JC Community Concert Band plays the WRCPA July 14

Step back in time to the age of the big bands when the Johnson City Community Concert Band takes the stage at Northeast State on July 14. The performance continues the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The JC Community Concert Band returns to Northeast State July 14.

Founded in 1983 by faculty members from East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Community Band is made up of more than 40 members and associate members who have diverse backgrounds in music.

The band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, concert band whose members are from all over the region. Band members range from professional band directors to music professionals of all ages that want to continue the joy of playing music and performing. The band also features several associate members who taken up playing challenging music.

For more information, visit http://www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

The NE Honors Program wants you!

Check your student email for a special invitation. You just might be eligible to join the Northeast State Honors Program. Students with an overall ACT exam score of 25 or higher OR a grade point average of 3.25 are eligible for the Honors Program.

The Northeast State Honors Program wants to hear from eligible students.

Honors classes are smaller—usually no more than 20 students—allowing for close interaction between students and faculty.  All honors courses are noted as such on student transcripts. Northeast State students completing more than 18 hours of honors coursework receive an honors diploma. Why is this important? Because an honors diploma makes you highly competitive for transfer scholarships to four-year institutions. If you would like to take honors classes, complete the Fall 2018 Honors Course Registration Form here:


Honors program-eligible students are invited to attend one of two Student Orientation/Information Sessions on the following dates: Aug. 8, from 10:00-11:30 and on Aug. 9, from 1:00-2:30. Both sessions will be held in Room L226 of Basler Library on the Blountville campus.

Please complete the Honors Eligible Orientation Session Form to indicate which session you plan to attend. For more information contact Dr. Jane Honeycutt at 423.354.2596 or jbhoneycutt@NortheastState.edu.

Wild Blue Yonder plays Northeast State July 12

Whether delivering a folk ballad, an alt-country satire, or an inspiring spiritual anthem, Wild Blue Yonder performs some of the best music of our region.

Northeast State welcomes Wild Blue Yonder for a performance on July 12 at the WRCPA Theatre on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The show continues the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series. The music begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Preserving the musical traditions of their Appalachian region while giving fresh voice to ancient themes of love and loss, Wild Blue Yonder ranks as one of the region’s favorite bands. Formed as a five-piece band in 2001, the band produced two well-received contemporary bluegrass CDs. Both discs, Bolt Out of the Blue and Above & Beyond received airplay on bluegrass and folk radio stations across the country and internationally in the U.K., Australia, and the Netherlands.

Wild Blue Yonder

Stylistically, it’s hard to label the self-penned songs of band founders/writers Melissa Wade and Philip Coward. Cindy Wallace, who contributes soulful fiddle, makes up the third member of the new Wild Blue Yonder. All three members of the group are veteran entertainers who not only deliver their music with passion and sincerity but also engage every audience sharing life stories up close and personal.

Wade’s love of music began at the piano, her first instrument, at age 8. Her first piano “gig” happened in a small Methodist church. In that setting, she found a love of sacred music that empowers her songs today. Guitar was the next instrument to catch her ear, largely owing to the music of Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith, major influences on her performance style.

Coward, who plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo, comes from a long and diverse musical background. He began playing guitar at age 12, bass a few years later, and was a veteran of numerous in-demand working bands in Knoxville by age 22.

Wallace traces her musical roots to the family band in which she began performing as a young teen in Greenville, N.C. Her father, Will, was her first musical influence and whom she credits with inspiring her in many ways. With her sisters, she performed at numerous Sevier County, Tenn., venues for many years, including Dollywood, Music Mansion, and the Rainbow Theater.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu/tickets or contact 423.279.7668 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.

NE State awarded 3 TBR grants totaling $100,000

Northeast State Community College recently landed three grants from the Tennessee Board of Regents totaling more than $100,000.

The grants are part of TBR’s Student Engagement Retention and Success initiative which targets student success, retention, and strategic diversity efforts.

Honors Institute

The college received $34,763 to create the Northeast State Honors Institute to increase the retention and graduation rates of honors-eligible students from under-represented populations.

A recent survey at the college revealed that students who took an honors course reported higher levels of engagement as compared to honors-eligible students who did not participate in the honors program.

The grant will provide under-represented honors students with opportunities for leadership development, extracurricular activities, and academic support.

Inclusion Office
TBR provided $33,113 for the Northeast State Inclusion Project which is designed to enhance the enrollment and retention of Black or African-American students enrolled at the college through programs coordinated by the Office of Inclusion.

Northeast State, like the majority of TBR community colleges, does not employ a staff member who is devoted to campus diversity efforts. Therefore, an integral part of this project is the addition of a part-time inclusion professional who will develop and direct project activities while working with other areas of the college.

Program components include collaborative dialogues about diversity issues and concerns; climate surveys; and formation of a community advisory group.

Reconnecting the Gap – Adult Bridge Program
Northeast State was awarded $32,616 to create a bridge program to assist adult learners returning to college. The program will provide TN Reconnect students, who may be hesitant about returning to school, with foundational skills to foster academic success. TN Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship for eligible adults to attend a community college tuition-free.

The program seeks to address reading, writing, and technology skill deficiencies before enrollment in college-level coursework. Also, the program will work on building student confidence, increasing awareness of support services, and easing the transition to college. Classes will meet two nights per week for a total of six weeks before the start of each semester with dinner provided.

NE State SkillsUSA team earns gold medal at national competition

The Northeast State Health Knowledge team recently earned a gold medal at the 2018 SkillsUSA national conference, the largest skill competition in the world.

The team consisted of Rachel Henson, Samantha Legg, Stephanie Roller and Taylor Shockley. Faculty member Jeff Coalson served as team advisor.

Health Knowledge Bowl Team
Left to right: Jeff Coalson (faculty advisor), Samantha Legg, Stephanie Roller, Rachel Henson and Taylor Shockley.

The team, which also won a gold medal at the state level, was tested on its collective knowledge of health occupations. The students were judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories including academic foundations, communication, systems, employability skills, legal responsibility, ethics, safety practices, teamwork and health maintenance.

Also, Northeast State students Alexander Wittman and Dominique Cross competed in computer science and collision repair, respectively. Wittman placed fourth in overall competition while Cross ranked 19th in her field.

More than 18,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses, and labor unions participated in the week-long event.

Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges.