Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

History of BCC

December 1965 Bristol Community College officially instituted by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges
February 1966 Installation of first President of Bristol Community College, Mr. Jack Hudnall
September 1966

Both the Day Division of the College and the Division of Continuing Education began operations at the Durfee Street campus

June 1968 First graduating class
December 1970 Initial (three year) accreditation granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
January 1973 The Elsbree Street campus opened
1974 Accreditation (ten year) granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
1976 The first system-wide collective bargaining agreement was signed between the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges and the Massachusetts Council of Community Colleges/ Massachusetts Teachers Association
November 1978 The second President of the College, Eileen T. Farley, began term of office
August 1980 BCC Foundation incorporated
March 1981 The Board of Regents of Higher Education became the governing authority of the system of all public institutions of higher education in Massachusetts.  (The Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges ceased its operations)
March 1981 The College’s first local Board of Trustees appointed
November 1984 Re-accreditation (ten year) granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
September 1991 Higher Education Coordinating Council becomes new coordinating board for community and state colleges.  (The Board of Regents of Higher Education ceased its operations)
September 1994 Re-accreditation (ten year) granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
July 1996 The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education becomes the new coordinating board for the 15 community colleges, nine state colleges, and the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts
July 2000 The third President of the College, John J. Sbrega, Ph.D. began term of office
October 2000 Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery opens (College’s first capital project funded by partnership of public and private funds)
Fall 2000 Durfee Street operations transferred to Elsbree Street
September 2001 New Bedford Campus @ Star Store opens
February 2002 National Bellwether Award (Workforce Development)
Fall 2002 Presidential Fellowship established
Fall 2002

CONNECT formed (Consortium of regional public higher education institutions)

September 2004 Re-accreditation (ten year) granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges