Northeast State at Johnson City launches accelerated format

The Johnson City campus is going to an all-accelerated course format for the Spring 2016 semester. The format is designed to simplify course loads, schedules, and deadlines for any student who may benefit from an alternative to the traditional, 15-week, semester-long format.

Acclerated FAQ Flyer-1Accelerated courses are currently offered in three formats: Block 7, Web 4, and Hybrid 7. The formats may be mixed and matched as needed to develop a better work-life schedule.

Block 7
In this format, a student takes only two classes over a seven-week period. The classes meet for a longer period and/or more times per week (MWF instead of MW, for example). If the student enrolls for 12 credit hours or more, they meet full-time status and financial aid eligibility requirements. This format means fewer courses on which to concentrate; fewer assignments and deadlines to manage; and, in many cases, more time to schedule the rest of his/her life (work, family, recreation, etc.). These classes meet only from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Web 4
In this format, a student is in class only one night per week for four weeks and the majority of instruction is accessed online. The class is demanding, but manageable because a student is working on just one class at a time. These classes are scheduled in the evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The student may still enroll for 12 credit hours each semester to meet full-time status and financial aid eligibility requirements.

Hybrid 7
In this format, a student may choose a blended format of about 50 percent in class and 50 percent online instruction. Generally, a student attends class twice a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. over a seven-week period. A student may find this longer format better suited to his or her learning style and personal obligations. Again, the student may enroll for 12 credit hours and meet full-time status and financial aid eligibility requirements.

In addition, a student has the option to mix and match all three formats to build a customized schedule of day and evening classes. This method fulfills Northeast State’s mission of Access, Completion, and Community like never before.

For more information on Johnson City’s accelerated formats, please visit or call 423.354.5300.

Get festive at the Northeast State Holiday Concert

After decking the halls and stringing the tinsel, hop in the sleigh and come out to enjoy a Holiday Musical Concert at Northeast State.

Presented by the College’s Department of Music, the show happens Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts at the Blountville campus, next to the Tri-Cities Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert features performances by Martha Egan on flute, Margaret Swiney on solo handbell, and Northeast State student Jennifer Gryder on trumpet. The Northeast State Singers and Women’s Ensemble will also perform holiday classics and Christmas carols we all know and love. The concert will include both traditional and new selections such Albrecht’s The Christmas Rush! Beck’s Light the Lights, and Gilpin’s Skye Boat Song.

Christmas howEgan is a native of Kingsport and is an experienced flute, pennywhistle, and Irish Flute teacher. She is a frequent performer of Celtic, sacred, folk and classical music. She has been featured at the East Tennessee Celtic Society and played for the Celtic Society’s Festival in September. She will be playing The Holly and the Ivy and Come, Little Children.

Swiney is a native of Bristol and is pianist for Sinking Springs United Methodist Church. In addition to her playing the piano and solo handbells, she plays solo desk bells, ukulele, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, one-string banjo, and thumb harp. She will be playing traditional favorites such as I Wander As I Wonder, the Huron Carol Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, Simple Gifts, and Be Still, My Soul.

For more information, contact or 423.354.5164.

Northeast State Theater presents American Buffalo Nov. 19-21

The Northeast State Department of Theater presents the award-winning, volatile stage drama American Buffalo for three nights only beginning Nov. 19 at the Blountville campus.

Playwright David Mamet’s hard-hitting, profane tale delves into man’s ongoing struggle to rise above his lot, a goal which ultimately eludes most.

(From left) Teach (Charles Clark), Bobby (Dylan) and Don (Jonathan Proctor) plot their next move.
(From left) Teach (Charles Clark), Bobby (Dylan Jantz) and Don (Jonathan Proctor) plot their next move.

The action centers inside a dusty Chicago junk shop where three small-time crooks plot the robbery of a coin collection including a prized “buffalo nickel.” While the thieves fancy themselves as businessmen, they must face the cold reality of violence and betrayal resulting from their choices.

AmericanBuffalo_TheatrePosterThe play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Tickets are $5 each and admission is free to Northeast State students with a valid student ID. The production dates are Nov. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium (A202) at the College’s Blountville campus. Due to adult situations and language, the play is recommended for ages 18 years and older.

For more information, visit or contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

Honor society hosts Community Garden symposium Nov. 18

Gardens and farms sustained life in Appalachia. A new generation of the region’s residents seeks to honor that legacy behind the concepts of community gardening and healthy eating.

Community Gardening unites people and produce.
Community Gardening unites people and produce.

The Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is hosting a symposium entitled Community Gardens Collaborative: Building Teams and Visions for a Healthier Appalachia on Nov. 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Guest speakers include David Cooke of Grow Appalachia and Samantha Benjamin-Kirk of the Farms to Schools program of the USDA.

Gardens to Degrees program began in Spring 2012 at Northeast State.
Gardens to Degrees program began in Spring 2012 at Northeast State.

Those interested in collaborating to improve access to healthy foods in schools and area communities are invited to attend. Breakout sessions to identify and discuss community gardening methods, successes, and challenges will be held in Basler Library.

Student-led initiatives are a hallmark of the Alpha Iota Chi chapter and Northeast State Honors Program students. The chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and four countries.

Interested parties can RSVP or contact for more information.

Northeast State commemorates Veterans Day Nov. 11

Northeast State will commemorate Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. with a special ceremony honoring the sacrifices and return of the nation’s servicemen and women.

Northeast State professor and retired United States Air Force TSgt. Allan Anderson will emcee the event. The ceremony will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus.

Northeast State Veterans Day commemoration happens Nov. 11 at the WRCPA Theater.
Northeast State Veterans Day commemoration happens Nov. 11 at the WRCPA Theater.

Northeast State student Jennifer Gryder will perform the National Anthem. The Northeast State Women’s Ensemble will sing America, The Beautiful while the Men’s Ensemble will perform the modern patriotic standard God Bless the U.S.A. Northeast State student veteran Leeann Baker will present the POW/MIA Table Ceremony honoring American military members held as prisoners of war and those still listed as missing in action.

The College welcomes retired United States Army Lt. Col. David S. Clark as this year’s guest speaker. Clark graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for 23 years in the U.S. Army Active Duty and Reserves in various command and staff positions. Clark earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He also served an associate professor at West Point where he taught Strategy and International Relations. He is currently an entrepreneur-businessman in Kingsport.

The College received a grant through the Veterans Reconnect Grant program earlier this year to improve awareness and services for veterans attending Northeast State. The College served more than 280 veteran students enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year.

The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 423.323.0210 or