Posted by: northeastnation | January 14, 2015

Open registration for spring Jan. 15

Spring classes are still available at Northeast State with online registration ongoing and a daylong open registration session happening tomorrow at three area campuses.

Register for spring classes tomorrow at the main campus, KCHE, or Elizabethton.

Register for spring classes tomorrow at the main campus, Northeast State campuses at Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton.

Open registration is scheduled for Jan. 15 from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admissions representatives will be registering students in the admissions office of the main campus in Blountville; at the offices of Northeast State at Elizabethton, 386 Highway 91; Northeast State at Bristol, 620 W. State St., Suite 300, and at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 222 West Main St., Kingsport.

Northeast State applicants can view the complete spring schedule at  Fees for the spring semester are due to be paid on the day of registration.

For more information, visit the web site or call the College’s office of Admissions at 1.800.836.7822 or 423.323.0253 or the division of Evening and Distance Education at 423.323.0221.

Posted by: northeastnation | January 13, 2015

Northeast State hosts College Goal Sunday Jan. 25

Northeast State hosts the annual College Goal Sunday event on Jan. 25, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the General Studies Building of the College’s main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

College Goal Sunday is Jan. 25.

College Goal Sunday is Jan. 25.

College Goal Sunday ( is a free, volunteer charitable effort to provide information and assist low-income and first-generation college students and their families. College Goal Sunday helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required to qualify for college financial aid nationwide.

You can sign up for the event at Students and/or parents should bring the following items if available:
• 2014 federal tax return or other income documentation
• Social security numbers for student and parents
• Driver’s license
• 2014 W-2 forms or other records of income
• 2014 untaxed income records – social security, temporary assistance to needy families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
• 2014 bank statements
• 2014 business and investment mortgage information, stock, bond, and other investment records
• Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

The FAFSA form, used at colleges, universities, and technical schools nationwide, should be submitted before Feb. 15 to get the maximum aid available, even if the student has not selected a college. In addition to it being the application for federal aid, the FAFSA form also serves as the application for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs.

For additional information, contact the Northeast State office of Financial Aid at 423.323.0252, e-mail or visit

Posted by: northeastnation | January 9, 2015

Save a life with CPR training

The American Heart Association says effective CPR can double or triple a heart attack victim’s chance of survival. However, only one-third of victims receive CPR from a bystander.

Northeast State, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, Parish Nurses, and The Neil Danehy Heart Foundation want to improve those odds. To do so, they recently joined forces and resources to provide affordable, convenient CPR training.

The partnership was spurred by Delores Bertuso and Joy Eastridge, Parish Nurses for St. Dominic Parish and First Broad Street United Methodist Church, respectively.

The nurses needed a central location that would have space to train, to store CPR manikins and supplies, and to allow for regular scheduling of monthly classes.

“We were looking for a way to provide affordable CPR training for the community,” Eastridge said. “Something that would let people know when classes were scheduled, where they were taught, and how much they would cost.”

After a bit of networking and the pooling of resources, a plan came together. Northeast State stepped up to provide the administration of CPR classes, the Kingsport YMCA donated a designated space for instruction, and The Neil Danehy Heart Foundation funded the manikins and supplies for training.

“CPR training can be expensive, preventing many individuals from receiving valuable, life-saving training,” said Myra Danehy of The Neil Danehy Heart Foundation. “The Foundation is very pleased to be a partner in this critical endeavor, knowing, without a doubt, that our joint effort will save lives.”

Danehy’s husband, Neil, died of a sudden heart attack in 2005, just two weeks after his 50th birthday. Danehy, along with family friends and daughters, Rebecca and Leslie, created The Neil Danehy Heart Foundation in 2006 to increase awareness of heart disease and provide CPR training. All funds raised by the Foundation promote heart health and provide resources to the community.

CPR training gives students the ability to save lives.

CPR training gives students the ability to save lives.

The Foundation funded eight complete training sets, which include eight adult manikins, eight infant manikins, AED trainers, and associated equipment and supplies.

The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, which opened its new facilities in May 2013 on Meadowview Parkway, provided a central location by donating use of its large community room for free. The location is easily accessible to most of the Tri-Cities as well as Southwest Virginia. The room also provides a secure storage space for the manikins and supplies.

“They needed one place to host CPR classes for the community as well as store the manikins and supplies,” said Abigail Weaver, YMCA marketing and communications director. “We had the perfect space for it. It lets us give back to the community, and it’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

Weaver also said the partnership is perfect for the Kingsport YMCA, allowing its employees to receive CPR certification or re-certification on site.

CRP class students have their new skills put to the test.

CPR students put their new skills to the test.

Northeast State joined the partnership to administer the program. Tasks include scheduling classes, registering participants, arranging for instructors, issuing certificates to participants who complete the course, and replenishing supplies.

“Judging from the demand, it’s obvious the service was much needed,” said Cindy Tauscher, director of Workforce Solutions at Northeast State. “We feel it will get even more successful as the word gets out.”

There are two types of CPR training offered: Heartsaver® CPR AED and Basic Life Support (BLS). Bertuso said the Heartsaver® class is geared for laypersons, while the BLS is aimed at health-care professionals.

Heartsaver® is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult/child CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. BLS provides training in how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking. BLS also requires a written exam. Parish nurses teach the Heartsaver® classes, while Northeast State arranges for BLS instructors.

Currently, the classes are taught on an alternating basis the first Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. BLS is on the schedule for Jan. 8 and Heartsaver® for Feb. 5. Also, the College can schedule additional classes for groups or companies on an “as-needed” basis.  The Heartsaver® fee is $25, while BLS is $50. Bertuso said classes can handle 6-8 persons per instructor.

