RCAM hosts workforce development workshop

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing recently hosted a National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) workshop focusing on innovation in workforce development.

The Coalition is a network of higher education resources that advocates and promotes the use of technology applications that enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.

RCAM hosts workforce development workshop
Workshop participants talk over manufacturing processes with RCAM staffers.

The three-day workshop featured industry tours, exhibits, breakout sessions, and a panel discussion.

Session topics included information on dual enrollment, industry certifications, and educational and economic development partnerships. The workshop also included presentations on manufacturing innovation and apprenticeships.

Keynote addresses were given by representatives from Eastman Chemical Co., Bell Helicopter, and the City of Kingsport. Industry tours were conducted at the A.O. Smith Corp., Domtar, and Eastman.

Beginning with twelve charter members in 1988, NCATC has over 170 member institutions, ranging from colleges, universities and schools to the corporate community, throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.ncatc.org.

Muriel Anderson & Jack Pearson perform June 28 at WRCPA

Guitarist Muriel Anderson and special guest Jack Pearson return to Northeast State this month to perform in the Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.

Anderson and Pearson take the stage at 7 p.m. on June 28 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s Blountville campus. The performance continues the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance includes a special visual presentation on the theater’s big screen devoted to Northeast State’s 50th Anniversary.

Muriel Anderson (Photo courtesy of Muriel Anderson)
Muriel Anderson (Photo courtesy of Muriel Anderson)

Anderson ranks among the top acoustic nylon-string guitarists / harp-guitarists in the world. She is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night. She will be offering a free musician’s workshop prior to the concert. Interested participants can contact jpkelly@northeaststate.edu for place and time.

Anderson’s recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards. It features her concept – the first ever interactive lighted CD cover and includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Klugh, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Tierra Negra and members of the Nashville Symphony. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She has been composing since the age of six and has published works for guitar and orchestra, voice, and solo guitar.

Jack Pearson (Photo by Bob Seaman)
Jack Pearson (Photo by Bob Seaman)

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session-musician…this only begins to describe Jack Pearson. The Nashville native is best known as an A-list blues/rock lead and slide guitarist but Jack is also a soulful, creative songwriter and artist in his own right. Adept at many musical genres and instruments, he possesses the ability to take each to a higher level. His playing is sophisticated while full of intensity and passion, leaving audiences cheering and musicians smiling – shaking their heads in disbelief at his seemingly effortless skill and talent

During his 40 year career he has mastered a wide range of instruments including electric, slide, acoustic and resonator guitar, mandolin, old time banjo and Hammond organ, which he incorporates into many musical styles such as blues & roots music; jazz & bebop; pop & rock; and bluegrass & country. He was a member of The Allman Brothers Band from 1997-1999 and has worked with music legends from the world of jazz, rock, blues and country including The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett, Mike Snider, Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, Jimmy and the list goes on and on. His lyrical and musical hooks have also led to cuts by other artists.

Don’t miss the chance to hear two of the most talented instrumental musicians performing today. For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

Northeast State Police Department earns TLEA accreditation

The Northeast State Community College Police Department is now the first community college police department in the state to be granted accreditation status by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program. The College was awarded the accreditation achievement at the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held earlier this month in Nashville.

“Northeast State Community College is committed to providing the best services and educational experience possible to our students,” said John Edens, Chief of Police at Northeast State. “The Northeast State Community College Police Department, by meeting this accreditation standards set by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, has demonstrated our commitment to professionalism as we serve the Northeast State community.”

To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing more than 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards address a variety of areas including organizational, operational, safety, and budget management practices.

Northeast State Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures.  The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee.

Accreditation functions as a management tool establishing expectations of performance and procedures for an agency to follow. Accreditation provides a written guideline for management to operate the agency effectively, and productively aids in working relationships with other agencies and accountability to the citizens they serve.

“The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired,” stated TACP President David Rausch. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of this department and its staff and their accomplishment to be the first state community college to receive the accreditation award,”

Northeast State began operating as a campus police department on July 1, 2005. Each Northeast State police officer is a sworn law enforcement officer with the duty and authority to enforce all applicable state laws including detention and arrest on any Northeast State campus. All received law enforcement training geared specifically for the college environment. Each Northeast State police officer must complete a minimum of 40 hours of annual in-service training in accordance with state law governing peace officer standards and training requirements.

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is a voluntary program that recognizes the excellence and professional achievement in law enforcement agencies across the state of Tennessee.  The program began in 2010 through the hard work and efforts of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. There are currently 62 law enforcement agencies involved in the state accreditation program, 80 percent of them have less than 50 sworn officers in their departments.

Northeast State sponsors pet adoption event June 18

Northeast State is putting the dog days of summer to good use with a pet adoption event June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College’s Blountville campus.

The free and public event will provide the opportunity to adopt dogs and cats from several area adoption agencies. Veterinarians will also be on hand to offer tips on how to choose and care for animals.

The event will also boast a best dog trick contest, free pet photos, therapy dogs, giveaways, and prizes.

“We will have lots of animals to choose from,” said Joshua Johnson of the College’s Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs. “We want this to be a fun event that will get the community involved in a worthwhile cause.”

DogDaysofSummer_Poster (Community)In addition, Tennessee Promise students needing to complete required community service hours may volunteer to work with adoption agencies and veterinarians. As an alternative, students may also work at the College’s community gardens with the Northeast State GREENS Club.

Event partners include: Appalachian Animal Hospital, Airport Pet Emergency Clinic, Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue, Eastman Chemical Company, Humane Society of Washington County, Off Leash K9 Training, and SBK Animal Center.

The College’s Blountville campus is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. For more information, or to volunteer for the event, call 423.354.5235 or e-mail promise@NortheastState.edu.