04-28-14 

Fiber optics technician courses offered by Workforce Solutions

A series of courses in fiber optics offered in June by Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College gives an overview of this exciting technical career specialty.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician is a three-day introductory course designed to teach basic fiber optic networking. The course uses theory and hands-on activities to prepare the participant to take the Certified Fiber Optic Technician test. The test is sanctioned by the Fiber Optics Association (FOA) and given and graded the final class day.

Registrants should have a working knowledge of computers and ability to see and identify small items. The course is scheduled for June 23-25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Course fee is $700 and includes all books and study materials. Registration deadline is June 16.

Certified Specialist/Testing and Maintenance offers advanced training of testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. The two-day course emphasizes a clear approach to fiber optics testing standards with considerable hands-on activities. Suggested prerequisites include a CFOT course or another formal fiber optics training course within the preceding six months, or one year fiber optics-related experience. The course is scheduled June 26-27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Course fee is $675 and includes all books and study materials. Registration deadline is June 19.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Outside is a two-day course focusing on learning how to properly install, test, and troubleshoot Outside Plant Fiber Optics Cable. Students will learn how to identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. The appropriate mid-span access procedures will also be demonstrated during class.

Prerequisites include a CFOT course or another formal fiber optics training course within the preceding six months, or one year of fiber-optics-related experience. Participants must have taken and passed the basic CFOT exam prior to taking Outside Plant Specialist Certification with the FOA.

The course will be held June 28-29, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Course fee is $775 and includes all books and study materials. Registration deadline is June 20.

All courses are being taught the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. For information or to register, contact 423.354.5520 or e-mail dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.

 04-24-14  

Northeast State celebrates year's best at Honors Convocation

Northeast State recognized the year’s distinguished students, staff, and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation held Tuesday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Nikki Sumner.She holds membership in the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, and was named a Silver Scholar on the 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. She served as member of the President’s Student Advisory Council, the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success, and the Green’s Club. She will graduate summa cum laude in May with a perfection 4.0 grade point average. She plans to transfer to East Tennessee State University this fall.

Samuel Carson Waugh received the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2014. A 2005 graduate of Northeast State Waugh owns Off the Waugh Productions, a client-focused high-definition video production company that provides graphic design, corporate presentations, video services, and web design. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University. Off the Waugh’s stellar work has been featured in regional and national marketing campaigns.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the academic department. Program award winners are:

Advanced Technologies
Chemical Process Operations – Zachary Gilliam; Electrical Technology – Jordan Appiah-Kesse; Electromechanical Technology – Austin Dietrich; General Technology – Jacob Porter; Automotive Service –Alexander Riddle; Engineering Design Technology – Jonathan Ponder; Machine Tool – Derick Cook; Manufacturing – James Parton; Mechanical – Jason Miles; Motor Sports – James Barr; Welding/Metal Fabrication – Jonathon Blackwell.

Behavioral & Social Science Division
Criminal Justice and Criminology – Tyler Chambers; Early Childhood Education – Sommer Bauer; Mass Communications – Katie Parks; Psychology – Caitlin Meadows; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Anna Musket; Social Work – Sherry Boyer; Sociology & Anthropology – Philip Chambers; Speech Communication – Steven Hobbs; Teacher Education – Wilma Barnette; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Mary Crowe.

Business Technologies
Accounting – Kimberly Campbell; Management – Allana Jones; Small Business Management – Michaela Slagle; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Samuel Wells; Computer & Information Science/Information Assurance – Mary Johnson; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Odette Simons; Computer & Information Science/Network Engineering Technology – Megan Coram; Computer & Information Science/PC Management – James Price; General Technology – Terence Weber; Information Technology – Willie Riddle; Office Administrative Technology/General – Wendy Guinn; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Jolene Combs; Professional Studies – Michael Grindstaff.

Health-Related Professions Division
Dental Assistant – Renee Powell; EMT-Paramedic – Katrina Ginelli; Medical Laboratory Technology – Amanda Haun; Surgical Technology – Chelsea Daniel; Invasive Cardiology – Jordan Pleasant; Non-Invasive Cardiology – Chelsea Davis.

Humanities Division
Art – Caitlin Meadows; English – Kelly Tolley; History – Haley Money; Honors Program – Kaleb Wentz; Humanities – Matthew T.E. Parker; Philosophy – Matthew A. Parker; Spanish – Jacob Slagle; Theatre – William Lambert.

