Northeast State to close Bristol campus, sell Gray campus building

Northeast State Community College will be closing its Bristol campus, located at 620 State Street, at the end of the fall 2017 semester.

The college said its decision is part of its plan to align revenues and expenses. Northeast State recently trimmed $5 million to balance its 2018 budget.

The Tennessee Board of Regents noted in a recent audit: "the benefits of the site do not justify the current cost of the agreement." The college pays almost $23,000 per month for the 16,000 square-foot site. Payment on the facility will continue until the lease expires on February 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 opened in 2013 with 102 students and currently enrolls about 140 students.

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 School.

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

Additionally, as part of its efforts to "right-size operations," Northeast State Community College is putting its Gray campus building up for sale.

The proposed sale is part of the college's recent budget realignment which involved reductions in personnel, operating, travel, and equipment. The building is located at 120 Dillon Court in Gray and contains 12,956 square feet. The facility was built in 1992.

The Tennessee Department of General Services is conducting the sale and is requesting sealed bids for purchase. A deadline for bids has not been set. More details are available at

The facility housed administrative offices for University Parallel Dual Enrollment and Adult Education as well as the Aviation Technology program. Dual Enrollment has been relocated to the Blountville campus, while Adult Education has moved to the Johnson City campus. Aviation Technology will relocate to the Elizabethton campus at the end of the semester.

The sale will not impact instructional activities scheduled for the fall 2017 semester.

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