Educate and Grow Scholarship applications available now

Applications for the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program at Northeast State Community College are being accepted now for high school seniors graduating this spring and residing in Sullivan, Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

Eligible students can download applications online at www.educateandgrow.com. Home-schooled high school seniors residing in any of the five counties are also eligible to apply for Educate and Grow. The priority deadline to submit an application is March 31.

Scholarship award amounts depend on the number of students participating in the program and the availability of program funds.
An Educate and Grow Scholarship applicant must be a member of a 2010 high school graduating class and have a custodial parent or court-appointed legal guardian who has lived in their county of residence for 12 months prior to the applicant’s high school graduation date.

An applicant must enroll at Northeast State as a degree-seeking student for the upcoming fall 2010 semester and meet all scholarship requirements.

Educate and Grow provides tuition assistance for qualifying students graduating from high schools located within the College’s five-county service area. The program was initiated in 2001 between Northeast State and the governments of Kingsport and Sullivan County.

Northeast State has since partnered with other local governments, private companies, and individual donors to expand the program.
Applications for the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program are available at the student guidance offices of any high school. 

Applications can also be picked up at the Northeast State’s campus in Blountville or teaching sites in Elizabethton, Mountain City, and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

Completed applications must be submitted in person at the Blountville campus, Pierce Building, office P311, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information or questions contact the Northeast State office for Institutional Advancement at 423.354.2507 or e-mail ecblevins@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State Theatre stages Harvey March 17-21

An amiable guy and his friend decide to go to a party. What could go wrong?

Plenty, since Elwood P. Dowd’s friend is an invisible, six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey!

Come enjoy Mary Coyle Chase’s riotous Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey staged by the Northeast State Community College Theatre Department March 17-20 at 7 p.m. and March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

When Elwood starts to introduce Harvey to guests at a highbrow soiree, his society-obsessed sister Veta sees this as the final straw of his eccentric behavior.  She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues when Veta explains that years of living with Elwood have caused her to see Harvey, too! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible friend.

When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for Harvey, it seems that Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one person including Veta who realizes that maybe Harvey, and her brother, isn't so bad after all.

All performances will be held in the performing arts center on the main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  The play is being directed by Scott Koenig.

Advance tickets are $5 and will be available at the Northeast State Business Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets cannot be reserved by phone at this time. Tickets at the door are $8 general admission, $7 seniors (55+), $6 for groups of 10 or more. Admission is free to Northeast State students with a valid student ID.

For more information, e-mail the theatre program at emsloan@NortheastState.edu or call 423.354.2479.


Nursing degree program achieves full approval

Northeast State Community College’s Nursing degree program has achieved full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing after review of 2009 program graduates’ scores on National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and job placement.

The Tennessee Board of Nursing granted initial approval to the degree program in February 2007.  The Board voted to grant full approval to the program on Feb. 18.

“The Board’s decision marks another milestone in the Nursing program,” said Dr. Melessia Webb, dean of Nursing at Northeast State.  “Our faculty and students thank the Board of Nursing for recognizing the quality of our program and the value of the degree for students and future nurses.”

Northeast State’s first class of 40 nursing students was chosen in summer of 2007 from more than 80 applicants.  Those students began classes in fall 2007 and graduated together in spring 2009, receiving the associate of applied science degree.

The first class of program graduates taking the NCLEX-RN national nursing licensure exam posted an impressive first-time pass rate of 87.1 percent for the first group of program graduates.  Students from Tennessee taking the NCLEX-RN exam ranked first in the United States exam pass rates, with Oregon in second place.

Webb said the high pass rate of Northeast State exemplified the value of the associate degree and how the students’ preparation had translated to practical success.

“The students’ success on the exam exemplified everything we hoped to do in the Nursing program,” said Webb. “The 87.1% pass rate for the first graduating class along with TN having the highest pass rate in the United States is something to be proud - thanks to the great faculty in this nursing program and in this state.”

The division of Nursing is housed at the Regional Center for Health Professions in downtown Kingsport. The program requires completion of 27 credit hours of general education courses and 38 credit hours of nursing-intensive course work.

Other areas highlighted during the approval included student retention from semester one to semester four of May 2009 class of 79 percent. Those graduates had a 100 percent placement rate after graduation in the workforce.  The Board of Nursing also reviewed nursing administration qualifications; fiscal support for the program; nursing faculty qualifications; nursing student acceptance, progression; program grading criteria; and the high standards established by the curriculum requirements.


Holloway earns Elizabethton Business and Professional Club scholarship

A Northeast State Community College student is the beneficiary of an annual scholarship awarded by the Elizabethton Business and Professional Club.