Mathematics Division
Business – Renee Walden; Engineering – Steven Walker; Mathematics – Katelyn Salyers.

Nursing Division
Stephanie Brown.

Science Division
Astronomy – Teresa Duncan; Dental Hygiene – Ashleigh Haun; Health Professions – Sydney Hartley; Nursing/Articulated – Nikki Sumner; Occupational Therapy – Brenda Rankhorn; Physical Therapy – Dustin Neubrander; Physics – Elizabeth Terranova; Radiography – Kasey Johnson.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam presented the Distinguished Staff Awards to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College.

Mike Collins won the Distinguished Support Staff Member Award. Collins provides information technology support around campus. He is well-known as a consummate professional and one of the most upbeat people on campus.

Pat Chandler received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award. Chandler’s dedicated service to Northeast State has long made her one of the most beloved people on campus. She presently works in the Veterans Affairs office advising veterans who have returned to college.

Dr. Brent Lockhart was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. He is a professor of biology at Northeast State. Lockhart’s numerous nomination letters from students praised his dedication and skill as a professor for helping them succeed in the rigorous science disciplines.

Northeast State also recognized students graduating next month with academic honors. A total of 117 students are graduating cum laude (honors), 80 will graduate magna cum laude (high honors), and 84 students are summa cum laude (highest honors) graduates.

The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 12 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City. 

 04-22-14 

Northeast State updates HVAC system at Johnson City site

Northeast State Community College has completed the installation of a new HVAC system at its Johnson City teaching site.

The College contracted the S.B. White Co., Inc. of Johnson City to install two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. The two units will permit the use of one or both as demand dictates.

The old system had been in the building since the Downtown Centre was built in 1986. In a comparison of the current boiler with the new system, the thermal efficiency is expected to increase to 95 percent, which will reduce energy costs substantially.

The system features a 10:1 turndown, meaning a boiler can “turn down” to 10 percent of capacity without cycling, preventing needless energy losses. The system can also be monitored and controlled by remote access.

The HVAC system was funded in part by a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant. The grant program funded a number of projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings across the state. Eligible recipients included state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee.

Completion of the HVAC installation allows Northeast State to proceed with Phase 3 of the facility’s renovation, which will include the design and build out of offices, classrooms, and labs. The building is located at 101 E. Market St.

 04-21-14 

Linda Calvert earns 2014 Harold Love Award

Northeast State’s Linda Calvert has earned the 2014 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. The award is presented by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to recognize demonstrated success in public service. Five students and five faculty/staff members are honored statewide each year.

Calvert, currently executive director of Grant Development for the College, was cited by THEC for her long-time affiliation with South Central Kingsport Development Inc. Since 2000, the Kingsport organization has made tremendous strides in neighborhood revitalization and drug eradication. Calvert was instrumental in the charter of the organization as well as in securing funding for projects.

The General Assembly created community service recognition programs for Tennessee higher education students and faculty/staff in 1991. In 1997, the awards were named for the late Rep. Harold Love, who was instrumental in passing the legislation.

Individuals receiving the recognition represent the many dimensions of community service - volunteer work, public service, charitable service, and leadership roles in community organizations. They serve as ambassadors for community service among the many diverse higher education communities in Tennessee.

While Calvert notes her service is rooted in community growth and development, rather than individual achievement, she is appreciative of the College’s administration and staff for the nomination.

“It’s always difficult to tout yourself particularly when you’re not seeking accolades or awards,” Calvert said. “But it was rewarding to receive the honor.”

Calvert said her dedication to service was instilled at an early age, watching her parents and other adults giving back to the community. She also lists Dr. Harold Middlebrook – a noted civil rights leader and long-time Knoxville minister – as a role model.

“I’ve always seen people giving back – it was nothing out of the ordinary,” Calvert said. “I was taught that ‘to whom much is given, much is required” and that it’s not a matter of holding onto to what you have, but rather being open to giving back…if you never open your hands to give, you can never receive.”

THEC will honor Calvert and other recipients on April 24 at a reception in Nashville. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Calvert earned her bachelor’s degree at the Mississippi University for Women and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She taught middle school in Mississippi and Knoxville before moving on to teach college math at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. She later became department chair of the Mathematics and Sciences Division at the College.

