Northeast State first TBR community college to launch mobile app

Northeast State Community College has become the first community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to launch its own mobile application.

The free app is available for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace or from the iTunes Store by searching for Northeast State.

"I am pleased to announce the mobile app is now available, giving students, faculty, staff, and the community access to the College on the go," said Fred Lewis, vice president for information technology. "This is the first version of the app and we plan to add additional features over time."

The app currently includes buttons to search the college directory, look at maps of the main campus and the Kingsport teaching sites, read recent news articles about the college, view contact information for all of Northeast State's teaching sites, and access to Library information and various research databases.

Users may also use the app to access Northeast State's FacebookYouTube, and Twitter sites. The Android version has a button for NORSTAR access and the Apple version will soon have that capability. For the Apple version, devices should have an iOS 5+ operating system.

A Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey conducted last fall noted 57 percent of community college students own smartphones, with 42 percent of that group using their devices to study or do homework.

"We know the trend toward uses of mobile devices will continue to grow," said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president, "This mobile app is a big step in keeping Northeast State information convenient and accessible for our students and the community at-large."

A 10-person team designed and created the app under the direction of lead developers Chris Demas, a Northeast State librarian, and Russell Bowman, the College's Web master. The College plans to share the source code with sister Tennessee Board of Regents' institutions.

For more information, contact Fred Lewis at 423.279.7665 or fdlewis@NortheastState.edu. 


Northeast hosts TBR chancellor and Tennessee lawmakers

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and selected Tennessee lawmakers met Jan. 27 at Northeast State Community College to discuss higher education initiatives and legislation.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam hosted the meeting. Also attending were East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland and Dean Blevins, director of the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton.

Morgan discussed the upcoming legislative session with regard to higher education, expressing optimism about funding for the state’s universities, community colleges, and technology centers, as well as appropriations for capital outlay projects. He noted the Tennessee Higher Education Commission has recommended a 2.6 percent budget increase for higher education in the next fiscal year.

Morgan also provided an update on the ambitious Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 that moves higher education from enrollment-based budgeting to a formula based on success, persistence, and completion.

“The Complete College Tennessee Act, for the first time in our modern history, gave higher education a clear agenda on what it needed to be doing for Tennessee to achieve its goals,” Morgan said. “The expectation is that we will do our best in higher education…to ensure the educational attainment level of Tennesseans.”

Morgan praised higher education institutions across the state, saying they had embraced the legislative initiative – focusing on student success – and improved outcomes.

“This 2.6 percent increase that THEC has requested for funding higher education recognizes the value of those increased outcomes,” Morgan said. “If we can reinforce the outcome-based formula and the completion agenda, by recognizing through the budget process the things that are happening on our campuses, I think that propels us forward even more quickly.”

Morgan also said he hopes for a capital outlay program that would fund the first three or four building projects on THEC’s priority list. Northeast State currently has an academic building that is third on the 2012-13 capital projects list and earmarked for $35.2 million. The building would accommodate Business and Advanced Technologies programs, which include such programs as computer science, business management, automotive service technology, and welding and metal fabrication.

The lawmakers, who included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and state Sen. Rusty Crowe, also heard brief presentations by Dr. Noland, Blevins, and Dr. Gilliam.

Dr. Noland praised his predecessor, Dr. Paul Stanton, for his commitment to excellence in education, saying he was “stepping on to a locomotive that’s moving smoothly. In fact, it’s one of the most well built and well constructed locomotives in the country and that’s because of the legacy and success of Dr. Stanton.”

Dr. Noland complimented TBR and lawmakers on the Complete College Tennessee Act, noting the act has “changed our benchmarks, it’s changed the way we measure, and it’s changed our expectations. No longer are our expectations that we open the doors of college opportunity – our expectations are that every student that walks through one of the door of our venues of post-secondary education…that they receive a degree.”

Blevins reported on the TTC at Elizabethton’s new $16 million campus consolidation project that will add more than 78,000 square-feet in new instructional space to the current campus. The construction will provide for a technology and administration building, skill shop building, and a vehicle shop. In addition, the project will renovate the existing 16,600 square-foot facility to house allied health programs.

