Northeastern Junior College Fact Sheet


Founded in 1941

NORTHEASTERN JUNIOR COLLEGE was founded in 1941 and joined the Colorado state system in 1997. As the largest residential two-year campus in Colorado, it takes pride in providing students with an entire collegiate “experience,” not just hands-on experience. interactive lectures, IPads and books. The NJC campus boasts an impressive event center that is home to the college’s nationally-recognized sports programs, including women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. NJC is a comprehensive community college offering a full array of undergraduate transfer programs and numerous career/technical options.

President: Jay Lee

Prior to serving as President of NJC, Jay Lee served as Vice President for Instruction at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing a $20 million budget, overseeing all instructional activities, and was the accreditation liaison for the college. Prior to this position, he was Dean of Career and Technical Education at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. While in Idaho he served on the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Lee has also served in the United State Air Force. He received his Juris Doctor at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and his bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice at Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Signature/Unique Programs:

Two of NJC’s signature programs are Agriculture and Wind Technology. The agriculture program has been a mainstay for a very long time, earning the respect of regional land-grant universities including Colorado State University. Students who transfer, leave NJC with a solid foundation and generally perform in the top 25% of their classes at their new school. Among our agriculture offerings are several applied science and certificate programs in agribusiness, production agriculture and equine management. The Wind Technology program is a direct response to the growth of the wind industry in  this area. It prepares students to work as operation and maintenance technicians on the large wind turbines. The program also offers certificates in Industrial Maintenance and Motors and Controls since many of the skills and competencies are transferable to other ground based industries. The program has many students from other states and has been featured in several wind industry trade magazines.


Sterling Campus
100 College Avenue Sterling CO 80751 Northeastern Junior College

Fall 2016 Enrollment Headcount:  1,621

Fall 2016 Instruction

  • Full-time Faculty: 51 – 58.6%
  • Adjunct Instructors: 36 – 41.4%

Companies/Organizations Receiving Workforce Development Training from Northeastern Junior College Include:

  • Alliance Power
  • Better Electric
  • Buffalo School District
  • C&C Tree Services
  • City of Holyoke
  • City of Sterling – Dispatchers
  • City of Sterling Fire Department
  • City of Sterling Police Department
  • City of Sterling Rec Center
  • City of Yuma Ambulance
  • City of Yuma Fire Department
  • Crook Fire Department
  • Devonshire Acres
  • Dinklage Feed Yards
  • EDF Renewable Energy
  • Frontier Fabricating
  • Holyoke Ambulance
  • Holyoke School District
  • Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department
  • Humalfa
  • Iliff Head Start
  • Logan County Social Services
  • NextEra Energy
  • Northeast Colorado Health Department
  • Peetz Fire Department
  • Premier Farm Credit
  • RE-1 Valley Schools
  • Sedgwick County Ambulance
  • Sterling Regional MedCenter
  • Trinity Lutheran Pre School
  • Washington County Ambulance