Northeast State hosts Legislative Update at KCHE

Following the Regional Legislative Breakfast held in Kingsport on Friday morning, Northeast State hosted a Legislative Update session at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. President Dr. Janice Gilliam welcomed state Reps. Matthew Hill of District 3 and John Crawford of District 1 as well as Joshua Russell representing Rep. Bud Hulsey of District 2.

Also attending the update were Lana Moore, field representative for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Jill Salyers, field representative for Sen. Bob Corker, and John Abe Teague, representing Congressman Phil Roe.

Northeast State hosted a Legislative Update at KCHE on Friday morning.

Northeast State administrators briefed legislators about the College’s success since being named as one of eight state service providers for Adult Education services, the ongoing digital textbook project aimed to cut costs for students, and the future Emerging Technologies facility to be constructed on the Blountville campus.

Ginger Hausser, director of External Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), addressed upcoming budget and legislative issues pertaining to higher education. The upcoming legislative session will include state appropriation recommendations for TBR institutions based on each institution’s performance outcomes.

State legislators return to Nashville on Jan. 30 when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes.

Performance outcomes measure an institution’s accomplishments in categories including students accumulating 12 credit hours, dual enrollment, associate degrees awarded, 1-2 year certificates awarded, and job placement among others. Northeast State has ranked first or second in performance outcomes among two-year TBR institutions in three of the past four years.

Legislators return to Nashville on Jan. 30 when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes.


Faculty Focus: Lisa Poole

Northeast State shines the spotlight on current faculty members making a difference in the lives of students. Associate Professor Lisa L. Poole teaches in the Psychology program at Northeast State. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Mass Communications at Carson-Newman University. She earned her master’s of Education degree from East Tennessee State University.

Why did teaching appeal to you as a career?

Well, teaching runs in my family starting with my great-grandfather who taught in a one-room schoolhouse. My dad was a coach, principal, and Director of Secondary Education. However, I majored in English and Mass Communication in college. I was going to be the next Barbara Walters! I actually was offered a job at a television station out of college, but I could not afford, based on the starting salary, to move to that city, so I started reviewing my career options. My mother taught psychology and my brother taught psychology so that discipline became a strong influence on my career path.

How did you come to join the faculty at Northeast State?

While I was getting my master’s at ETSU, I applied for and was hired as a part-time tutor coordinator in Student Services. After receiving my master’s degree, I was hired, by Dr. Chris Lefler, as a counselor in Developmental Studies.  After deciding to start a family, I left full-time work here but continued as an adjunct instructor. After my youngest son started school, a full-time psychology instructor position opened so I applied and got the job. I also had experience as an elementary school guidance counselor, but once I taught my first college class I was hooked.

Lisa Poole
Lisa Poole

What should college students hope to gain if they are considering a Psychology major or taking psychology classes?

Understanding psychology help can enhance their life experiences. I teach General Psychology, Social Psychology, and Lifespan Psychology. We engage in several social experiments ranging from the “elevator experiment” where students face the back of the elevator and measure the reactions of people when the doors open. The idea is getting the student into a learning experience to better understand behavior.

How do psychology classes benefit overall learning?

In anything you do, as well as a career, you need an understanding of people and human behavior. There are lots of disciplines, beyond the area of just psychology, that would benefit having an understanding of behavior and mental processes.  Part of my job is helping students develop critical thinking skills and prioritize their information they are studying.

How does the study of Psychology program help students transition from the classroom to the “real world”?

There are several excellent classes we offer to help students studying business, social work, education. I think it is a valuable tool for everyone to have. Every program at Northeast State wants the student to succeed. Student success is what we are striving to achieve and not only in the classroom. We want them to think about the world and understand how to make sound decisions as students and in life.


Submit a scholarship application by March 1

Students searching for financial aid to attend college need financial help now more than ever. It’s never too soon to submit a scholarship application to Northeast State Community College for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Northeast State Office of Scholarship Programs administers more than 185 Foundation-related scholarships to help students pay college expenses. To be considered, students should submit the Online General Scholarship Application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First-time applicants to the College must also complete an application for admission.  and general scholarship application for Foundation and Academic Work scholarships. The application deadline for Foundation-related scholarships is March 1, 2017.

The application deadline is March 1.
The application deadline for NE Foundation-related scholarships is March 1.

Northeast State awards scholarships to qualifying applicants following a competitive review process. Foundation Scholarships may fund maintenance fees and even textbook costs for recipients. Northeast State also administers the Academic Work Scholarship and the Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship programs.

The Online General Scholarship Application qualifies a student only for Foundation and Academic Work scholarship consideration.  A separate application must be completed for the Educational Access and Diversity program (June 1 is the deadline to apply).

To apply for available Foundation and Academic Work scholarships, visit and complete the Online General Scholarship Application. For more information, email


Leon Kiser Tribute Show set for Feb. 18

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s (AMCA) 21st annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature performances by Saplin’ Rose, Robert Lester, the East Tennessee State Pride Band, Raymond McClain and the Mountain Music Ambassadors, Carson Peters, Chosen Road, The Kiser Family, Lightnin’ Charlie, Duty Free, the ETSU Old-Time Pride Band, Breaking Tradition, Boots on the Ground Bluegrass, Carolina Blue, Emi Sunshine, Unspoken Tradition, Po Ramblin’ Boys, VanDyke and Brown, and Ralph Stanley II.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at or by calling the performing arts center box office at 423.354.5169. The center is located on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Leon Kiser was a long-time member of the Holston Mountain Boys and a tireless promoter of bluegrass and country music.

“Every year it’s like a big family reunion with all the musicians and people that come,” said Tammy Kiser, Kiser’s daughter. “The concert is very dear to our hearts and we really appreciate this in honor of my dad.”

Ralph Stanley II will headline the 21st annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show.

Tim White, president of the ACMA and host of Song of the Mountains; and Rick Dollar, concert chair, will emcee the event.

The concert benefits the Benny Sims Scholarship and the ACMA Leon Kiser Memorial Scholarship for students in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University. Proceeds also benefit the ACMA Mountain Music Museum in downtown Bristol.

Each year, the ACMA also honors individuals who have contributed to the performance and preservation of music from the southern Appalachian region. Honorees this year are country music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, noted Bristol luthier Ray Dearstone, and Bristol entrepreneur Allan Hurley.

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Congratulations to our fall graduates

While a new spring semester is just around the corner, Northeast State  congratulates the 368 students who applied to graduate and successfully completed all academic degree/certificate requirements in the fall 2016 semester. Fall graduates will be awarded 239 associate degrees and 160 academic/technical certificates.

NEST Grad 2009 April 23 – 7 p.m. MeadowView Conference and Convention Center
An impressive number of students completed their degree/certificate requirements last fall.

Students graduating in fall 2016 will be recognized at the 2016-17 spring commencement exercise on Tuesday, May 9, at the East Tennessee State University/Mountains State Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

Commencement ceremony information can be accessed at: