NE State workshops focus on getting results

Noted author and time management/productivity expert Ken Zeigler will present two workshops on Northeast State’s Blountville campus June 22.

Zeigler is considered a pioneer in time management, organizational theory, and advanced business management. His best-selling book, Organizing for Success, is available in seven languages. He has published numerous articles on time management, productivity, and work/life balance for such newspapers as the Washington Post, the New York Post, Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine, and the Charlotte Observer.

Zeigler’s popular style blends humor with concrete information. The workshops feature an interactive, hands-on approach to customized training so participants can achieve quick results.

Getting Things Done by Influencing Others
Date:  June 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $125.00

Adapt quickly to achieve desired results – especially when you don’t have the immediate authority and need cooperation. Learn a process to influence others using personal power, persuasion, and negotiation.  Cultivate relationships that result in increased credibility, respect, and authentic trust.

Having Difficult Conversations that Get Results
Date:  June 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $125.00

Simplify discussions down to get results. Conduct conversations to promote a “tough on results and soft on people” tone. See It, Own It, Do It.  Stay under control in the face of attacks and accusations and practice responding to the attitudes and excuses.

Location:  Blountville Campus, Wayne Basler Library, L226

Participants may attend both seminars for $225.00 and group rates are available.

To register, visit The registration deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. For more information, e-mail or call 423.353.5520.

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Evening and Distance Education transitioning to Multi-Campus Programs

The Northeast State Division of Evening and Distance Education has been approved to change its name. Effective July 1, Evening and Distance Education becomes the Division of Multi-Campus Programs.

“The name change better encompasses the role the division has across the College’s six campuses and sixteen high school instructional teaching sites,” said Dr. Pashia Hogan, assistant vice president of the division.

The functions of Multi-Campus Programs have changed considerably as Northeast State has worked to expand access to classes and degree opportunities for potential students throughout the region.

Multi-Campus Programs deliver courses and student services to Northeast State campus sites.

The division provides classes on all campuses through traditional and alternative delivery methods, both day and evening, including Weekend College, to meet students’ diverse scheduling needs. The division’s Distance Education unit offers Interactive Television (ITV), Internet and Hybrid classes, and fully online classes. The division also directs the University Parallel Dual Enrollment and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to provide early postsecondary opportunities for area high school students.

Northeast State operates a campus site in all five counties of the College’s service area and offers dual enrollment and Career Academy options in 16 area high schools. Dual enrollment represents a growing interest from high school students eager to earn college credits.

This dual enrollment class on robotics is one of many course offerings available to high school students.

Hogan said division staff had discussed renaming options over the last several months prior to deciding on Multi-Campus Programs. She said the name appropriately reflected the division’s expanding role in delivering education through the College’s service area. A new logo representing the division will be unveiled next month.

Students completing evening and distance education courses meet the same requirements as those in traditional daytime classes. Students enrolled in the evening, distance education, and non-traditional programs coordinated by the division of Multi-Campus Programs also have all the same educational and support services available to them as students enrolled in traditional programs.

“Because the division encompasses much more than “evening” and “distance” programs, we determined it was time for a change,” said Hogan. “We needed something to better represent what we do across the College’s multiple campuses.”

Northeast State at Elizabethton hosts TN Reconnect Fair May 25

Northeast State invites the public to learn more about returning to college at a Tennessee Reconnect Information Fair scheduled May 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the College’s Elizabethton campus, 386 Highway 91. The College’s Office of Enrollment Services hosts this free informative session for adults as well as younger students seeking a college degree or certificate.

Northeast State representatives from the offices of Admissions and Career Services. will be on hand to answer questions. Fair attendees can meet with staff and learn more about financial aid veterans’ affairs at the College and the new Tennessee Reconnect law.

For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or


Cooperative Learning Workshop offered June 19-22

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering a Cooperative Learning Workshop June 19-22 on the Blountville campus.

Cooperative learning is an instructional method in which students work in small groups of two or three to accomplish a common learning goal under a teacher’s guidance.

Basic elements include positive interdependence, face-to-face interaction, individual accountability, interpersonal and small group skills, and processing and analytical skills. Research indicates that cooperation typically results in higher achievement, supportive relationships, and greater social skills and confidence.

Workshop instructors are Dr. Rick Merritt and Dawn Dabney.

Dabney has been a member of Northeast Sate’s Mathematics Division since fall 1997. In 2009, she was appointed to the Center of Teaching Excellence as a faculty assistant where she has enjoyed researching and learning about various best-practices of teaching. She has attended The Cooperative Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota and is a certified adjunct instructor of Cooperative Learning.

Merritt has taught at Northeast State since 2007. He has been a faculty assistant at the Center for Teaching Excellence since 2009.   He has used various aspects of cooperative learning in the classroom since his first visit to The Cooperative Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota in 2012.  He is a certified adjunct instructor of Cooperative Learning.

“The techniques learned at the Institute have proven to be successful in classes and have led to a strong engagement of students,” Merritt said. “A class with strong engagement has more learning and is more enjoyable for both the learners and the instructor.”

The class will meet each day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held in the Basler Library, Room L106. Participants will receive 3 CEU credits. The course fee is $235 and includes materials and breakfast.

To register, visit Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.

For more information, contact 423.354.5520 or

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Northeast State partners with Silgan Closures on apprenticeship program

Kingsport’s Silgan Closures has partnered with Northeast State to launch a registered apprenticeship program that provides a paycheck and job training at the same time.

Four Silgan employees will participate in the four-year program, receiving classroom instruction from the College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) and on-the-job training from Silgan.  At the end of the program, the workers receive a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certificate of completion.

RCAM is a registered apprenticeship sponsor, meaning it can put together a training package – per DOL guidelines – for companies of any size. This training is especially valuable for small- and mid-size companies that might not otherwise be able to offer or sustain an apprenticeship program.

“We’re able to put DOL registered apprenticeship structure together for them and deliver it as a turn-key package,” said Jeff Frazier, RCAM dean. “We can offer it to any size company whether it has one apprenticeship or 20. This allows them to take advantage of the same level of training available to Fortune 500 companies.”

Silgan Closures employees Christopher Greer, Justin Bradley, Travis Hickam, and Bobby Brewer signed their mechatronics technician apprenticeship agreements May 11 at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The Silgan employees will be enrolled in RCAM’s mechatronics technician program. Mechatronics technicians perform critical maintenance and repairs on complex systems that use robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), hydraulics/pneumatics, and electrical/electronic circuits.

Each of the Silgan apprentices was nominated to apply by the company. They completed RCAM’s application process, which requires a work history, the ACT WorkKeys exam, and an interview.

The agreement was formalized on May 11 during a ceremony attended by College, State of Tennessee, and Silgan executives at the RCAM facility, located at 305 W. Main St. in Kingsport.

Silgan Closures designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of closure products as well as equipment and engineering services for the dairy, juice, water, and other non-carbonated beverage markets. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill., the company’s Kingsport facility is located at 408 Tilthammer Drive in Kingsport.

According to the DOL, the apprenticeship benefits are substantial – companies that use such programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits, and more.

From careers in healthcare, energy and IT, to manufacturing, transportation and more, Registered Apprenticeship has dramatically impacted the lives, careers, and opportunities for millions of workers, and more than 150,000 businesses over the last 75 years.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship has more than 1,100 occupations approved for apprenticeships. Visit to get information and view a complete list of occupations.

The RCAM is located at 305 W. Main St. in downtown Kingsport. For more information, visit