06-25-13

NextStep cohorts on tap for Gray, Mountain City, and Unicoi sites

Northeast State’s Accelerated Studies program – NextStep - will begin a new cohort this fall at the College’s Gray, Mountain City, and Unicoi County teaching sites with a flexible schedule of classes structured to meet the working adult student’s schedule.

The program is designed to help students earn an associate degree in five semesters. The program divides semesters into two seven-week sections with students attending two weekly class meetings and using interactive television and online teaching components for assignments and research. Students attend two classes during each session.

Students completing all five semesters earn an associate degree in General Studies. The degree and all credit hours are transferable to all Tennessee Board of Regents institutions such as East Tennessee State University, and many other area colleges and universities.

For more information, Northeast State has scheduled open houses for its sites in Gray, Mountain City, and Unicoi County to help familiarize potential students with programs and facilities at each location.

Mountain City - July 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., 2431 S. Shady St., Mountain City, Tenn.
Unicoi County - July 24, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., 700 Mohawk Dr., Erwin, Tenn.
Gray - Aug. 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 120 Dillon Court, Gray,Tenn.
 
Northeast State representatives will be on hand to talk with visitors and discuss applying for admission, financial aid, career service advisement, and scholarship opportunities. The events are open to everyone and no appointment is required.

For more information, contact Jennifer Thacker at 423.279.7651 or jgthacker@northeaststate.edu.

 06-24-13 

Additional COMPASS, MyMathTest exams slated at Bristol site

Back by popular demand, the Northeast State office of Counseling and Testing Services has scheduled a second COMPASS and MyMathTest Day for Friday, July 12 at the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site, 620 State Street.  The first session on June 25 filled up quickly.  The College slated this second session to meet the needs of students seeking to take COMPASS and MyMath.


Degree seeking students applying for admission to Northeast State undergo placement testing in English, reading, and algebra to ensure that each student is academically prepared to enter his or her chosen field of study.  Students who do not have college level English, Reading or Math ACT or SAT sub scores or college transfer credit are required to take COMPASS and/or MyMathTest.

COMPASS is a computerized test and tests three areas; Writing Skills, Reading, and Algebra.  It is user-friendly and computer skills are not required to take the test. A test administrator will be available to assist individuals.  MyMathTest covers pre-high school competencies such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals, working with fractions and then high school algebra. Students may go to www.NortheastState.edu/compass to learn more about COMPASS and MyMathTest.  There is a $5.00 testing fee for students taking COMPASS or MyMathTest for the first time.

Prospective students must submit an application for admission along with the $10.00 application fee before scheduling a test date.  Registration for COMPASS and/or MyMathTest is done online.  Once applicants have submitted their application they may go to www.NortheastState.edu/compass and click on “Schedule Now” and follow the prompts to schedule a test date.  The $5.00 testing fee may be paid on June 25 prior to the test.  Students with questions or who need more information may email testing@NortheastState.edu or call 423.323.0211.

 06-24-13 

Summer Institute for Entertainment Technology features Doyle Lawson

Northeast State is sponsoring a Summer Institute for Entertainment Technology featuring bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson on July 23, 24, and 25 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site, 620 State St. in downtown Bristol. The fee for the three-day event is $250 (no food provided).

The focus of the workshop will be event management and feature the perspective of Lawson, an International Bluegrass Hall of Fame performer.

Topics will include sound, lighting, production, and performance techniques. Workshop facilitators are professionals who have set-up for a broad range of event types and in multiple venues. Day one will focus on event lighting, day two on live sound, and day three on recording.

With almost 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, Inspiration Country Music, International Blue Music Association, and Society for the Preservation of Blue Music Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. Lawson's group is the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012.

For more information, or to register, call 423.354.5214.

 06-24-13 

Still time to catch a summer course at Northeast State at Bristol

It only takes five weeks to rack up some serious college credit at Northeast State at Bristol.

Get a jump on the fall semester by taking a summer class at the new Northeast State at Bristol teaching site.

Open registration is July 3 with the first day of classes on July 8 ¬- still time to apply and get registered for one or more courses.

Second-term courses include Composition II, American Literature, History II, Intro to Humanities II, and General Psychology.

Visit Northeast State at Bristol at 620 State Street, Suite 300, Bristol, TN.

For more information, call 423.354.5213, e-mail ckyoung@NortheastState.edu, or visit www.NortheastState.edu/bristol.

 06-13-13 

King University, Northeast State sign reverse transfer agreement

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University and Northeast State Community College announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a news conference held Thursday. The announcement was made at the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site located in the historic City Central building at 620 State Street in downtown Bristol, Tenn.

The reverse transfer program will be available to Northeast State students who have transferred to King University from Northeast State prior to the completion of their associate degree program. 
 
