Reconnect and return with Spring into Action April 9

Thinking about enrolling in college to better your career options or fulfill a personal dream?  Northeast State Community College invites you to learn more about the Tennessee Reconnect program with “Spring into Action: Reconnect for a Better Future” on Saturday, April 9.

The Spring into Action event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Wayne G. Basler Library (lower level) on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Attendees should check-in between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to register for the day’s activities.

The Tennessee Reconnect initiative and Northeast State welcomes adults seeking to return to college and finish a certificate or degree. Parents can bring their children as the day includes fun activities planned for kids while adults learn how a college degree can create a better future for themselves and their families.

tn reconnectRepresentatives from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will be on site between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to capture DNA and fingerprints of the kids to create a Child ID Kit for parents to have on hand.  Kids can also enjoy snacks, stories, face painting, and a movie with Northeast State librarians and future Early Childhood Education graduates.

Spring into Action introduces adults to the academic majors offered at Northeast State and ways to finance their return to college. Northeast State representatives are happy to help adults find programs suited to their strengths and provide help to begin the process of applying for school and financial aid.

Adults will gain insight to promising careers in Northeast Tennessee, and how a degree or certificate helps to secure a better job and a better future. Attendees can network with other adult students and Northeast State graduates who returned to school and earned college degrees.

Northeast State is an official Tennessee Reconnect Community Center. Navigating the process of going to college for the first time or going back to college may seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be – we’re here to help!

For more information contact the office of Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Northeast State hosts the Scholars Attic Sale April 7-8

Get the goods and do some good for college students at the upcoming Scholars Attic Sale sponsored by the Northeast State Community College Scholars Foundation.  All proceeds from the sale benefit Northeast State Foundation Scholarships awarded to students and the Student Needs Project.

The Scholars Attic Sale is scheduled Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The sale is being held in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, A110 of the Student Services Building on the College’s Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The sale is open to the public.

SA thingShoppers browse a variety of items including adult and children’s clothing, household goods, small appliances, furniture, books, DVDs, and toys.  All purchases must be made by either cash or check.  Items must be picked up and removed from campus at the time of sale.

Northeast State Foundation Scholarships are competitive scholarship awards based primarily on academic merit with consideration given to a student’s major, county of residence, and leadership skills among other selection criteria. The Student Needs Project provides help for students facing non-academic and socioeconomic factors that impact their lives and ability to attend college. The Project directs campus initiatives focusing on food security, resource development, emergency funds, and transportation.

For more information about the sale, contact the College’s Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs at 423.279.7637 or

The Barter Players perform Antigone March 30

Northeast State welcomes the Barter Theater Players to campus to perform Antigone at noon on March 30 in the Amphitheater at the College’s Blountville campus. The Barter Players will conduct a workshop following the performance.

Sophocles’ classic drama takes up the curse of Oedipus now haunting a younger generation. The story opens following a power struggle over the rule of Thebes between brothers Polynices and Eteocles. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone returns to Thebes after her father’s death to find her brother Polynices dead.

Newly ascended King Creon has called Polynices a traitor and forbade a mourning or burial. Antigone defies the decree. She buries her brother but is caught in the act. When brought before the king, she states that she knew Creon’s law but chose to break it, expounding upon the superiority of ‘divine law’ to that made by man. As she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother, this bloody test of wills leaves few unscathed. Antigone raises issues of law and morality that are as relevant today as they were more than two thousand years ago.

antigone-portraitThe Barter Players are a group of professional theater artists who perform for young audiences. The troupe presents high energy and original productions that capture the imagination, intelligence and sophistication of today’s youth while providing the best in the classic literature and beloved story adaptation.

The Barter Players have been acclaimed nationwide as one of the finest theaters for young people anywhere. In the grand tradition of Barter Theater, the Barter Players perform with a unique combination of education and entertainment, plus the commitment to bring world-class theater to young people of all ages and backgrounds.

In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus. For information call 423.279.7669 or e-mail

Northeast State lands $190,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Northeast State a $190,000 grant to recruit high school students and prepare them for careers in cybersecurity.

The two-year project will combine technical, entrepreneurial, and soft skills training to produce well-round professionals who can not only solve technological issues, but also work well with individuals and teams to identify and fix problems.

“Our goal is to help students become problem solvers who can research, document, and find cyber defense solutions,” said Allan Anderson, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences of the Business Technologies Division. “In addition, we want to teach them how to communicate with end users and train them about best practices,”

Anderson is the project’s principal investigator and he will be assisted by Dr. Carol Cole, co-principal investigator and professor of Management at the College.

