The new decade began with the opening of the J. Paul
and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing on the
Norfolk campus in 2010. A $12.9 million fundraising
campaign allowed for construction of the facility.
Health care education provided through the J. Paul
and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing is the result
of a collaborative partnership between Northeast
Community College, the University of Nebraska
Medical Center and Faith Regional Health Services.
Through this partnership, students may reach six
different levels of nursing education, ranging from
Basic Nurse Aide to a Ph.D. in Nursing for the first
time ever in Northeast and North Central Nebraska.
Also in 2010, Northeast Community College opened
an Industrial Training Building in South Sioux City.
A year later, Northeast partnered with another
higher learning institution to begin operations
at the College Center in South Sioux City.
Northeast Community College collaborated with
Wayne State College to construct the $12 million,
39,600- square-foot Center.
Students may earn an associate degree through
Northeast Community College and then
transfer their credits to Wayne State College for a
baccalaureate degree at the College Center. Master’s
degrees from Wayne State in select disciplines are also
offered there. The College Center also offers many
programs that allow students to enter the workforce
upon completion of their certificate, diploma or degree.
In 2011 and again in 2012, Northeast was named to
a list of the nation’s top 120 community colleges by
the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.
The Aspen Institute used a quantitative formula that
assesses performance and improvement in four areas:
graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention
rates, and equity in student outcomes on all 1,200
community colleges in the country.
In 2012, Northeast Community College deemed
community stabilization and rural revitalization as a priority and created the Center for Enterprise (CFE).
The CFE will provide optimum training opportunities
tailored to meet the needs of the employer in technical
skill development, basic workplace skills like customer
service and interpersonal communication, and
understanding and deploying the great Midwest work
ethic, just to name a few. It will also focus on promoting,
leading and growing training to support economic
development efforts in the scores of communities
served by the college.
New programming this decade included Banking
Services, International Business, Diversified
Agriculture, Mass Communication, Personal Training,
Industrial Facility Drafting, and Human Services.
With the opening of the College Welcome Center in
2009, Northeast created a “one-stop” service center
for all major student service functions including
admissions, registration, financial aid, advising,
disability and testing services, career services, tutoring,
Writer’s Clinic, and student accounts.
Increased student engagement led to expansion of
student organizations and health, wellness, and student
life activities. Additionally, both golf and volleyball
were reinstated in 2012 as intercollegiate sports to join
men’s and women’s basketball at Northeast.
Northeast Community College saw a change in
leadership in 2012. Dr. Bill Path resigned to accept the
presidency of Oklahoma State University Institute of
Technology. He was succeeded by Dr. Michael Chipps,
who formerly served as president of Mid-Plains
Community College in North Platte. Dr. Chipps came
to Northeast with over 30 years of community college
experience in Nebraska.
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