Northeast Community College had a new president
to start the new millennium. Dr. Bill Path returned to
campus in 2001 to succeed Dr. James Underwood, who
retired. Dr. Path previously served as vice president of
student services at Northeast from 1996-2000.
The Norfolk campus continued to expand during
the decade with a number of new structures. The
40,500-square-foot Burkhardt Hall (2004) added 150
beds, bringing the on-campus occupancy to 350. Other
new buildings during the decade were the Agriculture
Complex (2004); Utility Line/Truck Driving (2007);
and the College Welcome Center (2009).
Additions to facilities included Ag/Allied Health (two
floors of additional classrooms, labs, offices, and a glassenclosed
walkway to connect the Science Building,
2001) and the Cox Activities Center (15,000-squarefoot
addition to house Audio Recording, Broadcasting
and Music, 2005).
A new 10,000-square-foot education center in the
Westside Technology Park in South Sioux City opened
for Fall Semester 2005. Classes were previously held
in the South Sioux City library and other locations in
South Sioux City.
Plans began in 2006 to expand Northeast Community
College class offerings in West Point. The West Point
extended campus, located in the Nielsen Community Center and made possible by a capital campaign project
in the region, opened in 2008.
Northeast Community College was recognized
nationally during the decade. In 2002, the College was
named one of the fastest-growing community colleges
in the nation by the National Center for Educational
Statistics. Northeast was 18th on a list of 50 community
colleges with a student enrollment of 2,500-4,999.
The 2000s also saw the expansion of programming in
the areas of Wind Energy Technology, Graphic Design