Johnson City campus moves forward with renovation

Renovation of the Northeast State at Johnson City complex took a major step forward last week as College and state officials green-lighted construction work to begin by the project’s contractor.

A pre-construction meeting held Aug. 20 granted the Rainey Contracting company a notice to proceed with phase three building renovations to the College’s Johnson City teaching site. The Rainey firm can now move forward with the $1.6 million, approximately 38,000 square-foot renovation.

The contract calls for a 212-day construction period which ends on March 20, 2015. The meeting included members of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Shaw and Shanks Architects, Rainey Contracting representatives and Northeast State personnel.

The project’s first phase repaired the building’s parking garage area and renewal of the building’s courtyard area. Formerly the Washington County Justice Center, several former courtrooms have been designated for classrooms, multipurpose event rooms, and a debate center for Speech and Mass Communications classes.

Phase two involved replacement of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system through the conditioned space of the building. S.B. White Company installed two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. 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

Phase 3 of the facility’s renovation, classrooms space, science laboratories, computer labs, a learning resource center, and administrative office space. The College will also staff the site with personnel from the offices Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Support Services, and tutoring services to assist students.

The building is located at 101 E. Market St. in downtown Johnson City.


Register now for basic Android app development short course

Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer an eight-week short course on basic Android app development from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. The course will be taught at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St. in downtown Kingsport.

This course is well suited for individuals looking to gain an understanding of the process required to create an Android app including hardware capabilities, software design, development of graphics, and writing code. Each participant will develop his or her own app for personal or professional use.

To receive a certificate, participants must be present for 80 percent of the course, complete all homework assignments, and develop a functional app.

A brief outline of course content follows:

9/30 - Introduction to Android: Participants will learn about the Android operating system and the various hardware types used through the Android ecosystem.

10/7 - Functional Planning: Participants will sketch out the function of their applications through the use of flow charts, storyboard, and mind mapping.

10/14 - Mock-up/Sketching: Content is geared toward the aesthetic design of the application. Tools will be used to develop a graphical representation of the app and aesthetic elements will be created.

10/21 - Overview of Eclipse: Participants will start exploring the Eclipse IDE and the technical process behind coding for Android development.

10/28, 11/4, 11/11 - App Coding: Participants will continue using Eclipse to developing their applications.

11/18 - Fit and Finish: Participants will complete their app and fine tune remaining details. A discussion of app store submission will take place.

The cost of the course is $195 and the registration deadline is Sept. 22. Students may register online at www.NortheastState.edu/workforcesolutions or contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


Workshop designed to take entrepreneurs to the next level

Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer a workshop this fall designed to help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level. The seminars are offered through a grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Based on the experience and insight of local successful entrepreneur, Mayor Dan Eldridge, 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 workshop will be held Sept. 18 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. at East Tennessee State University’s Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market St. in Johnson City. Breakfast will be provided for participants.

Eldridge will talk from personal experience about how to best achieve business growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their own plans with the speaker’s guidance and recommendations.

The fee for the event is $10 and the registration deadline is Sept. 10. To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.

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.


Workforce Solutions to offer 9-week ECG technician course

Northeast State's Workforce Solutions will offer a nine-week ECG technician course at the Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP) in downtown Kingsport starting Sept. 8.

ECG Technicians perform electrocardiograms and are one of the first providers to assist patients experiencing cardiac symptoms. ECG Technicians are critical members of the patient care team and may be employed in physician offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based cardiology clinics across the country. The course includes theory and hands-on instruction during the nine-week program.

Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, prospective patient care technicians, current nurses, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. The program includes the National Health Career Association Certified ECG Technician exam.

The course starts Sept. 8 and will be taught from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the RCHP, 300 W. Main St. in Kingsport. Fee for the course is $475 and the deadline to register is Sept. 2.

For more information and how to register for this class, contact Diana Harrison with Workforce Solutions at 423 354-5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


Fall semester open registration set for Aug. 20

Fall classes are still available at Northeast State with online registration ongoing and a daylong Open Registration session scheduled next week.

Open registration is scheduled for Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admissions representatives will be registering students in the Basler Library of the main campus in Blountville; at the offices of Northeast State at Elizabethton, 386 Highway 91; and at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, 222 West Main St., Kingsport.

