Northeast State hosts Coffee with a Cop Oct. 3

Get to know those who serve and protect you at Coffee with a Cop day. Officers from Northeast State Police Department join police departments around the country welcoming students, faculty, and staff to come together to discuss community issues, build relationships, and have Coffee with a Cop on Oct. 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Northeast State campuses of Blountville, Elizabethton, Johnson City, and Kingsport.

The nationwide event provides a unique opportunity for students and community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s role on the campus. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said John Edens, Northeast State chief of police. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street.

Coffee with A Cop was launched in Hawthorne, Calif., in 2011 when officers from the Hawthorne Police Department were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day. That idea launched a movement as Coffee with a Cop events are now held in all 50 states.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county on this date, as local police departments strive to make connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more information, contact or 423.354.5119.

Northeast State, Snap-on sign registered apprenticeship agreement

Northeast State Community College and Snap-on Tools came together in September to sign the first group registered apprenticeship agreement between the College and the company.

Northeast State student Dylan Smith, of Bristol, signed the apprenticeship agreement with Northeast State President James King on Wednesday morning at the Snap-on Elizabethton facility.

Dylan Smith signs his apprenticeship agreement with Northeast State President James King.

“I was super excited to learn about the apprenticeship,” said Smith, a Mechanical Technology major at Northeast State. “It was a great opportunity for me to grow and build on my future.”

The College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship to establish the Northeast State Registered Apprenticeship Program. The initiative enabled Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) to provide Advanced Manufacturing registered apprenticeships in partnership with employers around the College’s service region. Northeast State is the only community college in Tennessee with a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program.

“Today is another step forward as Northeast State and Snap-on extend opportunities to students and enrich our region’s workforce for the future,” said President King. “Our apprenticeship program unites education and experience like no other.”

Northeast State and Snap-on mark their first registered apprenticeship agreement.

As the apprenticeship sponsor, RCAM provides the structure and processes for employers to take advantage of this proven workforce development model. As an Authorized Training Agent, a regional employer agrees to rotate apprentices in the various processes of the skilled occupation, pay apprentice(s) the percentage of journey wage rate, and evaluate the progress of apprentices before they advance in position. An employer’s master craft professional also mentors an apprentice as he or she continues moving forward in expertise.

The Elizabethton Snap-on manufacturing facility employs more than 400 people dedicated to producing the finest hand tools in the world.

An associate entering the registered apprenticeship program must meet minimum levels within WorkKeys assessments, abide by the standards of the signed apprenticeship agreement, and demonstrate progress on the job. Apprentices accumulate credit for On the Job Training and Job-Related Education which can be earned through college coursework or customized training provided by Northeast State.

“We want to prepare our next generation of workers now,” said Robin Pritchard, human resources manager at Snap-on Elizabethton. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Northeast State and to add more to the apprenticeship program.”

About Northeast State

Northeast State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. As a comprehensive community college, Northeast State provides university parallel programs designed for students desiring to transfer to another college or university, career programs for students planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, and continuing education and community service programs for professional growth and personal enrichment to the citizens of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Northeast State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northeast State.

About Snap-on

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Because of You 2018 kicks off next week

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the annual Because of You Campaign next week to raise money for student scholarships. The week of Sept. 24-28 features the campaign’s fundraising efforts with the College’s academic and administrative departments participating in a series of fun events. The campaign features a friendly competition between participating departments for their fundraising efforts. The week’s fundraising events include a Chili Cook-off on Sept. 25, the Team Skills Competition Sept. 26, the Big Sale Sept. 26-27, Northeast State’s Got Talent Contest, Sept. 27, and the Cutest Pet Contest with voting open for featured pets through Sept. 28. A mums sale and online auction continue throughout the week. Funds raised during the Because of You campaign impact student scholarships, faculty development, facilities and new programs.              

6th Annual Northeast State’s Got Talent Contest happens Sept. 27

Northeast State’s Music and Choral Program will host the 6th Annual Northeast State’s Got Talent Contest as part of the College’s annual Because of You Campaign to raise scholarship funds.

The contest will be held Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Airport.

The Northeast State’s Got Talent show goes on Sept. 27.

Admission to the show is $10 adults, $2 students.  Tickets may be purchased through Northeast State’s Box Office,  All proceeds benefit the program’s Performing Arts Scholarship.

Don’t miss hearing Northeast State’s talented students! For more information, contact 423.354.5164 or