Northeast State welcomes Reagan Boggs July 7

As a daughter of the Coalfields and “The Crooked Road,” singer-songwriter Reagan Boggs continues to grow her reputation as one of Americana music’s most popular and influential artists.

Northeast State proudly welcomes Boggs to perform at the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Reagan Boggs (Photo courtesy of Reagan Boggs)

Boggs grew up in the tiny Southern Appalachian town of Pound, Va. Her family’s home was tucked away in a “holler” outside the small mining community. At times, she can be as pure as such mountain songbirds as Patty Loveless or as edgy as such artists as Shelby Lynne or Matraca Berg. But, all throughout her latest album, Empty Glasses, she manages to simply be Reagan Boggs – and that’s pretty special, as you will hear.

The new album was released last year as the follow-up to her Quicksand disc and won the attention in her home base, as well as on the Americana Music Association chart.  She feels that the music on Empty Glasses reflects her diverse musical stylings.

“I had gotten a review in, and one of the lines said that I transcend genres. It’s hard when people ask me – and kind of to my detriment in a way – because when people ask me what kind of music I do, I draw a blank – because I have such a hard time with that,” says Boggs. “It’s very country-based, with some other influences running through it. I went through so many phases of my life. I was a Blues singer, a Bluegrass singer, I sang Gospel, and was a Rock-and-Roller, too. I just love music….of all kinds.”

Northeast State welcomes Reagan Boggs on July 7.

She lists such artists as Jason Isbell, Patty Loveless, Ryan Adams and Patty Griffin among her influences. She related that growing up in an area where there was little to do, and no cable, music was king – and that’s where she gained her biggest inspiration.

“I love anything that makes me feel something,” says Boggs. “It doesn’t really have to be a specific genre.”

Lee Zimmerman of the roots music journal No Depression compared Boggs style as “…the same wellspring of heartfelt emotion, bittersweet reflection and bleak back porch desire that birthed great singers like Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her voice is filtered through a mix of hard wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.”

Boggs is a two-time Mountain Stage performer on National Public Radio and will be featured this summer on the PBS broadcast of “Song of the Mountains.” She also uses her vocal talents to narrate audio books. Check out her titles on and iTunes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit or contact

Cardiovascular Technology programs receive reaccreditation

The Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) programs at Northeast State recently earned reaccreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). The invasive and non-invasive CVT programs prepare students for a career in the healthcare field with special emphasis in cardiovascular catheterization labs and echocardiography labs.

A peer review conducted on-site earlier this year by JRC-CVT proctors graded the programs’ compliance with nationally recognized accreditation standards. The review was conducted in February at the Regional Center for Health-Professions building on the Northeast State at Kingsport campus. The Committee notified the department of the accreditation earlier this month.

“I was thrilled with the results of the accreditation,” said Angie Slone, director of the Cardiovascular Technology program at Northeast State.

Commonly referred to as echocardiography or simply “echo,” non-invasive cardiovascular technologists use sophisticated technology to create and read sound waves to capture videos and images of the heart.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded continuing accreditation to both the Invasive and Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Technology programs at Northeast State. JRC-CVT and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standard. CAAHEP accredits programs in cardiovascular education, upon the recommendation of the JRC-CVT. Upon completion of the review, all program areas complied with JRC-CVT standards with no deficiencies noted.

Cardiovascular Technology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. Invasive Cardiovascular technologists assist in invasive cardiovascular catheterization and related procedures in laboratories of medical facilities. Non-Invasive/Echocardiography technologists assist in echocardiography and exercise stress testing in laboratories of medical facilities.

Invasive cardiovascular technologists assist with catheterization procedures involving a patient’s heart as well as patient monitoring for types of heart surgery.

Career options look bright for cardiovascular technologists, according to national labor forecasters. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the employment opportunities for cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

“The two-year CVT program is ideal for Tennessee Promise students,” said Slone. “A student who wants to pursue the cardiovascular technology major can complete an associate of applied science degree debt-free and start an ever-growing career in the healthcare field.”

The CAAHEP cooperates with professional societies including the American College of Cardiology, American College of Radiology, American Society of Echocardiography to establish standards of quality for educational programs in Cardiovascular Technology. The Commission provides recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards.

Northeast State is one of only two colleges in Tennessee to offer a CAAHEP-accredited program in this healthcare discipline. The next comprehensive evaluation of the College’s CVT program and on-site review is scheduled to occur no later than 2027.

NE State launches Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program

Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions is launching a new 12-week Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program starting Aug. 31, 2017.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is projected to grow more than 20 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. Typical tasks include:

  • Recording patient history and personal information
  • Measuring vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Assisting with patient examinations
  • Giving injections or medications as directed by the physician
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Preparing blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Entering patient information into medical records

Classes are scheduled on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Regional Center for Health Professions, 300 W. Main St. in Kingsport.

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks.

Individuals interested in starting a medical field career in the medical field or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. The program fee includes the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam. NHA phlebotomy and electrocardiogram (EKG) technician certifications are prerequisites for the course.

Fee for the course is $1,055. A registration meeting is scheduled for Aug. 10 to ensure all required paperwork has been submitted. An appointment is required.

For more information and how to register for this class, contact Rebecca Moody with Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5353 or


Applications being accepted for adjunct faculty

Northeast State has current adjunct faculty needs based on upcoming semester projections. Interested individuals may apply for potential adjunct faculty positions at the College by completing an adjunct faculty application packet. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges mandates specific qualifications for collegiate-level faculty.

Adjunct faculty employment opportunities vary from semester to semester.  Adjunct faculty members are hired on an as-needed basis. Adjunct faculty are needed in the divisions and programs listed below.

Advanced Technologies  

  • Automotive Service
  • Auto Body/Collision Repair
  • Aviation Maintenance (airframe structures, sheet metal, and measuring instruments) Air Frame Certificate preferred
  • Avionics (wiring harness fabrication, connector termination, aircraft instruments, power plant theory)
  • Drafting
  • Electrical Technology (emphasis in National Electrical Code and Motors, Alternators, and Generators)
  • Manufacturing
  • HVAC/R
  • Mechanical Technology (emphasis in Hydraulic Systems and experience with Piping for Mechanical Trades)
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Welding (emphasis in SMAW)
Advanced Technologies classes are in high demand at Northeast State.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Division

  • Economics
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sociology
  • Speech

Business Technologies

  • Business Management – (instructors for daytime hours preferred)
  • Accounting (daytime hours preferred)
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Internet and Web Development
  • Information Assurance
  • Networking Engineering Technology
  • Personal Computer Management
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Office Administration Technology
    • General Office
    • Legal Office
    • Medical Office


  • Art
  • Art Historian
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish
  • Theatre 
Math needs adjuncts.


  • Emphasis in Probability and Statistics
  • Engineering


  • Biology (lecture and labs)
  • Biology (Microbiology)
  • Biology (Anatomy and Physiology, lecture and labs)
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Microbiology

Interested applicants may also request a packet of information by e-mailing the College’s Department of Evening Services or calling 423.354.5109.  More division-specific information can be obtained through the Office of Academic Affairs.