Career Fast Track opens applications for fourth class

Are you a high school senior interested in earning college credit at no cost? The Career Fast Track program of Northeast State Community College is ready to welcome the next wave of high school students into the program in January 2009.

Students qualifying for the Career Fast Track program may earn 7 to 9 college credit hours this spring in either the Industrial Technology or Health- Related Professions component at absolutely NO cost. A student qualifying for Career Fast Track will have all tuition, books, and fees paid through the state’s dual enrollment Tennessee Lottery scholarship funds and grant funds provided for the Career Fast Track program.

Career Fast Track features an Industrial Technology and a Health-Related Profession component. The Industrial Technology curriculum features program concentrations in Chemical Process Operations, Electromechanical Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding/Metal Fabrication.

The Health-Related Professions curriculum features the following options for students:  Introduction to Health Related Professions with optional Medical Terminology, General Psychology or Speech Communication.  With the exception of selected Health-Related courses, most courses will be taught on the Blountville campus.

Students MUST have an ACT composite of 19 or higher in order to qualify for the Career Fast Track program.  Students may get a Career Fast Track application from their school counselor or by contacting Gary Lee. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 16.

For more information, please contact Gary Lee, director of High School Transitions, at 423.354.2505 or gelee@NortheastState.edu.


Gerhard & Mize return to Northeast State for holiday concert

Get the holiday season started off right when acclaimed guitar virtuosos Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize return to Northeast State Community College for their free Christmas concert on Dec. 11.

The legendary duo will perform instrumental Christmas and holiday favorites as well as selected original works at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the College’s main campus in Blountville.  Fans of instrumental guitar and Christmas music will want to be part of this memorable show.

Ed Gerhard is a multiple Grammy Award winner and recently released his eighth CD “Sunnyland” in homage to his early blues heroes. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film “Mark Twain.”  

He has released two critically lauded holiday recordings, “Christmas” and “On a Cold Winter’s Night.”

Bill Mize is also a Grammy-winning guitarist and renowned instrumentalist who has won a litany of praise. His music was recently selected for two documentary films: “The Appalachian Trail: Past, Present and Future” by Farrar & Ketelle Productions, “Common Cents: Philanthropy Roundtables” by YourStoryFilms, and in the upcoming documentary “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the artists visit the Bill Mize Web site at billmize.com and Ed Gerhard’s Web site, http://www.virtuerecords.com.

For additional information, contact 423.279.7669.


ACT prep courses offered next month at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College invites students planning to take the ACT college entrance exam in February to prepare with specialized ACT Prep Classes beginning next month.

The first in this series of classes is scheduled to begin Dec.1. Students will meet in an instructor-led session on Mondays and use computer resources in the College’s Learning Center or home on Wednesdays to review essential English and mathematics content based on the curriculum subjects tested on the ACT.

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. Program participants must be highly motivated and have access to a computer with Internet service.

The course will meet 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., from Dec. 1 through Jan. 26, 2009, except during the Christmas break, Dec. 17-31 and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 19. The registration fee is $50.

For more information, contact the office of College Readiness at 423.323.0222 or E-mail Collegereadiness@NortheastState.edu.


The Sound of Music auditions scheduled

The Northeast State Community College Theatre Department will hold auditions for Rogers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.  

Adult auditions are scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children's auditions are slated Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All auditions will be held in the college's auditorium.

All main characters will be cast as well as multiple smaller roles. The roles require 10-12 men, ages 18 and up; 12-16 women, ages 18 and up; five girls, ages 8-17; and 2 boys, ages 12-15.

The play is tentatively slated for March 19-22, 2009.

For further information, call 423.354.2479 or E-mail mlaulick@northeaststate.edu.