Connie Marshall named dean of Health-Related Professions

As a professor and the first director of Northeast State’s Cardiovascular Technology program, Connie Marshall enjoyed watching the College’s division of Health-Related Professions expand during the past decade. She now takes the reins as the division’s new dean overseeing five academic programs at the Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP) in Kingsport. 

“It was exciting news to be named dean of this division,” said Marshall. “We have a terrific group of people to work with that truly care about teaching and students learning the skills they need to be successful in their careers.”

Marshall succeeds former dean, Don Coleman, who became assistant vice president for Academic Affairs earlier this year. She received her associate of science degree from East Tennessee State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Tusculum College.

The division of Health-Related Professions includes the academic programs of Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Surgical Technology, and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. The departments select students through a competitive selection process based on academic performance and competence in curriculum requisites. Approximately 145 students are presently enrolled in the five programs.

“We involve local health care facilities with our programs through advisory boards and guest lectures, and that allows us to stay current with technology changes, and assure the graduates have the knowledge and skills that the facilities want in potential employees,” said Marshall. “We have students doing clinical rotations at facilities in the Tri-Cities, Morristown and Asheville.”

Health-Related Professions division operates at the RCHP as part of the Northeast State at Kingsport teaching site.  The division’s full-time faculty and staff teach lecture and conduct laboratory components of each course. Marshall said the division expects to add certificates of completion for phlebotomy which is the process of drawing and collect blood samples and electrocardiogram testing in the near future.

She added that students often turn to health-related professions majors because of very personal experiences with illness. “They are students with a history of experiencing illness whether personally or through a family member,” said Marshall. “They become involved in health-care to enter a profession where they can help others and society in general.”



Odyssey auditions set for Sept. 4 and 5

Be a part of Greek theater when the Northeast State Community College Department of Theater stages The Odyssey Abridged: A Puppet Journey of Epic Proportions.

Actors daring to be caught between the Scylla and Charybdis are invited to two open auditions scheduled Sept. 4 and 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the main campus at Blountville. The Odyssey Abridged: A Puppet Journey of Epic Proportions is an original adaptation created by Northeast State’s own Brad McKenzie.

Northeast State Theater stays true to its reputation as the most innovative theater department in the region with an elaborate production of actors and technical design. Based on The Odyssey by Homer and the translation by Samuel Butler, the play tells the story of Ulysses’ long journey home to after the Trojan War. The Odyssey tells of this perilous trip fraught with giant puppet monsters, singing sirens, dangerous men, and the meddling gods of Mount Olympus.

The auditions are being held at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Call backs will be made on Sept. 6 between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theatre. All actors should be familiar with the story and are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue to be read at the audition.

For more information, contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State sets open registration for Aug. 21

Fall classes are still available at Northeast State Community College with online registration ongoing and a daylong Open Registration session scheduled for next week.
Open registration is scheduled for Aug. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admissions representatives will be registering students in the Basler Library of the main campus in Blountville; at the offices of Northeast State at Elizabethton, 386 Highway 91; and at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, 222 West Main St., Kingsport.
Northeast State applicants can view the complete fall schedule at www.NortheastState.edu.  Student fees for the fall semester are due the day of registration.
For more information, visit the web site or call the College’s office of Admissions at 423.323.0253 for more information.


Northeast State, Walters State sign ETSU reverse transfer agreement

East Tennessee State university, Northeast State Community college and Walters State Community College announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a news conference on Tuesday. The announcement was made at ETSU.

The ETSU reverse transfer program is available to students who have transferred to ETSU from NeSCC or WSCC prior to completing their associate’s degree.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with our community college partners,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.  “Hundreds of students transfer to ETSU from Northeast State and Walters State, and through this new partnership, we will be able to recognize the achievements of those who have met the requirements for an associate’s degree.”

The program will enable students to transfer course work from ETSU back to NeSCC and WSCC to complete the requirements for an associate’s degree. NeSCC and WSCC students who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours toward the associate’s degree or 25 percent of the requirements for degree programs that are more than 60 credit hours will be eligible for the reverse transfer program.

“Northeast State and ETSU have a long history of cooperation and have always focused on the success of our students,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “This agreement is yet another opportunity for students to achieve the goal of college completion and add an important credential to their academic records.”

“The goal of the Tennessee Complete College Act and Governor Haslam’s ‘Drive to 55’ initiative is to increase the number of Tennesseans with college degrees,” said Dr. Wade McCamey, president of Walters State. “This agreement will greatly enhance our collective efforts to meet this very important goal by improving the retention and graduation rates of our students.”


Teressa Dobbs named director at KCHE

Northeast State has named Teressa Dobbs as new executive director of the Kingsport Center for higher education (KCHE).  Dobbs comes to KCHE after serving as the College’s director of the TRiO student Support Services program. She succeeds the center’s first director, Kathy Thacker, who retired in June.

“I am very excited to come to KCHE,” said Dobbs, a native of the Bloomingdale community in Sullivan County.  “Kathy established an excellent standard here that I want to build on for the future.”

KCHE hosts distance education programs and services of Northeast State, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Tusculum College, University of Tennessee, and Milligan College.  Northeast State administers the site along with the College’s four other facilities that compose Northeast State at Kingsport.

Dobbs joined Northeast State in 2009 as a counselor for TRiO Student Support Services and was soon after appointed director.  She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University and Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of North Texas.  She later earned her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from ETSU and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU.

As TRiO director, Dobbs led a reorganization of the department that included an increase in academic advisement available to students, the frequency of representatives traveling to off-campus teaching sites, and the TRiO student club’s efforts to increase the program’s visibility on campus.

“The aim of TRiO was to help students and I think we were successful doing that,” said Dobbs.  “The TRiO staff members are wonderful advocates for students. I know it was left in good hands.”

Opened in 2008, KCHE operates as the cornerstone facility for Northeast State at Kingsport site.   The College’s facilities include the Regional Center for Applied Technology, Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Health Professions, and the Regional Center for Automotive Performance.

Dobbs hopes to expand tutoring and student services opportunities at KCHE.   She also hopes to increase student engagement and promote an atmosphere conducive of academic success for students attending KCHE and other Northeast State at Kingsport facilities.