Northeast Community College is a two-year comprehensive community college that serves the residents of 20 counties of northeast Nebraska. The college was formed by the merger of two distinct institutions: Northeastern Nebraska College and Northeast Nebraska Technical College.
The main campus of Northeast Community College is located in Norfolk, NE with education centers at South Sioux City, O’Neill, and West Point. The Norfolk campus is situated on an area of 771 acres. The college has a total enrollment of approximately 5,000 full-time and part-time students.
Northeast Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding associate degrees, one-year diplomas, and certificates.
Northeast Community College offers two-year Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS). The college offers Associate of Arts degree programs in areas such as Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Art, Biology, Behavioral Science, and Criminal Justice Corrections. The Associate of Science degree students can opt for numerous areas of specialization such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Nursing-Pre-Professional, Physics, and Pre-Engineering.
Northeast Community College also offers the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their courses. The areas of study that these students can opt for include Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal Science, Automotive Technology, Banking, and Culinary Arts.
Northeast Community College also offers the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) for students who want to pursue a career as a registered nurse.
Diplomas and Certificate Programs
The college offers various career-oriented diploma and certificate programs in areas such as Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Audio Recording Technology, Business Entrepreneurship, and Early Childhood Education. The duration for diploma programs is about one year, whereas the typical duration of certificate programs is less than a year.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Northeast Community College accepts applications for admissions from any student who is 16 years or older. All degree-seeking students are required to submit the admission application form along with their official high school transcripts. Students are also required to take the ACT/SAT tests or COMPASS/ASSET placement tests.
Some programs, such as Nursing, have specific application procedures and require students to take the nursing program entrance examination. Other programs that have specific admission requirements include the Physical Therapist Assistant program, Utility Line program, Veterinary Technology program, and the Drafting-Architectural program.
International students are required to submit the International Application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are also required to submit their ACT/SAT scores; if ACT/SAT scores are not available, students are required to appear for the COMPSASS/ASSET placement tests. International students must also provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate their availability of funds to finance their education expenses for a year.
Northeast Community College provides financial aid to eligible students that demonstrate financial need to help them meet their educational expenses. Northeast Community College offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
Northeast Community College offers various scholarships to eligible students. Some of these include the Charles Wehrer Scholarship, Connie Day Memorial Scholarship, Foundation Excellence Scholarship, Lewis J. and Barbara Copple Scholarship, and Wells Fargo Bank Nebraska Scholarship. Common grant options available to students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, and Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG). Students can also apply for loans such as Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).
In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Students are required to adhere to the financial aid deadline of June 30. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Student Financial Aid Details
Student Clubs and Organizations
The student life at Northeast Community College is rich and vibrant. Student groups and clubs provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Some of the popular student clubs on campus are American Institute of Graphic Arts, Art Club, Audio & Recording Technology Club, Computer Information Processing Club, Debate/Speech Club, Early Childhood Organization, and the Hort Club.
Northeast Community College instills a sense of leadership in the students by offering them opportunities to serve in different roles such as Resident Assistants, Student Assistants, Student Activities Council (SAC), Student Ambassadors, and Student Government Association.
Advisement and Counseling facilities are available for students to help them meet their educational and career goals. There is a Guidance, Progress, Success (GPS) team that provides advice to students regarding transferring, selection of courses, and job assistance in terms of resume-making and interview tips.
A Career Planning course is available for students which includes career assessment, career research, and various activities for making short term and long term career decisions. Other career services provided by Northeast Community College include organizing job fairs for students and making the database of student resumes available to prospective employers.
Academic guidance is also available for the students in the form of on-class and online course tutoring and support courses. The support courses available for students include Learning Skills for Success, Transitional English, Prescriptive Math, and Individualized Math.
On-Campus Housing and Facilities
Housing facilities are available for students at the two residence halls and two apartment buildings on campus, which all offer amenities such as wireless internet, cable TV, 24/7 computer labs, comfortable lounges, security, laundry service, workout facilities, and game room. Dining facilities are available for the students at the Food Court and Hawk’s Landing Express.
The popular Student Center located on campus offer facilities such as a games room; a lounge area known as Hawks Landing with sofas, chairs, and a big screen TV; and a student conference room.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Northeast Community College athletic teams are known as the Hawks. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Numerous intramural activities available on campus include bowling, softball, flag football, basketball, volleyball, sand volleyball, ping pong, and numerous pitch tournaments.
- Northeast Community College. About Us. Web. 20 September 2011.
- Northeast Community College. Degrees and Programs. Web. 20 September 2011.
- Northeast Community College. 2011 – 2012 Catalog. 2011. Print.