Construction commences May 1, 2012, according to Blevins, with a completion date targeted for Sept. 1, 2013.
Blevins also shared performance data with lawmakers, noting an 88 percent program completion rate in 2011 for TTC at Elizabethton students. He said job placement for students in 2011 was 86 percent. TTC at Elizabethton enrolls just under 1,000 students.

Dr. Gilliam reported that Northeast State serves more than 8,000 students in its five-county service areas, with 50 percent of those students enrolled in either associate of applied science or certificate programs that lead directly to employment in the workplace. She said enrollment in those types of programs has risen 40 percent in the last five years.

“We are very encouraged about the potential for a new building. We are currently using technology buildings that were built in 1965 and 1970 – the oldest buildings on campus – and we are at 150 percent utilization of those areas,” Gilliam said.

Lt. Gov. Ramsey praised the Complete College Tennessee Act, saying it was a “huge step forward for Tennessee” and he pledged his support of efforts in that area. He noted there was “a lot of pen-up demand” for capital projects and said he was optimistic that low interest rates and competition among construction companies would create a “perfect storm” for building projects.


Early College students welcomed to Northeast State

Northeast State Community College welcomed the first cohort class of Early College students and their parents during a reception held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) recently.

The 9th-grade students enrolled at Dobyns-Bennett High School were welcomed by Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam and members of the Kingsport Board of Education. Students began their first college classes when the spring semester began on Jan. 4.

“Dual enrollment in the past has typically started at 16-years-old or up,” said Matt DeLozier, dean of Early Colleges at Northeast State. “Legislative initiatives and local interest in advancing students into college have aligned to move this age up, which has made this program possible.”

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.

“There is always the goal of a program like this drawing the interest of students who might not otherwise be thinking of college for any number of reasons,” said DeLozier.

The program gives students the opportunity to pursue a high school diploma and earn a large portion of transferrable associate’s degree courses while still in high school. Students begin their college coursework at Dobyns-Bennett but over time matriculate more and more to the Kingsport Center for Higher Education where they eventually spend their entire educational day.

The inaugural group of Early College class of 30 freshman students in 3 traditional high school block periods and 1 block period is used for college courses which include: General Speech, Computer Concepts, and College Success.

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 viable solutions to the low high school and college completion rates in Tennessee. Northeast State operates several teaching in the region and serves 6,800 students.


Jeff McCord named VP for Northeast State at Kingsport

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam has announced that Jeff McCord has accepted a position as VP for Northeast State at Kingsport.

McCord will serve as a liaison to the president of Northeast State for the Kingsport teaching site and will be the administrator in charge. He will promote and grow the teaching site and related services in partnership with community leaders, public schools, and civic organizations.

McCord will facilitate economic and workforce development opportunities through the teaching site and work with academic and student affairs in providing services to the citizens of Kingsport and surrounding area. In addition, McCord will serve as the president’s liaison for governmental relations.

“We are committed to the Kingsport teaching site and needed to add this key role as programs and enrollment continue to grow,” said Dr. Gilliam. “I look forward to having Jeff on my leadership team. He will be a great asset to the College.”

McCord has more 20 years of business and industry experience including a number of management positions, most recently working with higher education institutions in providing professional development for employees. He holds a B.S. in management from Georgia Tech University, an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University, and is currently working on a doctorate through the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“I am excited and looking forward to helping build upon the great work and strong partnerships that are the cornerstone of Northeast State at Kingsport,” McCord said.


Mini-mesters offer second chance at college credit this spring

If time got away from you and you weren't able to enroll in classes for the spring 2012 semester, Northeast State Community College is offering a second chance to enroll in mini-mester courses to earn college credit.

"We realize that plans can change and work conflicts arise for some of our students," said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam. "Mini-mesters offer a second opportunity to get back in class and earn needed credits."

Northeast State developed mini-mesters to help students who have work or family responsibilities that make it difficult to attend classes during a long semester, which are typically 15 weeks. A mini-mester course can be completed in fewer weeks and students receive the same quality instruction and credit hours.

The College offers 35 courses this spring with courses in history, mathematics, humanities, English, computer applications, industrial technology, reading, and speech. Depending on the course, the mini-mester may run three weeks or seven weeks. The first section of courses runs from Feb. 6 through Feb. 24 and students may enroll in history and mathematics. The second group of courses is scheduled March 12-30 and includes humanities and mathematics. The third section runs from March 12 through April 30 and includes English, computer applications, industrial technology, mathematics, reading, and speech. The final spring mini-mester is slated for April 9-27 with humanities and mathematics offerings.

