Are you ready for ICD-10?

Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions is offering an in-depth test prep course to help healthcare professionals update their ICD-10-CM knowledge and skills.

Participants will prepare for the ICD-10-CM test by learning code changes, guidelines, and structure and conventions. Students will also take practice tests. Prior coding experience will be helpful in completing the course.

ICD-10 Get Ready Now before Oct. 1.
ICD-10 Get Ready Now before Oct. 1.

Implementation of the ICD-CM-10 code set is Oct. 1, 2015. The ICD-10 certification test must be taken by Dec. 31, 2015.

Class times: Mondays: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Class dates: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14

Class fee: $250.00 plus books

Instructors: Larena Grieshaber and Sharon Riddle – both are ICD-10-CM certified.

To register, contact Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@northeaststate.edu.

Northeast State partners with A-B Tech on NSF grant

Northeast State will partner with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to improve technician training and increase the number of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) priority areas through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Northeast State envisions the $58,493 grant will serve more than 500 undergraduate students, pre-college students, college faculty, and high school educators over a three-year period.

The grant will fund gender equity and problem-based learning training for community college instructors and public school educators, a Women in Technology Ambassador program, professional development opportunities, and marketing efforts.

Northeast State seeks to increase the percentage of female students who enroll in its Network Engineering Technology and Information Assurance programs by 15 percent per year and to increase the fall-to-fall retention rate of the female students.

Northeast State seeks to increase the percentage of female students who enroll in its Network Engineering Technology and Information Assurance programs.
Northeast State seeks to increase the percentage of female students who enroll in its Network Engineering Technology and Information Assurance programs.

The effort builds upon the results of a previously funded NSF pilot project at A-B Tech that evaluated strategies to retain more female college students in two-year technician preparation programs.

Over a three-year period, A-B Tech increased the number of female students in the specific STEM programs from 12 to 19 percent. The project also worked to improve all technician training.

Allan Anderson, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences of the Business Technologies Division, will be the liaison between Northeast State Community College and A-B Tech.

“The program seemed to work very well at A-B Tech,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping to take what A-B Tech accomplished, expand upon it, and customize it for our targeted groups.”

STEM driven programs such as robotics are seeing an increase in female students.
STEM driven programs such as robotics are seeing an increase in female students.

In addition to Northeast State, Anderson said A-B Tech will partner with Blue Ridge, Haywood, Southwestern and Tri-County Community Colleges in North Carolina; and Virginia Highlands Community College to replicate successful aspects of the pilot program.

“There is a critical shortage of skilled workers in Technology and Engineering jobs. Increasing female enrollment and persistence in these programs will address this regional problem,” said Pamela Silvers of A-B Tech and the project’s principle investigator.

Northeast State hosts Keeping Our Promise event Sept. 4

TNPromiseKickoffInviteNortheast State will host the Keeping Our Promise Kick-off Event on Sept. 4, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Blountville campus, giving Tennessee Promise students the opportunity to meet and fellowship with the mentors who will be guiding them through their first year of college life.

The event, catered by Bare Bones BBQ, gives students a chance to meet their mentor, network with fellow students, and get a Keeping Our Promise t-shirt. Mentors have committed to mentor five Tennessee Promise students for at least one academic year. Peer mentors can earn a stipend of $200 per semester.

There are several mentorship positions still available. To become a mentor or learn more about Keeping Our Promise, contact Jane Honeycutt at jbhoneycutt@northeaststate.edu.

Open auditions for Steel Magnolias, American Buffalo Sept. 1 & 2

The Northeast State Department of Theater announces open auditions next week for two fall productions of the American classics Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Actors are invited to open auditions for both plays scheduled Sept. 1 and 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and community members ages 18 and up.

Performers are asked to gather in the lobby of the WRCPA Theater. All actors should be familiar with both stories and are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue to be read at the audition. Call backs for both plays will be made on Sept. 3 between 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performers need to attend only one night of auditions.

Concerned with a group of Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias bounces between hilarious and touching – and in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Northeast State Theatre begins a new season with Steel Magnolias and American Buffalo.

Performers are requested to prepare a one-minute monologue (either dramatic or comedic) and be prepared to share their best Georgia/Mississippi accent. The production seeks to cast six female roles. Sides from the play will also be provided. Magnolias production dates are Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the WCRPA Theater.

The volatile drama of American Buffalo centers around a Chicago junk shop where three small time criminals plot the robbery of a coin collection including a prized “buffalo nickel.” While the thieves fancy themselves high-end crooks, the reality of their endeavor propels them to a fate they never see coming. The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play’s production dates are Nov. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium (A202) of Northeast State at Blountville.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu/theatre or contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.

Northeast State receives grant for Nursing Center coordinator

Northeast State recently received a $45,000 Perkins IV Reserve grant to fund a Nursing coordinator position at the College’s Regional Center for Health-Related Professions.

The coordinator will be responsible for expanding learning opportunities and improving services offered by the Nursing division’s NURS (Nurses Utilizing Resources for Success) Center.

According to grant information, the coordinator will:

  • monitor student progress in the nursing program and providing intervention as needed;
  • ensure nursing students have a personalized academic plans for completion that utilize academic, career-planning, and counseling services that support their persistence;
  • facilitate group tutoring sessions and providing supplementary instruction;
  • conduct workshops and presentations on topics pertaining to goal setting, time management, and study skills.
The NURS Center opened in 2013 and it has grown to become a hub for faculty/staff/student networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying and research.
The NURS Center opened in 2013 and has become a hub for networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying.

The NURS Center opened in 2013 and it has grown to become a hub for faculty/staff/student networking, tutoring and advisement, and studying and research. The center’s success has resulted in the need to hire a coordinator to oversee the Center operations and increase student-centered programming and services.

Northeast State has invested $190,000 in high-technology manikins and the coordinator will be responsible for integrating simulation into curriculum and maximizing the technology available to students.

Research has proven that students learn more efficiently and have increased critical thinking skills when simulation is incorporated into learning. The use of simulation in the classroom and the presence of a consistent support person in the Center will add significant value to student learning and positively impact student retention, graduation, and success in the workforce.