Think globally, but eat locally

Think globally, but eat locally. An area farmer’s market gives consumers the option to do just that by purchasing food online from the farmer down the road.

But what’s the business appeal for a farmer’s market? More than meets the plate.

“It is a much different quality of product,” said Karen Childress, coordinator of the Jonesborough Farmer’s Market and Online Market. “People are out there buying locally grown (produce) because they care about what they put in their bodies.”

Childress visited Dr. Gary Grau’s small business management class this week as guest speaker to discuss with students the successful cooperative market and its social significance.

The Jonesborough Farmer’s Market offers locally grown vegetables and produce year round thanks to the online market component. The first market start-up happened in the spring of 2007 in the parking lot of the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Childress said the Johnson City and Abingdon farmer’s markets were major influences on developing the Jonesborough site.

The first year was slow going for producers, she said.  The second year brought more traffic – and regular buyers – intrigued with produce items locally grown by their neighbors.  Today, the seasonal market operates from 8 a.m. to noon May to October off Main Street in Courthouse Square in downtown Jonesborough.  The market becomes an event with live music and a festival feel for vendors and customers alike, said Childress.

The Online Farmer’s Market started up in 2010 to provide a marketplace for products available during the fall and winter seasons.  The online market operates between November and April. The online version ends once the weekly outdoor Saturday market kicks up in spring. The online market’s February offerings included eggs from free-range chicken eggs, beef and pork, chicken, and lamb cuts to pet treats and goat cheese.

Childress explained that each week that the online market is open, vendors post their items to the “Market” section of the website. From Sunday at 2 p.m. to Tuesday at 11 a.m., customers can browse that week’s products and place their online order. All orders are delivered to the Farmers Market site in Jonesborough for payment and pick-up on Wednesdays from 5:30-5:45 p.m.

“Customers place their order and pick it,” she said. “Growers can check their orders and get a look at what they are selling and which customers are buying.”

Cash, check, debit/credit/EBT cards are allow acceptable pay pals at the market.  The Farmer’s Market operates as a volunteer organized fair for the direct sale of farm raised produce and homemade products.  Childress also noted the market was a “producer only” market of local growers with no resale of items allowed.

Beyond the festival atmosphere, the market reconnected people through food and community.  No small achievement in a modern world of distant and impersonal communications.

“You have the opportunity to talk to the person who grew your food,” she said, “which is the next best thing to growing it yourself.”

Northeast State professor Dr. Gary Grau welcomes workforce professionals, small business owners, and entrepreneurial thinkers from around the region to meet and interact with his business students during the semester.  


Northeast State's 2013 Master Plan approved by TBR

Northeast State Community College recently received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and the State Building Commission for its 2013 Master Plan, which envisions a new Emerging Technologies Complex to house the Business and Advanced Technologies Divisions.

The plan addresses the national, state and local skills crisis and the new complex will meet the critical needs of existing and new business and industry. The facility will serve as a recruiting tool for students in these high demand jobs and will attract new businesses and industry to the region.

Approximately $35 million has been allocated for the new complex by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The facility will accommodate Business and Advanced Technologies programs such as computer science, business management, automotive service technology, and welding and metal fabrication.

The new complex reflects the College’s growth over the last decade and that new growth is not possible with existing facilities. Planning for new programs includes culinary arts, entertainment technology, complex construction, energy specialist, health informatics (as part of Office Administration Technology), and horticulture/agriculture. All new programs would have to be developed, and approved by TBR.

Northeast State’s main campus has a significant need for more space, as indicated by the master planning process. By fall 2016, it is projected the College will need more than twice the amount of space than currently available for the Emerging Technologies on the Blountville campus. Lab space needs are also projected to grow at a faster rate than classroom space needs, likely due to increasing needs for technology in the classroom, as well as business and industry, and the projected increase in enrollment in technical education courses.

The Master Plan 2013 also includes plans for a student center, new academic building and a parking garage to meet growing needs of the main campus. Significant improvements have been made to the campus through the previous master plan which was developed and implemented over 10 years ago. The library, humanities complex, RCPA, tennis and basketball courts, wellness trail, new parking lot, and the circular driveway around the campus have helped Northeast State become the second fastest growing community college in the state.

The new Emerging Technologies Complex will have an estimated 130,000 of net square footage and will replace the oldest buildings on campus, which were built in the 1960s and early 1970s. This project has been on the TBR capital outlay list for more than 15 years. The current inadequate and outdated facilities are beyond restoration. 

Under TBR and THEC guidelines, community colleges must provide a 10 percent local match for capital outlay projects, with Tennessee Technologies Centers and universities providing a 5 percent and 25 percent match, respectively.

Efforts will focus on state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, technology, and equipment to stay on the forefront of educational instruction. The College is planning for additional facilities that will enhance student learning and engagement to support retention and student success. These initiatives will promote the basic pillars of the College’s mission, ACCESS, COMPLETION, and COMMUNITY. 


March 31 deadline for Educate and Grow scholarship applications

Applications for the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program at Northeast State Community College are being accepted now for all high school seniors graduating this spring and residing in Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties and the city of Kingsport.

Eligible students can download applications online at www.educateandgrow.com. Scholarship award amounts depend on the number of student applicants in Educate and Grow and the availability of funds. The priority deadline to submit an application is March 31.

An Educate and Grow Scholarship applicant must be a member of a 2013 high school graduating class and have a custodial parent or court-appointed legal guardian who meets program residency requirements and has lived in their county of residence for 12 months prior to the applicant’s high school graduation date. An applicant must enroll at Northeast State as a degree-seeking student for the upcoming fall 2013 semester and meet all scholarship requirements.

Educate and Grow provides tuition assistance for qualifying students graduating from high schools located within the College’s service area. The program was initiated in 2001 between Northeast State and the governments of Kingsport and Sullivan County. Northeast State has since partnered with other local governments, private companies, and individual donors to expand the program throughout the College’s five-county service area.

Applications for the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program are available at the student guidance offices of local high schools.  Applications can also be picked up at the Northeast State campus in Blountville or teaching sites at Elizabethton, Gray, Kingsport Center for Higher Education, and the Regional Center for Applied Technology in downtown Kingsport.

Completed applications must be submitted in person at the main campus Faculty Office Building, office F100, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information or questions contact the Northeast State office for Scholarship Programs at 423.354.5235 or e-mail jajohnson@NortheastState.edu.


Alpha Iota Chi earns most distingushed PTK chapter in the state

No Oscar statues were involved, but Northeast State Community College students enjoyed a weekend of winning and recognition for their achievements.

The College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society won several team and individual honors at the society’s regional convention held this weekend at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee. The chapter’s vice president of Scholarship, Elizabeth Ross, won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state. Her colleague and vice president of Communication, James Wagner, took 4th Place in the same category:

“These students exemplify leadership,” said Jane Honeycutt, faculty advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies. “They set high standards for themselves and the chapter and worked diligently to improve the Tennessee Region of Phi Theta Kappa and to develop and implement meaningful projects.”

The chapter took 1st Place for the Most Distinguished College Project for The President’s Student Leadership Academy. The Academy formed last fall bringing together students nominated for their leadership potential by faculty and staff.  Students spent the semester involved in group dynamics and breakout sessions to learn more about themselves and each other.

Alpha Iota Chi also earned the coveted Five-Star Chapter status, the highest status level awarded to any chapter. Alpha Iota Chi was also named a Chapter of Light, which means the Chapter went above and beyond the expectations of the organization in fulfilling the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.

The chapter also received the 2nd Place award for the Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project for the Project Vote campaign. Project Vote sought to register new voters for the 2012 primary and general election. As a part of Project Vote, local candidates for state office participated in a candidate forum to educate the campus and surrounding community about their positions on relevant issues.

Honeycutt said the chapter’s excellent year can be attributed to student leadership provided by Anne Rowell, chapter president; Ross, vice-president of Scholarship; Hope Nunn, vice-president of Leadership; Wagner, vice-president of Communications; Sharon Woods, secretary; Heather Blair, treasurer; and Amanda Broome, vice-president of Fellowship.

The chapter’s success extended beyond students – Honeycutt won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Faculty Advisor. As chapter advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program, Honeycutt works with Alpha Iota Chi members and Honors Program students on a variety of projects throughout the academic year. Alpha Iota Chi and Honors Program student members have been consistently recognized for their achievements under Honeycutt’s guidance.

