Northeast State announces budget realignment

Northeast State Interim President James King announced today that the College is developing a corrective action plan for its 2018 fiscal year budget.

King said an examination of the College’s finances shows revenues have not kept pace with expenses over the past few years, necessitating a budget realignment.

The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved the College’s fiscal year 2018 budget which includes corrective actions developed jointly with TBR.

The plan calls for roughly $5 million of reductions in the current year’s budget. These include $2.8 million in cuts to the operating, travel and equipment budgets.

As salaries and benefits account for around 75 percent of the College’s total operating budget, it is unavoidable that reductions to personnel must occur. While some of the reductions can occur through natural attrition and leaving positions vacant, additional measures must be taken to reduce personnel costs.

Plans are currently being considered, but nothing is finalized. King said he pledged to keep the campus community apprised as further corrective measures are developed.

King said all budget managers had been requested to re-examine their individual operating/travel/equipment budgets for any possible adjustments to offset reductions in personnel.

For the near term, King said all purchase requisitions would require approval by vice presidents/division heads, the chief financial officer, and the president.

“I know this will cause unease and concern among our employees and in the community, but I want to be transparent about the College’s financial situation and the need to correct it so Northeast State will continue to thrive and serve our students and our region,” King said. “We will remain focused on our mission: educating our students and helping prepare them for the workforce.”

Shaped-Note Singing Convention Concert July 27 at WRCPA

Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. Music lovers of all stripes can enjoy this unique style when Northeast State hosts the Shaped-Note Singing Convention Concert on July 27 at 7:00 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

The shaped-note singing style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century. Basically, shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing. The style gained a great following in colonial times when many singers were musically untrained.

The Shaped-Note Singing Convention Concert happens July 27 at 7:00 p.m.

This concert is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series continuing through July. The show takes place in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact or 423.279.7669.

NE at Johnson City hosts TN Reconnect Fair July 20

Northeast State’s Office of Enrollment Services is on the road again hosting a Tennessee Reconnect Information Fair on July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street.

Northeast State hosts this free-to-attend event the public seeking information about Tennessee Reconnect as well as Tennessee Promise and how to enroll this fall.

Attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect. For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Wanted for fall: Keeping Our Promise peer mentors!

Support your fellow Northeast State students. Become a Keeping Our Promise peer mentor this year!

Northeast State students are eligible to become Promise peer mentors provided they have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher and have been enrolled at Northeast State for at least two semesters. Mentor applicants must be enrolled for the 2017-18 academic year as well.

Be a hero. Be a Keeping Our Promise peer mentor.

Apply to be a Keeping Our Promise Mentor at this link:

Peer mentors receive a stipend of $250 per semester.  Mentors must commit to mentoring five students for at least one academic year.  A successful mentor will:

  • Support students during their academic and social adjustment to college
  • Know how to refer students to appropriate campus resources when needed
  • Work with individual instructors and departments to develop smaller communities to involve and engage students in their college experience.

Peer mentors are required to attend training sessions. During the first 10 weeks of the fall semester, mentors will be required to make contact with their students at least five times. Those 10 weeks are critical to helping new students adjust to college life. Mentors can arrange meeting times with assigned mentees based on their schedules.

Peer mentors provide a great service to their fellow students.

Peer mentoring provides wonderful opportunities to contribute to your college and community and thereby build your academic resume.

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

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 Connect with DENSO on Facebook at