Northeast State hosts Keeping Our Promise event Sept. 4

TNPromiseKickoffInviteNortheast State will host the Keeping Our Promise Kick-off Event on Sept. 4, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Blountville campus, giving Tennessee Promise students the opportunity to meet and fellowship with the mentors who will be guiding them through their first year of college life.

The event, catered by Bare Bones BBQ, gives students a chance to meet their mentor, network with fellow students, and get a Keeping Our Promise t-shirt. Mentors have committed to mentor five Tennessee Promise students for at least one academic year. Peer mentors can earn a stipend of $200 per semester.

There are several mentorship positions still available. To become a mentor or learn more about Keeping Our Promise, contact Jane Honeycutt at

Open auditions for Steel Magnolias, American Buffalo Sept. 1 & 2

The Northeast State Department of Theater announces open auditions next week for two fall productions of the American classics Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Actors are invited to open auditions for both plays scheduled Sept. 1 and 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members ages 18 and up.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theater. All actors should be familiar with both stories and are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue to be read at the audition. Call backs for both plays will be made on Sept. 3 between 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performers need to attend only one night of auditions.

Concerned with a group of Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias bounces between hilarious and touching – and in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Northeast State Theatre begins a new season with Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Performers are requested to prepare a one-minute monologue (either dramatic or comedic) and be prepared to share their best Georgia/Mississippi accent. The production seeks to cast six female roles. Sides from the play will also be provided. Magnolias production dates are Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the WCRPA Theater.

The volatile drama of American Buffalo centers around a Chicago junk shop where three small time criminals plot the robbery of a coin collection including a prized “buffalo nickel.” While the thieves fancy themselves high-end crooks, the reality of their endeavor propels them to a fate they never see coming. The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play’s production dates are Nov. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium (A202) of Northeast State at Blountville.

For more information, visit or contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

Northeast State receives grant for Nursing Center coordinator

Northeast State recently received a $45,000 Perkins IV Reserve grant to fund a Nursing coordinator position at the College’s Regional Center for Health-Related Professions.

The coordinator will be responsible for expanding learning opportunities and improving services offered by the Nursing division’s NURS (Nurses Utilizing Resources for Success) Center.

According to grant information, the coordinator will:

  • monitor student progress in the nursing program and providing intervention as needed;
  • ensure nursing students have a personalized academic plans for completion that utilize academic, career-planning, and counseling services that support their persistence;
  • facilitate group tutoring sessions and providing supplementary instruction;
  • conduct workshops and presentations on topics pertaining to goal setting, time management, and study skills.
The NURS Center opened in 2013 and it has grown to become a hub for faculty/staff/student networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying and research.
The NURS Center opened in 2013 and has become a hub for networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying.

The NURS Center opened in 2013 and it has grown to become a hub for faculty/staff/student networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying and research. The center’s success has resulted in the need to hire a coordinator to oversee the Center operations and increase student-centered programming and services.

Northeast State has invested $190,000 in high-technology manikins and the coordinator will be responsible for integrating simulation into curriculum and maximizing the technology available to students.

Research has proven that students learn more efficiently and have increased critical thinking skills when simulation is incorporated into learning. The use of simulation in the classroom and the presence of a consistent support person in the Center will add significant value to student learning and positively impact student retention, graduation, and success in the workforce.

Northeast State at Johnson City previews facility

Northeast State opened its Johnson City campus for a preview Aug. 20 with plans to offer fall semester courses starting Aug. 24. Second session, Accelerated Study Program courses, will begin Oct. 19.

The College will have five classrooms and several offices in place for the fall semester. Additional lab and office space will be completed in a few weeks. When complete, the facility will house 38,700 square feet. The building is located at 101 E. Market St.

Northeast State at Johnson City / Market Street entrance
Northeast State at Johnson City / Market Street entrance

Northeast State officials said more than 50 courses will be offered this fall and core curriculum courses over the next two semesters. Science classes are slated to begin by June 2016. Currently, more than 260 students are enrolled at the Johnson City campus.

The College plans an official ribbon cutting and grand opening later this fall.

Students may register for Northeast State at Johnson City classes by applying online at For more information, call 800.836.7822 or e-mail

Blevins to direct new Aviation Maintenance technical certificate program

Northeast State’s Advanced Technologies Division has announced the addition of a technical certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology. The 29-credit-hour program will offer classes starting in fall 2015.

The certificate is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills of the aviation maintenance and repair industry. The program emphasizes skills associated with the repair and installation of aviation electronics, aircraft structures, and aircraft mechanical systems. Students will develop core skills in fuselage and sheet metal repair, electrical systems, hydraulics, and aircraft repair procedures.

Courses include an introduction to aviation and those related to mechanical, electrical, quality and inspection, maintenance, structures, electronics, and hydraulics systems.

Northeast State's aviation maintenance program seeks to train professionals for the emerging drone market.
Northeast State’s aviation maintenance program seeks to train professionals for the emerging drone market.

Richard Blevins, who has extensive aviation and aerospace experience, is department head and director of the program. He comes to Northeast State from Bell Helicopter where he was a training department manager. He was responsible for the training development of more than 500 employees in the areas aircraft alternations, maintenance, and inspections to meet FAA and ISO AS 9100 requirements.

Blevins also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1979 to 2006, attaining the top enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He served in several capacities including ICBM systems analyst, superintendent of space launch operations, quality control superintendent on test launch systems, and electronics laboratory manager.

NeSCC Aviation Program Director Richard Blevins speaks to the emerging aviation industry in the region.
NeSCC Aviation Program Director Richard Blevins speaks to the emerging aviation industry in the region.

Blevins is completing a master’s degree in education from in Trident University International, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trident University International and an associate of arts and sciences degree from Park University-USAF College.

Students interested in admission to the Aviation Maintenance Technology certificate program may contact Blevins at 423.279.7639 or or the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail