07-29-11

Collaborative curriculum workshops unite faculty and industry specialists

A collaborative series of curriculum design workshops uniting college faculty and industry specialists wrapped up the fourth and final session this week at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

These workshops provided four days of information through the organization DACUM – an acronym for Developing A Curriculum – for community colleges to train workers for emerging industries. The final session included panelists from Northeast State Community College, Nashville State Community College, Roane State Community College and Southwest Community College joining energy industry specialists via Interactive Television conferencing.

College faculty and energy industry reps collaborate on a curriculum to best serve students.
“The process helps to close the gap between what the instructor is teaching and what the graduate needs at entry level on the job,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam.

Certified DACUM facilitator, Jane Pendry, from Guilford Technical Community College, Greensboro, N.C., led sessions across the state to gather information for Energy Specialist, tasks to be mastered by student before graduating, and skills and traits for employees.

Northeast State faculty and staff Cindy Tauscher, Advanced Technologies Interim Dean, Sam Rowell, and Business Technologies Interim Dean Danny Lawson engaged with industry experts at all three workshops to determine the best training content for students.
 

DACUM falls under the Community College and Career Training (C3T) grant program launched earlier this year by the Labor Department. DACUM uses a storyboarding process outlining what a worker does in terms of duties, tasks, knowledge, skills, and in some cases the tools the worker uses. Panelists assess and adjust this information on critical and frequently performed tasks and the training needs of workers.

College representatives listed tasks to be completed by entry-level worker as a lineman (energy distribution specialist) categorized in “bands.”  Industry experts and college faculty members discussed the bands and tasks to see what should remain, and in what order.
 

Faculty and industry representatives provided input about the teaching matrix.  This input leads to development of a learning matrix for each course. The college instructor will check off as student progresses through the course when each matrix task is mastered.  The collaboration between college instructors and industry professionals combines technical knowledge with practical application of that knowledge in the work environment.

The final matrix will be used to establish an Energy Specialist (electrical lineman, for example) curriculum at each college to meet their needs. Dr. Gilliam said pilot courses developed through the DACUM workshops would likely begin in the 2012 spring semester.

The Labor Department began awarding grants this year to support the development and improvement of postsecondary programs of two years or less that use evidence-based or innovative strategies to prepare students for successful careers in growing and emerging industries.  The Tennessee Board of Regents has not received notification on whether the grant has been awarded, but colleges are proceeding with implementation of these high demand certificates regardless of funding, but would be able to implement more broadly if colleges received financial support.

“Our plan is to place each program area offered by Northeast State on schedule over the next five years to have DACUM completed and programs updated. Then a follow-up DACUM review every five years, or more frequently to keep up with industry needs,” said Dr. Gilliam.

07-28-11

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State offers General Industry OSHA classes in September

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State Community College will present a 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices in September.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by the U.S. and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This course is the official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course. Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) trainers will conduct the classes. Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each student completing the course.

Attendance at all four classes is required to receive the card. The course will meet Sept. 26 – 29. Course hours are: Sept. 26 – 28, 8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; and Sept. 29: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The class will be held in Room L106 of Wayne Basler Library on the College's main campus at Blountville. Course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. This course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA.

Please register for this course by Sept. 12. Make reservations by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.

07-27-11

Workforce Solutions presents OSHA General Industry course in September

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State Community College will present a 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices in September.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by the U.S. and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This course is the official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course. Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) trainers will conduct the classes. Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each student completing the course. Attendance at all four classes is required to receive the card. The course will meet Sept. 26 – 29.

Course hours are: Sept. 26 – 28, 8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; and Sept. 29: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The class will be held in Room L106 of Wayne Basler Library on the College's main campus at Blountville. Course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. This course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA.

Please register for this course by Sept. 12. You can make reservations by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.

07-26-11

Workforce Solutions offers Six Sigma Black Belt course this fall

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State Community College will offer the Six Sigma Black Belt Training course with classes beginning in August and continuing through December.

The course is designed for anyone who will be leading Six Sigma deployment in all types of organizations such as manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and retail or anyone who might be participating on any Six Sigma project work.

Class will meet from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on most Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from Aug. 16 through Dec. 9. Additionally, this class requires the following day sessions: Sept. 1 & 2, Sept. 13 & 15, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 10 & 11, and Dec. 9. Day class sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Black Belt Certification Training provides in depth knowledge of all of the tools used in the Six Sigma Methodology. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take on the role of Six Sigma Black Belt. The class provides mastery of five Black Belt phases complimented by the best training materials available.

Mastery of tools includes but is not limited to: Project Selection, Measurement System Analysis, Basic Stats, Capability, Inferential Stats, Hypothesis Testing, Design of Experiments, and Control Plans.

Upon course completion and passing a comprehensive exam, students will receive a certificate of completion from Northeast State. Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve Black Belt certification after completion of a qualifying project and the passing of a Black Belt certification exam.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on study with each student receiving mentoring on individual project work relating to his or her organization. The instructors for this course are from local industries and, combined, have Six Sigma experience in health care, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and the defense industry.

The course is being taught at the College's main campus in Blountville. Please register by Aug. 11. The course fee is $6,500 which includes all books and study materials. Make reservations by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.

07-14-11

Guitarist Doug Smith plays Northeast State July 30

Guitarist Doug Smith performs a free concert at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, July 30 in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center at the main campus in Blountville.

The show is the third and final performances of the College's Summer Concert Series. The show is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m.

Smith won the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006. His original music has been heard on radio and TV shows such as True Hollywood Story and Martha Stewart Living, and in movies such as Twister, Moll Flanders and August Rush.

Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style recalling the playing of Chet Atkins. Other musical influences during this time were singer/songwriters such as James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Don McClean, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Early in his career, Smith played in rock bands, focusing especially on the music of Genesis, Jethro Tull, Yes, and other progressive rock bands of the time. He went on to major in classical guitar music at California State at Fullerton.

Smith recorded two albums with American Gramiphone Records, Order of Magnitude and Labyrinth. He later recorded Deep Heart with Honest Records and at the same time Honest published the Best of Doug Smith album. In 1998, he put out his hit solo acoustic CD Alone at Last on Solid Air Records (AMR).

In 2001, Smith completed two CDs: The Power of Two and For You, a classical album with another Acoustic Guitar Summit guitarist and classical music composer Paul Chasman. Order of Magnitude and Labyrinth were re-released in 2000, and Alone Again came out two years later. In February of 2005, Smith and the other fantastic guitarists from Solid Air Records, won a Grammy Award for Best Acoustic Pop Album for the album, Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar.

Smith's music has been heard on radio and television productions including The Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Living, CNN, TNN, ESPN, and Encore. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he teaches guitar, writes and performs.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.