Montgomery County Community College was established December 8, 1964, and the first
Board of Trustees
The original board members were Arthur A. Alderfer, Alice I. Anderson, Herman B.
Blumenthal, Edward J. Carroll, Dwight A. Dundore, Joseph R. Feldmeier, William H.
Harned, Rev. Leonard
M. Jones, Charles Kahn Jr., Thomas P. McArthur, Jr., Gladys C. Pearstine, Stephen
W. Roberts, William E.
Strasburg, William H. Yohn Sr and R. Luther Young
first Founders’ Day celebration was held.
The Student Government was organized.
MCCC’s soccer team began its first season.
The College crowned its first Miss Montco.
College’s first class graduated.
The seal and motto were selected: “Cognitio Ad
The College received a $1 million federal grant to
help purchase and build a new campus.
The College offered a certificate in retailing for
the first time in the Fall.
The College’s first official student handbook was
published for the ‘68-‘69 academic year.
The College purchased the Thayer Estate in
Blue Bell for $700,000 for its new campus.
first annual Presidential Scholarship award was granted.
States evaluators visited the campus for the first time in preparation for
College offered 13 different associate-degree programs.
A Middle States evaluation visit was
conducted (1969), and full accreditation was offered on April 27, 1970.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held
for MCCC’s new campus in Blue Bell on February 16, 1970.
The Nursing program was
The Student Government ratified its
new campus in Blue Bell opened, and by fall 1972, nearly 4,000 full- and part-time
men’s basketball team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Community College Athletic Conference
The Municipal Police training program
The Student Government Association
chartered a Veterans Club.
The College radio station, WRFM, went
The soccer team won its fourth EPCCAC crown.
Hall and Oates played the Science Center Auditorium.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program started in the fall semester.
golf team won an EPCCAC championship.
The women’s field hockey team won an EPCCAC championship.
The College’s Child Care Center
The Foundation, the charitable arm of the College,
Founders’ Hall was renamed Parkhouse Hall.
The Alpha Kappa Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta
Kappa Honor Society was started in Blue Bell.
The Lively Arts Series was
introduced, and the Writers Conference was held for the first time.
The first Community Day was
The College first held what is known today as the Technology & Learning Conference,
regional educators and IT professionals.
The President’s Advisory Council on Diversity was launched.
The College launched its website, and internet-based classes were offered for the
Faculty, staff and students were assigned email addresses.
Campuses were renamed Central Campus in Blue Bell and West Campus in Pottstown.
Campus in Pottstown opened at 101 College Drive.
radio show, “MCCC on the Air”, aired for the first time.
The comprehensive Honors Program launched.
The Alumni Hall of Fame was established.
The Health Careers Suite opened at West Campus, and Radiography, Surgical
Technology and Medical Assisting programs began.
The Library at Central Campus was renamed “The Brendlinger Library” in
honor of the founding president, Dr. LeRoy Brendlinger.
College offered its first Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy.
College joined Achieving the Dream in further pursuit of equity and improved learning
partnership with the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, the College began
offering an accelerated GED preparatory course at West Campus.
Services faculty developed and launched the innovative Partnership on Work Enrichment
Readiness (POWER) program for people in mental health recovery.
Campus was expanded to include North Hall, with additional classrooms, offices and
College launched its University Center framework. By partnering with select four-year
colleges and universities, graduates and community members could earn bachelor’s and
master’s degrees conveniently at the Pottstown campus.
The Advanced Technology Center opened at
The College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor
the Corporation for National and Community Service for the first time.
The College entered into a partnership with Bucknell University’s Community College
Program through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
The College became a charter signatory of the American College & University President’s
Climate Commitment and pledged to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.
The Mustangs Intercollegiate Athletics program was re-launched.
The College is named one of the top technologically advanced community colleges in
country by the Center for Digital Education for the first time (MCCC has earned this
multiple times since).
MCCC launched the Faculty Diversity Fellowship Program.
The Fine Arts Center renovation of the existing art barn was completed
and the College introduced a new Associate in Fine Arts degree program.
College was named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for the first time
earned this award multiple times since).
College received a federal grant to establish an Upward Bound Program for at-risk
school youth in Norristown and Pottstown.
