Posted by: northeastnation | May 22, 2015

Hot Nights, Cool Music series returns!

Summer is coming and what better way to spend a few warm evenings than enjoying Northeast State’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The series begins in June with local, regional, and nationally known musical artists taking the stage at the College’s Blountville campus.

All shows are free and open to the public. All performances scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert series features diverse shows from opera to folk to big bad performances.

SummerMusicSeries2015_GoTri AdThe Vaneese Thomas Group, June 9 – Vaneese carries the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched generations and crossed divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience ¬ R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own. She has worked with an astonishing array of performers including Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, and others.

The Model City Wrecking Crew, June 18 – The Model City Wrecking Crew is a five-piece band from Kingsport, performing classic rock music. The Crew performs material from artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, James Taylor, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, The Steve Miller Band, REM, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section among others.

The Vicki Genfan Trio, June 23 – Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki is redefining ‘singer/songwriter culture.’ With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Vicki creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls ‘slap-tap’, Genfan’s pure, expressive vocals dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs.

Fun Fest Color KptThe Johnson City Community Band, July 11 – The band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have a diverse background in music. While lineups have changed over the years, one thing has stayed the same – the band has grown and improved each year in the quality of members and quality of performances. This show is also a Kingsport FunFest sanctioned event.

Caravan of Thieves, July 18 – Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the band’s mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. Caravan of Thieves are musical and intense. They entertain, dazzle and defy musical classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and singalongs.

Tri-Cities Gospel Music Camp Annual Concert, July 30 – Fans of the style, as well as newcomers to the method, will be treated to a concert and workshop by singers from Kingsport’s Tri-City Gospel Music Camp. Shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on geometric shapes like squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing.

For more information about the summer concerts visit or contact 423.279.7669.

Posted by: northeastnation | May 18, 2015

Official OSHA safety course set for June 16-19

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State will present an official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices June 16-19.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by the U.S. and Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each student who successfully completes the course.

TOSHA-Logo_smThe course will meet June 16-19, 2015. Course hours are: June 16, 17, and 18 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and June 19 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attendance at all four class sessions is required to receive course completion cards from TOSHA. The class will be held on the College’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. This course is offered in conjunction with Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA). Please register by June 2. For reservations, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | May 15, 2015

Spring Commencement Program

An online version of the 2015 spring commencement program can be accessed via the link below.

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Northeast State Spring Commencement 2015


Posted by: northeastnation | May 13, 2015

UVA, SWVA Opera Company perform Hansel and Gretel May 14

Northeast State’s Hot Nights, Cool Music Summer Concert Series opens tonight when the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the Southwest Virginia Opera Company present the opera Hansel and Gretel on Thursday, May 14.

The opera will be performed at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Theater doors open at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The well-known fairy tale of German origin was first recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Engelbert Humperdinck’s adapted the story and composed the opera that was first performed in 1893. This fairytale opera is told in three acts by Adelheid Wette.

Hansel and Gretel meet the witch.

Hansel and Gretel meet the witch.

The opera opens with the siblings abandoned in the woods by their father. The two discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes with window panes of sugar. The children hungry children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy house. Suddenly the door opens and an old woman emerges luring them inside with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. But her intentions become clear once she has enslaved the children and prepped her kitchen. Can Hansel and Gretel triumph over the evil witch before dinner is served? Come enjoy this frightening fable set to soaring operatic music.

For more information about Hansel and Gretel or the Northeast State summer concert series visit or contact or 276.328.0256.

Posted by: northeastnation | May 12, 2015

When college becomes a family affair

The average college student shudders at the thought of mom and dad attending classes with him or her. But the Baughn family opted to make attending Northeast State an adventure.

Dave Baughn, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Emily will all walk the stage at Northeast State’s graduation commencement ceremony on May 12.

“We are so excited to get to graduate together,” said Lisa Baughn. “We have been blessed by Northeast State for so many people to come into our lives.”

