On November 12-14, 1970 a conference for Oregon educators was held in Eugene to assess the needs of mathematics education in Oregon. A planning committee was selected to study the matter and develop an organizational plan. A second conference was held April 2-3, 1971 in Salem. The result was establishment of the Oregon Mathematics Education Council. One of the six components of the organization was to focus on computer science education. In July 1971, a group of 29 people met to determine the desire for of a permanent organization.

The results of the planning committee led to the formation of the Oregon Council for Computer Education (OCCE), and a statewide conference held in Eugene November 4-5, 1971. By May of 1974, when the first issue of The Oregon Computer Teacher was published, membership had grown to more than 250 people.

By 1979, with membership over 300, representing 32 states, five Canadian provinces, and several foreign countries, The Oregon Computing Teacher became The Computing Teacher and OCCE created the International Council for Computer Education (ICCE).

In May of 1980, OCCE became Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), to include computer educators from Washington State. Some of the most active members had also been members of the Pacific Northwest Association of Computer Educators (PNACE). This group of people had been putting on computers-in-education conferences at Seattle Pacific University yearly since 1977.

April 1988, marked the first year NCCE held its conference east of the Cascades in Spokane, Washington. By 1991 conference attendance had topped 2,000. The 1994 conference in Spokane, with attendance over 2,500, marked the first time a convention center was utilized. 

With an emphasis on presenting a high-quality, cutting-edge conference, attendance continues to grow requiring larger facilities. For this reason, conference locations now rotate between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

In addition to hosting the largest education conference in the Northwest, NCCE currently provides a variety of year-round professional learning opportunities to K-20 educators throughout the Northwest and beyond.