Northeast State hosts course on changes to National Electrical Code 2008 edition

BLOUNTVILLE – Northeast State Community College will host a course covering the comprehensive analysis of changes to the National Electrical Code (NEC) for 2008 during a one-day course scheduled April 24.

Members of the 20 NEC code-making panels contributed to the development of the authoritative text, which covers more than 350 of the most significant changes and includes interpretations by the group that enforces the NEC. The four-color book, which the seminar is based upon, is loaded with illustrations, photos, and text that clearly identify and explain the changes and their impact.
After taking this course, a student should be able to:

  • Have an increased awareness of significant changes to the 2008 NEC.
  • Understand the background information about why a change occurred.
  • Comprehend how the changes discussed will affect electrical installations in his or her area.

The course will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The course fee is $295 per person including all materials. The course is being conducted at the college’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Please make reservations by April 11 by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.



Northeast State adds $56 million annually to regional economy

BLOUNTVILLE – Upper East Tennessee would be a poorer place without Northeast State Community College - about $56 million per year poorer, according to a recent study of the college's economic impact on its service area.

From 2002 to 2007, Northeast State contributed more than $279.7 million to the region's economy – an average of $56 million per year – according to an economic impact analysis released in February.
“The study reinforces Northeast State’s position on the need for an educated workforce in the region,” said Dr. Bill Locke, president of Northeast State.

The study, conducted earlier last fall by educational consultant, Dr. Fred Martin of Knoxville, focused on three major aspects of the college's economic impact: business volume generated by college expenditures, full-time jobs created by Northeast State's presence, and individual income generated by college expenditures.

Local business volume topped $140 million while individual income exceeded $139 million over the five year period. The survey found local full-time jobs crated and sustained by Northeast State’s presence – 10,305 during 2002-2007 – include the College’s own 1,307 full time employees counted over the five year period.

The economic impact is over and above the economic value of trained and educated workforce available to the region’s employers.
Every $1 of the local revenues invested in Northeast State generated $2.90 of local business volume and individual income from $2.89 to $3.22. Those numbers represent a return on investment of $5.79 to $6.19 on each $1 of local investment.

“When you factor in the value that results from having a trained and educated workforce available to local employers, the importance of this economic impact is also pretty valuable,” Locke said.
Northeast State has experienced enrollment increases in nine of the last 10 fall semesters. The spring 2008 graduating class is expected to exceed 800 students.

The college provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university; business, technical, health-related professions, and other career; and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

In addition to the main campus in Blountville, Northeast State has sites in Elizabethton, Gray, Kingsport, and Mountain City and provides courses at other off-campus facilities. The new Northeast State Regional Center for Health Professions will open in downtown Kingsport later this year. The facility will house the six academic programs under the College’s division of Health-Related Professions.

The college offers a variety of distance learning opportunities that include day, evening, weekend, Internet and interactive television courses.

Dr. William Locke