Northeast State Winter Break schedule

The campuses of Northeast State will be closed to the public beginning Dec. 19 through Jan. 1 for winter break.

Offices of the College’s Blountville campus will be closed as will Northeast State at Elizabethton and Northeast State at Kingsport. The campuses at Johnson City, Mountain City, and Unicoi County will also be closed. Campus police will be on duty throughout the holiday and can be reached at 423.677.7927.

Students can access class management and register for spring classes at All Northeast State campuses will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Have a wonderful and safe winter break!

Have a happy and safe winter break!

Submit a scholarship application by March 1

It’s never too soon to submit a scholarship application to Northeast State Community College for the 2019-2020 academic year. The application deadline for Foundation-related scholarships is March 1, 2019.

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 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.

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 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 Scholarship (June 1, 2019 deadline to apply).

To apply for available Foundation and Academic Work scholarships, visit, select the “Northeast State Scholarships” link on the left menu or at the bottom of the page and complete the General Scholarship Application online. For more information, email

CTE dual enrollment admissions increase 57 percent

More high school students looking to fast track their education are choosing dual enrollment options at Northeast State Community College. Northeast State recorded a 57 percent increase in CTE Dual Enrollment program admissions from the Fall 2017 semester to the Fall 2018 semester.

“CTE dual enrollment has been on the rise for a few years now,” said Chelsea Rose, director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Northeast State. “Students can enroll in dual enrollment courses in a wide variety of career pathways.”

Students admitted into the Dual Enrollment program are approved through their high school CTE directors. Classes are offered at the high schools, at Northeast State campuses, or online.

Dual Enrollment creates great new opportunities for high school students.

The CTE Dual Enrollment program initiated in its current form opened in the Fall 2013 semester with 11 high school students. The Fall 2018 semester welcomed 179 students enrolled in 26 different college-level courses. The dual enrollment registration deadline for the Spring 2019 semester is December 15.

“Dual enrollment exposes high school students to the opportunities that are out there for them and it gives them confidence in their ability to succeed in College,” said Rose.

To enter the program, a student applicant must be currently enrolled in high school, submit a Northeast State application for admission and provide a high school transcript. Students who complete all Northeast State admission requirements and program entrance requirements are classified as dual enrolled. Home-school students can also take advantage of dual enrollment options.

“Some CTE dual enrollment students complete an entire Technical Certificate while in high school,” said Rose.

Rose noted that the state of Tennessee’s Department of Education is very supportive of Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs), giving students and schools more incentive than ever to incorporate dual enrollment into secondary education.

“It’s about making dual enrollment a positive experience,” said Karrianne McPheron, coordinator for the Dual Enrollment program at Northeast State. “Once students get on campus, they get to interact with such a diverse group of people that they really like the community college atmosphere.”

Northeast State at Kingsport offers dual enrollment opportunities in the career academies of Machine Tool Operations and Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD). Selected courses from the college’s Automotive Service programs will be taught this year. The Career and Technical Education department also hosts a Career Day event in the fall welcoming the region’s high school students to campus where they learn about a variety of academic programs that they can explore further through dual enrollment.

McPheron noted that the career academies on the Kingsport campus for the 2019-20 academic year will include: Machine Tool Operations, Computer-Aided Drafting, and Automotive programs (Service or Auto Body).

“We hope to utilize the RCAP (Regional Center for Automotive Performance) and include additional automotive course opportunities for students next year,” said McPheron.

More than 30 dual-enrolled high school students graduated with their technical certificates at Northeast State last spring. The Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant and other scholarships are available for students looking to participate in CTE dual enrollment courses. After high school graduation, the Tennessee Promise scholarship is open to all dual-enrolled students to fund tuition and allow them to continue their education. They are also eligible, and strongly encouraged, to apply for scholarships administered through the Northeast State Foundation.

“I would like to see every student take at least one or two dual enrollment classes while in high school,” said Rose. “If students don’t, it is a lost opportunity.”

Echoes & Images now accepting contest submissions through Dec. 14

Echoes & Images, Northeast State’s award-winning student literary magazine, is now accepting submissions for its 2018-19 competition through Friday, Dec. 14.

Pages from PROOF-Echoes Images-insides 8.5x11The competition is open to current students at Northeast State. All entries must be original and previously unpublished. Categories are Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, and Visual Art.  First place is awarded a $100 cash prize, second place wins $75, and third place winners take home $50.

Students may enter up to three poems, up to three pieces of visual art, one piece of fiction up to 3,000 words, and one piece of non-fiction up to 3,000 words. Students may enter all four categories.

For submission guidelines, visit

For information, contact Tempi Hale at

Foundation receives generous gift from the Hall family

Northeast State was honored by a generous patron and close friend with a scholarship endowment presentation today at Wayne G. Basler Library on the Blountville campus.

The late Elizabeth Hall Grindstaff gifted Northeast State with a generous portion of her estate to create an endowment for students. Her nephews Rondal and Alex Hall presented the Northeast State Foundation with a check for $820,000 on behalf of the estate. Northeast State President James King and Foundation chairman, Peter Raber, received the check on behalf of the Foundation.

“On behalf of the college and the hundreds of students who will be helped because of the generosity of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall Grindstaff, we say thank you to the Hall family,” said King. “We want you to know how much we appreciate you putting Northeast State in the position of helping students fulfill their potential.”

The Hall family presents a check of $820,000 to the College.

Elizabeth Hall Grindstaff first attended an area business college and earned a degree in accounting. But she continued pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. She enrolled in what was then known as the Johnson City Memorial Nursing program (JCMN) which would later become the nursing program at East Tennessee State University. Grindstaff’s class was the last to graduate under the JCMN banner. Hall’s dream fulfilled, her nursing career would continue for more than 35 years.

“The difference the Hall family has made and, hopefully, the different this foundation has made throughout this region is profound,” said Raber. “It is a tremendous gift and wonderful way to start the Christmas season.”

Elizabeth Hall Grindstaff is the aunt of retired faculty member Alex Hall. A Northeast State alumnus and member of the College’s first graduating class, Alex Hall retired after 33 years as an associate professor of drafting design technology at Northeast State. Elizabeth’s sister Mary Louise Hall also gifted a portion of her estate to the Foundation. The Hall sisters have donated approximately $1 million to the College.

“She’s always been adamant for kids to have a future, know what they want, and work hard for it,” said Rondal Hall. “I’m just so happy with what she’s done.”