Register now for basic Android app development course

There’s an Android app for that at Northeast State. Northeast State’s Workforce Solutions will offer an eight-week short course on basic Android app development from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. The course will be taught at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market St. in downtown Kingsport.

app_androidThis course is well suited for individuals looking to gain an understanding of the process required to create an Android app including hardware capabilities, software design, development of graphics, and writing code. Each participant will develop his or her own app for personal or professional use.

To receive a certificate, participants must be present for 80 percent of the course, complete all homework assignments, and develop a functional app.

A brief outline of course content follows:
9/30 – Introduction to Android: Participants will learn about the Android operating system and the various hardware types used through the Android ecosystem.

10/7 – Functional Planning: Participants will sketch out the function of their applications through the use of flow charts, storyboard, and mind mapping.

10/14 – Mock-up/Sketching: Content is geared toward the aesthetic design of the application. Tools will be used to develop a graphical representation of the app and aesthetic elements will be created.

10/21 – Overview of Eclipse: Participants will start exploring the Eclipse IDE and the technical process behind coding for Android development.

10/28, 11/4, 11/11 – App Coding: Participants will continue using Eclipse to developing their applications.

11/18 – Fit and Finish: Participants will complete their app and fine tune remaining details. A discussion of app store submission will take place.

The cost of the course is $195 and the registration deadline is Sept. 22. Students may register online at or contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or

Megan Coram earns national O’Banion Student Technology Award

Northeast State student Megan Coram has earned the national Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. This is the first time a Northeast State student has received the award.

Each year, the League honors two students with special talent in technology, strong financial need, and a passion for pursuing a career in technology.

“I love challenge of computer science and technology because there’s always something to learn,” Megan said. “No matter how long you’ve been in the business, you can’t ever know it all. That means I get to do something different every day, so there’s always a challenge, always a puzzle, always something to figure out. It’s just exciting.”

Megan, a Carter County resident and a Science Hill High School graduate, is majoring in computer and information sciences with a concentration in networking systems. She will graduate in May and she’s already landed a job with HUF Northeast American in Greeneville, Tenn., as a systems administrator. Eventually, she intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Megan Coram is the first Northeast State student to win the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award.
Megan Coram is the first Northeast State student to win the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award.

During her three years at Northeast State Megan, a single mom, has put in many long days and nights raising her son, working a part-time retail job, serving as a lab technician for the College, and, of course, studying.

“To win the award is incredible, Megan said. “I’ve worked so hard, but I did it because I loved it. I didn’t really expect anything except a way to provide for my family and do something that I love. It makes me feel proud because of what I’ve been through – raising a son by yourself is hard. The award is God’s way of telling me I’m on the right path and to just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Megan originally attended a four-school and majored in painting; however she always enjoyed working with computers and found she spent more time on them than art. Her mother suggested she should look into Northeast State for possible computer science majors and everything fell into place.

“I called the school and the person that answered was so excited for me and happy that I called,” Megan said. “It just felt so easy and like I was home. I just fell in love with Northeast. The instructors are really there to help you – they want you to learn and they get excited for you – it’s awesome. I really want to thank the family that is Northeast. I’ve never, ever been so excited to learn. I’m just very thankful to have been led here.”

(from left) Dr. Janice Gilliam, Megan Coram, and Dr. Allana Hamilton.
(from left) Dr. Janice Gilliam, Megan Coram, and Dr. Allana Hamilton.

Danny Lawson, dean of the Business Technologies Division at Northeast State said Megan was a unanimous choice for the honor – a rare accomplishment for a national award.

“I nominated Megan for the award not just because of her need, but for her enthusiasm and love for computer science,” Lawson said. “She is very deserving of this.”

The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The organization hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Dr. Terry O’Banion was president of the League for Innovation in the Community College for 23 years until his retirement. Under his leadership the League became an international organization serving over 700 colleges. Since retirement O’Banion has worked on special projects for the League for Innovation, MetLife Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Chauncey Group International, and Walden University.

Workforce Solutions sets business-tech workshops

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State is offering various business- and technology-related workshops this summer and fall. Among the topics are combustible materials, robotics, project management, workplace violence, OSHA standards, and electrical safety. For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at or call 423.543.2570.


Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Materials that may form combustible dust include metals (such as aluminum and magnesium), wood, coal, plastics, biosolids, sugar, paper, soap, dried blood, and certain textiles. In many accidents, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed.

