Workforce Solutions offers fall phlebotomy class

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering a fall class in phlebotomy, which is projected to be one of the fastest growing health-care occupations in the next decade.

Phlebotomists specialize in drawing blood and work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, laboratories, and public health facilities. Phlebotomists are crucial members of a medical team, providing quality laboratory samples and patient/donor care in a variety of medical settings.

Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, prospective patient care technicians, current nurses, or those looking to develop skills may be good candidates for the program. The training includes theory and hands-on instruction during the class. The course includes labs in a hospital setting and 100 documePhlebotomyClassTwitterGraphicnted sticks.

Students will gain the technical knowledge required to assist them in passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination, which is included in the course.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Class Dates: Sept. 13 – Nov. 29, 2016

Course Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Regional Center for Health Professions Building in Kingsport, 300 W. Main St. 

Fees: $675 (includes the NHA Certification Exam)

Registration deadline: Sept. 6, 2016 

The course’s instructor has been a phlebotomist for many years and has taught phlebotomy since 2005. Credentials include a bachelor’s in Management, and a master’s in Education.

For more information and how to register for this class, please contact Rebecca Moody with Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5353 or

Northeast State welcomes the Frito Puente Band July 26

The Frito Puente Band brings their sizzling Latin jazz fusion to Northeast State on July 26 as part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series.

This well-respected Tri-Cities trio takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Frito Puente Band
Frito Puente Band

Frito Puente is Latin Jazz with a spicy blend of standards and originals with Bill Perkins on guitar, Sam Burke on bass, and Jose Castillo on Congas & Percussion. Perkins and Burke have played together in various jazz, blues, and rock groups for over 30 years. Perkins has been playing guitar since 1971 and has appeared on stage in the United States, Germany, Malta, Brazil, and Mexico.

In his extensive travels, Burke has played with symphonies, garage bands, power trios, R&B show bands, folk bands, lounge bands, and bar bands. Castillo joined the band 15 years ago. He has played trumpet, flugle horn, guitar, and percussion and spearheads the Latin sound that has defined this latest rendition of this ensemble.

Frito Puente’s style spans Latin-flavored artists like Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions.  For more information about this or other upcoming concerts in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

The Billy Crawford Band turns Northeast State blue on July 16

What better way to spend summer evenings than enjoying Northeast State’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series?

The summer burns blue this month when the Billy Crawford Band lays down a blistering set of blues music on July 16 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Admission is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. Billy Crawford was raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of the region’s finest blues men. Crawford’s guitar rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf even New Orleans-style. Along for the ride with Crawford are singer/guitarist Rex Boggs, sax man Jay Corder, bassist Robert McClain, and drummer Keith Chinault.

Like a lot of kids growing up in East Tennessee, Crawford dug into hard rock. Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore and Gary Moore were big influences. But like Moore, Crawford turned to the blues. B.B. King and Elvis Presley were his earliest influences.

The late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s work turned Crawford on his head, after he saw the Strat-master on television in 1984. But it would take two more years for Crawford to find musicians willing and able to play that style.

In 1997, Crawford led a band to a win at the Piedmont Blues Competition, in Winston-Salem, N.C. It earned Crawford and the act a trip to Memphis for the International Blues Competition. They didn’t win, but folks noticed Crawford’s blistering style.

Calls came in for gigs, but he held out, remaining loyal to his band until Deborah Coleman came calling. She was new, unknown and just signed to Blind Pig Records. He took the gig and hit the road with Coleman, playing 18 states over 12 weeks. Over the next six years, he recorded four albums with her, working with legendary producer Jim Gaines and top players from across the country.

When the band wasn’t recording, it was on the road, touring in 20 countries. Among those experiences was one that meant the world to Crawford. He performed with the late Vaughan’s band, Double Trouble.

The circle would come back to Bristol, though, after his wife told him she was pregnant. He left the road in fall of 2002. But he never put down his guitar. Billy Crawford and his band can lay down a mean set of blues music. Catch this phenomenal local talent at Northeast State.

