AT&T donates $5,000 to Northeast State

AT&T* today announced a $5,000 contribution to the Northeast State Community College to support non-traditional, underserved students preparing for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills in Tennessee community colleges.  The donation will fund scholarships to help students begin a path toward completing their college degrees. The contribution was presented today at Basler Library on the Blountville campus.

“Support from the business community is so important as we work to advance higher education and create a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of Northeast Tennessee,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, President, Northeast State Community College. “The programs this contribution will help fund gives our students the skills required to compete in today’s technology based economy.”

This donation is part of AT&T’s $65,000 gift to the Tennessee Board of Regents.  Each of the state’s 13 community colleges will receive $5,000 to award scholarships to encourage students to participate in programs designed to help students succeed in the classroom and be better prepared to enter the workforce. The programs will target non-traditional and underserved students.

Alan Hill of AT&T presented a $5,000 contribution to Northeast State today to support non-traditional, underserved students preparing for jobs requiring technology-based skills.
Alan Hill of AT&T presented a $5,000 contribution to Northeast State today to support non-traditional, underserved students preparing for jobs requiring technology-based skills.

“Our community colleges are instrumental in preparing a workforce that can keep pace with Tennessee’s booming economy,” said Rep. Timothy Hill.  “AT&T’s commitment to good corporate citizenship in education will allow Tennessee’s future workforce to reach its full potential reaping benefits for all Tennesseans.”

“Higher education often creates a pathway to prosperity for those looking to quickly enter the job market and today’s announcement expands that opportunity for more students,” said Rep. Jon Lundberg. “AT&T’s investment in programs like this exemplifies its commitment to furthering education in Tennessee.”

In January 2010, the Tennessee legislature approved an aggressive set of steps to increase the completion rates of students within the institutions of higher education in the state.

“We are delighted to support Tennessee students who are acquiring the skills they need to enter the workforce,” said Alan Hill, Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Tennessee. “Accelerated certificate and degree programs are a great way to ensure our students are fully prepared to enter the workforce and that they can find good jobs right here in Tennessee when they graduate.”

The Tennessee Board of Regents’ Office of Academic Affairs developed a curriculum for accelerated pathways for college completion. The goal is to increase completion rates at the TBR community colleges. TBR created programs of study that encourage and allow students with work and family obligations to enroll on a full-time basis, devoting 20 to 30 hours a week, including online education. Students now have the option to complete required coursework for an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees within three semesters.

Students in these new programs would benefit from scholarships that would enable them to participate fully in the four to five-hour morning, evening or weekend blocks of time required to complete an accelerated certificate or degree program. The proposed AT&T Completion Scholarship program ($5,000 to each of the 13 Tennessee Board of Regents’ community colleges) would allow the institutions to award financial support to students enrolled in these programs and increase completion and entry into the workforce in Tennessee.

13 Tennessee Board of Regents’ community colleges include:

Chattanooga State Community College – Chattanooga, TN

Cleveland State Community College – Cleveland, TN

Columbia State Community College – Columbia, TN

Dyersburg State Community College – Dyersburg, TN

Jackson State Community College – Jackson, TN

Motlow State Community College – Lynchburg, TN

Nashville State Community College – Nashville, TN

Northeast State Community College – Blountville, TN

Pellissippi State Community College – Knoxville, TN

Roane State Community College – Harriman, TN

Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, TN

Volunteer State Community College – Gallatin, TN

Walters State Community College – Morristown, TN

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Northeast State hosts CollegeforTN training session

Northeast State hosted the Tennessee Higher Education Commission CollegeforTN counselor training session today at the Blountville campus. Counselors representing high schools from across Northeast Tennessee attended the session designed to acquaint them with the tools the CollegeforTN portal provides to upcoming high school graduates.

Area high school counselors visit the CollegeforTN online portal.
Lisa Davies breaks down the CollegeforTN online portal at today’s training event.

Northeast State vice president for Academic Affairs, Lana Hamilton, welcomed the counselors to the event and introduced Western Governors University – TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep and CollegeforTN Higher Education Coordinator Lisa Davies.

NeSCC VP for Academic Affairs Lana Hamilton welcomes counselors to the day's training session.
Northeast State VP for Academic Affairs Lana Hamilton welcomes counselors to the day’s training session.

