The Sound Bearier

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Latest Episodes

Bear Biography - Ethan  Bentley

Episode 5a

March 22, 2021

Bear Biography - Ethan Bentley

The Sound Bearier’s Matthew Poole welcomes Ethan Bentley, a second-year student/History major at Northeast State. We are proud to welcome this Hampton High School alumnus as the FIRST student to be a guest on our podcast. Ethan talks about the process of making his first amateur film, 1970s era music, and the best actor to portray Spiderman.      ...

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The Workforce Way Forward with Heath McMillian

Episode 16

March 08, 2021

The Workforce Way Forward with Heath McMillian

Our region’s workforce population faces a set of bold challenges as we stumble toward a post-COVID world. Heath McMillian, executive director of Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Kingsport joins us on this episode of The Sound Bearier. Heath discusses how a recovering workforce can thrive in the years ahead, why apprenticeships of all career stripes can help shape the region's economic future, and why his musically gifted children did not get their talent from him. Visit the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing to learn about the opportunities awaiting you www.Manufacturingfuture.net.   ...

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Mental Health Matters with Jenna Welch

Episode 15

February 22, 2021

Mental Health Matters with Jenna Welch

Mental health matters. The Sound Bearier's Matthew Poole talks to Jenna Welch, of Northeast State Counseling Services, about how to cope with Covid and college life.  Confidential and compassionate, Counseling Services wants to engage students in need. Get to know Jenna and learn about the services our counseling team provides at Counseling Services. Northeast State Community College ...

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Bear Biography: Getting to Know Jennifer Kendrick

February 08, 2021

Bear Biography: Getting to Know Jennifer Kendrick

In this episode of The Sound Bearier, our April Allen talks to Jennifer Kendrick, Career Specialist, in the Career and Workforce Development Center. From displaced workers to single parents determined to earn a degree, Jennifer seeks to help people take one step at a time to success.   Career and Workforce Development ...

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Globetrotting at a distance with Nona Shepherd

Episode 13

January 25, 2021

Globetrotting at a distance with Nona Shepherd

The world does not end at the county line. Led by Professor Nona Shepherd, International Education at Northeast State program strives to share the world’s cultures to students with past visits to Washington, D.C., and the United Kingsport; international speakers and events such as the very popular International Food Day.  Then, COVID came. Travel bans and social distance followed. But the desire to see and share experiences remains strong.  While the moving events to the virtual world in 2020, Shepherd is looking ahead to a post-COVID world of international education.  We welcome her to The Sound Bearier as we talk international education, literature, and Southern Appalachia. Visit the International Education webpage or the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies to learn more.    ...

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On Becoming a Bear with Matt Poole

Episode 12

January 14, 2021

On Becoming a Bear with Matt Poole

Our friend - and newest member of The Sound Bearier podcast team - Matthew Poole wants you to give Northeast State Community College a look as your higher education destination.  A Northeast State alumnus, Poole previously served as a Success Coach & Lead Mentor of the Inclusive Excellence program at the college.  Our April Allen talks with Matt about his own experiences and how students can become successful in college and beyond.  Give it a listen and smash that Subscribe button! Northeast State Community College ...

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