Posted by: northeastnation | July 10, 2015

Be the change, be a peer mentor for TN Promise

Alpha Iota Chi chapter  of Phi Theta Kappa

Alpha Iota Chi chapter
of Phi Theta Kappa

Would you like to be an active Phi Theta Kappa student, have the satisfaction of giving back to your college, and earn some extra money along the way? Be the change and become a peer mentor for Tennessee Promise students.

Find out how at an interest sessions today at 1:30 p.m., in Wayne Basler Library, Room L226. 

Students will commit to mentor five Tennessee Promise students for at least one academic year. Come to the interest session to learn more or contact Jane Honeycutt at

We are offering peer mentors a stipend of $200 per semester.  Become a peer mentor today!


Posted by: northeastnation | July 9, 2015

TBR approves A.A.S. degree program in Entertainment Technology

Northeast State’s Entertainment Technology program has expanded to become a full two-year degree program beginning this fall. At its quarterly board meeting in June, the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the College’s request to create a two-year associate of applied science degree program for the Entertainment Technology department.

“A great deal of work has gone into the creation of this program, and we are pleased to offer a brand new entrance into the entertainment industry for this musically-inclined region,” said Danny Lawson, dean of Business Technologies.

Initially approved by TBR as a technical certificate program in 2014, the new A.A.S. degree program gives students the basic knowledge and real-world applications for sound and lighting production. Classes for the degree program will be offered beginning in fall 2015. Courses for the Entertainment Technology certificate and A.A.S. program will be offered at the College’s Bristol campus, 620 State Street, Level 3.

“We really work hard to bring the real world applications for sound and lighting productions to prepare students for work in the industry,” said Jeff Little, Entertainment Technology program director.

Entertainment technology makes sound and lighting an art all its own.

Entertainment technology makes sound and lighting an art all its own.

The curriculum trains students in entertainment business management, live sound, recording engineering, concert lighting, and electronic/digital music. Typical job opportunities include those related to lighting system production for events and concerts, and setting up audio systems for event, concert, and recording productions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for these types of technicians will grow about 9 percent over the next 10 years.

The program prepares career opportunities for sound and lighting production technicians. A sound technician sets up audio systems for event productions at concerts, festivals, churches, and recordings. A lighting production technician operates lighting systems at a variety of venues with live performances.

“With churches and other events growing larger all the time, this program lends itself well to training those operating the sound and lighting equipment found in most churches,” said Lawson.

Little noted that the entertainment industry featured a wide selection of performance formats that required skilled professionals. Sound and lighting technicians could be doing a corporate event one day, a church production the next night, and sound engineering a concert or festival on the weekend.

“We also want to keep pace with the technology deployed to today’s entertainment events,” Little said. “We want to maintain the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for within the industry in both production and management.”

Entertainment Technology students learn the science behind the show.

Entertainment Technology students learn the science behind the show.

Courses scheduled for fall 2015 include Computer Applications (INFS 1010), Introduction to Entertainment (ENT 1100), Recording Engineering I (ENT 1300), and Mathematical Applications (MATH 1010). The College received approval last year from TBR to create a technical certificate program of 24 credit hours in Entertainment Technology – Sound and Lighting concentration.

Little is a veteran in the music industry as a musician and manager. He often plays shows with his band, The Jeff Little Trio. His performances include National Public Radio, The Smithsonian Institution, Merlefest, and the American Folk Festival. In addition to his musicianship, Little spent years working in the business side of the entertainment industry as a manager and tour manager for artists like Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, and John Michael Montgomery.

Students interested in admission to the Entertainment Technology degree program may contact Little at 423.354.5216 or or the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail

Mitch Walters, president of the Friendship Family of Dealerships, has created an annual scholarship at Northeast State Community College for a student majoring in Industrial Technology-Automotive Service concentration.

“As the President and Founder of The Friendship Family of Dealerships I am pleased to establish the scholarship for Automotive Technology at Northeast State,” Walters said. “Friendship owns and operates several automobile dealerships and we understand the importance of having highly qualified automotive technicians on our team.”

