Automotive program information now available

Prospective students with interest in Northeast State Community College’s anticipated auto body service technology program at Northeast State at Kingsport may now contact the College for more information.

The automotive program – envisioned as body and collision repair program – is currently awaiting approval from the U. S. Department of Education for financial aid authorization. The College has already received approval for the program from the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The College is currently offering two classes this spring and anticipates offering more during the summer term. These classes are offered at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing or the Kingsport Higher Education Center, both in downtown Kingsport.

The College eventually plans to offer classes in the former Free Service Tire and Auto Center in downtown Kingsport. The facility was purchased with a donation from local businessman Pal Barger. Anticipated upgrades to the building include internal and external painting, floor cleaning, equipment installation, roof repair, restrooms, electrical wiring, and lighting prior to opening this fall.

For more information, contact Mike Bledsoe, Dean of Technical Education, at 423.354.2420 or mdbledsoe@NortheastState.edu.

Program FAQ’s 

What is the auto body technology program?
As envisioned, this program will instruct students how to repair and rebuild auto bodies involved in accidents and collisions. Students will receive state-of-the-art training in areas such as welding, metal fabrication, refinishing, auto painting, and repair estimation.


What is the job outlook for this field?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over the next decade opportunities will be excellent for people with formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing.

What are the potential earnings for a person with a degree or certificate in this field?
According to the latest U.S. Department of Labor figures, hourly wages of automotive body and related repairers average just above $18.

What are the admissions requirements for the program?
A student desiring to enroll in the program must submit a Northeast State application for admission with a $10 application fee, indicate automotive body repair technology as the desired major on the application, and see a faculty advisor for the program prior to registering for classes.

Where will classes be taught?
Northeast State is in the process of renovating the former Free Service Tire Company building located in downtown Kingsport on Center Street. The building was purchased by the Northeast State Foundation with a $400,000 donation from local businessman Pal Barger. The foundation owns the building.

What has to be done to get the building ready?
The foundation will commission an EPA study to ensure there are no environmental issues with property. Once completed, the College will issue bids for infrastructure renovations, which include painting, signage, electrical and information technology wiring, floor cleaning and replacement, classrooms, restrooms, equipment installation, and roof repair. The foundation will fund the cost of most renovations.

Has the program been approved by governing bodies?
The program has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. The College is in the process of applying to the U.S. Department of Education for the approval of federal financial aid for students.

Are there any classes I can take right now?
You may contact Mike Bledsoe, Dean of Technical Education, about related classes taught at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education – both are located in downtown Kingsport. For more information, e-mail mhbledsoe@northeaststate.edu or call 423.354.2420.


RAD self-defense course offered in February

A free course designed to give women the basic tools of self-defense and confidence to use them begins next month at Northeast State Community College in Elizabethton.

Women can learn the art of self-defense and survival through the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) course offered at the Northeast State at Elizabethton teaching site on Feb. 7, 14, and 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.  The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

The R.A.D. program was developed through the contributions of instructors across the United States and Canada.  More than 250,000 women have attended a R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense course.  Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91 across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

The course is free to women ages 13 years and older.  Registration is required.  To register or learn more, contact course instructor Francis Canedo at 423.279.3694 or ffcanedo@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State spring enrollment tops 6,200

Student enrollment topped 6,000 at Northeast State Community College for the 2011 spring semester, according to the Registrar's Office.

Northeast State Registrar Billy Benton put the semester's enrollment numbers at 6,260 students for the 2011 spring term through Jan. 26 – an increase of 7.2 percent over 2010's spring enrollment of 5,841 students.

"We are pleased students continue to enroll and Northeast State continues to assist students in preparing for new careers and updating job skills as well as preparing for transfers to four-year college and university programs," said Benton.

This marks the first spring semester to exceed 6,000 students in the College's 44-year history. Classes began at Northeast State on Jan. 13. The enrollment numbers were compiled following Tuesday's final purge of students for non-payment.

The number of full-time equivalency (FTE) students taking more than 12 credit hours also increased 7.1 percent this semester. Admission reports found 4,258 FTE students enrolled this semester compared to 3,975 in spring 2010. Both full-time and total enrollment numbers represent records at Northeast State for a spring semester since the College opened in 1966.

Total enrollment and full-time enrollment figures are unofficial until a final count of students is tallied 14 days after the first day of class and submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents. Northeast State enrollment topped 870 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education this semester, another rise from 827 students who enrolled last spring. Northeast State at Elizabethton tallied approximately 580 students almost equaling last year's numbers.

"The college is continuing to assist students in furthering their education and/or job skills," said Benton.


IBIS offers OSHA General Industry course Feb. 8-9

The Institute for Business and Industry Services at Northeast State Community College will host the 10-Hour General Industry course sanctioned by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Feb. 8-9 at the College’s main campus

The 10-Hour General Industry course provides participants with a basic overview of the commonly implemented Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) standards for general industry. Course material to be discussed includes implementation techniques and insights into interpretation of specific areas of the regulations.

The course is designed for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices.  Completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each student completing the course.


The first day of training is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  The second day of training begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 11:45 a.m.  The course is being held at Wayne Basler Library.

Class fee is $199 per participant which includes all study materials. The course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA office. The priority registration deadline is Feb. 3.  To register or learn more, contact 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@northeaststate.edu.


Musical Of Ebony Embers performed Feb. 9 at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College welcomes the nationally acclaimed musical theatre production that highlights a trio of artists who helped shape the Harlem Renaissance.

Of Ebony Embers is a musical work performed on stage at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The production features performances of a solo actor and chamber music trio. The evening length piece explores the life and times of African Americans who helped shape the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

Of Ebony Embers connects audiences to the lives and works of three outstanding but very different African-American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The Core Ensemble, the nationally acclaimed trio of cello, piano and percussion, performs music by African-American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

The ensemble has garnered national recognition for its efforts to commission new chamber and multi-genre works. Concertizing and residency programming has taken the Core to every region of the United States. The Boston Globe hailed the Core as “often formidable, always intelligent, ultimately compelling.”

Of Ebony Embers’ writer and director Akin Babetunde has been a resident company member at Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I., the Alley Theater in Houston and the Dallas Theater Center. He is nationally known for his regular appearances on Public Television’s children’s program Wishbone. The Dallas Observer noted that “Babatunde’s characters step forward and tell the story. His moments onstage are affecting, demonstrating that the most powerful special effects are still the human heart and soul.”

The production is part of Black History Month commemorated throughout February at Northeast State. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State hosts College Goal Sunday Jan. 30

Northeast State Community College hosts the annual College Goal Sunday event on Jan. 30, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the General Studies Building of the College’s main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

College Goal Sunday (http://tn.gov/CollegeGoalSunday) is a free, volunteer charitable effort to provide information and assist low-income and first-generation college students and their families. Students planning to attend the workshop need to log onto the Web site to register to allow for efficient seating. College Goal Sunday helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required to qualify for college financial aid nationwide.

Before attending the workshop, students should register for a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov to serve as an electronic signature for the FAFSA account. Students must bring their PIN to the workshop. Students and/or parents should bring the following items if available:

  • 2010 federal tax return or other income documentation
  • Social security numbers for student and parents
  • Driver's license
  • 2010 W-2 forms or other records of income
  • 2010 untaxed income records - social security, temporary assistance to needy families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
  • 2010 bank statements
  • 2010 business and investment mortgage information, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Alien registration card (if not a U.S. citizen)

The FAFSA form, used at colleges, universities, and technical schools nationwide, should be submitted before March 1 to get the maximum aid available, even if the student has not selected a college. In addition to it being the application for federal aid, the FAFSA form also serves as the application for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award programs.

For additional information, contact the Northeast State office of Financial Aid at 423.323.0252 or visit the College Goal Sunday Web site.


Northeast State creates Scholars Foundation for students

A new organization at Northeast State Community College brings together honor students and scholarship recipients to support the philanthropic work of the College’s Foundation.

Membership in the Northeast State Scholars Foundation is comprised voluntarily of students receiving Northeast State scholarships, enrolling in the Northeast State Honors Program, or earning memberships in the campus honor societies.

“The Scholars Foundation brings together some of our brightest students to share their experiences about Northeast State,” said Greg Walters, foundation co-advisor and director of Scholarship Programs at Northeast State.

The Northeast State Scholars Foundation supports the College’s Foundation through student-driven initiatives that promote private giving and service learning.