“We should all challenge ourselves to take a course,” Bertuso said. “You never know when you’re going to be put in a situation that requires CPR – so it’s good to be confident in your abilities when it happens.”

To register for a class, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | January 7, 2015

Fill out and file the FAFSA at Northeast State

Filing out financial aid forms doesn’t need to be a hassle. Northeast State wants to help students get FAFSA registered and their money secured with FAFSA Days scheduled now through February 15.

CGS PosterSign up online now at to make an appointment date and get a list of items needed to register with FAFSA.  Northeast State staff are also happy to help walk-ins to the FAFSA during lab hours.  Students visiting the lab without an appointment are asked to visit Financial Aid web page to learn what documents are needed to register.

The FAFSA lab will be open every weekday through February 13.  The daily schedule for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday is as follows:
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CLOSED
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, the lab hours being later in the morning and extend later into the afternoon:
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CLOSED
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The College will host three weekend dates at the main campus in the General Education Building:
- January 17, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- January 25, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. College Goal Sunday
- February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, contact the office of Financial Aid at 423.323.0252 or visit

Posted by: northeastnation | January 6, 2015

Craft of construction class at RCAM begins Jan. 12

craft skill rcam flierThe Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) offers the “Introduction to Craft Skills” class beginning Jan. 12. The continuing education course presents learning modules for foundational construction and industrial skills. Topics covered include basic safety, using hand tools, power tools, reading construction drawings, and basic rigging skills.

Classes will meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings at RCAM from 5:15-9:15 p.m. through March 17. The cost is $20 covering the course and learning materials.  For more information, click the course flier. To register, contact Susan H. Harris, RCAM Programs & Services Coordinator, at 423.354.5275 or

Posted by: northeastnation | January 5, 2015

Apply now for Northeast State 2015-16 scholarships

Students searching for financial aid to attend college need financial help now more than ever. It’s never too soon to submit a scholarship application to Northeast State for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Northeast State office of Scholarship Programs administers more than 175 Foundation-related scholarships to help students pay college expenses. Foundation Scholarships may fund maintenance fees and even textbook costs for recipients. Northeast State also administers the Academic Work Scholarship and the Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship programs.

The application deadline for Foundation and Academic Work scholarships is March 1. Northeast State awards scholarships to qualifying applicants following a competitive review process.

The scholarship application qualifies a student only for Foundation and Academic Work scholarship consideration. A separate application must be completed for the Educational Access and Diversity (June 1 deadline) program. Students applying for state or federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at

To apply for available Foundation and Academic Work scholarships, visit, click Internal Programs and Apply for Northeast State Scholarships links, and complete the Online General Scholarship Application. For information, contact 423.279.7637 or e-mail

Posted by: northeastnation | December 15, 2014

Northeast State honored with Faith in the Future Education Award

Northeast State was honored to receive CenturyLink’s 5th annual Faith in the Future Education Award for 2014 presented at the Millennium Center in Johnson City in November.

A five-member panel of judges selected Northeast State from a group of nominees in higher education from around the region. Northeast State vice president for Administrative Services, Dr. Fred Lewis, accepted the award on behalf of the College.

“Everyone at Northeast State extends our deepest thanks to CenturyLink and the judges for this prestigious award,” said Lewis. “The College has long been a forward-thinking institution dedicated to serving our students and expanding access to a college degree for the region’s high school seniors.”

Faith in the Future Award

Faith in the Future Award

CenturyLink hosts the Faith in the Future awards to recognize businesses and individuals that demonstrate a commitment to the future of their business, their employees, their community, and the region. Businesses and individuals from the counties of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington (TN and VA) are invited to participate.

Ceremony emcee Josh Smith highlighted the College’s expansion into Johnson City, academic program development, and responsive role in the new Tennessee Promise program to give high school seniors an opportunity to have a two-year degree funded.

Dr. Fred Lewis receives the award from WJHL's Josh Smith.

Dr. Fred Lewis receives the award from Josh Smith.

The College is experiencing considerable expansion of facilities and academic opportunities. The Tennessee Board of Regents confirmed in August a construction contract with Rainey Contracting to complete Phase 3 of the $1.6 million, 36,000 square-foot renovation of Northeast State at Johnson City campus.The College launched the Entertainment Technology technical certificate program this fall at the Northeast State at Bristol campus. NASA’s Office of Education award the College two-year grant to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

A five-member evaluation team reviewed all nominations based on the criteria, choosing one winner per category. Other category winners included the One Acre Café, Mountain States Health Alliance Board of Directors, The Creative Energy Group, the Junior League of Johnson City, and John Deere Power Products.


Posted by: northeastnation | December 8, 2014

Gerhard & Mize return for holiday concert Dec. 10

They are back and better than ever. Guitar legends Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize return to Northeast State for a free Christmas concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s main campus at Blountville.

The duo will perform instrumental Christmas and holiday favorites as well as selected original works. Gerhard is a multiple Grammy Award winner. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film Mark Twain. He has released two critically praised holiday albums, Christmas and On a Cold Winter’s Night. Gerhard celebrates his latest CD There and Gone a collection of original compositions and covers including a stunning arrangement of “Imagine/Across the Universe,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and a concert favorite on Weissenborn, “Killing the Blues.”

Ed Gerhard (left) and Bill Mize.

Ed Gerhard (left) and Bill Mize.

Mize is also a Grammy-winning guitarist and renowned instrumentalist. He has released albums Sugarlands, Tender Explorations, Coastin’, and Joyful Noise. His release, The Angel’s Share, was called one of the “essential acoustic albums” to own by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Bill has put the finishing touches on his newest recording, The Back of Beyond. This recording pays homage to Bill’s Smoky Mountain heritage with brand new acoustic guitar compositions, plus a stirring cover of Piazzolla’s “Milonga del Angel”.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

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