O’Neill was chosen as the site for the new facility due to the location of the existing, well-established site, its central location in the nine-county service area, as well as ongoing support and commitment from the community. The College purchased seven acres of prime real estate located on Highway 275/20 on the east side of O’Neill, situated between Farm Credit Services of America and Central Valley Agriculture. This site has good access to the highway and has much of the required infrastructure already in place.
Through the Education Center in O’Neill, Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people throughout our region for more than 30 years.
The 1938 former elementary school in which the Education Center is currently located, however, no longer meets the needs of today’s highly-technical learning environments and does not have space to expand training for businesses and industries.
The economic vitality of our area depends on the ability of our communities to educate a workforce capable of supporting, attracting, and sustaining economic growth. We can empower our region by expanding opportunities for all individuals to build the skills they need to succeed and to help our businesses thrive. We ask you to invest in a new Northeast Community College Extended Campus facility that will provide extraordinary dividends for years to come.
The nine counties to be served by the O’Neill Extended Campus encompass Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Garfield, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Rock and Wheeler counties. For those in the furthest reaches of Northeast Community College’s service district, they must travel nearly 2.5 hours to come to the Norfolk campus. With few other higher education opportunities in that part of the state, this project becomes even more critical. Last year, Northeast served 14 percent of the total adult population in the north central region, including 1,047 in credit classes and 3,356 in non-credit classes. In addition, about 22 percent of all students from across the region attended Northeast following high school graduation.
Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people throughout our region for more than 30 years. When a new elementary school was built in O’Neill in 1998, Northeast Community College moved into the vacated elementary building that was originally built in 1938. This provided the region with a college facility and the first extended campus for Northeast Community College.