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.

Caravan of Thieves plays Northeast State on June 22

Jump on the musical caravan when Caravan of Thieves returns to Northeast State for a live performance on June 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The performance continues the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.

Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the fervent musical couple who front Caravan of Thieves, have traveled a fruitful yet challenging road since they met in late 2003. Soon after, they began blending their voices, writing music, traveling and performing together as the acoustic guitar-toting duo they simply called “Fuzz and Carrie.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The performance is free and open to the public.

Carrie and Fuzz Sangiovanni.

Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music, Caravan of Thieves quickly took shape in the hearts and minds of Fuzz and Carrie. In early 2008, they wrote a handful of songs in this new style and began to fill out their sound with upright bass, violin, an occasional accordion and any other willing participant they could recruit along the way.

By the end of their first year, the Caravan started to gain recognition for their distinctive musical vision. The band released their debut full-length album, Bouquet (2009). The couple took their show and growing cast of characters on the road, sharing stages with a variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Punch Brothers, and many others.

The Caravan eventually reached a comfortable stride as show and album producers, songwriters and arrangers, released Mischief Night (2010), The Funhouse (2012) and Kiss Kiss (2015), and continued building on the concept with each tour to follow.

Maple Hill Sessions is their latest album features acoustic duets inspired by the intimate live moments, singing around a single microphone during their shows. Songs such as “I Get Sad” and “Sweeter” which have become staples in their show have finally been captured during a very private, self-produced/engineered recording session in a friend’s barn with just Fuzz, Carrie, a Telefunken 251 mic and a couple of acoustic guitars.

For more information, contact 423.279.7668 or

Northeast State student wins essay contest, $5,000 scholarship

Mark Sanders did not plan to become a displaced worker.

At age 45, he faced the harsh reality of job displacement. But rather than becoming a statistic, Sanders enrolled at Northeast State Community College to find a new path. He also decided to enter the Hilmor Tools Annual Retool Your Future essay contest for a chance to win a scholarship.

“I knew I had to retool my own future,” said Sanders, a Kingsport native. “(HVACR Instructor) Ricky Black told me about the Hilmor essay contest so I wrote something.”

Sanders submitted a 250-word essay to enter the Hilmor contest this spring. The judges were duly impressed with what they read. Sanders was selected as an essay winner taking home a scholarship worth $5,000 provided by the company.

“Honestly, I entered hoping to at least earn a new tool because all the entrants to qualified to win that,” he said. “Winning the scholarship was a big surprise.”

Mike Oddo (left) from Hilmor and essay winner Mark Sanders. (Photo courtesy of Hilmor)

In the straightforward essay, Sanders wrote of his concern about how he planned to support his family after the layoff. But the essay also read of how Sanders planned to bounce back and succeed.

After 17 years working full-time in manufacturing, Sanders found himself out of work when the company relocated his factory out of the country and eliminated his job. He pulls no punches about his frustration with the loss of his job, a fate dealt with by many blue-collar American workers over recent decades.

“The thing that made this possible was all of the manufacturing plants we’ve shut down here,” said Sanders. “It is too late for me, but maybe these jobs can come back for the younger people.”

Sanders said he and his fellow co-workers received an extension in salary from the date of their layoffs. With the clock ticking, Sanders needed little motivation to set about reclaiming a spot in the workforce by earning a college degree.

Sanders plans to use his Hilmor Scholars scholarship award to earn his associate degree in Mechanical Technology with a concentration in HVACR technology. He expects to graduate from Northeast State in May 2018. His ultimate goal is establishing his own HVACR company.

Sanders essay below is reprinted with permission:

“Retool;” it is an important concept for my life.  For the past 17 years the majority of my job responsibility has been retooling a production line at Ball Corporation for changeovers. “Retooling” was the first job in the process.

In October of 2015, Ball announced the Bristol plant was closing and moving to Mexico. Suddenly “retool” had a brand new meaning. Instead of retooling machines, I would have to retool my life.

At first, the news was devastating. Would we be able to make it?  I am a 45-year-old man with no post-secondary education and a family to support.  I have often regretted not continuing my education.  Now is the time to fulfill that dream.

For me, HVAC is an easy choice (my father is a HVAC tech). I know being a HVAC technician is a stable profession in this area. The weather in Northeast Tennessee, with its hot humid summers and cold snowy winters, should provide a long line of customers for the rest of my life.

In just the few weeks I have been in school, HVAC has already begun retooling my life.  I now sleep like a normal person; no more shift work.  I spend more time with my daughters (getting math help).  I have even had the opportunity to assist in some heat pump installations. “I am excited to see what the future holds. I know for sure, HVAC is my future, and I cannot wait to get started.”