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.

Posted by: northeastnation | July 15, 2014

Frito Puente lights up the stage with Latin jazz July 18

The flavor is back, indeed! Northeast State goes en fuego on July 18 when the Frito Puente band brings their sizzling Latin jazz music to the stage for the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.

Local jazz aficionados are excited for the return of Frito Puente to stages around the region. Jazz musician Bill Perkins has reunited in Johnson City with his former band mates Sam Burke on bass and Jose Castillo on percussion. Perkins and Burke have played together in various jazz, blues, and rock groups for over 30 years.

Frito Puente performs at 7 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the College’s main campus in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

Frito Puente

Frito Puente

Perkins has been playing guitar since 1971 and has appeared on stage in the United States, Germany, Malta, Brazil, and Mexico. In his extensive travels, Burke has played with symphonies, garage bands, power trios, R&B show bands, folk bands, lounge bands, and bar bands. Castillo joined the band 13 years ago. He has played trumpet, flugle horn, guitar, and percussion not anywhere close to as long as his band mates. Cast spearheads the Latin sound that has defined this latest rendition of this ensemble.

Frito Puente’s style spans Latin-flavored artists like Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions. Like any good jazz ensemble this core trio has had guest soloists, singers, and friends join them over the years. The Bill Perkins Quartet, Quintet, Trio and now known as Frito Puente, has performed at The Blue Plum Festival, Corazon Latino, and a wide variety of venues throughout the region.

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact

Posted by: northeastnation | July 11, 2014

Rambling Rose rolls into Northeast State July 15

Classic country never sounded so good when the Rambling Rose band performs at Northeast State on Tuesday, July 15 as part of the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series continuing through July.

Rambling Rose plays traditional country music and bluegrass, gospel and an occasional rock and roll song. The band has been together for more than 35 years performing as fan favorites throughout the region. The legendary country sounds of Cash, Nelson, and Lynn among others get top-notch tribute from Rambling Rose.

The Rambling Rose band

The Rambling Rose band

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the College’s main campus in Blountville next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Rambling Rose band features Earl Rose playing lead guitar and rhythm guitar, Ruthie Rose on vocals and bass, Norman May playing drums, Ted Cole on vocals and fiddle, Dennis Spangler on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Howard Bateman playing the Dobro guitar. Rambling Rose played Bristol’s wildly popular Rhythm and Roots Reunion music festival numerous times.

Rambling Rose performs July 15 at the RCPA Theater.

Rambling Rose performs July 15 at the RCPA Theater.

Earl Rose’s his love of music started as a child listening to the Grand Old Opry show. His father played banjo which led him to begin playing music at an early age. He later formed Rambling Rose playing with many of the same musical artists for more than 30 years. With an artistic legacy born in the blood, Earl Rose also teaches art and paints landscapes and portraits.

For more information about the summer concerts visit or contact 423.354.5169.

Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) and Bell Helicopter Piney Flats have announced an educational collaboration to develop the next generation of aircraft technicians and aviation professionals.

Bell Helicopter Piney Flats training instructors will act in an advisory capacity to NeSCC regarding aviation- related course content. In addition, members of the Bell Helicopter Piney Flats team will serve on the curriculum steering committee to assist the college in the development of an aviation-specific curriculum to provide the foundational skills for the next generation of aviation professionals.

The collaboration is the foundation of a long-term strategy to promote advanced technical training throughout the region. The College envisions this trained workforce will allow area employers to recruit from the local talent pool rather than seeking prospective employees through national staffing agencies.

Bell Helicopter executives and state officials join President Janice Gilliam to announce a new agreement between the company and Northeast State.

Bell executives and state officials join President Janice Gilliam to announce a new agreement between the company and Northeast State.

The program is designed to create craftsmen with the foundational mechanical and electrical skills required in the aviation, automotive maintenance/repair, HVAC, industrial electricity and electronics industries, among others.

“Our goal is to promote aviation and aerospace education,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, President of Northeast State. “However, the curriculum provides limitless opportunities for Tennessee and the region. This program fits within Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise initiatives to increase the number of Tennesseans with two-year and four-year degrees as well as technical certificates.”

