The NTCC campus continued to expand in its second
decade. In 1980, credit enrollment at Northeast
Technical Community College reached an
all-time high of 1,554 students and rose
steadily through the 1980s. The College also
continued to address the needs of its growth
with new construction and new housing.
Students had a new place to gather on
campus when the Student Center opened
in 1984. The 28,000-square-foot building
created a welcoming atmosphere for
clubs and organizations to meet and
students to study, play games or hang
out. To address housing issues, the Board
of Governors approved the construction
of two, 8,800-square-foot apartment
buildings. They were built by NTCC
Building Construction students.
In 1985, Northeast Technical Community
College purchased 533 acres of farmland from the
State of Nebraska for use in the College’s Agriculture
Programs. The former Norfolk Regional Center
property sits just east of the main campus.
New programming at NTCC during the 1980s included
Fire Science, Utility Line, Welding, Veterinary Care,
Food Service and Dietary Management, and Theatre,
The Northeast Career Planning Center, a multi-faceted
program with the purpose of serving Vocational
Special Needs students, was implemented in 1980.
The Center was designed to assist students who were
unsure of their chosen vocational goal or who were
having problems with courses in pursuit of their
chosen vocational goal.
In April 1985, the Office of Vocational and Adult
Education of the U.S. Department of Education
announced that NTCC’s Adult Basic Education (ABE)
program was one of two Nebraska ABE programs
nominated for the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding
Adult Basic Education Programs. The Nebraska
Department of Education commended the NTCC
staff for its dedication and quality.