Northeast State tops enrollment record
Northeast State hosts College Goal Sunday
Drug and alcohol awareness program set
Coeburn VFD receives Homeland grant
KFD receives Homeland Security grant
BLOUNTVILLE - Northeast State Technical Community College followed fall's record student enrollment with a record spring enrollment, according to admissions reports finalized Monday. Spring enrollment data showed 4,623 students taking classes at the college's campuses in Blountville, Elizabethton, Gray and the Regional Center for Applied Technology in Kingsport. The numbers represent an increase of 236 students over spring 2006 enrollment of 4,387 - a jump of 5.4 percent. Full-time equivalency student enrollment climbed 5.6 percent from 2,902 students last year to 3,065 students this spring. Full-time students are classified as taking at least 12 credit hours in one semester. The college has recorded increased student enrollment in nine of the past 10 years. The enrollment data follows a yearlong Student Success Initiative launched by the college in 2005. The initiative makes student success and persistence to graduation the centerpiece of its new five-year plan to help students achieve maximum success once enrolled in college.
BLOUNTVILLE - Northeast State Technical Community College will join colleges and universities across Tennessee as a host of College Goal Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional airport. College Goal Sunday is offered free of charge to the families of prospective college students who wish to apply for financial aid and need assistance in completing the financial aid paperwork. Financial aid professionals will answer questions and help students and parents fill out applications for federal, state, lottery and other financial aid in Room C2416. College Goal Sunday helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required to qualify for college financial aid nationwide. Before attending the workshop, students and parents should log onto the Web site www.pin.ed.gov and register for a personal identification number (PIN) to serve as an electronic signature for FAFSA. Students who are unable to acquire a PIN prior to Sunday can obtain one at College Goal Sunday. Students should bring their PINs, their 2006 federal tax information and/or their parents' 2006 federal tax information including their W-2 forms to the event. Students should also bring any documents for untaxed income such as Social Security or child support that they or their parents received in 2006. For more information call the college at 323-0252 or visit www.collegegoalsundaytn.org.
KINGSPORT - "Been There, Done That!" a new community drug and alcohol awareness program, will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Full Gospel Mission Church, 740 E. Sevier Ave. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Pastor Geraldine Swagerty at 247-3735.
COEBURN - U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., announced Thursday a $100,730 grant will be provided to the Coeburn Volunteer Fire Department by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant will assist in the purchase of 20 self-contained breathing units with spare bottles and face pieces. They will replace outdated models that no longer meet current safety standards. "I am pleased the Department of Homeland Security is providing this significant allocation of federal funding to the Coeburn Volunteer Fire Department," said Boucher. "It is important to ensure the safety of our firefighters by providing the best equipment and training possible, and today's announcement will help accomplish this goal." There are 28 volunteer firefighters in the Coeburn unit.
KINGSPORT - U.S. Rep. David Davis, R-Tenn., announced a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Thursday to the Kingsport Fire Department for $97,200. The grant was designated for operations and safety. "The Kingsport Fire Department is known for working hard and being dependable," said Davis. "This money will help fund their very important operations." The purpose of the AFG program is to award grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. These awards aim to enhance first responders' ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as first responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.