Class Date: August 8

Course Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Instructor: This course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA

Location: Main Campus at Blountville

Fees: $175 per participant which includes books and all study materials

Please register for this course by July 21.


Upon completion of this robotics course, participants will have gained both manufacturing and robotic technological skills. The concepts learned include mechanical, electrical and manufacturing. Participants will be well equipped to begin work within a general manufacturing environment and more specifically, in a robotic system’s production environment, which is unmanned and intelligent. The labs in this program provide participants with a robot kit that ensures a hands-on experience. Upon completion they will have created a full functioning robot that uses the same concepts that the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial robots have. They will have a set of worker standards that qualify them to test for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) and National Robotics Training Center’s Certified Robotic Production Technician (CRPT), which is a nationally recognized certification.

Class Dates: August 15 – October 15

Course Hours: Online

Location: Main Campus at Blountville

Fees: $300 per participant

Please register for this course by August 1

 PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE – Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation

This course will be instructed by Cynthia West, a practicing project manager and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Course structure is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which consists of all the topics, subject areas and intellectual processes that are involved in the application of sound management principles to the administration of projects.

This course covers the following topics: scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, procurement and subcontracts, quality management, communications, human resources management and a review of sample PMP certification exam questions.

Class Dates: August 28 – November 6

Course Hours: Tuesdays: 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Location: Main Campus at Blountville

Fees due by August 14: $325, includes all materials


This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by Tennessee OSHA. It is the official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course. TOSHA trainers will conduct the classes. Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each person completing the course. Attendance at all four days of class is required to receive the card.

Class Dates: September 10-14

Course Hours: September 10-14 8:00 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Location: Wayne Basler Library, Main Campus at Blountville

Fees: $399 per participant, which includes books and all study materials

Instructor: This course is offered in conjunction with TOSHA.


Workforce Solutions of Northeast State is sponsoring a seminar on September 28 at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Kingsport focusing on the requirements for compliance with NFPA 70E and the electrical arc flash hazard.

Understanding the definition of arc flash, along with video footage of actual arc flashes, will help the attendee to gain a new appreciation of this hazard to employees. Arc flash calculations will be covered, as well as selection of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to allow qualified persons to safely work within the arc flash boundary. Insulating voltage-rated tool and glove requirements will be discussed. Training for electrical workers and the Energized Work Permit will be covered. Techniques and ways to “engineer out” the hazard of arc flash will also be discussed.

The instructor, Bob Huddleston, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and serves on the NFPA National Electrical Code-making Panel 6 as voting principal member.

Class Dates: September 28

Course Hours: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, 305 W. Main Street, Kingsport

Fees: $195 per participant which includes all materials

Instructor: Bob Huddleston

Please register for this course by September 10.


Workplace Violence accounts for nearly 800 homicides and nearly 2 million non-fatal assaults each year in the United States. Learn what to do to make yourself, and those that you are responsible for, less likely to be a victim. This seminar will instruct how to make yourself and your workplace a harder target for those that would do harm. There are proactive steps that can be taken that will increase chances of survival in workplace violence situations including such events as active shooters. Fire evacuation plans at work are required, but the reality is you are more likely to lose your life to a human attacker than to a fire. The time to prepare is now.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Definitions of Workplace Violence
  • History of Workplace Violence
  • Typology of Violence (Developed by the FBI)
  • Five main elements of a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (Recommended by OSHA)
  • Active Shooter – What to do!
  • Verbal De-escalation (Proactive ways to calm situations)
  • Personal Safety

Class Dates: October 2

Course Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Main Campus at Blountville

Fees: $250 per participant, includes all materials

Instructor: John Rose, M. A.

Please register for this course by September 25.


This seminar explores developing a Threat Assessment and Management Team (a multidiscipline team to assess the behaviors of workers, clients, students, and visitors that may be preincident indicators of workplace violence). The goal is to recognize these behaviors and stressors and take a proactive approach to head off those individuals on a pathway to violence and get them the assistance that they need, and then take the appropriate security measures to protect those in the potential path of the future violence.

Topics that will be covered:

  • History of Threat Assessment Teams (Case Studies)
  •  Typology of violence (Developed by the FBI)
  •  Developing a Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAM Team)
  •  Who Should be on the TAM Team
  • Assessment Tools Available
  • Table Tops and practice in completing mock case assessments

Class Dates: November 8

Course Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Main Campus at Blountville

Fees: $250 per participant, includes all materials

Instructor: John Rose, M. A.

Please register for this course by November 1