Core classes begin in the fall of 2014 with specific aviation courses offered in the spring of 2015.

The Bell Helicopter/Northeast State aviation-related program is the first objective of a regional aviation initiative and steering team.

The Bell Helicopter/Northeast State aviation-related program is the first objective of a regional aviation initiative and steering team.

The Bell Helicopter/Northeast State aviation-related program is the first objective of a regional aviation initiative and steering team founded in mid-2013. The mission of the Aviation Initiative is to promote workforce development by fostering the advancement of aviation-related skills and knowledge through collaboration of local academic institutions, civic leaders, government officials, corporations, communities, and aviation advocates.

Additional objectives will be to develop a flight school and a four-year aviation curriculum. Project partners include East Tennessee State University and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Elizabethton. Partnerships are to be established with area K-12+ school systems to promote aviation careers, and local and state economic development resources to attract aviation/aerospace industries.

The ceremony was held on the College’s Blountville campus on June 24 at 1 p.m.

Distinguished guests included the Honorable Ron Ramsey, Tennessee Lieutenant Governor; the Honorable Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner; and Chad Nimrick, Bell Helicopter General Manager.

Program participants included Aviation Initiative Program co-founders: the Honorable Tony Shipley, Tennessee House of Representatives; Bell Helicopter Training Manager Richard Blevins; and Hank Somers. Additional program participants are NeSCC President Dr. Gilliam and staff; Wysong Enterprises; Advanced Flight Training CEO Beverly Barnett; Tri Cities Regional Airport; Bristol Tennessee City Schools; and Networks – Sullivan Partnership.

For additional program information, please contact the Northeast State Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or Visit for information about the Drive to 55 initiative.

Posted by: northeastnation | June 20, 2014

Taikoza Flute & Drum Ensemble performs June 26

Northeast State’s Hot Nights, Cool Music Summer Concert Series welcomes the Taikoza Japanese Flute and Drum Ensemble featuring the soulful Shakuhachi music accompanied by the powerful and ancestral taiko drums of Taikoza.

Taikoza performs on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts theatre on the College’s main campus in Blountville next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

Taikoza uses the rhythms of the powerful taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, taiko means big drums – and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings.

The Taikoza Drummers

The Taikoza Drummers

Founder and musical director Marco Lienhard was a professional taiko player in Japan. He mastered the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly becoming a virtuoso solo artist. In 1995, Lienhard founded Taikoza and toured around the world.
This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments.

In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi, the fue (both bamboo flutes) and the koto (a 13-string instrument).
The band’s members include Malika Yasuko Duckworth, Marguerite Bunyan, Chikako Saito, Yoshiko Canada, Kenji Nakano,  and Masayo Ishigure.

Taikoza has appeared on different TV programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the History Channel in History vs. Hollywood and ESPN S.U.M.O: The Battle of the Giants. Taikoza is featured in the movie The Commute. Taikoza has recorded the music for the Nintendo Wii games: Red Steel 1 and 2.

The members of Taikoza have performed around the world in some of the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall and many others.

For more information about the summer concert series visit or contact 423.354.5169.

Posted by: northeastnation | June 18, 2014

College adds Entertainment Technology technical certificate

Northeast State’s Business Technologies Division has announced the addition of a technical certificate program in Entertainment Technology – Sound and Lighting. The 24 credit hour program will offer classes starting in fall 2014.

The certificate is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and real-world applications for sound and lighting production. This includes small business management, live sound, recording engineering, concert lighting, electronic/digital music, equipment maintenance, and basic concepts of computer operations.

Learn the art and science of entertainment technology at Northeast State.

Learn the art and science of entertainment technology at Northeast State.

Typical job opportunities include those related to lighting system production for events and concerts, and setting up audio systems for event, concert, and recording productions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for these types of technicians will grow about 9 percent over the next 10 years.

Courses scheduled for fall include Computer Applications (INFS 1010), Introduction to Entertainment (ENT 1100), Recording Engineering I (ENT 1300), and Small Business Management (BUSN 1340).

The program will be offered at the College’s Bristol teaching site, 620 State Street, Level 3.  Students interested in admission to the Entertainment Technology certificate program may contact the office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail

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