Posted by: northeastnation | August 21, 2014

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 tech class begins Sept. 8 at RCHP.

ECG tech class begins Sept. 8 at RCHP.

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

Posted by: northeastnation | August 18, 2014

Domtar, RCAM to sponsor industrial trade show

Domtar hosts its annual Industrial Trade Show Aug. 20 at RCAM.

Domtar hosts its annual Industrial Trade Show Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at RCAM.

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.

Posted by: northeastnation | August 15, 2014

Official OSHA safety course set for Aug. 26-29

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State will present an official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices Aug. 26-29.

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).

OSHA_logo_blackCourse 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 Aug. 26 – 29. Course hours are: Aug. 26 – 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Aug. 29: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The class will be held 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 Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA).  For reservations, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | August 12, 2014

Northeast State hosts Open Registration Aug. 20

Register for fall classes now through Aug. 27.

Register for fall classes now through Aug. 27.

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 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 1.800.836.7822 or 423.323.0253 or e-mail


Posted by: northeastnation | August 6, 2014

The Jeff Little Trio plays Hot Nights, Cool Music

Northeast State wraps up the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series with a sizzling performance by The Jeff Little Trio on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Acclaimed by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, the Trio lights up at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the main campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 7 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

The Jeff Little Trio at Houstonfest.

The Jeff Little Trio

A professional musician since age 14, Little is conversant with traditional old-time country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and blues. His involvement with fiddle tunes, old-time country, and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, N.C. where his family owned a music shop. The shop became a gathering place for musicians who would stop by to pick a few tunes. Beginning around age six he would regularly sit in with many of the musicians, including one of America’s most influential musicians: Doc Watson. These influences helped shape his approach to the piano which is based on these deep musical traditions.

Several years ago Jeff and his family returned to the Blue Ridge where today he is the director of the new Entertainment Technology program at Northeast State in Bristol. The Trio’s performances include NPR, PBS, National Council for the Traditional Arts, American Piano Masters Series, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and The American Folk Festival just to name a few. He has also performed internationally including concerts in Sri Lanka, Oman, and France.

Jeff Little (Courtesty of Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program).

Jeff Little (Courtesty of Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program).

The Trio includes Steve Lewis, one of the most respected acoustic musicians lauded for his flat picking on guitar and his mastery of the five-string banjo. Lewis earned many championships for his guitar and banjo playing in competitions at Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. He is also a two-time national champion on the banjo.

Rounding out the Trio is Josh Scott, considered to be one of the most talented upright bass players working today. Scott has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.

NPR called Little, “A remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.”

Northeast State extends its deepest thanks to all the performers and to the audiences that made this year’s series successful. For more information, visit or contact 423.279.7669.

Posted by: northeastnation | August 4, 2014

Six Sigma courses begin Aug. 19 at Northeast State

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State has announced upcoming Six Sigma opportunities. The classes are scheduled to start the week of Aug. 19, 2014 and run for approximately 20 weeks.

All Six Sigma training will be held on the College’s main campus in Blountville, Tenn., 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. These classes are a combination of evening classes held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and day-long sessions from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Six Sigma

Course requirement: you MUST have at least MINITAB 15 with 16 being preferred.

Training provides in-depth knowledge of all the tools in Six Sigma Methodology. Upon completion, participants will be fully prepared to take on the role of Six Sigma Black Belt. The class provides mastery of all five phases complimented by the best training materials available including, but not limited to; project selection, measurement system analysis (MSA), basic stats, capability, inferential stats, hypothesis testing, normality, and design of experiments, control plans, and PFMEA.

Class Times – Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours – 128
Cost – $5,600

This training provides an opportunity to upgrade previous Six Sigma Green Belt training by local Six Sigma professionals. As part of the overall Spring 2013 Six Sigma curriculum, participants will need to attend as few as 61 hours of classroom instruction. Upon completion of these classes and an approved project, the Green Belt will become Black Belt certified.

Class Times – Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours – 61
Cost – Previous Green Belt Students – $3,395 New Students – $3,955

Green Belt training provides hands on training and the opportunity to assist organizations in the roll out and use of the Six Sigma Methodology. The class will go through the full DMAIC process with emphasis on: project identification and management, proper project documentation, introduction to statistical tools and analysis, introduction to Minitab, root cause analysis, quality management, and introduction to DOE and control methods.

Class Times – Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours – 67
Cost – $4,295

Note: The above costs will include all necessary training material but does not included Minitab software.

To register or for additional information, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Posted by: northeastnation | August 1, 2014

NextStep cohorts rev up this 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.

Next Step

Next Step

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.

Northeast State at Gray

Northeast State at Gray

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 or 423.354.5187.

Posted by: northeastnation | July 23, 2014

Shaped-note singing offers glimpse into Southern musical history

Shape Note Singing

Shaped notes allows singers to keep time without accompaniment.

Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. The style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century.

Fans of the style, as well as newcomers to the method, will be treated to a concert and workshop by singers from Kingsport’s Tri-City Gospel Music Camp July 24 at 7 p.m. at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Basically, shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing. The style gained a great following in colonial times when many singers were musically untrained.

The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information, contact Jim Kelly at or 423.279.7669.

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