All courses are located on Northeast State's Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For a listing of spring mini-mester offerings, visit www.NortheastState.edu/mini-mester. Students interested in mini-mester courses may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.


Notheast State to host two nationally recognized leadership speakers

Northeast State Community College will host two nationally recognized speakers Feb. 2 and 3 as part of the College's ongoing professional development and targeted leadership development (TLDP) programs. The events are scheduled for the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus.

Dr. George Baker III, the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus for Community College Leadership at North Carolina State University, will present a program on Feb. 2 entitled Leadership and the Community College. Dr. Baker is scheduled to speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Baker has received several awards for his research, teaching, service, and national leadership in the community college movement, including awards from governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas for contributions to education, as well as many more.

Baker served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1976, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. While in the Marine Corps, he commanded several units both in peacetime and during combat in Vietnam. Baker was awarded the Purple Heart and also received 11 personal decorations, including two awards for valor. In 1966, Major Baker was selected to serve on the military staff of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Since 1970, Dr. Baker has made keynote speeches or presentations for many universities, colleges, public school districts, chambers of commerce, private corporations, hospital organizations, and national, state, and local organizations. Dr. Baker has also authored or co-authored more than 250 books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, and technical reports.

Mrs. Emma Morris, head of the Atlanta-based Morris Group, will speak on Feb. 3 about Managing Change. Mrs. Morris will speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mrs. Morris has held executive level positions with IBM, Ernst & Whinney, Dun & Bradstreet Software, and served as founding CEO for three technology companies subsequently acquired by global firms. An expert on rapid growth, merger integration, and corporate change, she graduated cum laude from Emory University and earned an M.B.A. in international marketing from the University of South Carolina. She serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards.

Emma's passion is advising and coaching executives to become phenomenal leaders and growers of leaders throughout their organizations. She believes people are the life and future of the organization and that every generation has much to learn from those ahead and behind of them.


Gov. Bill Haslam visits Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam visited Northeast State's Kingsport Center for Higher Education Jan. 20, discussing his current legislative agenda and answering questions - with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey - ranging from tax reform to public education to the state gasoline tax.

The event was sponsored by the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce's Government Relations Committee. Haslam also appeared later in the day at an event hosted by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Haslam praised Northeast State and the City of Kingsport for education initiatives in the downtown area saying, "I want to congratulate this region. You all have actually become a model for what we'd like to see happen around the state. You taken an innovative step with Northeast State and other schools, and many of the programs you've put together, we've copied and use them around the state."

Gov. Haslam noted that 55 percent of all jobs now require a college degree, while pointing out that only 21 percent of Tennesseans hold some type of degree.

Northeast State at Kingsport comprises five buildings in downtown: the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, the Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Program, the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Applied Technology, and the Regional Center for Health Professions. Gov. Haslam discussed a number of his goals for Tennessee, which focus on economic development efforts, meaningful education reform, improved public safety, and a more effective state government.

"These bills reflect my priorities in moving Tennessee forward by focusing on issues that make a difference through performance, accountability, and efficiency in state government," Gov. Haslam said.

The governor's legislation:

  • Strengthens the Department of Economic and Community Development's FastTrack program by budgeting more for the grants and giving the department more flexibility in utilizing them to attract and grow Tennessee jobs.

  • Gives local school districts more options in how they approach classroom instruction and teacher compensation by maintaining maximum class size requirements, but eliminating average class size mandates for each school. The legislation also calls for eliminating the outdated requirement of state and local salary schedules based strictly on seniority and training, which will give districts flexibility to make decisions such as how to address hard to staff schools or subjects along with rewarding teacher performance.

  • Restructures 22 state boards and commissions to eliminate duplicative functions and provide more accountability and oversight of the agencies.

  • Updates and reforms the state's antiquated employment system through the TEAM Act (Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management) by simplifying the hiring process, providing flexibility to retain, and reward outstanding employees and streamlining the appeals process for employees.

  • Raises the state inheritance tax exemption from $1 million to $1.25 million to lower the tax burden on family farmers and family business owners. The ultimate goal is a $5 million exemption.