Mindy L. Holloway, of Hampton, received one of two scholarship awards of $500 from the club for the 2009-2010 academic year.  Holloway is majoring in Dental Assisting and plans to graduate this spring.

“The Elizabethton Business and Professional Club takes great pleasure in awarding scholarships to students who need that extra help toward earning a college degree,” said Freida Angel Carrier, the club’s scholarship committee chair.

The club’s scholarship committee awards the recipient or recipients following a competitive review process. Applications are reviewed by the club’s scholarship committee. Applicants are first-time college students and working women returning to college to earn a degree.

“The generosity of the Elizabethton Business and Professional Club is the perfect example of the difference civic organizations make in the lives of students,” said Greg Walters, director of Scholarship Programs at Northeast State.

The club was established in 1925. The club was created to empower working women in the area and is involved in several annual civic projects. The club’s fund raising efforts helped build the first public library in Elizabethton.


Northeast State welcomes TV producer Bernie Orenstein

Bernie Orenstein wrote and produced some of the most memorable television shows of the 1970s.

He will join Northeast State Community College faculty members Sherman Patrick, Dr. C.H. Charlton, Jim Kelly, and Ron Worrell for two discussion forums entitled, “TV in Black and White: the Portrayal of African Americans on Television” presentation on Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p .m. in the Auditorium at the main campus in Blountville. The forums are part of the College’s commemoration of Black History Month and focuses on portrayals of African-Americans on television.


Orenstein brings a unique perspective on the subject – he wrote, produced and was closely associated with the long-running hit series Sanford and Son, starring Redd Foxx. Orenstein wrote and produced the series as well as the Sanford spin-offs Sanford Arms and Grady. That was followed by What’s Happening, featuring Raj, Rerun and Penny, which lasted four years in primetime on ABC followed by a successful syndicated run.

He was also a creative consultant on The Cosby Show, a landmark 1980s series with Bill Cosby that was both popular and revolutionary.  Orenstein moved to New York and then on to Los Angeles in the heyday of television and starting on the writing staff of The Monkees to the Pat Boone Show. He next moved on as producer and writer to That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas, The Dick van Dyke Show, and a host of other sitcoms and variety shows.

Orenstein wrote material for stars such as Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Liza Minelli, and Frank Sinatra.  His resume includes more than 200 television scripts, plays, screenplays and two novels.

Both forums are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State hosts College Goal Sunday Feb. 14

Northeast State Technical Community College and other institutions across the state will host the popular College Goal Sunday on Feb. 14, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the College’s main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

College Goal Sunday (www.collegegoalsundayusa.org) is a free, volunteer charitable effort to provide information and assist low-income and first-generation college students and their families. Students planning to attend the workshop need to log onto the Web site to register to allow for efficient seating. College Goal Sunday helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required to qualify for college financial aid nationwide. Tennessee’s financial aid experts will volunteer their time to help families in completing the FAFSA application, even if the student has not selected a college.

Before attending the workshop, students should register for a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov to serve as an electronic signature for the FAFSA account. Students must bring their PIN to the workshop. Students and/or parents should bring the following items if available:

  • 2009 federal tax return or other income documentation
  • Social security numbers for student and parents
  • Driver's license • 2009 W-2 forms or other records of income
  • 2009 untaxed income records - social security, temporary assistance to needy families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
  • 2009 bank statements
  • 2009 business and investment mortgage information, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

The FAFSA form, used at colleges, universities, and technical schools nationwide, should be submitted before March 1 to get the maximum aid available, even if the student has not selected a college. In addition to it being the application for federal aid, the FAFSA form also serves as the application for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs. This is vital to the post-secondary application process in Tennessee.

The College Goal Sunday program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. For additional information, contact the Northeast State office of Financial Aid at 423.323.0252 or visit the College Goal Sunday Web site.


Northeast State at Elizabethton sponsors Healthy Relationships Information Fair

Northeast State Community College Student Health Services will be sponsoring a Healthy Relationships Information Fair in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Feb. 8 – 12, for Northeast State at Elizabethton, 386 Highway 91.

Relationship issues such as respect, honesty, trust and intimacy will be addressed. Representatives from several community health agencies will be providing ongoing information displays for this event including Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center, the Carter County Health Department, Charlotte Taylor Behavioral Center, Safe Haven Services, and Shepherd’s Inn. The College will also hold a Healthy Relationships Information Fair at the main campus in Blountville on Feb. 10 with representatives and information exhibits in the atrium. Community agencies participating include Sullivan County Regional Health Department’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Women’s Health, and Sexual Assault Prevention educators; Abortion Alternatives and Crisis Pregnancy Center; the Bristol Counseling Center; and Crisis Center HOPE for Tennessee.

For more information, contact 423.547.8450 or 423.323.0212.