Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's Forty!
This is to advise you that the following community college will open in September:
At the meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges held on February 14, the name of the college was established as Middlesex Community College. The college is to be located in Bedford, Massachusetts. The President: James E. Houlihan, Jr.
William G. Dwyer, President, Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges
So it was, that on September 24, 1970 - 40 years ago today - MCC welcomed its first students, an opening day tally of 570.
Here's an announcement from the college's first President, James E. Houlihan Jr:
"Middlesex Community College will open its doors in September 1970, as the thirteenth college established by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges. Occupying two buildings of the Veterans Administration Hospital on Springs Road in Bedford, it will serve towns in the Middlesex County area and other towns within commuting distance.
It is hoped that the business and cultural life of the area will be dramatically enhanced by the establishment of the academic and technical center which is designed for the purpose of enriching its own community and to be uniquely responsive to the special needs of the area."
So, 40 years, tens of thousands of students later, how'd we do? And if you're one of those people who remember those earliest of days, now's the time to share the memories!
Congrats to all, and here's to the next 40!