Special course opportunity for HR professionals

Human resources professionals can take advantage of a special educational opportunity offered by Workforce Solutions at Northeast State.

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Certification Exam Preparation course is scheduled for Sept. 14 – Nov. 16, Nov. 20, and Nov. 30 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The class will be taught at the Basler Library, room L106, on the College’s Blountville campus.

The course fee, which includes all materials is $1,150.00. Instructor for the course is Debra Manis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR. The registration deadline is Aug. 21.

The review helps prepare individuals for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) examinations.

SHRM certifications directly link on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations, making them relevant for HR professionals. To date, more than 100,000 HR professionals have earned SHRM certifications.

The exams are accredited by the Buros Center for Testing, a global leader in evaluating the quality of psychometric examinations.

For more information or to register, contact Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or email cmtauscher@northeaststate.edu.

Jeff Little & Wayne Henderson play the WRCPA Theatre Sept. 14

Enjoy a night of terrific music when two extraordinary musicians collaborate for a concert at Northeast State Community College on Sept. 14.

Award winning musicians Jeff Little and Wayne Henderson will perform at the College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.northeaststate.edu/tickets.

Northeast State hosts the concert as part of the College’s Because of You weeklong scholarship fundraising event. The concert and other events raise money to benefit students with scholarships and other programs.

Jeff Little’s approach to the piano is based on the deep musical traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision, and clarity.

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

Little’s performances include The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, Merlefest and many festivals, performing arts centers, and colleges throughout the U.S. He has also taken his traditional piano style around the world performing in countries such as France, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.  He has released four CDs, and been featured on National Public Radio and PBS many times.

Wayne Henderson is the Appalachian guitarist that Nashville pickers all talk about. A National Heritage Award recipient, Henderson is regarded as a brilliant musician and instrument maker. His reputation as a top-notch finger-picking guitarist is well-known throughout the region and country.

Wayne Henderson

Sometimes Wayne’s playing is mistaken for flatpicking, but he actually uses a thumb-pick and fingerpicks to achieve amazing speed and fluidity, transforming fiddle and banjo pieces, and even the occasional jazz standard, into stunning guitar solos. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown.

Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” Wayne has dazzled audiences at Carnegie Hall, on three national tours of “Masters of the Steel-String Guitar”, and in seven nations of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Please join us this evening for a night of music that benefits our student community. For more information visit www.northeaststate.edu.

Learn how to put your major to work

So you’re planning to graduate with your college degree. How can you leverage your new skill sets(s) into a long-term career with growth potential and earning potential?

The Northeast State Office of Career Development Services wants to help maximize your potential with the “What Can You Do with Your Major” workshop happening Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Blazier Wilson Hall (RCAT), 222 W. Main St., Kingsport.

Career Services wants to help you put your degree to work.

The workshop attendees meet in Room 113 where Career Services representatives will help you discover how your major can develop in terms of career growth.

For more information, call us at 423.354.5167 e-mail CareerDev@NortheastState.edu or use our contact form.

Workforce Solutions offers OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces course

Slips, trips, and falls are the cause of most general industry injuries, making up 25 percent of workplace-reported accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, most falls can be prevented.

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering a Walking-Working Surfaces course that will review the recent changes to subparts D & I of 29 Code of Federal Regulation 1910 that contains occupational safety standards for general industry.

Date: September 26slippery surface icon

Time: 8:00 a.m.  –  12:00 p.m.

Location: Northeast State, Blountville Campus

Wayne Basler Library, L106

Fee: $125

For more information/registration, contact Diana Harrison at dlharrison@northeaststate.edu or 423.354.5520.

Northeast State announces budget realignment

Northeast State Interim President James King announced today that the College is developing a corrective action plan for its 2018 fiscal year budget.

King said an examination of the College’s finances shows revenues have not kept pace with expenses over the past few years, necessitating a budget realignment.

The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved the College’s fiscal year 2018 budget which includes corrective actions developed jointly with TBR.

The plan calls for roughly $5 million of reductions in the current year’s budget. These include $2.8 million in cuts to the operating, travel and equipment budgets.

As salaries and benefits account for around 75 percent of the College’s total operating budget, it is unavoidable that reductions to personnel must occur. While some of the reductions can occur through natural attrition and leaving positions vacant, additional measures must be taken to reduce personnel costs.

Plans are currently being considered, but nothing is finalized. King said he pledged to keep the campus community apprised as further corrective measures are developed.

King said all budget managers had been requested to re-examine their individual operating/travel/equipment budgets for any possible adjustments to offset reductions in personnel.

For the near term, King said all purchase requisitions would require approval by vice presidents/division heads, the chief financial officer, and the president.

“I know this will cause unease and concern among our employees and in the community, but I want to be transparent about the College’s financial situation and the need to correct it so Northeast State will continue to thrive and serve our students and our region,” King said. “We will remain focused on our mission: educating our students and helping prepare them for the workforce.”