Get career connected with social media

Social media can help you get a job?  Yes!  The Career Development Services Center presents the workshop “Social Networking Your Way to Your Next Job” on Wednesday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Learn how employers use social media and networking sites during their hiring process. Get tips on how to take your job search to new heights using social media sites. Discover the do’s and dont’s of using sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The workshop is being held at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, Room 113, 222 W. Main St., in downtown Kingsport.  For more information, call 423.354.5101.

Poet Dr. Jesse Graves hosts workshop June 2

The Poetry Society of Tennessee, Northeast Branch will present a poetry workshop by Dr. Jesse Graves in Basler Library at Northeast State on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is $25.  Click this link to get a registration form.

Dr. Jesse Graves

Dr. Graves teaches writing and literature classes at East Tennessee State University. His first poetry collection, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, was released in January.  The collection earned Graves the Weatherford Award, presented annually by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association.  The Weatherford is awarded to authors in the categories of nonfiction, fiction and poetry who best illuminate the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.

He recently served as guest editor for a special issue of The Southern Quarterly on “The Poetry and Prose of Robert Morgan” and as co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee.

Questions or information concerning the workshop, please contact Janice Hornburg ( Hugh Webb (


Lawson, Rowell named division deans

Northeast State named two faculty members to academic division dean positions this spring.

 Danny Lawson was named dean of the division of Business Technologies.  Sam Rowell was selected as dean of Advanced Technologies.  The College’s division of Technical Education was reorganized in July 2011 into two divisions – Advanced Technologies and Business Technologies.

Danny Lawson and Sam Rowell

 Lawson joined Northeast State in 2005 as an assistant professor of Business Technologies. He holds an associate of applied science degree from Virginia Highlands Community College.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Tennessee State University.  He spent 30 years at Eastman Chemical Company primarily in the Systems and Computer Services (Information Technology) division.  He also taught computer science for 22 years as an adjunct faculty member at Northeast State.

Rowell has taught at Northeast State since 1996, most recently as an associate professor of industrial technology.  He holds an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He earned his master’s degree from California State University at Long Beach.  Rowell has taught CNC machining and manufacturing technology.

Workforce Solutions offers two Excel classes

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State will present two daylong workshops teaching the Microsoft Office Excel 2010 program.  Both workshops will be taught at the main campus in Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Excel 2010 Intermediate continues instruction from the basic program. Participants learn how to use multiple worksheets and workbooks, advanced formatting, tables, cell and range names, advanced charting, documenting and auditing tools and PivotTable and PivotCharts. The workshop meets May 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Course fee is $110 per participant.

Excel 2010 Advanced finalizes the instruction of MS Office’s Excel 2010 and teaches the advanced features of the program.  This workshop explains use of financial data functions, data tables, list management, exporting and importing data, analytical options, and macros and other custom functions. This workshop meets May 31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Course fee is $110 per participant.

Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91, across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.  Make reservations by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or

Northeast State Foundation celebrates successful year

The Northeast State Foundation recognized a year of patron generosity and student excellence at the Foundation Board of Directors’ annual luncheon held earlier this month at the Banq building in downtown Kingsport.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Heather Cook, welcomed attendees to recognize the newest member of the Foundation’s President Trust and one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters.

Foundation Executive Director Heather Cook

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan attended the luncheon and presented the Chancellor’s Award to Foundation member and Northeast State alumnus Allen Hurley for his generosity to his alma mater.  Hurley founded the Touchstone Wireless company after earning his associate degree at Northeast State.

“We do everything we do because we are so inspired at what happens here at the College,” said Hurley, ’93.  “From the time I graduated until today, the same kind of heartbeat is there – the staff really does care and they inspire us to go the extra mile.”

TBR Chancellor John Morgan (left) presents Allen Hurley with the Chancellor’s Award for his support of the Foundation.

Cook updated the board of the past’s year including the Because of You campaign that raised more than $50,000 for student scholarships.  The campaign also increased faculty participation in scholarship funding to 86 percent.

Cook also welcomed J. Louie Greene as the newest member of the Foundation’s President’s Trust.  A President’s Trust member makes a significant contribution to the College.  Cook noted that after Greene retired after a long career at Citizens Bank he contacted her to learn more about the College and how he could contribute.

Welcoming Louie Greene into the President’s Trust.

“He has been very successful, and he wanted to provide that opportunity to others,” said Cook.

The Foundation board also recognized recent graduate Brittany Thomas who racked up numerous national academic awards as a Northeast State student.  Thomas became only one of 20 students selected nationally to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  She was also recognized as a New Century Scholar and served as president of the College’s Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The Foundation enjoyed a strong year helping students.

“Northeast State has been my foundation for success for the past three years,” said Thomas.  “Like Northeast State says, ‘we’re here to get you there’, that’s exactly what they’ve done for me – they have helped me get to ETSU, receive the Honors Midway Scholarship, and I want them to know they’ve played a part in accomplishing my dreams one day.”