Alpha Iota Chi members engage in research projects each year as part of their independent study. An Alpha Iota Chi member must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and demonstrate leadership and community service consistent with Phi Theta Kappa principles.

“Phi Theta Kappa offers students a unique opportunity to grow leadership skills and become competitive for generous transfer scholarships to both public and private universities,” said Honeycutt.


OSHA 10-hour construction course offered

Northeast State Workforce Solutions is offering the official OSHA 10-hour construction course March 14-15 at the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

The overall objective for this program is to provide training on a variety of health- and safety-related topics for the construction industry. The course meets all OSHA requirements and is recognized nationwide. Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each person completing the course.

Topics will cover inspections, standards, citations, penalties, record-keeping, cranes, electrical, power tools, excavations, scaffolds, and fall protection.

The class will meet from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on March 14 and from 8 a.m. – noon on March 15. The fee is $275 per participant. The registration deadline is March 1. To register, call Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5520.


Jonathan Blanchard in concert Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Memphis, the undisputed home of Blues, Rock & Roll, and Gospel, has long helped the world move to different grooves. It is also the history of the city that channeled the creative fire in the soul of classically trained bass vocalist Jonathan A. Blanchard.

Come hear one of music’s most transcendent bass voices when Blanchard visits Northeast State on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. for one special performance at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville. Admission is free and open to all.

Born in November of 1976, Blanchard’s talent matured while immersed in Memphis’s often raucous, inspirational, yet always divergent style of music and art. His voice of depth and richness draws comparisons to the great Paul Robeson.  He creates music that allows his deep, soulfully rich voice to blend naturally with his compelling dramatic instinct.  He movingly conveys the poignant words and melodies “reminiscent of Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and Robeson simultaneously.”

Blanchard’s artistic tastes were first forged in grade school.  However, by the time he entered high school his artistic curiosity had led him to sing in various choruses and to act in a number of community theatre productions.  While achieving the Bachelors of Science in Commercial Music and the Master of Science in Music Education degrees from Tennessee State University, he learned to weave the various elements of his artistic nature into his style of delivery.  His stage credits include roles as diverse as “The Priest” in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, “Bernardo” in A Westside Story, “Simeon” and “Potifer” in Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Caesar” in Scipio, the “Ex-Slave” in Do Lord Remember Me, “The Lion” in The Wiz.

Drawn also to film, he has appeared as an extra in several movies blockbusters, done voice-over work for local and national concerns, appeared on Memphis WREG – Live At 9 program. He has been the featured singing artist on the PBS film Underground Railroad – Quilt Code; for Georgia Public Broadcast.  In conjunction with Opera Memphis’s Educational Outreach Program—Black Roots in Opera, Blanchard toured throughout Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas to help celebrate the Life & Artistry of Paul Robeson.

Blanchard’s operatic credits include affiliations with Opera Memphis and AmeriColor Opera Alliance Guild of Atlanta. He was presented with the title role of “Solomon” in the production The Seduction of King Solomon; a work written especially for him by critically acclaimed composer Sharon Willis.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or visit www.jonathanblanchard.com.


Northeast State to celebrate National TRiO Day

Students and Staff from TRiO Student Support Services will participate in recognition of National TRiO Day on Wednesday, Feb. 20.   As a way to show appreciation to the College for its support TRiO will be serving cookies, brownies and hot chocolate to the college community on the first floor of the General Studies Building and cookies on the first floor of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

A donation jar will be set up and all proceeds will go towards the Student Needs Project, Change for Change.  For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference.
SSS director Teressa Dobbs at today's TRiO event.

“We want more people in our school and our community to know about the services of the TRIO programs,” said Teressa Dobbs, director of TRiO Students Support Services at Northeast State. “We also want people to know that this program works and should be expanded to serve more students from low-income families across Tennessee.”

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, the TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) have been providing valuable supportive services to students from poor and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate for over 40 years.
TRiO Day is also about helping students in need at Northeast State.

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years.  Dr. Chris Lefler was the first project director, and TRiO has continued going strong since 1984.  By providing services such as assistance in choosing a four-year college, tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling; assistance in applying to college, workplace and college visits, teaching study and time management skills, and assistance in applying for financial aid.

