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Applied Technology Campus Expansion

President Mike White

President’s Message

With the tremendous support of our college faculty and staff, foundation, community, state representatives and the state legislature, we are excited to announce that the Applied Technology Campus will soon see construction start on a new building! 

Our Applied Technology Campus continues to host vibrant programs for wind and solar energy, diesel mechanics, automotive mechanics, welding, industrial automation and more, but we were simply running out of space to provide additional technical skills in demand throughout our region.   This new building will provide us with the space for additional classrooms and labs that will give Northeastern the flexibility to expand into new areas. 

This investment in Northeastern and the Sterling community demonstrates the value placed on education and training, and we are excited to deliver more in support of our students and businesses.  Watch for construction to start in 2022 on this exciting project!   I look forward to showing you around when it is complete!

All the best,

Mike White
Northeastern Junior College

  • Current ATC building space restricts Northeastern’s ability to accept greater numbers of students. The college’s Facilities Master Plan reveals the ATC is 20,000 square feet smaller than what’s needed to efficiently teach current students. The ATC addition will add an additional 39,418 square feet to the facility for a total of 89,153 square feet.
  • Eastern Colorado has 29 percent fewer electricians than the national average. Aspiring electricians in our region must travel to the Denver metro area for any postsecondary education in this profession.
  • Precision Agriculture is a burgeoning field in need of skilled technicians. Students develop knowledge, skills and abilities to install, operate and repair this important technology as farming operations continue to adopt it.
  • Due to the fact that competitive CTE programs in this region have either disappeared or lost capacity for enrollment, Northeastern has an excellent near-term opportunity establish itself as the school of choice for high-demand workforce-ready careers in Colorado.
  • The economic modeling and research firm Emsi calculated in 2017 that Northeastern student spending annually contributes $1.5 million into the Sterling-area economy. The firm estimates more than $120,000 is generated by every 100 new students each year.
  • Local and regional employers heavily recruit Northeastern graduates, but a major portion of Colorado’s technical workforce is nearing retirement. Expansion of Northeastern CTE programs can play a major role in eliminating that projected deficit of skilled workers.