The concert is open to the public and sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

Gus Moon performs at Northeast State July 14

The Gus Moon musical experience represents equal parts genius, charisma, and humility with beautifully crafted songs in a rich melodic style. Gus Moon is the two-man band of Anthony Mullis and Dennis Furr who began playing music together in a coffeehouse in Indiana.

Gus Moon performs at Northeast State on July 14 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance celebrates Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Mullis is a tremendous singer/songwriter whose voice embodies the characters and place of his songs. With two full length albums and two EPs under their belt, Gus Moon is currently on tour with a much-anticipated stop at Northeast State.

Anthony Mullis (left) and Dennis Furr of Gus Moon.

The duo toured throughout the Southeast this spring visiting Nashville, Charleston, S.C., Athens, Ga., and Elizabethtown, Ky., among other stops. They have released the albums Worn Out Shoes and Gentle Now along with two EPs, Splendid Noise and their newest work, I Know Enough to Know Better, which was released earlier this year.

A Gus Moon show is as much a séance as it is a musical experience. The Moon sound melds personal experience, troubled characters, and often more-troubling narratives into many of the songs. Mullis becomes the persona of the songs, like an actor might embody a role. His voice is a channel where several voices erupt, recalling the brokenness of their bad loves and the triumphs of their picking up the shards. Other songs are much more topically bright, but there’s always some sort of balance in the songs between the darkness and the light. There is just enough polish to know it’s been taken care of; just enough scratch to know it’s seen its share of heartache.

The concert is open to the public and sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

iOPTiN program looks to save on textbook costs

Northeast State students will be able to participate in a new program this fall to reduce textbook costs.

The College, in concert with the Follett Bookstore on the Blountville campus, is introducing the iOPTiN program for fall 2016 that could potentially save students 60 to 80 percent on most textbooks.

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The iOPTiN program is designed to reduce textbook costs.

As designed, students will see an electronic book (eBook) cost associated with each course during the registration process. Students will have access to download eBooks and materials through the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) learning management system on the first day of class. Students will pay for eBooks through financial aid or receive a bill.

Full-term students will have a two-week period at the start of a course or semester to opt out of the eBook program. Opt out deadlines will be posted on the College’s academic calendar for other compressed semester/block schedules.

The program dovetails with the College’s iNortheast Mobile Technology initiative. The initiative was piloted during the 2015-2016 academic year when Northeast State distributed iPad mini 2 devices to Tennessee Promise students and eligible full-time students. Funded by the Northeast State Foundation and an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, the program provided 1,800 devices.

Students enrolling in credit courses at Northeast State starting fall 2016 are required to lease or purchase iPads with Apple’s iOS 9 or greater operating system and 32 GB of memory. The savings on etextbooks should more than cover the cost of the lease fee for most courses.

Starting fall 2016, the bookstore will sell iPads at an educational discount. A student ID will be required to receive the discount. Students may also purchase an iPad online at the Apple Store or retail stores that sell Apple products.

The 2016 Tennessee annual sales tax holiday is July 29 – 31. During the tax free weekend, iPads, laptops, and computers under $1,500 may be purchased without having to pay sales tax. The tax exemption not only applies to items purchased within stores, but also items purchased over the phone, Internet, or mail in which the retailer accepts the order during the tax free holiday.

Students may also lease an iPad Mini 2 through Northeast State. A lease costs $110 per semester for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who pay their tuition and fees, as well as the iPad lease fee, may lease an iPad.

Students must sign a lease agreement, which is available for viewing at campus cashier windows. Cashiers are located in Blountville (Pierce P203A), Johnson City (JC1003), Kingsport (Blazier-Wilson Hall 107), and Elizabethton (E134). When completed, students will receive a receipt for payment or a copy of an authorization form. Students take the receipt or form to one of the identified IT service centers at each campus listed below to sign a lease and collect a leased iPad:

Blountville Campus – Pierce Building. Room P216

Kingsport – Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Room KC305

Bristol – Room BR332

Elizabethton – Room E100A

Johnson City – Room JC1097

For more information, visit or e-mail