According to students who have participated in the TRiO program, TRiO Works!  “It has helped me not only build my self-confidence but also taught me that I can. Yes I can!” said one student.  “I have learned more scholarships and classes I need to take and also what I need to do to succeed,” stated another.

Today more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 790,000 young people and adults. Thirty-five percent (35%) of TRIO students are White, 35 percent are African-American, 19 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are American Indian, 3 percent are Asian-American, and 4 percent are listed as “other,” including multiracial students. Approximately 7,000 TRIO students have disabilities.

According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, an education association which represents TRIO students, college graduates, and professionals nationwide, “These programs work because they are run at the local level, student-centered, performance-based, and non-bureaucratic.” 


Toyota Kata workshop focuses on continuous improvement

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is hosting a workshop April 23, 2013 on the Toyota Kata methodology, which is designed to foster a routine of daily improvement. Maintaining daily focus on the process has been identified as a key factor to sustaining continuous improvement.

The eight-hour workshop – based on concepts developed by Mike Rother, author of Toyota Kata – will focus on the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata. The Improvement Kata is a daily routine that drives improvement, while the Coaching Kata focuses on teaching methods that reinforce Kata thinking and routine.

The workshop is designed for organization leaders who seek a strong continuous improvement environment. This may include CEOs, managers, supervisors, lean champions, and facilitators.

The seminar will be conducted by experts from the University of Tennessee’s  Center for Industrial Services on the Northeast State’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The fee is $375 per person with a $50 discount for groups of four or more. The registration deadline is April 9, 2013. To register, please contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or  dlharrison@NortheastState.edu


Workforce Solutions sets continuing education workshops

If you wanted learn about a Notary Public, but don’t have the time to attend a semester long in-person class, or don’t like the option of learning online, here’s your chance to learn at your own pace, in your own home.  The printed manuals/workbooks will guide you through the course whenever you find the time.  The orientation is helpful, but if you are unable to attend, the course can be mailed to you following the orientation, provided the instructor has received your materials fee. A facilitator is available via email for any questions during the course and when completed a certificate of completion will be mailed to you. 

Class Date:
  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Hours:  12 - 1 p.m.
Location:  Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Fee:  $19.00 per participant plus a mandatory $99.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door for a detailed manual/workbook.

Does your money work for you or do you work for your money? This class is not taught by a financial guru using technical language you can't possibly understand.  You will learn from a single Mom, turned home business entrepreneur, turned home owner, turned real estate investor.  This is not a get rich quick scheme; this is a plan of action to help others learn the path to financial freedom. In this fast paced workshop, you will learn how to:

• get out of credit card debt and reduce bad credit
• raise your credit limit and lower your interest rate
• use more credit to raise your credit score
• buy a home even if you have bad credit or are self employed
• pay off your mortgage in half the time with LESS money
• keep your home protected against lawsuits
• become an active investor for financial freedom

Class Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Hours:  1 -3 p.m.
Location:  Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Fee:  $39.00 per participant plus a mandatory $20.00 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door.

Did you know Stephen King was rejected 75 times before he sold his first novel?  If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor’s desk. You will discover how to:

• become a “published” writer overnight 
• submit manuscripts the correct way 
• find the right publisher for your work 
• write irresistible query letters 
• 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer 
• obtain free future Q&A opportunities
Class Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Hours:  3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Fee: $39.00 per participant plus a mandatory $20.00 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door.

Have you ever wanted to talk to a real publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals?  Bring your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of your poetry, article, short story, novel, non-fiction book, children’s book, etc.  You will then learn about the pros and cons of traditional publishing and self-publishing options.
For an additional fee, participants may leave a COPY of your manuscript with the instructor for a professional critique and a list of publishers and/or agents who are interested in your type of work.
Class Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Hours:  5 – 6 p.m.
Location:  Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Fee: $19.00 per participant plus a mandatory $10.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door.

Are you tired of working for someone else?  Do you need to make more money?  Turn your talents and hobbies into profits at home by learning how to start a home based business from a chamber of Commerce past president and successful southern California entrepreneur.  During this comprehensive, informative workshop, you will discover: SPECIAL NOTE:  Due to the high demand for this guest instructor nationwide, this workshop can only be offered once a year.