Northeast State applicants can view the complete fall schedule at www.NortheastState.edu. Student fees for the fall semester are due the day of registration. Registration remains open through Aug. 27. Fall classes begin Aug. 25.

For more information, visit the web site or call the College’s office of Admissions at 800.836.7822 or 423.323.0253 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.


KCHE to host Construction Career Day

Northeast State’s Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) will host Construction Career Day Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. – noon.

The event is designed to introduce local students with an interest in the construction field to potential employers and stakeholders in the industry.

Activities include the Domtar Industrial Trade Show, the Tennessee Career Coach, and guest speaker, David Starr, a NASCAR driver. Several college representatives will also be on hand for the event.

The event is hosted by Build Your Future and sponsored by Brock Services, Eastman Chemical, Domtar, Jacobs, Turbine Engine Consultants, Inc., the Wellmont Health System, the Regional Center for Applied Manufacturing, Northeast State, AB&T, Pizza Plus, and the Tennessee Career Center.

KCHE is located at is located at 300 W. Market St. in downtown Kingsport.


NeSCC receives construction contract confirmation for JC site

Northeast State Community College has received a construction contract confirmation from the Tennessee Board of Regents for its Johnson City teaching site.

Johnson City-based Rainey Contracting is the official contractor for Phase 3 of the $1.6 million, 36,000 square-foot renovation. Contractors will meet Aug. 20 with Northeast State officials and Shaw & Shanks Architects for a pre-construction conference.

Phase 3 of the projects will involve the construction of offices, classrooms, and labs for the facility. The project completion time frame is 212 days after the contractor receives notification to proceed.

S.B. White Co., Inc. of Johnson City recently completed the installation of a HVAC system to serve classroom and administrative space in the facility. Completion of the HVAC installation allowed Northeast State to proceed with Phase 3 of the project.

The building is located at 101 E. Market St.


Meet and Greet for Entertainment Technology Program

Join Northeast State Community College for a “Meet and Greet” to celebrate the opening of a new Entertainment Technology certificate program in Bristol. 

Program Director Jeff Little will be on hand to answer questions on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on the mezzanine level of 620 State Street, Bristol, TN. 

Refreshments and tours of the Northeast State at Bristol teaching site will be available.


Domtar, RCAM to host industrial trade show

Domtar Paper Company will host its annual Industrial Trade Show Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Regional Center for Advancing Manufacturing (RCAM) in downtown Kingsport.

The show is designed to bring together companies that supply industrial equipment and services to the region’s largest industrial manufacturers. Manufacturers get a hands-on look at the newest equipment and technology, while vendors have the opportunity to network with potential clients.

More than 30 industrial suppliers are expected at the event and food sales will be available onsite.

RCAM is located at 305 W. Main St. near the Domtar plant. For more information, contact Steve Fletcher at 423.392.2786.


NextStep cohorts rev up for fall

 Northeast State has scheduled three NextStep cohort sessions this fall including a new associate of science Business Administration cohort program to be offered on weekends or as part of Weekend College.

NextStep is a fast-track alternative delivery program designed to help students earn an associate degree in five semesters. Next Step 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.

NextStep information sessions will be held at the Northeast State at Gray teaching site and the main campus to answer any questions. The information session for the Business Cohort 1 track will be held on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium on the main campus. This first semester Business track offers classes in Principles of Accounting I, Composition I and II, Computer Applications, and Probability and Statistics.

The General Studies Cohort 4 information session is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Gray teaching site, 120 Dillon Court. This NextStep cohort will be held via Interactive Television connecting students at Gray with those in Mountain City and Unicoi County.

Through this program, students may complete an associate of science degree in General Studies (University Parallel) or Business Administration (TTP) in 22 months. 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.

NextStep is a component of the Accelerated Studies Program and is organized around a cohort concept. Students typically complete coursework via traditional, Interactive Television (ITV) and online while progressing with the same group of students. Classes are generally held in seven-week blocks, allowing students continual progress through the program.

Prospective NextStep students interested in attending the information sessions or receiving additional information, please contact jgthacker@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.5187.