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 glass enclosed walkway to connect the Science Building, 2001) and the Cox Activities Center (15,000-square foot 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 and Agronomy.