• More than 100 home business ideas
• Mandatory legal documentation
• Many ways to market your product/services
• How to take tax deductions (this workshop included)
• FREE future Q&A opportunities

Class Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Hours:  6 – 8 p.m.
Location:  Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Fee: $39.00 per participant plus a mandatory $20.00 materials fee is payable to instructor at the door.
If you can type, then you can make money at home using your word processor or computer.  Having already learned all about home-based business success (participants must have attended “$Cash$ in with a Successful Home-Based Business”), you will than discover the secrets to profits in the typing/word processing business, including:
• How and where to find clients 
• 50 ways to advertise/market your services 
• Effective home office equipment choices 
• 100 ways to make money with a computer 
• FREE national networking information 
There really is a need for your services, so why not have the freedom to be your own boss, set your own hours, and have the opportunity to make more money than you ever did before by attending this workshop.

Class Date:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Class Time:  8 – 9 p.m.
Location: Room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Cost:  $19.00 per participant plus a mandatory $10.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the door.
LeeAnne Krusemark is a journalist, author, and owner of an award winning southern California public relations business since 1988. LeeAnne is a chamber of commerce past president and has been asked to speak at a Senate-sponsored business conference as well as for the U.S. Department of the Army. Her in-person lectures are offered at more than 200 facilities nationwide, including Purdue University and her online publishing class is offered at more than 1,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard University.

For more information, or to register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or e-mail dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.

Qadim Ensemble in concert Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Get a blast of beautifully hypnotic Near East music when The Qadim Ensemble visits Northeast State Community College on Feb. 19 for a one-night-only show.

The Qadim (pronounced kah-deem) Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville. Admission is free and all are welcomed to enjoy this enchanting musical group.

Led by Eliyahu Sills, the Ensemble consists of Rachel Valfer on the oud instrument and lead vocals, Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion instruments such as the darbukkah, riqq & daf, and Geri Hegedus on Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, persian setar, and oud.

Known for his authenticity and soulful musicianship, Sills has been performing music for over 20 years on multiple instruments, including bansuri (the bamboo flute of India), and Turkish and Arabic ney (the traditional reed flute of the Middle East), the upright bass, and electric bass. He has performed and recorded with Ethiopian born jazz/soul vocalist Meklit Hadero, world music with Rupa & the April Fishes, and devotional music with the artist Shimshai.

“Qadim” is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew languages meaning "ancient" as well as "that which will come." The ensemble’s repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Greek, Ladino and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region’s cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them.

The San Francisco-based band has attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message of peace and cross-cultural appreciation. Their latest release entitled Songs of the Reed features the ancient sounds of the ney in simple, pure form. Their CD, Eastern Wind, received rave reviews worldwide, reaching #7 on Billboard’s World Music charts.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or visit www.qadimmusic.com.


Judges name Echoes & Images winners

Judges have made their selections from the excellent work of student art, photography, and literature submitted to the 2012-2013 Echoes & Images Literary and Visual Art Contest.

In the fiction category, Peter Olsen claimed first prize for his story “Parts Run.” Second place went to Tia Campbell for “Notice Me.”  “Silent Tears” written by Brittany McCullough received the third place award. Authors receiving Honorable Mention for their work were Andrew Christian for “Tourney Match” and Cassandra Walls for “One Starry Night.”

In the non-fiction category, Elizabeth Saulsbury won first place for “The Haircut.” Scott Royston took second place for “The Unwanted” while the third place award went to Keith Seal for his non-fiction work “The Ugliest Walleye Ever Caught.” Honorable Mention went to Mista Egnor for “The Battle Lost” and Michael Devereaux for “A Grandfather’s Promise.”

The Poetry category had several excellent poems submitted. Andrew Christian won first place for “Beside the Timber Creek.”  Second place went to Kevin Carrier for “Suburbia at Midnight.” Tucker Forster won third place with his poem “Forgotten.”

Other poetry entries receiving Honorable Mention were: “Macy’s Rocking Horse” and “Open for All to See” by Kevin Carrier; “Girl 1″ by Tucker Foster; “The Trail” by Lilliana Ascenscio; “Set Me Free” by Patricia Mazzonni; “The Spider’s Tale” by Garrett Wilt; “Man to Man” by Nikki Futch; “Hillside Drive” by Joe Gaus; “Twilight Song” by Elizabeth Saulsbury; and “A Shelter Dog” by Morgan Keaton.

The Visual Arts category saw Caitlin Meadows win two of the top three awards. Meadows’ work The Simple Guy of graphite on paper won first place in the category. She also received third place for Her True Colors, a painting of acrylic on canvas.  Jacob Estepp captured the category’s second place award with Tomatoes, a digital photograph. Honorable Mention went to Tia Campbell for Waiting, a digital illustration, and to Kelly Tolley for Sleeping Tiger, an oil painting on canvas.

Other Visual Art finalists were: Blindspots by Caitlin Meadows, acrylic on canvas; Bristol by Daniel Neubrander, graphite on Vellum; Abstract Violin, acrylic on canvas (2 canvases) and Abstract Hummingbird acrylic and salt on canvas by Kimberly A. Smith; Black Grass, by Rose Potter, ink and ink wash on Paper; Lost Time of Fun by Rebecca Fowler, black & white photography; The Light and Life by Ashley Ward, black & white photography.

First-, second-, and third-place winners in all categories will be published this spring in the 23rd edition of the Echoes and Images student literary magazine. If space permits, other winning entries will also be published. Visual art winners may pick up their entries at the end of the semester. Other artwork can be picked up this week in Dr. Christal Hensley’s office, H120.


Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver to play Northeast State Feb. 22

Northeast State welcomes beloved bluegrass legend and local son Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

One of the popular performers ever to take the stage at Northeast State, Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now at www.northeaststate.edu/RCPA.

Doyle Lawson ranks as one of the most respected artists in bluegrass music. His name has been synonymous with high-octane acoustic bluegrass music. Lawson began playing the mandolin at age 12 and picked up the guitar and banjo soon thereafter.  He went on to play with bluegrass artists Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe before joining his first band, The Country Gentlemen.  He founded Quicksilver in 1979 and began a rise as one of the genre’s most popular and critically praised artists. Although the lineup has changed many times over the years, the DLQ sound remains true to its founder’s intentions.

DLQ burst onto the national spotlight in 1996 when their album, There’s a Light Guiding Me earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. They went on to receive three more Grammy nominations in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Lawson, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has garnered no less than 14 International Bluegrass Music Awards and four Grammy nominations. The band also earned four previous Dove Award nominations for the Best Bluegrass Gospel Album and Best Bluegrass Gospel Song awards for their 2008 release, Help Is on the Way.

DLQ won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, winning Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive years from 2001-2007. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America has honored the group with numerous awards for albums and recorded gospel songs. The Gospel Music Association honored DLQ again in 2011 with a Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year. 


ICD-10 is coming…are you ready?

On October 1, 2014, the national healthcare system will implement ICD-10-CM/PCS, making it imperative that coders and billers have the knowledge to ensure a successful transition to new coding practices.

Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions is offering an in-depth course in anatomy and medical terminology to update healthcare professionals on their ICD-10-CM/PCS knowledge and skills.
Medical terminology is a specialized communication used by medical professionals and the vocabulary is derived from Latin and Greek words/components. Participants will learn to understand the meaning of these word components to be able to interpret their location in the human body and their respective meaning. This will be accomplished by learning the prefix, suffix, root words, meaning, word origins and definitions. Participants will identify the respective location in the body or the function the body is undergoing when using the appropriate medical language.

Class times: Thursdays:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Class dates: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19

Class fee: $2,795 (includes materials)

Instructor: Sharon Oliver has been a certified profession coder for nine years and a profession medical coding curriculum instructor through the American Academy of Professional Coders for eight years. She currently works as a senior in-patient biller in the areas of cardiology, internal medicine, infectious disease, and hospitalist.

To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@northeaststate.edu


Seminar set for dental office emergency readiness

Northeast State Workforce Solution and the First District Dental Society will offer a seminar on emergency readiness for dental offices May 3 at the College Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Registration/breakfast is from 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., with the workshop running from 8:15 a.m. to noon. The registration deadline is April 19 and the cost is $95 per participant or $75 for groups of four or more. CEU credits equal 4 hours.

The workshop will help participants improve their ability to plan for, manage, and handle medical emergencies in the dental office. The course will include the importance of a thorough medical history, patient assessment, vitals, and what emergency equipment should be in a dental office.  In addition, interactive medical emergency scenarios and solutions will be presented.

Paulette Kehm - Northeast State Dental Assisting Program Director/Instructor, CDA, EFDA, M.P.A
Chris Hitechew - Northeast State associate professor of biology and health;  Licensed Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic, MS
Bill Anders - Northeast State adjunct faculty - EMT/Paramedic; Kingsport Fire Department, fire captain/paramedic

For more information or to register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


Milliron outlines new paths to higher education credentialing

Dr. Mark Milliron, chancellor of Western Governors University-Texas, spoke at Northeast State Community College Feb. 7, about how to create an “educational ecosystem” that weaves together, innovation, technology, and instruction into a model that gives students the best chance to obtain a degree.

Milliron address started with a number of sobering facts, noting that the intergenerational transmission of poverty is at its highest level ever in the United States. He said half of all U.S. college students do not obtain a credential and, while 60 percent of upper income student complete a credential, only 12 percent of lower income students manage the same success.

“You’ve never been more likely to die poor, if you’ve been born poor that right now in the United States,” Milliron said. “Do any of you all see that as a problem? That really gets to who we are.”

According to Milliron, postsecondary education can play a key role in breaking the poverty cycle with the creation of a family of credentials with a variety of providers that put students on the path to independence and employment. He said this does not mean a four-year degree for all, but rather a mix of certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

Milliron said educators must consider how to adapt instruction to a “swirl” or intergenerational mix of students – all of whom have different learning styles, needs, and backgrounds. Many of these students have attempted higher education and have some college credit (an estimated 37 million Americans), but have stalled along the way to a credential.

Milliron advocates a blended infrastructure than takes the best of face-to-face instruction, online methods, gaming techniques, and social networking that makes content relevant and inspires the student to become an active participant in the creation of his or her credentials.

Milliron also encouraged educators to take action with analytics and data, making them focused on students, faculty members, and advisors, rather than administrators.

“We have to get data to the front lines,” Milliron said.

He talked about the predictive modeling of Amazon.com that gives user instant feedback during shopping, contrasting it will the higher education that can take months or even years to capture and analyze data. He noted the use of Course Signals – which has been adopted by Northeast State – that lets students, faculty, and advisors know with a simple “stop signal” notification of whether a concern or issue has cropped up.

“The whole idea is to get our students through to a credential that counts,” Milliron said. “For a low income student that really matters – it gives them a backstop against life happening and the likelihood that they will stay out of poverty.”

In his recent State-of-the-State address, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced a partnership with Western Governors University to aid his Drive-to-55 initiative, an effort to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential from 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025.
WGU is a non-profit university that features online, competency-based learning for adults that have some college credit, but no degree. Gov. Haslam said 800,000 Tennesseans fall into that category.

Million also has served as deputy director for postsecondary improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and he serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups, including Civitas Learning, an Austin-based learning analytics company; the Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit educational partnership serving independent schools nationally and internationally; and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.

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Northeast State, Eastman named as finalists for national AACC award

The American Association of Community Colleges has selected Northeast State Community College and Eastman Chemical Company as finalists for the 2013 AACC Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category.

The award honors collaborations between community colleges and business and industry that have achieved notable, multi-year success in advancing economic prosperity and the learning excellence of students.

"This prestigious honor puts Northeast State in the vanguard of community colleges nationwide, distinguishing it as a model of progressive practice and innovation," said Dr. Warren G. Bumphus, AACC president.

Nomination materials cited several Northeast State/Eastman collaborations including:

• Creation of 10 web-based courses in support of the chemical process operations program. The curriculum was developed using subject matter experts from Eastman who collaborated with a software development team located at Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).

• Development of scholarships for students majoring in advanced manufacturing fields. Eastman played a vital role in establishing the College’s Workforce Development Scholarship in 2008. The scholarship has awarded funds to more than 380 students majoring in electrical technology, electromechanical technology, machine tool technology, welding/metal fabrication, and chemical process operations. Since the start of the program, 231 students have graduated from Northeast State.

