History Highlights

1964 Montgomery County Community College was established December 8, 1964, and the first Board of Trustees was appointed.
  Dr. Leroy Brendlinger was appointed the first President. He served the College from 1964-1981.
1965 Frederick Peters filed a lawsuit claiming the Community College Act was unconstitutional and an injunction was filed prohibiting the Board of Trustees to meet or act. Supreme Court Judge E. Arnold Forrest ruled in favor of Peters and declared the Act unconstitutional.
  An Advisory Committee (Leroy Brendlinger, Wilmot Fleming and Jules Pearlstine) submitted Act 322 of 1965, which amended Section 6 of the Community College Act of 1963. The amendment was approved and plans for the College proceeded.
1966 The College began serving the community from the former Conshohocken High School, 7th and Fayette Streets, Conshohocken. The doors opened October 3, 1966, with 17 faculty members and 428 students. The Opening Day dedication was held on October 18, 1966.
1967 Students formed the social organization, Triad, and a Student Government Association. The average full-time enrollment for 1966-67 was just under 500 and doubled by 1967-68.
1968 The College's first class graduated. The College purchased the Thayer Estate in Blue Bell for $700,000 for its new campus.
1969 The College offered 13 different associate-degree programs.
1969-1970 A Middle States evaluation visit was conducted (1969), and full accreditation was offered on April 27, 1970.
1970 A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Central Campus on February 16, 1970. The Nursing program was started in 1970.
1972 The Central Campus opened, and by fall 1972, nearly 4,000 full and part-time students were enrolled.
1973 The Dental Hygiene program started in fall 1973.
1974 The Student Government Association chartered a Veterans Club. The soccer team won its third straight E.P.P.A.C. crown.
1975 American Dental Association's Commission on Accreditation accredits the College's Dental Hygiene program. College radio station, WYFM, started. The soccer team won its fourth E.P.P.A.C. crown.
1977 The Medical Laboratory Technician program started in the fall semester.
1979 Faculty voted to unionize.
1980 In April, 1980, faculty held a one-day strike known as the "Snow Day" strike.
1981 Dr. Edmund Watters became the College's second president, serving from 1981-1987.  A faculty strike was held in September 1981 (settled October 1981).
1982 A faculty strike was held in September 1982 (settled October 1982).
1983 The Foundation, the charitable arm of the College, was established.
1988 Dr. Edward Sweitzer became third president. He served the College until his death in 2000.
  The Lively Arts Series was introduced, and the Writers Conference was held for first time.
1993 Community Day was held for the first time at the Central Campus.
1994 The Technology and Learning Conference started.
1996 West Campus in Pottstown opened at 101 College Drive.
2001 Dr. Karen A. Stout became the fourth College president.
2002 The comprehensive Honors Program was launched.
  The Alumni Hall of Fame was established.
2003 The Health Careers Suite opened at the West Campus, and Radiography, Surgical Technology and Medical Assisting programs started.
  Montco Radio began streaming 24/7 via the Internet.
2004 The Brendlinger Library in Blue Bell was named and dedicated in honor of President Dr. Leroy Brendlinger.
2005 The College offers its first Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy.
2006 The GED preparatory course in conjunction with Workforce Investment Board was started.
  The POWER program for people in mental health recovery was started.
  At West Campus, North Hall opened in the former Kiwi Shoe Polish factory.
  The first-ever Alternative Spring Break Program was held.
2007 The Advanced Technology Center opened at Central Campus.
  The College became an IT Apple Authorized Training Center.
  The College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the first time.
  A dedication ceremony was held for the pedestrian underpass at West Campus, connecting North and South halls.
  The College entered into a partnership with Bucknell University's Community College Scholars Program through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
  The College became a charter signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment and pledged to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. 
2008 The Mustangs Intercollegiate Athletics program was re-launched.
  The College was named one of the top technologically advanced community colleges in the country by the Center for Digital Education for the first time.
2009 The Fine Arts Center renovation of the existing art barn was completed.
  The College was named a "Military-Friendly School" by Victory Media for the first time.
2010 A full-scale renovation to Parkhouse Hall was completed at Central Campus.
  The College received a federal grant to establish an Upward Bound Program for at-risk high school youth in Norristown and Pottstown.
  The parking lot (Phase I) in the development of the Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center was completed at West Campus.
  The redesigned developmental mathematics course "Concepts of Numbers" reaches full-scale implementation at the College.
  The National Association for the Education of Young Children gave the Children's Center exemplary status for Engaging Diverse Families.
  The College opened the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in Parkhouse Hall at Central Campus.
  A new Children's Center opened at the Central Campus.
  A campus transportation shuttle started operating between Blue Bell and Pottstown.
  The Black Box Theater and music suites opened in the Science Center at Central Campus.
2011 The College was awarded the Achieving the Dream Leader College status for its work to improve student learning outcomes.
  The Second Nature's Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership was received.
  Phase II in the development of the Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center was completed at West Campus.
  The College joined the national "College Completion Challenge" and pledged to increase graduation rates by 50 percent by 2020.
  The College was selected to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges' Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) pilot.
2012 Veterans Resource Center opened in the former "202 House" at Central Campus.
  The full-scale renovation to College Hall was completed at Central Campus.
  The University Center opened at West Campus in the former East Penn AAA building at 95 S. Hanover Street in Pottstown.
2013 The College entered the first international transfer agreement with Dongseo University.
  The College was selected to participate in Gateway to College, a program that partners the College with area school districts to help students at risk of not completing high school to graduate and go to college.
  The Mustangs' mascot was introduced.
  The Culinary Arts Institute opened in Towamencin Town Square, Lansdale, in support of the expanded Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts curriculum.
2014 President Dr. Karen A. Stout was invited by U.S. President Barack Obama to attend the White House College Opportunity Summit on January 16, 2014, to share the College's initiatives to help low-income and economically challenged students attain access to higher education.
Future The Physical Education Center will undergo renovations to become a Health Science Center with new physical and occupation therapy programs.
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