“The reverse transfer creates a mechanism to send back information to Northeast State from King so those students who first attended Northeast State can be awarded their associate degree through remaining course requirements completed at King,” stated Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs for King University. “The reverse transfer is a win-win for both institutions and a win for our students as well.”
 
Upon transfer to King University, students who have completed a minimum of 21 semester hours toward their associate degree at any Northeast State location will be eligible for the reverse transfer program.
 
“We are delighted to further extend the collaborative and long-standing relationship we have enjoyed with Northeast State,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University. “What makes this agreement truly unique is that King is a private institution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first instance of a private university in the state of Tennessee to sign a reverse transfer agreement with a public institution. The benefits for King and Northeast State, as well as the surrounding community, are significant.”

King University and Northeast State have partnered for the past 16 years though an articulation agreement. This agreement is designed to ensure a seamless transition for students transitioning from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.

Since 2008, 1,044 students from Northeast State have transferred to King University to continue their academic path, a 57.6 percent increase from the previous five years. 

“This is a significant step forward in the partnership between King University and Northeast State,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State.  “This agreement will enable our students, who transfer prior to earning an associate degree, to acquire that credential based on work completed at King.  This is a great opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of college completion, and we are very pleased with King’s support of this initiative.”

Currently, King has articulation agreements with nine community colleges — five in Tennessee and four in Virginia— including Northeast State Community College, Walters State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and Wytheville Community College. 

According to a June 2011 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Reverse Transfer Programs Reward Students and Colleges Alike,” authors Donna Ekal and Paula M. Krebs stated, “Up go the graduation rates at the community college, up goes the self-esteem of the newly credentialed student, and up goes the retention rate at the university: It's the ultimate win-win situation.”

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2012 Articulation and Transfer Report, among private institutions in Tennessee, King currently ranks number one in the receipt of transfer students from community colleges and number three in the total number of transfers received. 

In a January 2013 news release, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commented on his new higher education initiative, Drive to 55. 

“Over the past six months, I’ve spent a lot of time learning from experts in our state and across the country about the challenges we face in higher education,” Haslam said. “Only 32 percent of our state’s adult population has a post-secondary degree, but if we are going to have a workforce that’s job-ready, we need to be at 55 percent by 2025. The conversation needs to be about K (kindergarten) to J with the ‘J’ meaning jobs.”

“King has always enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Northeast State,” added Roberts. “That spirit of cooperation continues with our reverse transfer agreement. As a result of the agreement, Northeast will see an increase in its graduation rate; King should see its retention rate increase, and our students will earn a valuable credential on their way to the completion of a bachelor degree. Also, this agreement will not only provide for an exceptional education for students, but it will improve economic development for the region.”

06-13-13
 

Registration under way for Six Sigma courses

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College is pleased to announce upcoming Six Sigma opportunities. The classes are scheduled to start the week of August 12, 2013 and run for approximately 20 weeks.

All Six Sigma training will be held on the College’s main campus in Blountville, Tenn., 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. These classes are a combination of evening classes held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and day-long sessions from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Course requirement: you MUST have at least MINITAB 15 with 16 being preferred.

BLACK BELT
Training provides in depth knowledge of all the tools in Six Sigma Methodology. Upon completion, participants will be fully prepared to take on the role of Six Sigma Black Belt. The class provides mastery of all five phases complimented by the best training materials available including, but not limited to; project selection, measurement system analysis (MSA), basic stats, capability, inferential stats, hypothesis testing, normality, and design of experiments, control plans, and PFMEA.

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 128
Cost - $5,600

GREEN to BLACK BELT
This training provides an opportunity to upgrade previous Six Sigma Green Belt training by local Six Sigma professionals. As part of the overall Spring 2013 Six Sigma curriculum, participants will need to attend as few as 61 hours of classroom instruction. Upon completion of these classes and an approved project, the Green Belt will become Black Belt certified. 

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 61
Cost - Previous Green Belt Students - $3,395   New Students - $3,955

GREEN BELT
Green Belt training provides hands on training and the opportunity to assist organizations in the roll out and use of the Six Sigma Methodology. The class will go through the full DMAIC process with emphasis on: project identification and management, proper project documentation, introduction to statistical tools and analysis, introduction to Minitab, root cause analysis, quality management, and introduction to DOE and control methods.

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 67
Cost - $4,295

Note: The above costs will include all necessary training material but does not included Minitab software.

To register or for additional information, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.

 06-12-13 

COMPASS, MyMathTest exams slated for Bristol site

The Northeast State office of Counseling and Testing Services has scheduled the COMPASS and MyMathTest exams for Tuesday, June 25 at the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site, 620 State Street.

Degree-seeking students applying for admission to Northeast State undergo placement testing in English, reading, and algebra to ensure that each student is academically prepared to enter his or her chosen field of study.  Students who do not have college level English, Reading or Math ACT or SAT sub scores or college transfer credit are required to take COMPASS and/or MyMathTest.

COMPASS is a computerized test and tests three areas; Writing Skills, Reading, and Algebra.  It is user-friendly and computer skills are not required to take the test. A test administrator will be available to assist individuals.

MyMathTest covers pre-high school competencies such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals, working with fractions and then high school algebra. Students may go to www.NortheastState.edu/compass to learn more about COMPASS and MyMathTest.  There is a $5.00 testing fee for students taking COMPASS or MyMathTest for the first time.

Prospective students must submit an application for admission along with the $10.00 application fee before scheduling a test date.  Registration for COMPASS and/or MyMathTest is done online.

Once applicants have submitted their application they may go to www.NortheastState.edu/compass and click on “Schedule Now” and follow the prompts to schedule a test date.  The $5.00 testing fee may be paid at the Bristol site on June 25 prior to the test.  Students with questions or who need more information may email testing@NortheastState.edu or call 423.323.0211.

 06-12-13 

Michael Bellar and AS-IS Ensemble in concert June 24

An evening of pure fun and music making will be had June 24 at 7 p.m. as Michael Bellar and the AS-IS Ensemble bring their ecstatic, improvisational groove style to Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The free and public performance is part of the College’s Summer Concert Series. The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Since the release of the band’s CD, Turned On Turned Up in 2009, the group has have played more than 160 shows. The group’s latest CD, Oh No Oh Wow, draws from more than two hours of newly recorded music and includes both originals by Michael Bellar and completely re-worked covers from artists as varied as Fleet Foxes, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Marley.

The alt-jazz group has opened has opened for John Scofield, Oliver Wood (of the Wood Brothers), Medeski Martin, and Jacob  Fred Jazz Odyssey. The band has performed at such venues as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the NYC Winter Jam, and the JVC and Bell Atlantic jazz festivals. The ensemble was formerly the house band at the world-famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City.

In addition, the band has toured or recorded with Amos Lee, Art Garfunkel, Howie Day, Wheatus, Teddy Geiger, Jump Little Children, Jay Clifford's Rosebud and Euro pop star, Giorgia. National TV appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, the Conan O'Brien Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, Total Request Live, Good Morning America, Regis and Kathy Lee, and the CBS Morning Show.

For more information, visit www.michaelbellar.com or contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@NortheastState.edu or 423.279.7669.

 06-03-13 

Caravan of Thieves in concert at Northeast State June 11

If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp, and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

Northeast State welcomes this theatrical and talented band to campus for a free live performance on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the main campus in Blountville.The performance is the second of the College’s Summer Concert Series.

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the band’s mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. Caravan of Thieves are musical and intense. They entertain, dazzle and defy musical classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.

Like many families, this one started with a married couple – Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, (guitar,vocals, various percussive “instruments”) writing and performing as a duo.

“It started as a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and avoiding responsibility as much as possible,” says Fuzz. “The first thing we discovered was we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. We just seemed to click right away.”

In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back. Within that first year, the Caravan of Thieves began to win immediate praise for their unique blend of gypsy swing and popular music, inspiring them to record and release the debut full-length album Bouquet (2009).

To accompany this collection of dramatic and satirical tales, they built an interactive stage set of percussive junk and the ragtag quartet took their newly animated show on the road, sharing stages with world renowned artists such as Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Nanci Griffith, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Punch Brothers, John Hammond, John Jorgenson and many others. The Caravan successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills, proving their act to be understood and appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.

“The years spent making music as an acoustic duo, alongside street performers, forced us to create a style of music we can present anywhere, anyhow, plugged in or not, a little wild and raw,” adds Carrie addressing the palpable troubadorian nature of Caravan Of Thieves, “And this seemed to be a characteristic of popular artists and performers who have developed their persona and style that continue to span generations.”

For their next release, Mischief Night (2010), the band felt their sophomore effort would best be suited as a live recording due to their continuously evolving show and the response and energy they had been receiving from audiences far and wide. Captured from one sold out show in Fairfield, Conn., Mischief Night highlights the first two years of their most outrageous and engaging on-stage antics, original composition favorites and a few selections from their list of unexpected cover song reconstructions.

The band’s third release and second studio album, The Funhouse, broadens the Caravan of Thieves sound to include the kitchen sink, and then some. Tunes like “Raise the Dead,” the record’s single, drive the point home with impressive lift, powered by soaring crescendos and inspired gang vocals, not to mention a lyric that invites the deceased to join in the fun.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact 423.279.7668 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.