Posted by: northeastnation | September 16, 2014

Paul Montgomery to join Northeast State

Former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Paul Montgomery will join Northeast State 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.

Paul Montgomery

Paul Montgomery

“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.

Posted by: northeastnation | September 15, 2014

Constitution Week forum set Sept. 17

Accordion fold brochure. 11" W x 8.5" H. (US)You are invited to the Constitution Awareness Week Faculty-Student Forum scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium (A202) near the Bookstore.

Come join moderator Beth Ross and this year’s distinguished panelists including students Emma Bragg and David Shepherd, History instructor Seth Bartee, and Criminal Justice professor Steve Buttolph as they discuss the enduring relevance of our Constitution and engage in a discussion with the audience.

Constitution Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness about the U.S. Constitution and encourage discussion in the interpretations and implications about one of the most important documents ever written.

Posted by: northeastnation | September 11, 2014

Northeast State’s Got Talent to hold auditions

NortheastStatesGotTalent_Poster(READONLY)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

Posted by: northeastnation | September 9, 2014

Northeast State hosts Scholarship Saturday 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.

TN Promise Scholarship SaturdayScholarship 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 and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.”

Posted by: northeastnation | September 5, 2014

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

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theater 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!

I, Ebenezer auditions open next week.

I, Ebenezer auditions open next week.

Performers are invited to two open auditions scheduled Sept. 10 and 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts (RCPA) 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 RCPA Theater. 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 Theater 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 Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

Posted by: northeastnation | September 2, 2014

Workshop designed to take entrepreneurs to the next level

Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions will offer a workshop this fall designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. The seminars are offered through a grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Based on the experience and insight of local successful entrepreneur, Mayor Dan Eldridge, the seminar will challenge participants to develop an action plan and take away the confidence to grow an existing company or launch a start-up.

The workshop will be held Sept. 18 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. at East Tennessee State University’s Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market St. in Johnson City. Breakfast will be provided for participants.

Eldridge will talk from personal experience about how to best achieve business growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own plans with the speaker’s guidance and recommendations.

The fee for the event is $10 and the registration deadline is Sept. 10. To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he majored in Construction Management. In 1987 he joined Summit Communications, Inc. in Jackson, Miss., as general manager and led the company in growing more than 300 percent in three years.

Workforce Solutions will offer a workshop this fall designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

Workforce Solutions will offer a workshop this fall designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

In 1990, Eldridge founded Com-Net Construction Services, Inc. The company became a nationwide provider of wireless communications infrastructure development and services before merging with SBA Telecommunications in 1999. The combined company, SBA Communications Corp., has since become an international provider of communications tower leasing and network services. From 2003 through 2008 Eldridge focused on residential and commercial real estate development. In 2010 he was elected Mayor of Washington County.

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The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the “entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit

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Posted by: northeastnation | August 29, 2014

Register now for basic Android app development course

There’s an Android app for that at Northeast State. Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions will offer an eight-week short course on basic Android app development from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. The course will be taught at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St. in downtown Kingsport.

app_androidThis course is well suited for individuals looking to gain an understanding of the process required to create an Android app including hardware capabilities, software design, development of graphics, and writing code. Each participant will develop his or her own app for personal or professional use.

To receive a certificate, participants must be present for 80 percent of the course, complete all homework assignments, and develop a functional app.

A brief outline of course content follows:
9/30 – Introduction to Android: Participants will learn about the Android operating system and the various hardware types used through the Android ecosystem.

10/7 – Functional Planning: Participants will sketch out the function of their applications through the use of flow charts, storyboard, and mind mapping.

10/14 – Mock-up/Sketching: Content is geared toward the aesthetic design of the application. Tools will be used to develop a graphical representation of the app and aesthetic elements will be created.

10/21 – Overview of Eclipse: Participants will start exploring the Eclipse IDE and the technical process behind coding for Android development.

10/28, 11/4, 11/11 – App Coding: Participants will continue using Eclipse to developing their applications.

11/18 – Fit and Finish: Participants will complete their app and fine tune remaining details. A discussion of app store submission will take place.

The cost of the course is $195 and the registration deadline is Sept. 22. Students may register online at or contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | August 26, 2014

Northeast State at Johnson City renovation moves ahead

Renovation of the Northeast State at Johnson City complex took a major step forward last week as College and state officials green-lighted construction work to begin by the project’s contractor.

A pre-construction meeting held Aug. 20 granted the Rainey Contracting company a notice to proceed with phase three building renovations to the College’s Johnson City teaching site. The Rainey firm can now move forward with the $1.6 million, approximately 38,000 square-foot renovation.

Northeast State at Johnson City

Northeast State at Johnson City

The contract calls for a 212-day construction period which ends on March 20, 2015. The meeting included members of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Shaw and Shanks Architects, Rainey Contracting representatives and Northeast State personnel.

The project’s first phase repairs the building’s parking garage area and renewal of the building’s courtyard area. Formerly the Washington County Justice Center, several former courtrooms have been designated for classrooms, multipurpose event rooms, and a debate center for Speech and Mass Communications classes.

Rainey Contracting got the go ahead to proceed with renovations at NeSCC@JC.

Rainey Contracting got the go ahead to proceed with renovations at NeSCC@JC.

Phase two involved replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system through the conditioned space of the building. S.B. White Company installed two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. The HVAC system was funded in part by a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant. The grant program funded a number of projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings across the state

Phase 3 of the facility’s renovation, classrooms space, science laboratories, computer labs, a learning resource center, and administrative office space. The College will also staff the site with personnel from the offices Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Support Services, and tutoring services to assist students.

The building is located at 101 E. Market St. in downtown Johnson City.

The 38,700 square foot conditioned space will house classrooms, labs, and student support offices.

The 38,700 square foot conditioned space will house classrooms, labs, and student support offices.

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