After nine years at Pellissippi, Calvert accepted a position as dean of the Liberal Arts academic division at Northeast State in 1989. Three major programs that are still a part of the College were instituted during her tenure: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, The Honors Program, and Echoes and Images, the award winning literary magazine.

She was later named dean of Economic and Community Development/Community Education at Northeast State. She held that position until 2007 when she became director of College Access Programs.

In her current role, Calvert seeks to secure available federal and state grant money to fund programs at Northeast State. Under her guidance the College has landed grants from the State of Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Her current community volunteerism includes the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board of Commission, Hands On! Regional Museum, and United Way of Greater Kingsport Vision Council.

Calvert recently earned the Bristol YWCA's Tribute to Women Award in 2013 for work and dedication in the area of education.

 04-21-14   

Pianist Dishon Smith visits campus for special performance April 27

Northeast State welcomes pianist Dishon Smith to campus for a special performance on Sunday, April 27.

The performance begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the main campus in Blountville, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public. Smith will perform classic works from Ernesto Lecuona, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, John Williams, and Joseph Martin.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Bryan College and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Tennessee. He has been a guest artist with the Maryville College Orchestra and the Southern Adventist University Orchestra. When not performing Smith stays busy as a performing arts instructor teaching music appreciation at Northeast State, drama at Providence Academy, and piano and voice lessons at Smith Studios.

Smith also brings his talents to regional theater productions and orchestras. His recent credits include keyboards in Barter Theatre’s production of Kiss Me Kate. He has contributed to other theatre productions including Songs for a New World, Next to Normal, Little Women, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlotte’s Web.

He has also performed onstage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph).

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact tcteague@NortheastState.edu.

04-21-14 

Workforce Solutions offers Grow Your Business workshop series

Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer two workshops this summer designed to boost business growth. The seminars are offered through a grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Based on the experience and insight of local successful entrepreneurs, the seminar will challenge participants to develop an action plan and take away the confidence to grow an existing company or launch a start-up.
 
The speakers include Dan Eldridge, May 27; and Karen Hester, June 24.

The hours for each workshop are 5:45 – 8:30 pm. A light dinner will be served each workshop.

Each speaker will present the most important lessons they learned about business growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own plans with the speaker’s guidance and recommendations.

The fee for each event is $30, with a $10 discount for chamber members. To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.

The workshops will be held in the Wayne G. Basler Library on the College's Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he majored in Construction Management. In 1987 he joined Summit Communications, Inc. in Jackson, Miss., as general manager and led the company in growing more than 300 percent in three years.

In 1990, Eldridge founded Com-Net Construction Services, Inc. The company became a nationwide provider of wireless communications infrastructure development and services before merging with SBA Telecommunications in 1999. The combined company, SBA Communications Corp., has since become an international provider of communications tower leasing and network services. From 2003 through 2008 Eldridge focused on residential and commercial real estate development. In 2010 he was elected Mayor of Washington County.

Karen Hester grew up in Marion, Va., and in 1993 she fell in love with Bristol, especially historic downtown. In 2001, she became part of the "downtown community" by selling antiques at the State Street Antique Mall. Her entrepreneurship and passion for business led her to open her own business a few short months later. 

Hester has successfully grown her business and has become an anchor store for Downtown Bristol. She has now expanded her store, Cranberry Lane, into a 15,000 square foot location and sells, home decor, gifts, gourmet food, and old fashioned candy. Hester's desire to work and live downtown led to her establishing the historic preservation and real estate development company - Preservation Properties.

About the Sam’s Club Giving Program
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About NACCE
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com.

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 04-16-14 

Billy, Brits, and the Blues

It's a night of Billy, Brits, and the Blues April 25 as Northeast State presents regional favorite The Billy Crawford Band in concert.

The Bristol-based blues rockers will turn their fiery style loose during a British Invasion-themed concert. There will be backbeat and backstory as the band presents a bit of history about the British Blues Invasion with each tune it plays.

The concert is the culmination of a semester-long tribute to the Beatles and the British music invasion of the 1960s. Most recently, Caravan of Thieves presented its take on the Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper album.

The band’s repertoire reflects wide-ranging interests and influences and includes blues, ballads, rock, surf, and even New Orleans-style tunes.

