In spring 2010, NWTC became the first college in Wisconsin to join Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed, with a focus on creating a “culture of evidence” on college campuses. As a member of Achieving the Dream, NWTC identifies strategies to improve student success, close achievement gaps, and increase retention, persistence, and completion rates.
In 2011, the College was ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. community colleges in demonstrating high levels of student success by the Aspen Institute.
The College celebrated its centennial in 2012 with a community event on the Green Bay campus.
NWTC was named a Leader College by Achieving the Dream in 2014 for improving student success and closing achievement gaps.
On April 7, 2015, NWTC district voters passed a $66.5 million referendum, approving the College’s plans to create dedicated training space for high-growth industries including energy, transportation, advanced manufacturing, information technology and entrepreneurship in Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay.
By 2018, construction was complete on 160,000 feet of new space and 240,000 feet of renovated space. New facilities included the Great Lakes Energy Education Center, Transportation Center, College of Business, and Universal Driving Facility in Green Bay; and the Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay in partnership with Nicolet National Bank. The project also included an expanded/improved Marinette Campus, upgraded Sturgeon Bay campus, and upgraded spaces for the Trades and Engineering Technologies department on the Green Bay campus.
NWTC was recertified as a Leader College in 2019, for achieving and sustaining significant improvements in student outcomes.
In the fall of 2019, NWTC updated its logo and other branding to reflect the College’s ability to inspire and transform lives not only with hands-on education, but with its lesser-known offerings like four-year transfer opportunities and degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“The future expectations of our students are changing the face of higher education,” NWTC President Dr. Jeff Rafn said. “Our role at NWTC is to help them shape their story and prepare with purpose. We have undergone a significant shift in our facilities and our programs to meet the needs of our students and our community through technology, flexibility, and workforce demand. Amid these changes, we wanted to change the College’s logo and branding in a way that reflected the ever evolving NWTC experience and journey of our students.”
The College’s new tagline – Soar Higher – came from an NWTC student during a Student Senate meeting. The student conveyed how NWTC helps people reach for their dreams, higher than they thought they could.