The original NNTC campus opened in 1971
with the Maclay Administration Building, the
Building Construction Building and the Complex
“B” Building that included Diesel and Auto
Body shops. This facility was later renamed the
Weller Building. A dormitory and the library
were constructed a year later. At the time of its
inception, Northeast’s campus also consisted
of several older buildings located in downtown
Norfolk. The College served approximately
800 credit on-campus students and offered a
total of 39 programs of study in 1973.
Other buildings erected on campus during
the 1970s included Electronics and Utility
Line (1974); Science (1978); and the
Activities Center (1980).
NNTCC opened under the presidency of Dr. Robert P.
Cox and a governing board whose members consisted
of Gerhardt Albers, Beemer; Ronald Aschoff,
Osmond; Allen Burkhardt, Norfolk; Phil Knerl,
Ponca; H.C. Larson, Decatur; Donald Pfeil, Wausa;
Cleon Roselius, Norfolk; Raymond Schreiner, Wayne;
Benson Thornton, Norfolk; John Watson, O’Neill; and
Arlo Wirth, Hartington.
In cooperation with representatives of the Native
American tribes of Nebraska, NNTCC established
satellite community college programs on the three
Indian Reservations of northeast Nebraska. Native
American language, culture and special community
interest and development courses, along with regular
college curricula, were offered on the Omaha, Santee
Sioux and Winnebago Indian Reservations.