Northeast State President Dr. Janice H. Gilliam and Mitch Walters at today's announcement.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice H. Gilliam and Mitch Walters at today’s announcement.

Over four semesters, the scholarship will provide 75 percent ($3,000) of tuition and fees for completion of the degree program. First priority will be given to a recent high school graduate entering the Industrial Technology-Automotive Service program. Second priority will be given to a student currently enrolled in the program. To continue the scholarship, the student must maintain continuous enrollment and a 2.5 grade point average.

“There is certainly a shortage of strong applicants in our region for automotive service technicians and hopefully providing this scholarship to Northeast State will help increase the interest in this important field and not only help Friendship, but all the other automobile dealerships in our area,” Walters said. “Northeast State is a fine institution and does a great job in preparing our youth for their future careers. We are extremely proud to be associated with Northeast State and its graduates.”

Mitch Walters of the Friendship Family of Dealerships tries out the race simulator at Northeast State.

Mitch Walters of the Friendship Family of Dealerships tries out the race simulator at Northeast State.

Walters has become known to many in the Tri-Cities through his catch phrase, “We’re Dealin!” He is the President, CEO, and Founder of Friendship Enterprises. Mitch and his wife, Danea, moved to Bristol to start a career and raise their sons, Brandon and Dustin. Over the years he has grown his Friendship family from one dealership to 16 locations in six cities and three states. For the past three years, the Friendship Family of Dealerships has earned the distinction of the best dealership to work for in America.

His educational endeavors include a Bachelor of Business-Business Management with Associates in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University. He has also attended the Chevrolet School of Merchandising and Management, the Cadillac Harvard Business School Seminar, the NCM Associates-Ford Dealer Management Group, and the BB&T Leadership Institute.

Automotive Technology guru Ernie Morelock details the capabilities of the College's automotive programs.

Instructor Ernie Morelock details the capabilities of the College’s automotive technology programs.

Walters is involved in the community by serving as Founder/CEO/President of the Friendship Foundation, Chairman/Director for the City of Bristol, TN Economic Development Board, Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Chairman/Director/Charter Member of the Sullivan County Economic Development-NETWORKS, and member of First United Methodist Church, Bristol, TN. In the past, he has served as the Director of the Cincinnati Ford Dealers Advertising Council, Director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce, President/Director/Member of the Bristol Rotary Club, Director of First American Bank, Director/Co-Campaign Chairperson of the United Way, Director of Junior Achievement of Bristol, TN, and President’s Roundtable member at King University.

Posted by: northeastnation | July 7, 2015

Fill pantries & fulfill TN Promise community service on July 11

Northeast State is providing a series of events from July 10-18, to help Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program students complete community service requirements associated with eligibility.

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise

Fun Fest has partnered with Stop Hunger Now to bring a food packaging event to Sullivan South High School on July 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At the event, community members will put together food packs for those in need, with an ultimate goal of 300,000 packets.

Tennessee Promise students are required to complete at least 8 hours of community service prior to each term they receive funding. The deadline to submit community service work for the fall semester is Aug. 1. Community service is time contributed to a non-profit or public service organization.

Volunteer sign up information can be found at or contact your organizer, Keith Goulder, volunteer coordinator, at




Posted by: northeastnation | July 6, 2015

Second Harvest offers volunteer ops for TN Promise students

Tennessee Promise students eligible to receive financial awards this fall must complete 8 hours of community service by August 1. A great opportunity comes by volunteering to help Second Harvest Food Bank July 14 to July 16 with food packing. Volunteer food handlers will have aprons, hairnet and gloves (provided).

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise

The morning shift operates from 9:00 am. to noon. The afternoon Shift is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All volunteers need to wear closed-toe shoes. No food or drinks allowed in the warehouse.

Get a volunteer application from the website or contact or call 279-0430, extension 229.

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