  • Lowers the state portion of the sales tax on food from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent, with a goal of lowering it to 5 percent in three years.

Northeast State debaters earn third-place ranking at UTK event

Six Northeast State Community College debaters traveled to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Jan. 21 to participate in the inaugural Volunteer Classic Tournament.

Chad Dykes, Denise Monsegue, Anne Rowell, Sydney Crowder, Elizabeth Ross, and Alan Koch clashed with debaters from Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky. The 25 novice teams argued topics ranging from voting ID laws to the Euro Zone to Iran's nuclear progression.

Rowell and Crowder, debating in their first tournament, won two rounds.They defeated teams from Covenant College and Middle Tennessee State University.Both debaters earned the top speaker spot in the rounds they won.�

Ross and Koch won all four of their preliminary rounds.They defeated three different UT teams and a Walters State Community College team to advance to the quarter final round. Along the way, Ross earned three first place speaker rankings and Koch earned one first place speaker ranking.

In the quarter final round, Ross and Koch debated a MTSU team and earned a unanimous victory from the three-judge panel. Koch earned top speaker on all three ballots. In the semi-final round, they debated a team from Walters State. Although the team lost, Ross was named top speaker on one of the ballots.�Their efforts secured a third-place ranking for the tournament.

"All of our debaters did an excellent job on Saturday and are to be congratulated for their efforts and outstanding representation of Northeast State Community College," said Dr. Rick Merritt, associate professor of speech at Northeast State.

Dr. Ruth Livingston, assistant professor of speech, also accompanied the team and served as a judge for three of the four preliminary rounds.

For more information about the debate team, please contact Merritt at rcmerritt@NortheastState.edu or call 423.279.3691.


SunTrust Bank gifts $10,000 to Northeast State Foundation

A generous donation by SunTrust Bank to the Northeast State Community College Foundation expands scholarship opportunities for students.

The new gift of $10,000 adds the existing SunTrust Bank Endowed Scholarship. SunTrust regional president Jerome Julian and Phil Kellar presented the donation to Northeast State officials on Jan. 6.

"SunTrust Bank has been a longstanding, generous donor to Northeast State, and we truly�appreciate Jerome Julian's effort in securing these additional dollars for scholarship students,� said Heather Cook, executive director of the Northeast State Foundation. �It is always�rewarding when others see the potential in our students as well as the importance in educating our region."

The new endowment was made possible through the SunTrust grants program. �SunTrust also donated a mural that will be displayed in College�s new downtown Johnson City teaching site. The mural will be unveiled when the Johnson City teaching site opens. SunTrust operates more than 1,600 institution branches primarily located in Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.

The Northeast State Foundation administers academic scholarships, provides community service, and directs other programs offered by the college. The Foundation administers more than 100 College-based scholarships and others such as the Academic Work Scholarship.


Northeast State Theatre Department sets 2012 spring auditions

The Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre will host auditions for two productions scheduled this spring.

Northeast State Theatre will hold open auditions for Proof and Godspell from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College's main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Call backs will be made on Jan. 26.Auditions will be held. Both shows require adult actors ages 18 and up.

Performers can audition for both productions but due to rehearsal overlap, actors can only perform in one play. Every performer is asked to specify his or her preference at the audition.

Performers auditioning for Proof must give a memorized one-minute monologue. Actors are only required to come to one night of auditions for Proof. he play's performance dates are March 15-18.

Proof tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of a celebrated and recently deceased mathematician and her battle with mathematical genius and mental illness. When a revolutionary proof about prime numbers turns up in her father's office, Catherine must verify the authenticity of the work as she attempts to stay in control and nurture a new love.

For Godspell, the auditions requires a performer to give a one-minute monologue, sing 16 bars of a song, and come dressed ready to move. Godspell is a musical created by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. The production is a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew. These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

Please note that an accompanist will not be present at the auditions. Performers are strongly recommended to attend both audition nights for Godspell.� Performance dates are April 5 - 8.

For more information, contact 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Noted author to lecture at Wayne G. Basler Library

Noted author Ed Sullivan will lecture at Northeast State�s Basler Library Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Sullivan will also discuss his newest book,�The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb, written for young people. He was inspired to write the book when he moved to Oak Ridge and discovered there were no books in youth literature telling the whole story of the Manhattan Project.

Ed spent six years researching and writing this chronicle of how scientists in universities around the country, and hundreds of thousands of civilian and military personnel living and working in secret cities in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington worked together to build the first atomic bomb.

Sullivan, a former teacher and librarian, has been writing creatively since elementary school, but his first piece of professional writing, a book review, was not published until 1994. Since then, Ed has published over two hundred articles, bibliographies, interviews, and reviews in such publications as�Book Links,�Booklist,�Book Page,�Horn Book Magazine, and�School Library Journal.

In 1999, Scarecrow Press published Sullivan�s first book,�The Holocaust in Literature for Youth: A Guide and Resource Book, a highly regarded reference guide for educators. Since 2000, Sullivan has acquired and edited books for a series modeled on that guide that now includes eight published titles and several more under way. Scarecrow Press also published Ed's second book in 2001, the well-received�Reaching Reluctant Young Adult Readers: A Handbook for Librarians and Teachers, a book based upon his many years of experience as an English teacher and young adult librarian.

Sullivan has taught high school English, undergraduate courses in composition and literature at Memphis State University, and graduate courses in children's and young adult literature at St. John's University and the University of Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in English, M.A. English Literature, and M.S. in Library and Information Science.

Sullivan has worked at the New York Public Library as a specialist in services to teen-agers, and as director of the Children Defense Fund's Langston Hughes Library. He now devotes his full time and energy to writing.

The lecture is scheduled for Room 106 in the Basler Library, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville.

For more information, contact Chrissie Anderson Peters at 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu. 


Project Management course scheduled at Northeast State

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College is offering a Project Management course next month. This course also prepares participants for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. ��

The class will meet Feb. 13 through Feb. 17, Monday � Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the College�s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Course instructor will be Cynthia West, a practicing project manager and Certified Project Management Professional. �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. �

Students learn project scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, procurement and subcontracts, quality management, communications, human resources management and review sample PMP certification exam questions. The course is ideal for professionals new to project management, professionals who manage any size project, industry specialists who need a core project management approach, and professional project managers preparing for PMP certification.

The course fee is $750 before the priority registration date of Jan. 30 and $770 after the registration date.�The fee includes all materials, a continental breakfast Monday through Friday, and lunch Monday through Thursday.

For information or to register, contact 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


To register, visit www.NortheastState.edu or call 354.2570.� For course details contact W.I.T.S. at 888.330.9487 or visit www.witseducation.com.01-12-12

Personal Trainer Certification course scheduled at Northeast State

The U.S. Department of Labor reports a 29 percent shortfall of health and fitness professionals in the workforce.� Why not pursue a career that makes you smile. �Fill the gap and become a nationally certified personal fitness trainer today!

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College is offering a Personal Training Certification course on Saturdays, beginning Feb. 11 and continuing through March 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.� The course will be taught at the College�s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The course fee is $699 per person.� A textbook is also required for purchase.

A FREE informational seminar about the course is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the main campus. Learn what it takes to become a Personal Fitness Trainer.�There is no fee for this seminar, but registration is required.� Call 423.354.2570 today to reserve a seat.

The course is approved for Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and athletic trainers. There is a 2 part exam given in the final week.� Upon passing both parts of the exam, a 30-hour internship experience is required.�W.I.T.S will provide all students a list of local gyms actively participating in the internship program.�Adult CPR & AED certification is also required prior to receivingthe Professional Trainer national certification.�

Fiber optics technician courses set at Northeast State

A series of courses in fiber optics offered in February 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 Feb. 13-15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.� Course fee is $700 and includes all books and study materials.

Certified Specialist/Testing and Maintenance offers advanced training of testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. The 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 Feb. 16-17, 8 a.m. � 5 p.m. ï¿½ï¿½Course fee is $675 and includes all books and study materials.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Outside Plant is a three-day course focusing on learning how to properly install, test, and troubleshoot Outside Plant Fiber Optics Cabling. 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. Combining lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities, this course prepares students to take the CFOT OSP hands on and written exams given and graded the final day of class. The course will be held Feb. 18-20, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Course fee is $775 and includes all books and study materials. 

