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
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
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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