Northeast State Foundation honors newest members of President’s Trust

The Northeast State Community College Foundation honored 12 new members of the President’s Trust along with those making gifts to the College this past year at the Foundation Board of Directors annual meeting recently held at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

The President’s Trust members for 2008 are: AccuForce Staffing Services represented by Larry Nunley; the Earl B. Bolling Memorial Trust; First Broad Street United Methodist Church represented by ; Johnson City Rotary Club; The Other Side Ministries, Inc.; Ruritan National; Sullivan County, Tenn.; Tele-Optics, Inc. represented by Frank Waldo; Walt Tittle; Triad Packaging Company, Inc. represented by Lee Shillito; Washington County, Tenn.; Wellmont Health System.  

Northeast State recognized new members of the President’s Trust as those contributors who have given $10,000 or more to the Foundation for scholarship purposes. The President’s Trust was established to recognize individuals considered as major donors to the College.

The Foundation also recognized the individuals and organizations whose gifts have created 11 new annual and endowed scholarships during the 2007/2008 academic year. The new endowed scholarships were created by Eastman Chemical Company Workforce Development, the Walt Tittle Family, and Wellmont Health System.
An endowed scholarship is a continuing investment to the College. The earnings from endowments established through the Foundation provide revenue to support college programs and operations with major emphasis on using earnings from the endowment to support student scholarships.

New annual scholarships gifted by faculty, alumni, and friends of Northeast State are: the Armen Mustaklem Combs Memorial; the Elizabethton Rotary Club; the Kelly Family; Meredith Wood Seeley Scholarship for the Arts; the Northeast State Performing Arts Program; the Northeast State Surgical Technology Program; the Walters Family; and Washington County, Tenn. 

Annual scholarship donors contribute to scholarships for students each year. The municipal governments of Washington and Sullivan counties were honored for their participation in the Northeast State Educate and Grow Scholarship Program that provides scholarship funding to qualified high school graduates.

Foundation Scholarships are made possible by gifts to the Northeast State Foundation from various businesses, industries, and individuals. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Northeast State Scholarship Committee.


TBR audit teams affirm three Technical Education programs

BLOUNTVILLE – The findings of institutional audits conducted to evaluate the quality of three Technical Education curricula at Northeast State Community College have affirmed the high academic standards for each program.

The division programs granting a technical certificate in Construction Electricity, the Associate of Applied Science in General Technology, and the Associate of Applied Science in Business Management Technology with concentrations in Management, Small Business Management, and Accounting.

Audit teams comprised of faculty members from Northeast State’s peer institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents’ (TBR) system conducted academic audits on the three academic programs in the spring of 2008. The audit teams thoroughly evaluated the programs, met with students, and conducted interviews with faculty and administrators. The three programs met all specified TBR audit standards, and were identified as strong, high quality programs by the audit teams.

The teams were highly complimentary of the education quality processes developed and employed by the technology programs and faculty to achieve the desired student learning outcomes.


Register now for college classes at Northeast State

Student registration is open now at Northeast State Community College with an array of summer term course offerings including online and Interactive Television classes.

The College will hold open registration for the summer 2008 full and first term sessions on Thursday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration will be held at the college’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport; the Elizabethton campus, 386 Highway 91; and the Regional Center for Applied Technology, 222 W. Main St., Kingsport.

The Northeast State summer schedule includes 26 Internet courses that give students the freedom to work at home or from any computer with Desire2Learn online classroom. Northeast State online classes follow a traditional schedule or may meet only at selected times throughout the semester.

To apply for admission to Northeast State or view the complete summer course schedule visit the College’s Web site www.NortheastState.edu. Enrolled students who have earned more than 30 credit hours may register online now via the NORSTAR registration system. Full-term summer classes begin June 2 and end Aug. 11.

For additional information contact the Northeast State office of Admissions at 1.800.836.7822 or admissions@NortheastState.edu.

To learn more about online course offerings contact the office of Evening and Distance Education at 423.323.0221 or e-mail EveDistEdu@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State’s College Connections Program can save students time, money

Northeast State Community College gives students the ability to save valuable time and money by avoiding required developmental courses with the College Connections Program.

College Connections provides the opportunity for students placed into developmental courses to refresh academic skills in English, reading, pre-algebra, and algebra. Students applying to Northeast State are placed into developmental courses by the COMPASS test or ACT sub-scores of 18 or less in subject areas.

Participants in the College Connections Program may be able to reduce the number of required developmental courses and save time and money. Educate and Grow applicants with developmental requirements have until August 1 to complete required developmental courses or pass the appropriate COMPASS subject test to be eligible for funding in the 2008 fall semester.

College Connections is scheduled June 23 – July 18 in two sections: Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the college’s main campus in Blountville. The program fee for one College Connection session is $100.

Program participants must be highly motivated and have access to a computer with Internet. All individuals will retest on COMPASS during the last week of July. The retest fee is included in the program’s cost. Participation in the College Connections does not guarantee a satisfactory score on the COMPASS test.  

A professional tutor will develop an individualized program for each student. The program will consist of an online diagnostic test to identify areas of weakness, a basic skills review, and computerized exercises that will be available 24 hours, 7 days a week to strengthen academic skills.

For more information, contact 423.323.0223.


Northeast State Nursing Program graduates to an academic division

Nine months after Northeast State Community College welcomed its inaugural class of nursing students the popular program has been elevated to an academic division.

Nursing recently became the College’s newest academic division via approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at their monthly board meeting in April. The College petitioned TBR earlier this year to grant division status for the program.


The program’s popularity is growing, and fast.


“We are looking at probably 150 to 200 applicants for fall 2008,” said Dr. Melessia Webb, the now dean of Nursing. “The amount of interest we are getting to join this program is incredible.”


Dr. Webb and the nursing faculty completed their first year with students in April. This first class is pursuing the cohort-based, 65-credit hour associate of applied science degree program with 38 credit hours of nursing-intense course work.


Dr. Webb said the nursing faculty met with each nursing student approximately every three weeks to keep them apprised of their academic progress and where they needed to improve. She also noted that between January and March nursing faculty members had advised more than 600 students – not including the current class – about the program.


“We’ve had numerous program information sessions that hosted from 10 to 48 people,” she said.


The class will begin a 10-week paid externship later this summer. The externship places students in hospitals and health care facilities in the region. There, they shadow nurses through general and specialized medical departments giving students a round the clock look at the nursing profession and its challenges.


Northeast State will accept at least 60 new nursing applicants into the fall 2008 class. The acceptance rate could rise to 100 students by fall 2009.


The program will welcome three new faculty members this fall and three more next spring. The additions keep pace with the Tennessee Board of Nursing’s requirement for student-faculty ratio as the program expands.


Nursing students will have new training classes when the Center for Health Professions opens in Kingsport next fall. The building will give faculty members two classrooms and more than double their existing laboratory space.


While the environment may be different next year, Dr. Webb said she expected the same dedication of the next nursing class that had been demonstrated by the first year students.


“I am very proud of these students and our faculty,” said Dr. Webb. “Everyone has worked so hard in this first year to achieve their best.”