November 1970: NWCC enters interstate exchange agreement
In November 1970, the college's board of trustees began negotiations with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on an interstate exchange agreement for community college students. This multi-state, reciprocal, reduced-tuition agreement was superseded later by the Closest Community College Program and after that by the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.
December 1976: College defines service area
Although Northwest's tax base was limited to Park County, in December 1976 the college's board officially recognized the "NWCC service area" as all of the Big Horn Basin. This designation came in recognition of the college's established tradition of commitment to the four-county area.