NE at Johnson City hosts TN Reconnect Fair July 20

Northeast State’s Office of Enrollment Services is on the road again hosting a Tennessee Reconnect Information Fair on July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street.

Northeast State hosts this free-to-attend event the public seeking information about Tennessee Reconnect as well as Tennessee Promise and how to enroll this fall.

Attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect. For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Wanted for fall: Keeping Our Promise peer mentors!

Support your fellow Northeast State students. Become a Keeping Our Promise peer mentor this year!

Northeast State students are eligible to become Promise peer mentors provided they have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher and have been enrolled at Northeast State for at least two semesters. Mentor applicants must be enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year as well.

Be a hero. Be a Keeping Our Promise peer mentor.

Apply to be a Keeping Our Promise Mentor at this link:

Peer mentors receive a stipend of $250 per semester.  Mentors must commit to mentoring five students for at least one academic year.  A successful mentor will:

  • Support students during their academic and social adjustment to college
  • Know how to refer students to appropriate campus resources when needed
  • Work with individual instructors and departments to develop smaller communities to involve and engage students in their college experience.

Peer mentors are required to attend training sessions. During the first 10 weeks of the fall semester, mentors will be required to make contact with their students at least five times. Those 10 weeks are critical to helping new students adjust to college life. Mentors can arrange meeting times with assigned mentees based on their schedules.

Peer mentors provide a great service to their fellow students.

Peer mentoring provides wonderful opportunities to contribute to your college and community and thereby build your academic resume.

NE State awarded 2017 DENSO Foundation grant

The DENSO Foundation has awarded Northeast State a $25,000 grant to provide training and hands-on opportunities for students majoring in technical fields.

The next generation of technical workers is core to DENSO’s success. To fulfill the need for a skilled workforce, DENSO’s philanthropic arm – the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) – funds programs across the continent each year providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development.

“Innovation throughout the manufacturing industry will continue to produce more growth opportunities for students in skilled trades and technical fields,” said Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and executive vice president of Engineering at DENSO International America, Inc. “Companies will lean on this young workforce for years to come, and in order to succeed we need to empower students by giving a better sense for what they’ll experience in the workplace.”

Recently, the DNAF board confirmed its 2017 college and university grants: nearly $1 million in overall funding for 22 institutions and educational programs across North America.

“The automotive industry relies more and more on those with expertise in fields like robotics and electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,” said David Cole, DENSO North American Foundation board member. “Supporting STEM education enables DENSO to develop the next generation of talent needed to fill these roles. It also helps students find ways to translate their passion and skills into opportunity after graduation.”

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A DENSO robotics display at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Since 2001, the DNAF has advanced the auto industry through grants to colleges and universities, providing students with technology, tools, and experiences similar to that of the professional workplace they’ll experience after graduation. The proposal process for these education grants is by invitation only, and all proposals are evaluated based on technical merit, student experience, and alignment with industry needs.

This year’s grant recipients include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University
California State University – Long Beach
Cleveland State Community College
CONALEP Technical College
Conestoga College
East Tennessee State University
FIME – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer College
Kettering University
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
North Carolina State University
Northeast State Community College
Oakland University
Tennessee Technological University
Trine University
University of Guelph
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Western Michigan University

About the DENSO North America Foundation
A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, The DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology, and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more information, visit

About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to Connect with DENSO on Facebook at

Northeast State at Bristol hosts TN Reconnect Fair July 13

Enrollment Services representatives are on the road in July with information about the Tennessee Reconnect program. Northeast State invites the public to learn more about returning to college at an Information Fair scheduled July 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast State at Bristol campus, 620 State Street, Suite 300.

Northeast State at Bristol hosts a TN Reconnect Fair July 13.

The Office of Enrollment Services hosts this free, informative session for non-traditional college adults seeking information about Tennessee Reconnect as well as younger students seeking more information about Tennessee Promise and how to enroll at Northeast State.

The Tennessee Reconnect Act establishes a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college tuition-free.

Attendees can get information about Admissions, Financial Aid, and Veterans’ Affairs among others. Fair attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect.

For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Northeast State welcomes Reagan Boggs July 7

As a daughter of the Coalfields and “The Crooked Road,” singer-songwriter Reagan Boggs continues to grow her reputation as one of Americana music’s most popular and influential artists.

Northeast State proudly welcomes Boggs to perform at the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Reagan Boggs (Photo courtesy of Reagan Boggs)

Boggs grew up in the tiny Southern Appalachian town of Pound, Va. Her family’s home was tucked away in a “holler” outside the small mining community. At times, she can be as pure as such mountain songbirds as Patty Loveless or as edgy as such artists as Shelby Lynne or Matraca Berg. But, all throughout her latest album, Empty Glasses, she manages to simply be Reagan Boggs – and that’s pretty special, as you will hear.

The new album was released last year as the follow-up to her Quicksand disc and won the attention in her home base, as well as on the Americana Music Association chart.  She feels that the music on Empty Glasses reflects her diverse musical stylings.

“I had gotten a review in, and one of the lines said that I transcend genres. It’s hard when people ask me – and kind of to my detriment in a way – because when people ask me what kind of music I do, I draw a blank – because I have such a hard time with that,” says Boggs. “It’s very country-based, with some other influences running through it. I went through so many phases of my life. I was a Blues singer, a Bluegrass singer, I sang Gospel, and was a Rock-and-Roller, too. I just love music….of all kinds.”

Northeast State welcomes Reagan Boggs on July 7.

She lists such artists as Jason Isbell, Patty Loveless, Ryan Adams and Patty Griffin among her influences. She related that growing up in an area where there was little to do, and no cable, music was king – and that’s where she gained her biggest inspiration.

“I love anything that makes me feel something,” says Boggs. “It doesn’t really have to be a specific genre.”

Lee Zimmerman of the roots music journal No Depression compared Boggs style as “…the same wellspring of heartfelt emotion, bittersweet reflection and bleak back porch desire that birthed great singers like Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her voice is filtered through a mix of hard wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.”

Boggs is a two-time Mountain Stage performer on National Public Radio and will be featured this summer on the PBS broadcast of “Song of the Mountains.” She also uses her vocal talents to narrate audio books. Check out her titles on and iTunes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit or contact