The Dreaming Our Way Forward research paper contest open now

The Office of Inclusion at Northeast State announces a student writing contest called “Dreaming Our Way Forward: Creativity, Technology, and Diversity: The 21st Century Challenge.”

The challenges facing the next generation are considerable. This contest invites students and/or student groups to submit a research paper of no more than 10-12 pages describing a new product, problem-solving scenario, or technological process.  For contest details and rules please click the contest link here to learn more.

Students or students groups can sign up to participate before Feb. 25th by submitting your name, email and phone number at this link.  The deadline to submit your research paper is April 15th. A panel of judges will review all submissions. Contestants awarded 1st-place, 2nd-place, and 3rd-place will receive cash prizes. All participants will receive recognition for their work.

Let’s be a part of the solution. For more information, email

Samantha Parrish named an Achieving the Dream Scholar for 2019

 Northeast State Community College student Samantha Parrish has been named one of eight Achieving the Dream (ATD) 2019 DREAM Scholars selected from across the country.

Parrish will participate in ATD’s 2019 DREAM Scholars program to enhance leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. The program culminates in a presentation by the DREAM Scholars to more than 2,000 attendees at ATD’s annual conference in Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 19-22.

Samantha Parrish
Samantha Parrish

Also, ATD has awarded Parrish a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by the community college honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

“I am very humbled to have the honor to represent Northeast State at the 2019 DREAM conference as a DREAM Scholar,” Parrish said. “Northeast State has changed my life in so many different ways, and to have the opportunity to learn how to help change lives of other students really brings it full circle. I am extremely excited to attend and meet the other DREAM Scholars too. I am very thankful for this experience.”

DREAM Scholars are nominated by their institutions, submit applications that ask them to reflect on their college journeys, and undergo a rigorous selection process.

Their presentations at the national DREAM convening allows them to share what they have learned to improve the success of underserved student populations.

Parrish is a pre-dental hygiene major and expects to graduate with an A.S. degree in May 2019. Motivated by her father’s struggles as a disabled veteran, Parrish said she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy and help injured veterans to enjoy productive lives.

“I am a caregiver at heart, and the most joy I receive is when I see people I care about reach their dream,” Parrish said. “I want my life’s work to reflect just that.”

Parrish said life hasn’t been easy as a college student and describes her life as being on a roller coaster. After getting married in 2016, Samantha and her husband have been fighting his addiction to opioids. During the long road to recovery, they have overcome many financial and emotional hardships.

Parrish said she credits Northeast State for keeping her focused and on track.

“Being a college student allowed me to discover the strength within myself to achieve goals,” Parrish said.

Parrish’s academic successes landed her on the President’s List for fall 2017 and fall 2018, and the Vice-President’s List for spring 2018. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and enrolled in the college’s Honors Program. She is a TRiO Student Support Services tutor and peer mentor, a Tennessee Promise mentor, and an Honors Institute Mentor. She is also a member of the college’s International Club and studied abroad in Italy during the summer of 2018.

“My experiences here at Northeast State have completely transformed my outlook on myself, my education, and my desire for a life I never thought was possible,” Parrish said.

About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students–particularly low-income students and students of color–achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

Call for submissions to the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Northeast State’s Undergraduate Research Conference is designed to put a spotlight on student successes throughout the college, from every academic division.

We are asking faculty members to identify high-quality work which students have done for submission to the Research Conference happening March 14. Students can also nominate themselves to present at the conference.  If a faculty member identifies a quality project, he/she will speak to the student, then nominate the student using the online form accessible via this link.

Submit a project for the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference for 2019.

Both the faculty member and the student will be notified of acceptance to present.  The student will prepare a 15 minute presentation to be delivered at the conference on Thursday, March 14, in Basler Library, Room L226.

Please submit nominations no later than February 14. 2019.

The Annual Research Conference brings together students and faculty to share academic projects.

Northeast State hosts TN Reconnect session Feb. 19

Northeast State invites the region’s residents looking to reboot their careers and return to college to attend a Tennessee Reconnect information session scheduled Feb. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wayne G. Basler Library on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Airport.

Northeast State representatives from the offices of Admissions and Enrollment Services will be on hand to answer questions. Attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect.

TN Reconnect Workshop Feb. 19

Tennessee Reconnect encourages adults to return to college to earn a degree or technical certificate. The program allows Tennessee residents to attend technical school or college without having to pay tuition. Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship created for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, tuition free.

Adult students planning to apply for Tennessee Reconnect should follow these steps:

  • Create a login on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) portal at this link: Once you have created an account, Select “Apply” and then choose “TN Reconnect Scholarship Application 2019-2020.”
  • Submit an application for admission to Northeast State.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here.
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program at Northeast State and take at least 6 credits (two classes) per semester.

Representatives of the Northeast State Office of Enrollment Services are happy to provide information and answer questions about Tennessee Reconnect. For more information about the information session, contact Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Northeast State announces Black History Month events

Northeast State commemorates Black History Month with a series of special events happening on campus during the month of February.

Dr. Brenda White Wright presents Black History Month and Beyond: Classroom, Campus, and Community Impacts on Feb. 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in L226 of Wayne G. Basler Library at the Blountville campus. This is a professional development opportunity open to Northeast State staff and faculty.

Black History Month 2019

Artist Jonathan Blanchard returns to campus with his new performance History to Hip-Hop happening at noon and 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) Theatre at the College’s Blountville campus. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Northeast State is co-sponsoring a performance of the play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee. Inspired by true events, the play recounts the story of six men determined to become the first black aviators in the United State Army Air Force during World War II. The performance is scheduled Feb. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free to the public.

Northeast State welcomes Dr. Belle S. Wheelan on Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the WRCPA Theatre. Dr. Wheelan is current president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. She is the first African-American and first woman to serve in this office.