Crawford lists rock guitar greats such as Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore, and Gary Moore as inspirations, but Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughn are the real kings of his party. He has notched three decades of blues music and for much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman.

Crawford gave up the road in 2002, but he still rocks regionally with a group that consists of singer/guitarist Rex Boggs, sax man Jay Corder, bassist Robert McClain, drummer Keith Chinault and on occasion, Hammond B3 player Jacob Tipton.

The concert will be staged in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The 7 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.

04-15-14 

College adds new accelerated Business Administration cohort

Northeast State Community College will expand its NextStep program offerings in fall 2014 with an accelerated associate of science degree in Business Administration. The program is a two-day-a-week, five-semester program that offers the opportunity to complete the degree in just 22 months.

The program is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway initiative, which means all credit hours transfer to a state four-year institution for the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, the program is built on a cohort concept, which allows a group of students to follow a set schedule and progress through the program together.

Thacker said the Business Administration program is a mixture of hybrid courses, which means both in-class and online instruction. Students will need access to an Internet connection and be comfortable with using a computer to submit assignments online. The classes will be offered in the Weekend College based on the Blountville campus scheduled on Friday nights and Saturdays. Some courses will meet the entire semester, while others will be held in seven-week blocks. Students completing the program will earn an Associate of Science degree and 60 hours of transferable college credit.

The fall 2014 semester classes include Principles of Accounting I, Composition I, Computer Applications, Composition II, and Probability and Statistics. The accounting course meets the entire semester, while the other classes are seven-weeks long.

"You build relationships and camaraderie with the other students in your cohort - there's strength in that, especially when you're going through all the things non-traditional students experience with balancing school, life, and work," said Jennifer Thacker, a cohort and academic support specialist at Northeast State. "The cohort is a great format because it helps students to push toward common goals and accomplishments," Thacker said.

Because of special requirements, students interested in the new program must contact Ms. Thacker at 423.354.5187 or jgthacker@NortheastState.edu to register for classes.

04-11-14 

TBR Chancellor John Morgan to speak at Northeast State

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will visit Northeast State April 17 to present “Fulfilling the Promise” - an overview of the state’s higher education initiatives.

Morgan will discuss the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 (CCTA) and Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiatives. The CCTA included the development of a new funding formula designed to focus resources to improve student performance, retention, and graduation, while “Drive to 55” seeks to raise the number of Tennesseans with degrees and certificates to 55 percent by 2025. He will look at the challenges these programs present with regard to access and affordability, student characteristics and demographics, and resources.

Morgan will also discuss the Tennessee Promise – a part of “Drive to 55” – and look at requirements, expectations, and costs. As envisioned, the Tennessee Promise will be a last-dollar scholarship for graduating seniors who plan to attend a state community college or a Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Morgan will also present information on Tennessee Reconnect and Tennessee Leap, which are scholarship programs for non-traditional students.

The presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast State’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The event is open to the public.

Morgan joined the Tennessee Board of Regents as chancellor in 2010 after leaving Gov. Phil Bredesen’s staff as Deputy to the Governor and having served the State of Tennessee in a variety of roles for more than 30 years, including a 10-year stint as Comptroller of the Treasury.

 04-10-14 

Build up credits with summer accelerated courses

It only takes 14 weeks to build up some serious college credit with Northeast State’s accelerated NextStep Program.

The College is offering four courses on Mondays and Wednesdays that are taught in seven-week blocks which start on May 14 and end on Aug. 6. The courses will be taught on-site at Northeast State at Gray and streamed to the College’s ITV classrooms in Unicoi County and Mountain City.

The classes, times, and dates are:
HUM2350 – Technology in Culture, 6-7:50 p.m., May 14-June 23
MUS1030 – Music Appreciation, 8-9:50 p.m., May 14-June 23
ENGL2110 – American Literature I, 6-7:50 p.m., June 25-Aug. 6
SOCI2010 – Marriage and Family, 8-9:50 p.m., June 25-Aug. 6

“The summer classes are an excellent opportunity to fill in the gaps on the general education core,” said Jennifer Thacker, a cohort and academic support specialist at Northeast State. “Students can get that English or Sociology class finished up and move on into their emphasis courses.”