Davis presented the CollegeforTN one-stop online portal that allows high school students to prepare and apply for college and or any post-secondary education pursuit. The portal offers students online career and interest assessments as they explore potential college majors and careers.

WGU-TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep talks about the transfer opportunities available to students after they earn associate degrees.
Western Governors University-TN Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Estep talks about the transfer opportunities available to students with WGU after they earn associate degrees. offers a guided resume builder, free ACT and SAT test preparation section, and the customization of high school and college planning timelines. The web portal also offers financial aid guides and resources specific to Tennessee.

Northeast State was delighted to welcome high school counselors from around our area.
Fueling up before the morning’s session.

Northeast State hosts College Outreach Fair for ITT Tech students

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Board of Regents announced Wednesday they would be partnering to host a series of college outreach fairs for students affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute.

Northeast State will host one of the first fairs at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street, on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The events will provide students with information and resources on transferring to new institutions, financial aid options, and other resources for continuing their education in the wake of ITT Technical Institute shuttering its doors. Events will also be held in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Gallatin and will feature admissions and financial aid representatives from local community colleges and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs).

itt-tech“Many of these students are researching options and time is of the essence for them,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause. “Our strategy with this outreach is simple: information for students, interactions where they can speak directly with advisors and college personnel, and a transition back into higher education so they complete their credential.”

The college fairs are just one aspect of many resources being provided to students who were most recently enrolled at ITT. THEC set up a hotline for students to call with questions regarding their individual situations and the agency has also been continuously updating its website with new information as it is available. The THEC website also features a list of programs at other institutions that are comparable to ITT offerings.

According to ITT Tech, students can log into their Student Portal to access electronic records of classes taken and grades received. Until an official transcript is available, students can use this information when considering other programs and institutions.  – See more at:


Northeast State’s Got Talent to hold auditions

Northeast State’s Music and Choral Program will hold preliminary auditions Sept. 12 and 13 for its 4th annual Northeast State’s Got Talent show.  The event is part of the College’s annual Because of You Campaign to raise scholarship funds.

northeaststatesgottalent_posterThe auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA), next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  A non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required for individuals and $25 for groups.  The show welcomes entrants from the community as well as Northeast State’s faculty, staff, and students.

The winners of the auditions will advance to the final talent show on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the WRCPA.  The winner will receive cash prizes, 1st place $200, 2nd place $125, 3rd place $100.  Honorable Mention Awards will be given in the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-17, 18 and older. Admission to the show is $2 for students and $10 for adults.  All proceeds benefit the program’s Performing Arts Scholarship.

For more information, contact Tawana Teague at 423.354.5164 or

NE Theatre stages David Mamet’s Oleanna Sept. 8-10

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre kicks off the 2016-17 season with American playwright David Mamet’s Oleanna, an explosive play about power and politics on campus.

Directed by Northeast State alumna Hannah Duncan, the production runs Sept. 8, 9, and 10 in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) of the Blountville campus 2425 Highway 75 next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Oleanna is being presented in cooperation with the College’s Cultural Activities Committee and Safe Northeast.

“Oleanna is a play about humanity at its core. How far we’re willing to go, the difference between right and wrong, and the gray area in us all,” said Duncan. “This show has been a beautiful and exciting challenge for me, the actors, and the design team.”

Oleanna centers on a power struggle between a university professor and a female student. Madison Grace Phillips portrays Carol, a college student who drops by her professor’s office seeking his advice to do better in class. A graduate of Sullivan South High School and a Theatre major, Phillips appeared on stage last spring as Nurse Flinn in the department’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Russel Onks takes on the role of her professor John who is poised and excited to receive tenure from the university. A second-year theatre student, Onks has been involved in theatre for several years. He most recently served as scenic designer on Cuckoo and Hair and Make-up Designer for Steel Magnolias performed by NST in fall of 2015.

Northeast State Theatre promises an exciting 2016-17 season.
Northeast State Theatre opens the 2016-17 season with David Mamet’s Oleanna.

As the first meeting progresses the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society.

When next the two meet, John learns a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a “group” and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting.

John’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting climaxes violently, leaving John and Carol both physically and emotionally devastated.

Tickets are free but donations are welcomed. All proceeds go to fund Northeast State scholarships. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time. Oleanna is being presented with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

For more information, call the Box Office at 423.354.5169 or e-mail at