• Development and construction of the RCAM. In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Eastman, Domtar, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the City of Kingsport, and Northeast State formed the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to establish RCAM, a 26,000 square-foot facility that combines classroom, online, and hands-on instruction in advanced manufacturing skill areas. Operating under a shared leadership model between Eastman, Northeast State, and AMP, RCAM opened in fall 2009 with about 150 students and now enrolls over 400.

“Without a doubt, Eastman Chemical is an outstanding corporate partner,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president. “You will not find a more community oriented corporation than Eastman. We are honored by the AACC’s recognition of our long and successful partnership which has resulted in a variety of training, facilities, and financial aid beneficial to the region’s industries and workforce.”

The AACC will announce five category winners at the organization's annual convention, which is set April 23 in San Francisco, Calif.


Gov. Haslam announces funding
for Northeast State’s Emerging Technologies Complex

Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Northeast State campus Feb. 1, praising the College’s proposed Emerging Technologies Complex as “one of the most significant investments in capital we will make this year.”

Gov. Haslam noted the complex in his recent State-of-the-State address that envisioned substantial emphasis and progress in K-12 and postsecondary education.

Gov. Haslam touched on his “Drive-to-55” initiative, a campaign to raise the number of Tennesseans who hold two- and four-year degrees to 55 percent by 2025. Currently, only 32 percent of residents have earned a college degree. He noted that projections show 55 percent of all new jobs will require a degree.

“The focus on emerging technologies is where we have to be going as a state,” Gov. Haslam said. “We’re not just here because it was Northeast State’s turn to be funded or that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey lives down the road. We’re here because this project fits with what we’re trying to do.”

Northeast State Community College envisions the complex will house the Business and Advanced Technologies Divisions. The building is part of the College’s 2013 Master plan, which addresses critical workforce development needs of business and industry.

“This is an historic day for Northeast State. The building has been on the capital outlay list for more than 15 years, so it’s been a long time in coming,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president. “It’s a very competitive process and we feel very fortunate that it’s moved up the list and received approval. The two buildings that house advanced technologies instruction have simply run out of space, making it difficult to expand enrollment and offer new programs.”

Approximately $35 million has been allocated for the new complex by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The facility will accommodate Business and Advanced Technologies programs such as computer science, business management, office administration, automotive service, motorsports, electrical, HVAC, electromechanical, manufacturing engineering, machining, engineering design, and welding and metal fabrication.

Planning for new programs includes culinary arts, entertainment technology, complex construction, energy specialist, health informatics (as part of Office Administration Technology), and horticulture/agriculture. All new programs would have to be developed, and approved by TBR.

Northeast State’s main campus has a significant need for more space, as indicated by the master planning process. By fall 2016, it is projected the College will need more than twice the amount of space than currently available on the Blountville campus. Lab space needs are also projected to grow at a faster rate than classroom space needs, likely due to increasing needs for technology in the classroom and the projected increase in enrollment in technical education courses.

The complex is estimated to have nearly 130,000 of net square footage and will replace the oldest buildings on campus, which were built in the 1960s and early 1970s. The current inadequate and outdated facilities are beyond restoration and will be demolished. 
Under TBR and THEC guidelines, community colleges must provide a 10 percent local match for capital outlay projects, with Tennessee Technology centers and universities providing a 5 percent and 25 percent match, respectively.

“Efforts will focus on state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, technology, and equipment to stay on the forefront of educational instruction,” Dr. Gilliam said.  “The College is planning for additional facilities that will enhance student learning and engagement to support retention and student success. These initiatives will promote the basic pillars of our mission and the Complete College TN Act, ACCESS, COMPLETION, and COMMUNITY.”

As part of the Drive-to-55 campaign, Gov. Haslam said the state is partnering with Western Governors University to create “WGU Tennessee,” an online, competency-based university geared to 800,000 Tennesseans who have some college credit, but no degree. The program emphasizes a unique curriculum and mentors who guide students through the academic process.

Chancellor of WGU Texas, Dr. Mark Milliron, will visit Northeast State’s Blountville campus Feb. 7, speaking on the topic of “Catalyzing Positive Change in Education.”

In addition, Gov. Haslam is proposing an endowment of $35 million using operation reserve funds from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. The endowment is designed to provide nearly $2 million each year to support scholarships for “last dollar” program such as tnAchieves. These scholarships fill the gaps between students’ financial aid and the costs of books, supplies, and room and board.