Communication and Change Communicators must be flexible and adaptive to stay current

The way people access information and communicate seems to change almost daily. More than ever, smart phones and tablets are the go-to sources of information, displacing traditional broadcast and print media. Nonetheless, in spite of changes in technology, there will always be a need for communicators who can provide relevant content in appealing formats. For students looking for jobs in...

It’s More than Just Paint: The many repair roles of Auto Body Technicians

Instructor Roger Byington likes to joke that his students will probably develop obsessive-compulsive disorder while taking Northeast State’s Auto Body Collision/Repair classes. “I want them to develop professionalism and integrity, so they’re precise and critical of themselves when they work,” Byington said. “No one will have to point anything out to them because they’ll know whether...
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What are Soft Skills and Why are They So Important?

Sometimes the best tools for your career are those that you gain outside of the rigors of the classroom. Known simply as soft skills, they are the abilities and traits that relate to personality, attitude, and behavior. They are important in getting, and keeping, a job. “Employers are coming to us and saying ‘we’re looking for people with soft skills that know how to get to work on time,...
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Answering the Call

When emergencies happen, EMTs and Paramedics make the difference When we need help the most, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are the ones we call. They make a life or death difference when car wrecks, heart attacks, strokes, falls, burns, drug overdoses, and other medical emergencies occur. They have to be composed, decisive, and compassionate as they provide medical care at the...
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Shane Roberts makes it in America

If you don’t think anything’s still made in America, drop in on RMI in Blountville and ask for Shane Roberts. Don’t be surprised when he emerges from the group of lathes and milling machines that are rocking the nondescript metal building just off Muddy Creek Road, a stone’s throw from the Northeast State Community College campus. Looking younger than his 29 years and dressed in a t-shirt...

Ready, Willing, and Able: Grant to help students boost job-hunting skills

It always helps to have an edge in the job market. Northeast State stands ready to give students that edge with a recent $150,000 grant to support advanced technology workforce training opportunities throughout Northeast Tennessee. The funding is provided through a Walmart Foundation grant, which is managed by the American Association of Community Colleges. It is referred to as the JRWA...