • Design/Build Program
  • Professorships
  • Lecture Series
  • Studio Sponsorships
  • Other

Our partners serve on the college’s industry board to advise us on trends in the industry, network with a dozen other industry leaders and collaborate with us to bring the most worthwhile projects to our students.¬† Partners also offer insight to keep our curriculum relevant, so our graduates are ready to fill jobs in the industry, perhaps even in your company.


Become a Partner

For information about becoming a long-term industry partner, please contact Pamela Cannella Treacy, our Director of Development.

Long-Term Partnerships in Action

Collaborations support our innovation in the studio. . .and help students explore the world. Long-term partnerships involving endowments or major gifts help us expand our curriculum, advance design knowledge and prepare students for careers:

General Shale

General Shale has been a partner for close to 40 years, and over that time, the company has provided $500,000 in gifts for

  • Endowed scholarships
  • Endowed Lectures
  • Brick Masonry Class
  • Donation of bricks

Crossville Inc.

In 2017, we welcomed industry partner, Crossville Inc., one of the world’s premiere tile manufacturers, who made a multi-year commitment to support an Interior Architecture studio and fund students to attend NeoCon each year.

Two students in an open-topped experimental car.

A Legacy of Support

We have a fruitful history of organizations, companies and affiliated industries responding to our call for support, particularly for design/build projects. In fact, over the past 25 years, more than 40 companies have supported our efforts:

  • AGC Flat Glass
  • Apple Tech Computer Fund
  • Baron Corporation
  • Blaine Construction Corporation
  • BRAE/Watts Water Technologies
  • Cannon & Cannon
  • City of Norris
  • Clayton
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Constructware
  • Crossville Inc.
  • DJ Construction
  • DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Eastman Chemical
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • General Shale Inc.
  • H&M Company Inc.
  • Harrison Concrete
  • IAVO Research and Scientific
  • Kawneer Inc.
  • Local Motors
  • Lyndhurst Foundation
  • Marriott Residence Inn
  • McAbee Hayes Consulting
  • Merit Construction
  • Norris Water Commission
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Owens Corning
  • Paulk + Company
  • Pella Window and Door Company
  • Pilot Corporation
  • Pop Fizz
  • Powell Companies
  • Ross Bryan Associates Inc.
  • Schneider Electric
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Steelform USA
  • Tennessee Score
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • And more

We salute these fine companies for their generous support.