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.

NE State awarded 2017 DENSO Foundation grant

The DENSO Foundation has awarded Northeast State a $25,000 grant to provide training and hands-on opportunities for students majoring in technical fields.

The next generation of technical workers is core to DENSO’s success. To fulfill the need for a skilled workforce, DENSO’s philanthropic arm – the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) – funds programs across the continent each year providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development.

“Innovation throughout the manufacturing industry will continue to produce more growth opportunities for students in skilled trades and technical fields,” said Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and executive vice president of Engineering at DENSO International America, Inc. “Companies will lean on this young workforce for years to come, and in order to succeed we need to empower students by giving a better sense for what they’ll experience in the workplace.”

Recently, the DNAF board confirmed its 2017 college and university grants: nearly $1 million in overall funding for 22 institutions and educational programs across North America.

“The automotive industry relies more and more on those with expertise in fields like robotics and electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,” said David Cole, DENSO North American Foundation board member. “Supporting STEM education enables DENSO to develop the next generation of talent needed to fill these roles. It also helps students find ways to translate their passion and skills into opportunity after graduation.”

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A DENSO robotics display at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Since 2001, the DNAF has advanced the auto industry through grants to colleges and universities, providing students with technology, tools, and experiences similar to that of the professional workplace they’ll experience after graduation. The proposal process for these education grants is by invitation only, and all proposals are evaluated based on technical merit, student experience, and alignment with industry needs.

This year’s grant recipients include:
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University
California State University – Long Beach
Cleveland State Community College
CONALEP Technical College
Conestoga College
East Tennessee State University
FIME – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer College
Kettering University
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
North Carolina State University
Northeast State Community College
Oakland University
Tennessee Technological University
Trine University
University of Guelph
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Western Michigan University

About the DENSO North America Foundation
A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, The DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology, and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more information, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems, and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

Northeast State Machine Tool Operations earns NIMS accreditation

The Machine Tool Operations Program at Northeast State Community College reached a new height in program history when it became nationally accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) beginning November of 2016.

NIMS Accreditation is the premiere benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States as based on NIMS Skills Standards which are industry-written, industry-approved, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. NIMS sets industry supported standards for accreditation in machining across America.

“Our NIMS accreditation validates our program and curriculum on a national level,” said Brad Stufflestreet, Machine Tool program director. “With this accreditation, we join an elite group of machining programs that have received this recognition, with the next closest school being over 100 miles away.”

Stufflestreet noted that not only does accreditation support the program, but Northeast State students are able to earn industry-recognized credentials through NIMS. The credentials are validated through local industries and attest to the students’ level of learning through practical demonstration of their skills.

“We continue to strengthen our local relationships and are investigating additional opportunities including registered apprenticeship programs with support from NIMS,” he added.

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(from left) Barry Griggs, Barbara McCray, Brad Stufflestreet, and Keith Tittle hoist the banner recognizing Machine Tool Operations as a nationally accredited program by NIMS.

The NIMS accreditation resulted through the Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment and Community College Career Training grant that brought together Northeast State and five other colleges to form the Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC) in 2013. One of the purposes of this grant was to add the opportunity for students to receive stackable industry-recognized credentials (such as NIMS credentials) in addition to college certificates and degrees.

“This national NIMS accreditation is a major accomplishment and is the result of a focused team effort that involved college faculty, local employer partners, and SEELC grant staff,” said Barbara McCray, project manager for the SEELC grant at Northeast State. “The NIMS accreditation will bring more attention to the Northeast State machine tool program from area employers and potential students.”

Accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on CNC and manual machining skills. As a nationally accredited program, the College demonstrated its commitment to providing industry-level training for northeast Tennessee and for the greater U.S. manufacturing industry.

Led by Industry Certification Coordinator Barry Griggs, college staff and faculty met the stringent quality requirements set forth by NIMS. The College undertook several requirements including a self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students against NIMS industry credentials, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation at the Blountville campus.

“Everyone has worked together well to meet all the NIMS requirements for a top-notch machine tool program,” said Griggs. “I think the school’s desire to meet these high standards shows the commitment of the school to its students and I’m very happy to see the school achieve this national recognition.”

The Fall 2016 on-site evaluation was conducted by NIMS evaluators. The visit included a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of student safety habits, and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators, and local employers.

Keith Tittle, interim assistant dean of the Advanced Technologies division at Northeast State, said the NIMS accreditation validated the quality and level of instruction offered at the College. He said the program’s dedication remained consistent with that of nationally recognized programs.

“This is also an indication of the commitment of our highly qualified instructors to deliver training that will ensure students are successful in the workplace,” said Tittle. “Overall, this NIMS accreditation is evidence of a very successful program involving instructors, students, and local industry.”

For more information about the Machine Tool Operations program and how to apply for admission, visit http://www.NortheastState.edu or call 800.836.7822.

Workforce Solutions offers 10-week phlebotomy program

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering a 10-week course in phlebotomy, which is projected to be one of the fastest growing health-care occupations in the next decade.

Phlebotomists specialize in drawing blood and work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, laboratories, and public health facilities. Phlebotomists are crucial members of a medical team, providing quality laboratory samples and patient/donor care in a variety of medical settings.

Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, prospective patient care technicians, current nurses, or those looking to develop skills may be good candidates for the program. The training includes theory and hands-on instruction during a 10-week program. This course includes labs in a hospital setting and 100 documented sticks.

Students will gain the technical knowledge required to assist them in passing the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination, which is included in the course.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Class Dates: Feb. 9 – April 19, 2016
Course Hours: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Regional Center for Health Professions Building in Kingsport, 300 W. Main St.
Fees: $675 (includes the NHA Certification Exam)

The course’s instructor has been a phlebotomist for many years and has taught phlebotomy since 2005. Credentials include a bachelor’s in Management, and a master’s in Education.

Registration Deadline: January 26, 2016

For more information and how to register for this class, please contact Rebecca Moody with Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5520 or rzmoody@northeaststate.edu.

Strategic Thought can help with those overwhelming work days

Today, leaders and staff are drowning in a sea of meetings, e-mails, interruptions, reports, and short-term immediate demands. They find themselves working late or taking their work home at night, which adversely affects their personal life and ultimately productivity.

But now there’s hope: Strategic Thought.

Help image 1Offered by Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions, this course shows participants how to allocate their time and energy so they can think ahead, add value, improve their daily and weekly results, and come up with new innovative ideas. The course will help participants question and validate everything in their work day and develop ways of dealing with overwhelming situations.

The course is based on more 16 years of research with leaders, sales professionals, and support staff from more than 400 companies. The results of this course are immediate and lasting.

Name: Organizing for Success Using Strategic Thought
Date: Nov. 10, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Blountville campus, Basler Library Room L106
Instructor: Ken Zeigler
Course Fees: $250.00 per participant or $225 per participant for groups of 4 or more
Registration Deadline: Oct. 30.

To register, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@northeaststate.edu.