The priority registration deadline for all three courses is Jan. 30.

The courses are offered in partnership with the BDI DataLynk company providing standards based computer network infrastructure training programs. The Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course from BDI DataLynk is designed to teach fiber optics networking and its capabilities.� All BDI programs are accredited by BICSI for Continuing Education Credits (CEU's).

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 423.354.2570 or e-mailcmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


College develops auto body curriculum with collision repair experts

Northeast State Community College recently gathered experts from every aspect of the collision repair field together to define the duties, tasks, skills, and knowledge a new employee needs to know to perform his/her job duties.

The process - known as a Developing A Curriculum Job Analysis - took approximately six hours over a two-day time frame. The purpose of conducting the DACUM was to ensure the curriculum for the Automotive Body Service Technology certificate would prepare candidates to meet industry needs.he sessions were held at Northeast State at Kingsport Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Northeast State Business Technologies Interim Dean Danny Lawson, Advanced Technologies Interim Dean Sam Rowell, Training Specialist Cindy Tauscher, and Automotive Service Technology Instructor Ernie Morelock engaged with auto body shop owners and automotive dealers during the sessions to determine the best training content for students.

DACUM falls under the Community College and Career Training grant program launched earlier this year by the U.S. 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.

The results of the DACUM confirmed that the curriculum developed with industry input for the Automotive Body Service Technology certificate would prepare the student to meet the entry-level employment requirements for the position.

During the process, the importance of future trends became a major discussion point resulting in a listing.The future trends highlighted the need for continuing education and skill development that is required in this rapidly evolving field.

The College plans to use the DACUM process to review each of its Business and Advanced Technologies programs over the next five years to keep pace with industry needs.

Students interested in admission to the Automotive Body Service Technology certificate may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State at Johnson City plans move forward

Northeast State Community College is moving forward with plans to occupy the Downtown Centre at 101 E. Market St. in Johnson City after recently signing a five-year lease for the facility with the Johnson City Development Authority.

The College envisions a three-phrase renovation, with first steps involving the cleaning of the triangular building�s exterior and parking garage, and placement of exterior signage. Buffalo, Market, and South Roan streets bound the facility. Plans also include a 6-foot x 12-foot digital sign for the side that faces Buffalo Street. JCDA has committed $1 million in funds for interior renovations.

Phase 1 renovations include four classrooms and a reception/admission area. One of the current courtrooms will be transformed into a multi-purpose facility for classes and/or meetings. Another courtroom will remain intact as a unique teaching environment for speech and debate classes and events. This section of the building, which faces Market Street, is targeted for completion this summer to allow staff to set up offices. Classes are tentatively slated to start this fall.

Phase 2 will add five new classrooms in an area previously used for storage. Plans also call for a science lab in one of the facility�s old courtrooms. The College estimates completion by spring 2012. Phase 3 will add additional space for instruction and offices, with completion envisioned by fall 2013.

The College will assign a director and support staff in the next few months and start marketing the facility to potential students. Initial academic offerings will include general core and Learning Support courses, with other programs to follow, based on needs of businesses and industry.


RCAP renovations achieve several milestones

Northeast State renovations on the Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Programs have achieved a number a milestones as the project nears completion. �The College hopes to take occupancy of the building within the next few days.

The downtown Kingsport building is located at 337 W. Center St. and formerly housed the Free Service Tire Company. Northeast State Foundation purchased the building with a $400,000 donation from Kingsport executive Pal Barger.

The College has completed a number of renovations including:

  • Ceiling tiles and flooring in classrooms and offices
  • Painting of classrooms and offices
  • Epoxy coating on shop floors
  • HVAC systems in classrooms and offices
  • Additional exterior signage
  • New doors on Center Street entrance
  • New storefront/entrance and vestibule

The center will house the auto body service technology certificate program, which will train 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. Eventually, the College will offer a two-year degree in auto body service technology.

�Our faculty and staff have worked very hard over the last several months to get the automotive building ready for classes,� said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president. �Plant Operations Director Pete Miller and staff are to be commended for helping the contractors get the work done. They have been at the site over fall semester and early this year to get the framing/sheetrock, electrical, and painting work done to help reduce the cost of renovation for the College and the Foundation. We are very appreciative of the donation to the College Foundation of $400,000 by Pal Barger to purchase the building. We also received a donation of equipment for the shop from Dennis Powell, valued at about $25,000.�

Gilliam said the cost for renovation is nearing $1.2 million, with nearly $750,000 targeted for state-of-the art auto body-related equipment, paint booth and setup, furniture, computer labs, multimedia classroom equipment, and information technology. Renovations are nearing $400,000, with a portion of that paid by the College and a portion by the Foundation. The Foundation will be covering a portion of the renovations, to be paid from their rent funds collected from the college, which is $80,000 a year.

Gilliam said final costs would not be available until mid-February. About $30,000 of the renovation cost included EPA abatement, addressing an environmental report delivered in March 2011. For the project, Terracon � engineering and scientific consultants � and Greene Construction Co. were hired to complete EPA abatement.

One example of the facility�s cutting-edge technology is a virtual painter , which produces a realistic setting that allow students to practice techniques and muscle and joint movements that produce ideal paint coverage and thickness on a finished vehicle surface.

Wearing what looks like a welding helmet and wielding a hand-held device, a student makes sweeping motions in front of a sensor while an image changes color on a nearby computer screen. After painting a hood, fender, or other part, the students and instructors may view the work from 360 degrees, inspect defects, and evaluate paint coverage, thickness, and amount used. For another practice session, just few taps on a touch screen monitor get the student back to work.

�It really allows for immediate feedback and increases training time,� said Ernie Morelock, instructor of Automotive Service Technology at Northeast State. �With a glance, students can tell how well they did and then get right back to work on refining their techniques. There�s no doubt this means more hand-on practice time and students will learn to become better painters in a shorter period of time.�

Not only is the virtual painter a boon for training, the device makes training less expensive and more environmentally friendly. There is no need for vehicle parts, overspray and waste is simulated, parts do not require cleaning with chemicals, and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released.

Northeast State Community College also recently gathered experts from every aspect of the collision repair field together to define the duties, tasks, skills, and knowledge a new employee needs to know to perform his/her job duties. �

The process - known as a Developing A Curriculum Job Analysis - took approximately six hours over a two-day period. The purpose of conducting the DACUM was to ensure the curriculum for the Automotive Body Service Technology certificate would prepare candidates to meet industry needs. The sessions were held at Northeast State at Kingsport�s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Northeast State Business Technologies Interim Dean Danny Lawson, Advanced Technologies Interim Dean Sam Rowell, Training Specialist Cindy Tauscher, and Morelock engaged with auto body shop owners and automotive dealers during the sessions to determine the best training content for students.

�We were very pleased with the outcomes, which verified earlier work by Ernie and others to set up the curriculum to meet industry needs and standards,� Gilliam said. �Ernie�s vision for the program is to develop a Center of Excellence for the region, as there are very few training centers for auto body related programs in the state, and none in the region.�

Students interested in admission to the Auto Body Service Technology program may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mailadmissions@NortheastState.edu.


New Hybrid courses provide flexibility for students

Fast-paced modern life requires a lot of personal flexibility. That�s why Hybrid courses offered at Northeast State Community College provide an excellent means for busy students to fit college work into their busy schedules.

College-credit Hybrid courses combine online course work while providing students more time in class with the instructor.

The spring Hybrid class schedule offers courses in English Composition II, U.S. History I, Lifespan Psychology, and Fundamentals of Speech. Hybrid classes typically meet weekly to give students regular contact with their instructor. Course meetings are augmented with regular assignments completed through online instruction.

The spring College schedule also includes a Weekend College schedule option for Hybrid courses, including U.S. History I scheduled on Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 15. The course meets once for three hours every two weeks.�

The full Hybrid schedule with times and dates can be viewed online at www.NortheastState.edu and through the Distance Learning Online Programs link.

Hybrid course development represents Northeast State's commitment to providing students with the most flexible and convenient way to earn college-credit hours at their own pace.�The College�s regular schedule of classes includes Internet courses that offer students the opportunity to complete all or part of their course work online.

If Hybrid class meetings are cancelled due to inclement weather, classes will meet the same day and time the following week.

For more information concerning Northeast State's�Hybrid courses, contact the office of Evening and Distance Education at 423.323.0221 or e-mail EveDistEdu@NortheastState.edu.