NE State study abroad course features Denmark trip

Northeast State Community College will offer a nine-week Topics in World Literature course this spring that features a study of Danish literature and a trip to Denmark to explore the country’s culture and rich history.

The course—ENGL 2330:T50—will take place online for the first half of the spring semester and then will culminate in a week-long trip to Copenhagen. Students will study Danish writers such as Hans Christian Anderson, Søren Kierkegaard, Inger Christensen, Peter Hoeg, and others.

Home of Europe’s oldest monarchy and currently one of the world’s most prosperous and progressive democracies, Denmark has fueled, appraised, and responded to the ongoing literary, political, and religious ideas of both Europe and the world.

For Spring 2019, Northeast State’s Topics in World Literature course features a study of Danish literature and a trip to Denmark.

The trip is part of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, and only students from Chattanooga State Community College, Northeast State Community College, and Dyersburg Community College are eligible to participate.

Deadline to apply is Nov. 12 and applications can be submitted to Cost for the course is $2,699, and scholarships are available for ENGL 2330:T50 to students who qualify.

For information about the course and registration, contact Eric Fish at For information about the application and scholarships, contact Nona Shepherd at

Enrollment Services hosts Fall Open House Oct. 18

Curious about what awaits you at college? Get the basics and some inside information at the Fall Open House event hosted by Northeast State Community College on Oct. 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Airport.

Sponsored by Northeast State’s Office of Enrollment Services and Campus Information, the Fall Open House highlights the College’s academic programs, student support programs, financial aid, scholarships, and applying for admission. In addition, representatives from Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect will be on hand to discuss eligibility requirements, deadlines and the steps required to secure funding from either program. Students will have the opportunity to apply for TN Promise, TN Reconnect, and/or admission to the College.

The annual Open House for anyone interested in enrolling at Northeast State happens Oct. 18.

Attendees can check in beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the William Locke Humanities Building and enjoy a student-led campus tour. Faculty and staff will conduct the evening’s informational sessions starting at 6:00 p.m. In addition, participants can learn more about the numerous student support programs that help students achieve success, both in and out of the classroom.

Reservations are highly recommended, but not required. Register online now at For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

NE State debaters capture three speaker awards

Northeast State debaters captured three speaker awards recently at the Smoky Mountain Debate Tournament at Walters State Community College.

Northeast State competed with two full teams and one hybrid team. Emily Napier and Ashley Watson competed together while Levi Smith and Spencer Russell formed the other team.  Seth Bowman was matched with Amber Key from Volunteer State Community College.

Competing in the novice division, the College faced 32 teams, including those from Walters State Community College, Tusculum University, Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, Volunteer State Community College, and Cleveland State Community College. The debaters also faced Grove City College from Pennsylvania and Kentucky-based teams from Transylvania University and Berea College.

Seth Bowman, Emily Napier, Ashley Watson, Levi Smith, Spencer Russell
L to R: Seth Bowman, Emily Napier, Ashley Watson, Levi Smith, and Spencer Russell.

Debate topics included creating a national medical system and the feasibility of more trade deals based on the latest U.S. agreements with Mexico and Canada.

At the end of the four rounds, Smith and Russell notched a record of 3 and 1.  The teams of Napier and Watson, and Bowman and Key attained 2 and 2 records, respectively.

Three Northeast State debaters won speaker awards. Of the 63 debaters in the novice division, Smith was the fourth best speaker, Bowman was the fifth best speaker, and Napier earned the seventh best speaker for the tournament.

“All the students did an outstanding job at this year’s Smoky Mountain Debate Tournament and are to be commended for their efforts,” said Dr. Rick Merritt, a Northeast State professor of Speech, who helped the teams prepare for the tournament.

NE State’s Technology Career Fair offers many employment options

Exploration. Opportunities. Connections.

Whether you’re searching for that first job, a career boost, or new job market contacts, Northeast State’s Fall Technology Career Fair on Oct. 18, 2018, is the perfect package of options.

The event is free and open to the public and will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) in Kingsport, 305 W. Main St.

The fair focuses on career opportunities in manufacturing, technology, and skilled trades. More than 20 local companies and 75 employment representatives are expected to participate, representing a variety of specialized industries including automotive parts, chemical, paper, utilities, and others.

Fall Technology Career Fair
The Fall Technology Career Fair is set for Oct. 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

“The fair provides a great setting for job seekers and employers to network,” said Mary Beth Oxendine Woodby, Career Development Coordinator at Northeast State. “Face-to-face communication is an excellent way for prospective employees and employers to size up one another and determine the next step in the hiring process.”

Oxendine said job seekers are advised to bring along resume copies, dress appropriately, and be prepared to discuss their skills with employers.

Persons needing help with resumes or interviewing techniques in advance of the event should contact Northeast State’s Career Development Services Center to set up an appointment. The center is located at 222 W. Main St. in downtown Kingsport.

In addition, there will be information about Northeast State programs and various technology demonstrations.

For more information, call 423.354.5100 or e-mail

Honors Institute hosts open house Oct. 11 at Basler Library

Northeast State invites you to visit its new Honors Institute at an open house happening Oct. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Wayne G. Basler Library on the Blountville campus.

The Northeast State Honors Institute opened to students this fall on the third floor of the Basler Library. The Honors Institute developed this summer as a learning community for students to collaborate and study together. The Honors Program provides students with an opportunity to do advanced work in smaller class sections. Honors section courses were offered this fall in academic departments including education, biology, English, history, humanities, speech communication, and psychology.

The college received a grant totaling $34,763 from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) earlier this year to create the Honors Institute. The grant was awarded via TBR’s Student Engagement Retention and Success initiative which targets student success, retention, and strategic diversity.

The Institute seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of honors-eligible students from under-represented populations. The college’s plant operations staff installed fixtures, furniture, and painted the space over the summer to open the Institute this fall.

The Honors Program is open to first-time, transfer, and returning students. Admittance to the Honors Program as a first-semester freshman requires an ACT composite score of 25 or an SAT combined score of 1,140. Students who have completed 12 hours of coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 are also eligible to enroll in Honors courses. To continue in the Honors Program, the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25. A graduating student who completes 18 hours of honors coursework receives a diploma recording completion of the Honors Program.

For more information, contact or 423.354.2596.