Northeast State Community College will close its Bristol campus at the end of the fall 2017 semester.
The decision is part of the College’s correction action plan to align revenues and expenses. Northeast State recently trimmed $5 million to balance its 2018 budget.
A recent audit by the Tennessee Board of Regents noted: “the benefits of the site do not justify the current cost of the agreement.” The College currently pays $22,986.51 per month for the 16,000 square-foot site. Payment on the facility will continue until the lease expires on Feb. 18, 2018.
“This move will make the College stronger financially and increase the efficiency of operations,” said President James King. “We appreciate the support we have enjoyed in Bristol and want to keep the door open for a future presence in the community.”
The facility, located at 620 State St., opened in 2013 with 102 students. The site currently enrolls about 140 students.
King said personnel at the Bristol site would be relocated to Northeast State’s campuses in Blountville, Johnson City, and Kingsport.
The college’s Entertainment Technology Program, which is housed at the Bristol campus, will be moved to the Blountville campus. Also, dual enrollment students taking classes at the facility will move to Tennessee High.
Students with questions about transitioning to other Northeast State campuses may contact Jennifer Puckett, director at Northeast State at Bristol, at 423.354.5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.