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Northeast State, CMT present Courtney Cole in concert April 22

Courtney Cole will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on April 22.
Courtney Cole will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on April 22.

Northeast State and CMT (Country Music Television) will present rising talent Courtney Cole in concert April 22 to raise awareness of educational opportunities for U.S. veterans in Northeast Tennessee.

Northeast State is partnering with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to increase visibility for education and rural workforce challenges, according to a press release from the school. The partnership centers on using storytelling to help individuals, no matter their age, enroll or re-enroll in college to realize their full potential.

“Our event is designed to highlight the opportunities Northeast State can provide veterans and show them we have a support system in place to help them succeed,” said Pat Chandler, coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “We are very appreciative of CMT and its willingness to help us support veterans in their educational pursuits.”

“I’m excited to partner with CMT on their Empowering Education initiative,” Cole, a recent graduate of Belmont University, said. “Combining music with education is a powerful combination. Having the opportunity to meet students and hear their stories is something I’m looking forward to.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a community fair. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion from Northeast State student veterans about their college experiences, followed by opening local act Jeffrey Benedict of My New Favorites and completing the evening with headliner Cole.

The community fair and concert will be held in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Admission to the concert requires a ticket, but tickets are free. Tickets are available for pick up at the Northeast State Office of Veterans Affairs, East Tennessee State University Office of Veterans Affairs, Warrior’s Canvas, Department of Labor and Workforce Development (Kingsport and Johnson City), and the Tri-Cities Military Council.

For more information about CMT’s Empowering Education initiative visit www.CMTEmpoweringEducation. The site is a comprehensive online resource, designed to aid CMT individuals in overcoming the most commonly perceived obstacles to education. This tool aggregates the multitude of existing quality information in one easy-to-navigate central location, and creates an individualized education action plan for each user.