The Scholars Foundation includes 14 current students named as charter members: Cody Baker, Kim Bellamy, Lee Boyd, Diane Campbell, Tasha Harris, Zack Holmquist, Josh Johnson, Rachel Lawson, Jessika Samples, Will Saulsbury, Kelly Stapleton, Brittany Thomas, Lucas Trent, and Tait White. Walters and Erin Blevins, scholarship program specialist, serve as advisors.

Students selected for membership in the Scholars Foundation are gauged by leadership, peer motivational skills, goal orientation, ability to interact with diverse populations, and willingness to commit their time and talents to Northeast State. As a Student Foundation, the organization cultivates philanthropy among campus constituencies and seeks to incorporate philanthropic campaigns within the College’s mission.

The Scholars Foundation will work to reintroduce past successful student fundraising campaigns and community service projects such as the Parking Lot Sale and a revamped Northeast State Angels Project. The new Angels Project will aim to provide school supplies to the children of Northeast State students in need.

“The Scholars will make significant academic and social contributions to the College and community,” said Walters. “Our charter class of students represents a diverse group of scholars dedicated to serving the College and to improving their leadership skills as future alumni.”


Northeast State wins award in Law Enforcement Challenge

Efforts to enhance public safety of students on campus and the community at large have garnered a state award for the office of Police and Safety Northeast State Community College.

The College’s police department won 3rd Place in the University and Campus Police category of the Law Enforcement Challenge Program conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO).

“It is very gratifying since this was our first year of participation in the program,” said Northeast State Police Chief John Edens. “We want to extend the public safety message to our students and export that message when they leave campus.”

Northeast State competed against police departments of institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee systems as well as those of private institutions in the state. The Governor's Highway Safety Office presented the department with a trophy and plaque of appreciation earlier this month to recognize their accomplishments as program participants.

Edens also credited the work of Northeast State Officer David Dean who spearheaded the College’s use of the public safety campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, promoting seat belt use, and Booze It and Lose It, warning against driving while impaired. The challenge also counted the department’s participation in public safety activities such as traffic checkpoints.

“Our main goals are encouraging students to wear their seat belts and avoid drinking and driving,” said Dean who participated in highway checkpoints and public safety campaigns in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky during 2010. “Our department advocates safety for students, faculty, and the community we serve.”

The GHSO works with law enforcement, judicial personnel and community advocates to coordinate activities and initiatives relating to the human behavioral aspects of highway safety. The Northeast State police department won a $5,000 grant from GHSO to promote the roadway safety program. The Law Enforcement Challenge Program is an incentive/award program designed to reward law enforcement agencies for outstanding achievements regarding highway safety enforcement and education programs throughout the state.

The GHSO develops and evaluates safety programs to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and related economic losses resulting from traffic crashes on Tennessee's roadways. The office works with the National Highway Safety Administration to implement public safety programs including seat belts, impaired driving, speed enforcement, and crash data collection and analysis.

“Our department wants to provide education and safety for the entire community,” said Edens. “We want to keep students safe and let them carry a sense of protecting themselves into their daily lives.”


Project Management course at Northeast State this spring

The Institute for Business & Industry Services of Northeast State Community College is offering a Project Management course this spring in association with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Course structure is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which consists of all the topics, subject areas and intellectual processes that are involved in the application of sound management principles to the administration of projects. This body of knowledge supports PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification program, the most widely recognized certification program in the profession.

This course will be instructed by PMI-certified project managers. This course covers the following topics: scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, procurement and subcontracts, quality management, communications, human resources management and a review of sample PMP exam questions.

The class will meet Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Feb. 3 - April 28 at the College’s main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The preferred registration date is Jan. 18. The class fee is $300 per participant for PMI members and $330 for non-members of PMI. The fee includes all books and study materials.

For more information call Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


Six Sigma Black Belt course begins Jan. 27

The Institute for Business & Industry Services of Northeast State Community College is offering a spring class in Six Sigma Black Belt training suitable for employees working in a variety of business environments.

Black Belt Training provides knowledge of all of the tools in Six Sigma methodology. The course prepares students to take on the role of a Six Sigma Black Belt.

The course begins evening classes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 27 through May 13. Additionally, the class requires attendance of seven daylong sessions: Feb. 10-11; Feb. 18; March 4; April 21-22; and May 13. Day sessions are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students will learn five Six Sigma phases using advanced training materials such as including Project Selection, Basic Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Hypothesis Testing, and Design of Experiments with lecture and hands-on study.

Participants can complete work-related projects and receive mentoring throughout the course. Students who pass a comprehensive exam will receive a certificate of completion from Northeast State. Students can earn Black Belt certification after completing a qualifying project and passing a certification exam.

Course instructors are Six Sigma professionals who have combined professional experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical, health care and automotive industries. Classes will be held on the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The preferred registration date is Jan. 18. The class fee is $6,500 per participant and includes all books and study materials. For more information call Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.  


American Sign Language course offered this spring

The Institute for Business & Industry Services of Northeast State Community College offers the American Sign Language for Beginners class this spring at the main campus in Blountville.

Students will build vocabulary in the language as well as learn the grammatical structure. Deaf culture and etiquette will also be taught. Expressive and receptive skills in the language will be developed. At the completion of the course, students should be able to communicate with deaf on a basic level.

The class will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. from Feb. 1 to April 26. The course fee is $180 per participant and that fee includes the textbook. The course is open to anyone interested in learning American Sign Language.

For more information contact the Institute for Business and Industry Services at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State Theater holds auditions for The Wizard of Oz Jan. 24-26

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre hosts three open auditions on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 for its upcoming musical production of The Wizard of Oz.

Auditions are scheduled between 4 - 8 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Call backs will be made on Jan. 27 between 4 – 9 p.m.

Actors are asked to prepare a one minute (or less) monologue from a play, book or favorite story. Actors must also prepare a one minute (or less) song to sing from an established musical or one verse and one chorus from a popular song. There will be a piano accompanist. Actors must provide their own sheet music. The audition also includes a dance portion so actors should prepare to perform some dance movements.

Adapted from the Frank L. Baum novel, this production finds Dorothy and Toto flying over the rainbow where they meet up with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. The group sings and dances their way down the yellow brick road on their way to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

The first rehearsal is scheduled for Feb. 3. Play performance dates are April 7-10. The play is being directed by Elizabeth M. Sloan and musically directed by Tawana Teague.

For more information, contact Northeast State Theatre at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Early College, STEM initiatives launched by Northeast State

Two important educational initiatives designed to encourage academic achievement as early as middle school are under way at Northeast State Community College. Both programs will involve partnerships with area public school systems to encourage students to seek college degrees.

The Northeast State Early College program involves partnerships with area high schools to identify students who demonstrate the academic abilities to be successful college students, but for economic or other reasons, would likely not pursue college degrees. The program enables the students to pursue a Northeast State associates degree while enrolled in high school at either their own high school campus or at a Northeast State campus.

“I believe this program can have a significant impact in improving the educational outcomes of students who otherwise may not have the resources or support to think college is an option for their future,” said Northeast State Community College president Dr. Janice Gilliam. “I’m committed to the program’s success, and we have begun the process of forming partnerships with local school systems to get students in the program as early as next school year.”

A second program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math addresses American competitiveness by encouraging students to pursue degrees in the sciences, technologies, engineering or math. The program identifies young students early in their educational experience and nurtures their interests in technical and scientific studies. Through partnerships between local school systems, volunteers, business and area universities as well as Northeast State, the program can produce more degreed engineers, scientists, mathematicians and physicists to grow our region’s ability to attract better paying, high technology jobs.

Matt DeLozier heads up the two initiatives as dean of Early Colleges and STEM for Northeast State. “There is tremendous potential for helping local school districts encourage their students to reach higher educational attainment,” said DeLozier. “Ultimately, our effort will also provide a better trained workforce for economic development in our region and better lives for students.” DeLozier previously was responsible for developing similar programs in North Carolina at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC.

“By providing more support to school systems in encouraging their students that they can be successful as college students, Northeast State will better fill its responsibility to serve the region as an educational institution and an economic engine through workforce development,” DeLozier said.

As part of the Complete College Act, early college and STEM programs add to the existing dual enrollment programs as options for high school students to work toward college readiness and college completion. These are very viable solutions to the low high school and college completion rates in Tennessee.

Northeast State has several locations in the region and serves 6,800 students.