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, Writing Center, 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. Chipps served until 2019 until his retirement. He was succeeded by Dr. Leah Barrett, former vice president for student affairs for the Northern Wyoming Community College District, who was appointed president in October 2019.