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MCC's History

1970 ~ February 15, 1970, first basic education class of Morgan County Community College held in basement of 300 Main St, in Fort Morgan. Susan Cribelli hired as first MCC instructor.

1972 ~ Greater Gifts scholarship program initiated. First commencement includes five associate of art degrees, four one-year certificates, and 29 Waivered Licensed Practical Nurse certificates.

1973 ~ College joins the state system and is renamed Morgan Community College.

1976 ~ MCC becomes the target of political maneuvering meant to force its closing. An investigation shows outstanding records and performance in every department and the college survives.

1977 ~ Dr. Robert W. Johnson resigns; Robert Datteri becomes second MCC President.

1978 ~ Phi Beta Lambda, national business fraternity wins eight first place awards and chapter of the year at the Colorado State Leadership Conference and then is named National PBL Chapter of the year. Betty Smith of     Burlington graduates; Smith is the first student to earn a degree without setting foot on the main campus at MCC. August 1978, groundbreaking ceremonies take place at permanent site on Barlow Road.

1979 ~ "Art in Public Places" program commissions artist John Young to render exterior sculpture, "The Victory of Olaf M" on the west lawn of Cottonwood Hall.

1980 ~ Faculty and staff move to permanent campus located on Barlow Road just south of I-76.

1982 ~ Dr. Larry Carter becomes MCC president. H.B. Bloedorn and Helen Williams are honored at first Founders’ Day event. Alternative High School established. "Learning at a Distance" technology developed.

1987 ~ Dr. Harold Deselms assumes fourth MCC presidency. First coordinator of student activities hired and the modular classroom building is redesigned to serve as the student center. Community Access Cable network, MCC Channel 10 adds to methods of class delivery.

1988 ~ Bennett, Wray, Burlington, Woodlin, Seibert, and Hugo high schools hold MCC courses delivered by television or Op-Tel.

1989 ~ First "distance learner", Barbara Kershaw of Wray, graduates. Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity, chartered.

1990 ~ Associate Degree in Nursing approved. MCC’s Small Business Development Center helps administer disaster relief funds to the victims of a tornado in Limon.

1991 ~ Dr. Richard Bond takes the reins as fifth president at MCC.

1992 ~ MCC signs an agreement for an exchange program with Yamagata Prefectural College of Agriculture in Yamagata, Japan. MCC is granted an unconditional re-accreditation by North Central Association.

1996 ~ Dr. John McKay becomes sixth president of MCC.  Expansion of Learning Resource Center begins.

1999 ~ Groundbreaking for Student Center; furnishings provided by the Jack Petteys Memorial Foundation of Brush as a memorial to Anna C. Petteys.

2000 ~ MCC serves seven counties in Eastern Colorado Morgan, Washington, Yuma, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Adams and Arapahoe. More than 3,000 students enroll each year and more than 330 instructors and staff are employed. Renovation begins for Aspen, Cottonwood and Spruce Halls.

2001 ~ Ground is broken for the Automotive Technology building to be called Elm Hall.

2003 ~ MCC’s seventh president, Dr. C. Michele Haney, stabilizes the college after imposed state budget cuts and initiates new accreditation process. Wray Center moves to new building.

2004 ~ MCC offers 50 academic and vocation programs and has enrolled 16,000 students since Summer semester of 1987. The college service area includes 11,500 square miles of eastern Colorado with regional centers in Bennett, Burlington, Limon, Wray, and Yuma. Nursing program expands to 83 students.

2005 ~ MCC is one of four colleges in the state community college system to experience increased enrollment.  Thirty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations includes Annual Gala and reunion for founders and first students. $2 million capital gifts campaign, "Dream Connections" is announced to Brush and Fort Morgan Chambers of Commerce and the business people of Wiggins. Nursing program courses offered in Wray.

2006 ~ Burlington Center moves into the newly built Burlington Community Education Center. MCC achieves 1000 FTE.

2007 ~ MCC Foundation plans a new Adult Basic Education building to be built on the Fort Morgan Campus.  MCC/Cargill Meat Solutions Workplace Education program receives national recognition.

2008 ~ Dr. Kerry Hart becomes the eighth college   president. Leadership Academy graduates first class.

2009 ~ MCC Foundation funds a new building on campus, Cedar Hall, for Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL. MCC Nursing Program received national accreditation by NLNAC. MCC Jazz Ensemble created.

2010 ~ 40th Anniversary of MCC. New nursing, health science and technology addition and renovation completed.  MCC ranked one of America’s top 50 community colleges by the Washington Monthly. MCC partnered with Morgan County non-profit organizations to create a community garden.

2011~ Received endowed chair gift from the Williams Family Foundation for Radiologic Technology Coordinator. Established the MCC Center for Art and Community Enrichment. Received the Morgan County Economic Development Committee (MCEDC) Partnership Award

2012 ~ 100 students completed their GED with ABE program. MCC received the highest quality climate survey ratings at the AQIP accreditation Strategy Forum, and for the second year in a row was rated a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2013 ~ MCC named one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” for third consecutive year. El Pomar Foundation awarded MCC a $50,000 grant to implement the college’s second entrepreneurial business plan class and competition. The Morgan County Economic Development Corporation presented MCC with the “2013 Investor of the Year Award.”

2014 ~ Viaero Wireless donates $10,000 to support MCC’s Business Partnership Program in addition to technology upgrades for the College. MCC Nursing program received national accreditation by ACEN. The Center for Arts and Community Enrichment hosts dedication ceremony for the Dahms-Talton Band Shell. Fourth year named one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”

2015 ~ MCC opens its new welding & storage facility, Birch Hall. FMS Bank donates $10,000 to support MCC’s Business Partnership Program. MCC added an Associate of Science Degree in Industrial Maintenance Electrical/Mechanical. Named a “Great Colleges to Work For” for fifth consecutive year.

2016 ~ MCC recognized for sixth year in a row as a “Great Colleges to Work For.” Ranked #1 community college in Colorado, and 125th in the United States by WalletHub, published in the Denver Business Journal. Aviation Technology Program adopted. The college debuted its first documentary, “Glenn Miller: The Birthplace of His Music.”