A computer network engineer by profession, Dave returned to college to fulfill a promise to his employer and earn his associate degree in Network Engineering. Lisa and Emily are both Pre-Nursing majors planning to articulate to a nearby four-year college to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Relocating to East Tennessee from California in 2006, the family experienced some mild culture shock. As homeschooled student, however, Emily didn’t face major changes of new classmates or subjects. She credits her parents with instilling an attitude of determination in her from a young age.

“It is so important to start and finish what you do and don’t give up when it gets hard,” said Emily. “Everyone should be encouraged not to settle for second best.”

Dave, Emily, and Lisa Baughn

Dave, Emily, and Lisa Baughn

Dave enrolled first at Northeast State while he was working full-time at Wellmont Health Systems. He accepted a promotion contingent on his earning a degree. His perseverance – and the family’s – was tested with his 40+ hours work weeks while carrying a full-time load of no less than 12 credit hours per semester.

“A degree is something no one can take away from you,” said Dave Baughn. “That is what we told Emily and what I would press upon every person thinking about enrolling at Northeast State.”

Lisa and her daughter enrolled the same semester and wound up seeking out the same major of Pre-Nursing. A professional writer and speaker, Lisa acknowledged a bit of apprehension entering college and pursuing the sciences.

“I spent 12 years as a home-school mom so all this was new to me,” she said. “I’m a liberal arts girl.”

A series of events pushed Lisa toward the nursing profession. Perhaps the most profound being her daughter’s own critical health diagnosis three years ago. Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury and subsequent brain tumor. The injury damaged her vision permanently and forced her relearn basic motor skills and even how to read and write. While treatments were successful without surgical intervention, Emily said most health care professionals told her to accept living a diminished life.

“I was told I’d never go to college, but I told them I was going,” said Emily. “We give up on people too easily for a variety of reasons.”

Mom and daughter jumped into the challenging classes of Anatomy and Physiology I and II classes as well as Chemistry classes. Both mom and daughter praised Northeast State faculty members Dr. Brent Lockhart and Dr. Ed Osborne as top instructors and influences.

“We decided to take the hard stuff,” said Lisa. “It is not one person. It is a team of us doing it.”

Despite getting accustomed to new professors for every class, Emily said she transitioned well from the home school environment into college. She also visited the College’s Center for Students with Disabilities to take advantage of available learning services.

Emily has bounced back marvelously well as a cum laude graduate with a 3.5 grade point average while carrying 22 credit hours this spring. She added her decision to enter the nursing profession came from her own experiences in the health care.

“I want to be the person to be there for someone who is fearful or coming out of something in pain,” said Emily. “I want them to know I’m there to care for them and they have an advocate.”

Team Baugh successfully earned their associate degrees together. The same way they tackle life in general with each other and their beloved dogs Hunter and Savannah.

“God has provided for us every step of the way,” said Lisa Baughn. “It has been a wonderful experience and a blessing to be at Northeast State.”

Posted by: northeastnation | May 7, 2015

Northeast State pins 2015 class of Nursing graduates

Northeast State recognized its seventh class of Nursing program graduates at the 2015 Pinning Ceremony held Thursday evening at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville.

A joyous night for Nursing grads and their families.

A joyous night for Nursing grads and their families.

The graduating class of more than 60 students received their nursing pins. Student Taylor Maines led the invocation while members of the Nursing faculty affixed the pins for students on stage. Northeast Nursing graduates of 2014-15 are listed below.

Melony A. Almany Thornburg; Sandra K. Anderson; Timothy Baker; Alicia Bales; Connie E. Ballard; DeAnna Barnes; Kimberly L. Beach; Tiffani A. Bigelow; McKenzie N. Boling; Angel C. Bosse; Amanda L. Bowlin; Laura Bradford; Fatima Brka; Benjamin S. Carrick; Cassidy S. Childress; Heather R. Clinton; Kayla L. Couch; Kimberly A. Cox; Amanda J. Mathews Crawford; Amy N. Crawford; Amanda S. Cunningham; Christina L. Deloach; Sarah D. Doane; Hunter R. Dotson; Erica C. Ehasz; Tara R. Gosnell; Melissa G. Heaton; Shelby N. Hensley; Carrie E. Hickman; Ashley B Hongkham; Hannah N. Hughes; Vic J. Johnson; Ashley N. Jones; Annie N. Kimbrough; Amy M. Kress; Christina M. Lawson; Johnny R. Lovelace; Ann T. Maines; Summer D. Manganaro; Paige A. Martin; Bryan W. Mebane; Isaac K. Nganga; Barbara A. Norton; Jessicka C. Parrott; Penelope C. Pearce; Elna J. Pollard Britt; Tammy L. Radford; Taylor N. Rheinbolt; Stephanie M. Simmons; Deborah D. Singh; Pamela D. Smith; Jessica L. Stamper; Amy M. Starrette; Healther A. Strada; Eleanor D. Tipton; Laura W. Ulmann; Haley N. Walser; Jessica Waycaster; April N. Williams; and Ashley D. White.

More than 60 nursing students received their pins Thursday evening.

More than 60 Northeast Nursing students received their pins on Thursday evening.

The pinning ceremony provides a symbolic welcoming of new nurses into the profession. Each graduating student received the Northeast State Nursing pin on his or her white lab coat signifying completion of the associate of applied science degree.

Connie Ballard and Vic Johnson received the program’s Outstanding Student Award. Erica Ehasz received the Student Support Award. Student Representative award winners were McKenzie Boling; Angel Bosse; Fatima Brka; Hunter Dotson; Hannah Hughes; Barbara Norton; and Laura Ullman.

The nursing students graduating this spring will receive their diplomas on May 12 at the College’s  commencement ceremony scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee State University/Mountains State Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City.

Posted by: northeastnation | May 6, 2015

Northeast Nursing to pin 2015 grads on May 7

Northeast Nursing holds its seventh pinning event May 7.

Northeast Nursing holds its seventh pinning event May 7.

Northeast State will recognize its seventh class of Nursing program graduates at the 2015 Pinning Ceremony held Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville.

The graduating class of more than 60 students will receive their nursing pins from the College’s dean of Nursing, Dr. Melessia M. Webb. Each graduating student will receive the Northeast State Nursing pin on his or her white lab coat signifying completion of the associate of applied science degree.

The presidents of Northeast State Community College and Emory & Henry College have signed an agreement that seeks to ease the transfer of students from the Tennessee community college to the four-year liberal arts college in Southwest Virginia.

E&H President Jake Schrum and Northeast State President Janice H. Gilliam also signed an agreement that specifically addresses the requirements for transfer students seeking a degree in mass communications.

E&H articulation 1

E&H President Jake Schrum and Northeast State President Janice H. Gilliam signed an agreement that specifically addresses the requirements for transfer students seeking a degree in mass communications.

“This specific program agreement is very important because it helps align two very strong programs in mass communications and helps Northeast State students to plan early for a seamless transition to a four-year degree in mass communications,” according to Mary Bolt, E&H director of transfer admissions.

According to the terms of the general admission agreement signed Monday, Emory & Henry will guarantee admission to NeSCC students who achieve associate of arts or associate of science degrees and who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and higher.

Eligible students may apply up to 62 transferable semester hours from NeSCC toward the minimum of 120 semester hours required for a bachelor of arts degree and 124 hours for a bachelor of science degree at Emory & Henry.

E&H articulation 2

Eligible students may apply up to 62 transferable semester hours from NeSCC toward the minimum of 120 semester hours required for a B.A. degree and 124 hours for a B.S. degree at E&H.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Emory & Henry College,” said Dr. Janice H. Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “Emory & Henry has an outstanding reputation and we are very pleased to offer this transfer opportunity for our students to continue their education after graduating from Northeast State.”

In addition, Emory & Henry agrees to waive the application fee for Northeast State students. Emory & Henry also will develop a transfer guide for use by NeSCC counselors, faculty, and students.

“Northeast State enjoys a strong reputation for quality two-year education while Emory & Henry is a national leader in the liberal arts,” Schrum said. “With this agreement, we are combining the strengths of two quality institutions of higher education to provide the best experiences and optimal opportunities for students.”

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