“We’re attempting weave all this training together so students have a combination of skills,” Cole said. “This way students are more marketable to employers and have a greater chance of success. The entrepreneurial and soft skills are great assets in any job.”

Demand for cybersecurity technicians is expected to be very high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For those working in computer systems design and related services, employment is predicted to grow 36 percent.

Cyber DefenseAnderson said the project will combine skill sets by modifying existing courses, developing new courses, and bringing in industry experts as guest lecturers.

In addition, the project will also build on partnerships at local high schools with faculty visits to high school guidance counselors, teachers, and prospective students. The grant will also aid with sponsorships of high school career days and marketing efforts to highlight the need for cybersecurity professionals.

The College’s Computer Science program offers a Cyber Defense concentration. It focuses on topics in cybersecurity and digital forensics. Students learn how to fortify computer networks to halt security breaches and how to recover digital data and evidence.
Anderson and Cole said the grant will also mesh with a current NSF collaboration with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to improve technician training and increase the number of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

That effort – funded by a $58,000 grant – serves undergraduate students, pre-college students, college faculty, and high school educators over a three-year period.

“We’re appreciative of the NSF for funding efforts at two-year colleges,” Anderson said. “This lets us try new things, learn from our successes and failures, and better prepare our students to compete in the workplace.”

For more information about the grant or the Cyber Defense concentration, contact Anderson at

TRiO Student Support Services recognizes scholars, graduates

Northeast State’s TRiO Student Support Services recognized the program’s scholars and graduates at its 7th annual Breakfast with the President award ceremony on March 11.

TRiO Director Virginia Reed presented scholar certificates and awards of honors to the program’s students. More than 40 TRiO students will be graduating from Northeast State this spring.

“We are so proud of our scholars and graduates,” said Reed. “You have truly made incredible strides while facing some very difficult circumstances.”

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TRiO Director Jenny Reed (left) congratulates TRiO Scholar Pamela Mooney.

Melissa Dimech won Outstanding Participant of the Year award for the Blountville campus. Pamela Moody received the Outstanding TRiO Participant of the Year for the Northeast State at Kingsport service branch. Jenny Brummett received the Outstanding Participant of the Year award for the Northeast State at Elizabethton teaching site.

“I am so happy for all of you and happy you allowed me to be part of your Northeast State experience,” said Donna Addington, TRiO Advisor at Elizabethon.

Lauren Barbeau won the Outstanding Advanced Tutor of the Year. Barbeau works as a tutor with at the Blountville and Kingsport campuses. Dustin Hensley won the Outstanding Peer Tutor of the Year award for the Blountville campus.

TRiO SSS scholars recognized were: Travis Akers, Sarah Bowers, Cathy Brown, Dorina Jill Coggins, Megan Frye, Heather Gill, Ella Griffiths, Hannah Irick, Kaitlin Irick, Michele Johnson, Brittney Joyner, Debra Kerns, Cory Lyons, Celeste Mattaliano, Kelly Menge, Daniel Nelson, David Nelson, Brandon Sexton, Savannah Steffey, Sarah Stewart, Jose Torres-Cibrian, and Scott Willis.

TRiO SSS scholars preparing to graduate this spring are: Amanda Austin, Alicia Blasini, Gabe Bombailey, Stephanie Brewer, Jenny Brummett, Glenn Burns, Ashleigh Caldwell, Hailey Clark, Zachery Coggins, Shane Colston, Phyllis Cornett, Matt Deel, Melissa Dimech, Michelle Dotson, Madyson Fields, Brianna Franklin, Breanne Gann, Tabitha Gentry, Kenneth Gilreath, Melinda Gouge, Whitney Guinn, Dustin Hensley, Brittany Hughes, Nicole Johnson, Lance Lukens, Cassandra Mallory, Deshawn Mingo, Pamela Mooney, Devotha Mukayuhi, Roger Odom, Katie Pendleton, Michelle Shelton, Zoe Sibley, Esta Amanda Stevens Blevins, Christina Stike, Savannah Vance, Eugene Vanoy, Tracy Wagner-Brackins, Anthony Walls, Diana Womack, and Brandon Whitley.

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More than 40 TRiO students will be graduating from Northeast State this spring.

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years. The TRiO SSS staff of Reed, Raylene Steward, Tonya Cassell, Donna Addington, Wendy Taylor, and Rita Lay coordinate a variety of support services for students including assistance in transfer advising to a four-year college, tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling; assistance in applying to four-year colleges and universities, workplace and college visits, teaching study and time management skills, and assistance in applying for financial aid.

TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) provide valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate.