Because of You Campaign slated for Sept. 29 - Oct. 6

The Northeast State kicks off the third year of the successful Because of You Campaign today to raise money for student scholarships.

Because of You launches Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 6 as a fundraising campaign by the College’s academic programs and administrative departments. The week’s fundraising events include a car wash by Automotive Programs, BEAR Bucks Village with a variety of nice seasonal goods, the GLOW Run road race by the Honors Program, and a Northeast State Has Talent show among many others. Get the entire calendar of events by clicking here.

The week also features the art exhibit “Edged Perception” by alumnus Darby Curtis, ’11, at Basler Library on Sept. 30. Curtis will lecture about his work at 1:30 p.m. and host a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Gallery.
Alumnus and artist Darby Curtis opens his Edged Perception exhibit.

Initiated in 2012, the campaign has generated a tremendous response from faculty and staff, raising more than $300,000 for new and existing scholarships. The campaign features a friendly competition between participating departments for their fundraising efforts.

The campaign continues throughout the week with individual groups and organizations each taking a day for fundraising. Events are held staged at Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville, as well as teaching sites in Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport.


Northeast State named Military Friendly School

Victory Media has once again named Northeast State to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“It is an honor to be included in this select group of colleges and universities for the 6th consecutive year,” said Pat Chandler, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at Northeast State. “Our College strives to offer the best possible services to those who have already given so much. We want these students to be successful.”

The Military Friendly Schools® website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list as well as interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.


Northeast State awarded two-year NASA grant

Northeast State has been awarded a two-year grant from NASA's Office of Education to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Northeast State's grant is part of a $499,689 NASA grant to the Tennessee Community College Space Grant Consortium, through the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium located at Vanderbilt University, as part of the NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) program. 

"We are very pleased to have received this grant," said Dr. Gilliam, Northeast State president. "The funding will enable the College to attract students to STEM-related programs and provide them with skills and training that will enhance their opportunities in the job market."

The grant was one of 35 awards made to U.S. Space Grant Consortia. Winning proposals outlined ways to attract and retain more students from community and technical colleges in STEM curricula, develop stronger collaborations to increase student access to NASA’s STEM education content, and increase the number of students who advance from an associate to a bachelor’s degree.

The members of the Tennessee consortium include Northeast State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, and Roane State Community College.

The grant will allow Northeast State to provide $45,000 in scholarships as well as fund efforts to recruit under-represented groups into STEM-related programs of study.

Space Grant Consortia operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Each has a lead institution to manage its activities. In addition, there are more than 850 affiliates, including colleges and universities, industry, museums and science centers, and state and local agencies, that work to support and enhance science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts for NASA's aeronautics and space projects. The affiliates work directly with the lead Space Grant institutions to deliver quality STEM programs.

Through this NASA higher education program, the agency continues its tradition of investing in the U.S. education infrastructure with the goal of developing STEM skills and capabilities critical to achieving the nation's exploration goals through a robust, STEM-literate workforce.

For more information on the grant or the Northeast State's advanced technology offerings, visit www.NortheastState.edu or call 423.279.7639.


College teams with Society of St. Andrew for crop drop

Northeast State has partnered with The Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) to host a “crop drop” on Friday, Sept. 26 at the main campus in Blountville to benefit local hunger relief agencies.

The College’s office of Campus Activities welcomes SoSA to campus at 8:30 a.m. to sort, bag, and prepare 5,000 pounds of green beans to help stock the shelves of local hunger relief agencies.

“This opportunity for Northeast State students, faculty and staff to serve with SoSA is particularly special as hunger in our region, nation, and world is a very real problem for many people,” said Mark Beaty, director of Campus Activities at Northeast State. “To serve in this capacity fits nicely with the vision of the office of Campus Activities at Northeast State…we are honored to be a part of this.”

A crop drop is a large produce recovery event where volunteers unite to sort, bag and distribute a large quantity of produce reclaimed from agricultural operations. This is food that, while perfectly edible and nutritious, falls outside the scope of what is considered marketable.

Hughes Farm of Crossville cultivates approximately 5,000 acres of green beans each year, many of which fall outside the product specifications of the growing contract. SoSA Tennessee partnered with Hughes Farm to recover these beans as they are culled from their operation and distributed to hunger relief agencies and food pantries across the state.

Northeast State volunteers will transport the beans to a suitable sorting and bagging location. Student and faculty volunteers will bag the beans for pick-up by area agencies. The beans, which were in the field that morning, could conceivably be on the plate of a neighbor by dinner.

Founded in 1979, SoSA has saved nearly a billion pounds of food through its produce recovery programs and regional offices – all for two cents a serving.  The Tennessee office, which opened in 2010, has recovered over 4 million pounds of produce to date, working to ensure these 12 million servings end up on the plates of hungry Tennesseans.


MTSU, NeSCC sign agreements for transfer options

The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College signed agreements Sept. 22 to ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the community college to the university.

MTSU’s Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Northeast State’s Dr. Janice Gilliam authorized three agreements that create dual admissions and reverse transfer options between the community college - with a main campus in Blountville and four satellite campuses - and MTSU, located in Murfreesboro.

The agreement signing occurred at The Millennium Center in Johnson City, where the second leg of the six-city True Blue Tour was held later for prospective students and their guests.

"These agreements point to the need for higher education institutions to work together more closely to help more Tennesseans earn a college degree,” said McPhee. “This partnership with Northeast State is part of MTSU’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking their degrees and to support the state’s goal of producing a more educated workforce.”

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Middle Tennessee State University,” Gilliam said. “This agreement is a great opportunity for students to establish a relationship with both Northeast State and MTSU, which we believe will enhance their academic experience and help them achieve their goal of college completion.”

The agreements allow Northeast State students to interact with MTSU advisers and have access to faculty and programs within their proposed majors. Students completing an associate degree will be granted access to register early for university classes.

Another element of the agreements is reverse transfer.

A student completing MTSU courses can transfer those credits back to Northeast State to help meet requirements for an associate degree. To learn more, students should email transfer@mtsu.edu or visit http://www.mtsu.edu/apply.

MTSU, the largest and oldest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regent’s system, also has established dual-admission programs with Nashville State, Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State, Motlow State, Jackson State and Roane State community colleges.

Northeast State is a two-year TBR college providing university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to citizens from five counties. The school has campuses in Blountville, Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport. A Johnson City campus is scheduled to open in April 2015.


Paul Montgomery to join Northeast State to serve as Johnson City-based VP

Former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Paul Montgomery will join Northeast State Community College as its new Vice President of Access and Development.

Montgomery, who recently retired from Eastman Chemical Company as its Vice President of Community Relations and Corporate Services, will also serve as the administrative liaison for the Johnson City, Gray/Washington County teaching sites.

“We are preparing to break ground in the spring of 2015 on our Emerging Technologies Complex on the Blountville Campus and crews are renovating Northeast State’s new Johnson City campus, due to open in late spring 2015. As we continue to grow, particularly in Washington County, it is important that we have an executive level administrator to lead these campuses given the huge potential and large population base in this county,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State President.

Montgomery will lead Access and Diversity planning, assist the President with annual and capital campaigns, and provide administrative leadership for the Washington County teaching sites.

“I am excited about this new direction in my career. As a member of the Northeast State Foundation and the Tennessee Board of Regents, I discovered a great community at Northeast State, and I developed a passion for working with its students, faculty and staff,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery spent 22 years at Eastman. Prior to his most recent position, he was Eastman’s Vice President of Talent Management where he was responsible for the company’s global learning, staffing, workforce planning, leadership, and business development.

Born in Glade Springs, Virginia, Paul graduated from King College in 1974 with a BA in History and from King University in 2007 with an MBA. Before joining Eastman, he served as production supervisor and later as manager of production planning at Texas Instruments. Prior to joining Texas Instruments, he worked for Arcata Graphics and the Kingsport Press.

Montgomery served as a member of the Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, as president of the Kingsport Board of Education, as president of the Kingsport Branch of the NAACP, as president of the South Kingsport Optimist Club, as a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Kingsport Rotary Club, as president of the Kingsport Chamber, and as chairman of the Tri-Cities All America City Partnership. In addition, he served on the East Tennessee State University Foundation.

Montgomery will begin his duties on October 1.


NeSCC,  Kingsport YMCA, Danehy Foundation to offer Heartsaver®class

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State will offer the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver® First Aid, CPR, AED class Oct. 2 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Kingsport Family YMCA.

The class is a team effort between the College, the YMCA, and the Neil Danehy Heart Foundation to provide services related to heart health throughout the community.

This course is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking, or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.

The class will be held at the Kingsport Family YMCA facility, 1840 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport.

Course fee is $25. Please register by Sept. 25. For reservations, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


TN Promise Sign-Up Saturday set for Sept. 20

Northeast State will open campus on Saturday, Sept. 20, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.

Students can come to Scholarship Sign-Up Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William W. Locke Humanities Complex on the College’s campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport and at the College’s campus in Elizabethton, Highway 91N. During Scholarship Saturday, students can sign up for Tennessee Promise online. Free refreshments will be available. There is no fee for any student completing his or her college application at the event. To reserve your spot for this event, call 423.323.0243 or 423.354.5263.

Scholarship Saturday is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, the state’s new program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school beginning in 2015. The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship for tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds.

“Tennessee Promise is a wonderful opportunity for students to continue their education at Northeast State tuition free after high school,” said Jennifer Starling, dean of Enrollment Management at Northeast State. “We want to make signing up for the Promise and applying for college an easy process for students. Even if students currently plan to enroll at a 4-year institution, they should take the opportunity to sign up for the Tennessee Promise as a back-up option. Northeast State has articulation agreements with all area 4-year institutions, so beginning here tuition free just makes sense.”

Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program. The Class of 2015 will be the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would attend the event nearest them.

“The Nov. 1 deadline to register for Tennessee Promise will be here soon, so we encourage students to sign up early,” Krause said. “The Scholarship Saturday event is a great opportunity for students to sign up at tnpromise.gov and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.”


Northeast State's Got Talent to hold auditions Sept. 15, 16, 18

Northeast State's Music and Choral Program will hold preliminary auditions Sept. 15, 16, and 18 for its Northeast State's Got Talent show. The event is part of the College's annual Because of You Campaign to raise scholarship funds.

The auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA), 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. A non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required for individuals and $25 for groups. The show welcomes entrants from the community as well as Northeast State's faculty, staff, and students.

The winners of the auditions will advance to the final talent show on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the WRCPA. Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. First place will receive $150, second place will receive $75, and third place will take home $50.

Admission to the show is $2 for students and $8 for adults. All proceeds benefit the program's Performing Arts Annual Scholarship.

For more information, contact Tawana Teague at 423.354.5164 or tcteague@northeaststate.edu.


Open auditions for I, Ebenezer set for Sept. 10-11

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre announces open auditions for the fall production of I, Ebenezer, a retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas nightmare. Written by Northeast State’s Brad McKenzie and based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the play will tell a time-traveling Christmas tale in the age of steam…and robots!

Performers are invited to two open auditions scheduled Sept. 10 and 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theatre. Performers are asked to be familiar with the story and prepare a one-minute monologue. Sides from the play will be provided. Callbacks will be made Sept. 12. A list of performers invited to callbacks will be posted at the Theatre website.

Production dates are Dec. 4 through Dec. 14 with six evening performances and two afternoon matinée shows scheduled. For more information, contact Northeast State Theatre at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.