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The First 50 Years


September 17, 1969: Doors open to first entering class!

1971: First class of 169 graduates

1973: Foundation is established

1974: Middle States Accreditation

1978: Construction of Begley Library, Lecture Hall (Auditorium), Music Dept.

1981: Induction of first students as Charter Members of PTK

1982: Developmental Studies Unit is organized, Learning Center opens

1984: Music program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music

1987: Center for Science and Technology opens

1992: $11 million campus development project completed (Biology, Geology, Culinary Arts Labs, Restaurant, 15 classrooms, Cafeteria, College Store, student lounge, pedestrian bridge)

1993: Culinary Arts Program, Paralegal Program, Business Programs accredited

2000: Gateway Building opens; Construction on Stockade Building begins

2002: First classes held in new Stockade building; County Legislature endorses Campus Master Plan expansion

2007: $6.3M Culinary Arts Addition completed

2008: County announces plans for $3.9M music wing addition

2011: Center City opens for classes and housing of Criminal Justice Program

2012: New music wing added to Begley Hall

2014: HPOG Grant begins for new health care program majors

2015: Dr. Steady Moono becomes College President; Kindl Building opens; Beverage Management and Nanoscale Technology programs introduced

2017: New Biotech program begins on the new 6th floor of Elston Hall

2019: Foundation launches $2.5 million capital campaign; Construction begins on new Learning Commons

Early Leaders