Northeast State to host annual Fall Technology Career Fair

Northeast State’s annual Fall Technology Career Fair will offer job seekers an excellent opportunity to network with local employers Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) in Kingsport, 305 W. Main St.

fall tech fairThe free and public event focuses on career opportunities in manufacturing, technology, and skilled trades. More than 20 local companies are expected to participate, representing a variety of specialized industries including automotive parts, chemical, paper, utilities, and others.

“These employers will be on-hand to talk with job seekers about available jobs and careers with their companies,” said Mary Beth Oxendine Woodby, Career Development Coordinator at Northeast State. “Everyone, from job seekers and new graduates who are looking for work to those who are simply exploring various occupations, can benefit from attending the fair.”

Oxendine said job seekers are advised to bring along resume copies and be prepared to discuss their skills with employers. She said persons needing help with resumes or interviewing techniques in advance of the event should contact Northeast State’s Career Development Services Center to set up an appointment. The center is located at 222 W. Main St. in downtown Kingsport.

In addition, there will be information about Northeast State programs and various technology demonstrations.

For more information, call 423.354.5100 or e-mail

Noted author Jon Acuff speaks at Northeast State Nov. 13

Jon Acuff had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he spent considerable time in the cubicle.

Then he asked, what if?  Those two small words fueled the start of a great new career for this best-selling author who visits Northeast State Community College on Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m. in the WRCPA Theater on the main campus at Blountville for a free lecture for students and business professionals alike.

Jon Acuff

In 2010, he closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author. Acuff authored the Wall Street Journal best-selling book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job.  He also authored Stuff Christians Like and Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt.  He’s also an experienced speaker and the creator of, a blog read by more than 2 million people in 97 percent of the countries in the world.  He is also a regular contributor to many media outlets including

And it all started with two words: What if? What if you took a dozen years of branding expertise and combined it with a visionary approach to social media?  What if you could raise $30,000 in 18 hours to build a kindergarten in Vietnam? What if you took everything you learned from the brand giants and applied it to leadership?

Acuff has spent the last three years exploring what it means to take ideas to unexpected places.  Touring the country as a sought-after speaker, he’s worked with everyone from dairy farmers to CEOs of billion-dollar companies to turn ideas into action.  Called “hilarious and insightful” by Group, Acuff brings a wealth of ideas to share with individuals and companies of all sizes. With conference keynotes throughout the year and one of the most popular blogs in the world, he’s just getting started.

Born in Durham, N.C. and raised in Boston he now resides in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Jenny and two beautiful young daughters.  For more information contact, 423.354.2474 or

The business of show business

Whether doing sound or lighting for a new band, a church production, or new venue, individuals interested in working in the music/entertainment industry have a wonderful opportunity to learn comprehensive production skills when Northeast State presents a weeklong workshop with award-winning professionals in the field.

Workshop instructors include members of the award-winning lighting and artistic design team that created the Oedipus Rex production of Northeast State Theater.

The Sound, Lighting, and Production Workshop focuses on the aspects of basic sound, applied lighting design (artistic and technical), and production management. The five-day workshop meets July 23 – 27 at the College’s performing arts center at the main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Course instructors are industry professionals in the lighting, entertainment and management fields.  The workshop schedule is:

Day 1: Basic Sound – Participants learn the aspects of live sound set up, stage level sound setup and sound mixing and effects. Participants will work with live sound and in the theater sound booth.

Day 2: Applied Lighting Design – Participants learn the technical details of lighting systems to capture the right effect and the use of lighting as an artistic effect.

Day 3: Promotion – Participants learn how to tailor lighting and sound effects for different venues. An outdoor setting, a large indoor theater, or a church stage require specific lighting and sound effects.  Additionally, participants learn how to promote performances.

Day 4: Management – Behind the stage curtain, entertainment professionals work on venue management and legal details for performances. This day covers venue management and details such as writing and fulfilling contacts with performers, insurance demands, and agreements with booking agents.

Lighting and sound pull together live entertainment performances at any venue.

Day 5: Practicum – A Capstone Event:  Participants experience working in the production and set-up for singer/songwriter Trey Hensley’s evening concert on July 27 at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus.

Course fee is $525 which includes all study materials. Priority registration date is July 16.  For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at or 423.354.2570.

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.