Northeast State at Gray is located at 120 Dillon Court in Gray. The Mountain City ITV classroom is located at 2431 S. Shady St. in Mountain City. The Unicoi County ITV site is located at 700 S. Mohawk Dr. in Erwin.

Because of special requirements, students interested in the summer courses must contact Thacker at 423.354.5187 or jgthacker@NortheastState.edu to register for classes.

 04-04-12 

Megan Coram earns national O'Banion Student Technology Award

Northeast State student Megan Coram has earned the national Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. This is the first time a Northeast State student has received the award.

Each year, the League honors two students with special talent in technology, strong financial need, and a passion for pursuing a career in technology.

“I love challenge of computer science and technology because there’s always something to learn,” Megan said. “No matter how long you’ve been in the business, you can’t ever know it all. That means I get to do something different every day, so there’s always a challenge, always a puzzle, always something to figure out. It’s just exciting.”

Megan, a Carter County resident and a Science Hill High School graduate, is majoring in computer and Information sciences with a concentration in networking systems. She will graduate in May and she’s already landed a job with HUF Northeast American in Greeneville, Tenn., as a systems administrator. Eventually, she intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

During her three years at Northeast State Megan, a single mom, has put in many long days and nights raising her son, working a part-time retail job, serving as a lab technician for the College, and, of course, studying.

“To win the award is incredible, Megan said. “I’ve worked so hard, but I did it because I loved it. I didn’t really expect anything except a way to provide for my family and do something that I love. It makes me feel proud because of what I’ve been through - raising a son by yourself is hard. The award is God’s way of telling me I’m on the right path and to just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Megan originally attended a four-school and majored in painting; however she always enjoyed working with computers and found she spent more time on them than art. Her mother suggested she should look into Northeast State for possible computer science majors and everything fell into place.

“I called the school and the person that answered was so excited for me and happy that I called,” Megan said. “It just felt so easy and like I was home. I just fell in love with Northeast. The instructors are really there to help you – they want you to learn and they get excited for you – it’s awesome. I really want to thank the family that is Northeast. I’ve never, ever been so excited to learn. I’m just very thankful to have been led here.”

Danny Lawson, dean of the Business Technologies Division at Northeast State said Megan was a unanimous choice for the honor - a rare accomplishment for a national award.

“I nominated Megan for the award not just because of her need, but for her enthusiasm and love for computer science,” Lawson said. “She is very deserving of this.”

The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The organization hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Dr. Terry O’Banion was president of the League for Innovation in the Community College for 23 years until his retirement. Under his leadership the League became an international organization serving over 700 colleges. Since retirement O’Banion has worked on special projects for the League for Innovation, MetLife Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Chauncey Group International, and Walden University.

04-01-14 

Career Fair popular with employers and job seekers

Northeast State Community College's Spring Career Fair 2014 drew nearly 50 companies and served 300 job seekers on the Blountville campus.

Staged on the Blountville campus in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, the free and public event provided opportunities to learn about job openings and visit with area employers.

“So many of the employers are hiring right now and looking for qualified students,” said Marquita Tittle, Northeast State’s director of Career Services. “They really seemed in the mood to find people.”

One company e-mailed Tittle its impression of the day: “…The most impressive thing to me were the students that we met. This year, as a whole, the students seemed more focused and more informed of the opportunities that are available to them. I believe that this is a testament to the work that has been done by those in the Career Services Center on the main campus and in the Career Development Center at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing in downtown Kingsport, as well as the professors in the classroom...”

While more and more companies and job seekers are using online recruitment and application methods these days, Tittle said the career fair format offers both parties the opportunity to network and get a more complete picture of one another.

"This was a great opportunity for students to come and meet the company representatives and get some practice at selling themselves – that’s invaluable to anyone looking for a job,” Tittle said. “On the other hand, employers were able to see how students handled themselves in person.”

Employers attending the event represented a wide variety of companies from around the region. Industry and business sectors included manufacturing, health-care, finance, information technology, insurance, law enforcement, education, retail, and food service.

Among the organizations on hand for the three-hour event, were Bell Helicopter, Chick-Fil-A, Domtar, Eastman Chemical Company, Jacobs, Saratoga, Sprint, and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department as well as area colleges and universities.

For more information, contact the Northeast State Career Services office at 423.354.5167 or careersvcs@northeaststate.edu.