The College opened the Center for
Entrepreneurial Studies at Central Campus.
A new Children’s Center opened at the
The National Association for the Education of Young Children gave the Children’s Center
exemplary status for Engaging Diverse Families.
The Black Box Theater and music suites opened in the Science Center at Central Campus.
The College introduced a free
transportation shuttle between Central and West Campuses to help students and reduce
A full-scale renovation to Parkhouse
Hall was completed at Central Campus.
The College was awarded the Achieving
the Dream Leader College status for its work to improve student learning outcomes
(MCCC has earned this
status multiple times since).
The College joined the national
“College Completion Challenge” and pledged to increase graduation rates.
Tau Lambda Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was started in Pottstown.
selected to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges’ Voluntary
Framework of Accountability pilot.
College earned its first sustainability award from the Greater Valley Forge Management
Association for its campus shuttle (MCCC has earned this award multiple times since).
Veterans Resource Center opened in the former “202 House” at Central Campus.
A full-scale renovation to College Hall was completed at Central
West Campus was expanded to include the former East Penn AAA Building at
95 S. Hanover Street in Pottstown to house the University Center.
College received a $150,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop
and implement an Integrated Planning and Advising Services approach, providing technology
support for redesigned student entry and academic advising processes to enhance the
College engages students in educational planning, counseling, coaching and targeted
MCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary year.
College received a $100,000 Next Generation Learning Challenges grant funded by the
& Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by EDUCAUSE for theBusiness
Models Incubator project to improve first-time students’ understanding of financial,
and digital literacies.
President Dr. Karen A. Stout was invited by U.S. President Barack Obama to attend
House College Opportunity Summit on January 16, 2014, to share the College’s initiatives
help low-income and economically challenged students attain access to higher education.
returned to the White House on August 12, 2014 to continue the national dialogue and
a progress update.
College received its second Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, becoming
community college to earn multiple awards from the organization.
President Dr. Karen Stout served as a panelist for the annual U.S. News STEM Solutions
National Leadership Conference to discuss viable solutions for America’s skills and
education gap in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
turbines (West Campus) and solar panels (Central Campus) were installed as part of
College’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement with Siemens Industries, Inc.
Montgomery County Economic Development
Corporation presented a $2 million gift to MCCC.
MCCC Board of Trustees named Dr. Karen Stout as President Emerita for her many contributions
to the College and the community, as she leaves MCCC to assume the role of President
of Achieving the Dream, Inc.
The student success center at Central Campus was renamed the Karen Stout Student Success
Center in honor of President Emerita Dr. Karen Stout.
MCCC earned recertification as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream.
The College expanded the Faculty Diversity Fellowship Program to include teaching
advisors and librarians.
Campus was expanded with the addition of the Sustainability and Innovation Hub at
College Drive in Pottstown.
Municipal Police Academy was moved back to Central Campus.
Montgomery County Planning Commission presented MCCC with the 2016 Montgomery Award
planning and design of its Sustainability and Innovation Hub.
named a Most Promising Place to Work for the first time by “Diverse: Issues in Higher
Education” and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (the
has earned this award multiple times since).
Engineering students won the Perseverance
and Spirit of the Event Award with their hydrogen fuel cell powered urban concept
vehicle at the Shell
Eco-Marathon in Detroit, Michigan.
The new Health Sciences Center at Central
Campus opened, the result of a complete renovation of the former Physical Education
The Workforce Development Division moved its headquarters to Pottstown.
MCCC received the League for Innovation in Community Colleges’ Riegelman Award for
Excellence in Public Health & Health Navigation Education for its new Public Health
The new Sound Recording & Music Technology mix room opened at Central
EDUCAUSE Leadership award was presented to Dr. Celeste Schwartz, MCCC’s Vice President
Information Technology & Chief Digital Officer.
Montgomery County Development Corporation presented the 2018 Project Impact Award
to MCCC on
October 22, 2018 for its Sound Recording Technology recording studio.
College began hosting a chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national Math Honor Society.
Phase 1 of the Science Center renovation at Central Campus was
Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez was named Interim President.
Board of Trustees approved the Equity Statement for Student Success.
College received a $1.9 million U.S. Department of Education Title III grant for the
creation and implementation of the College Connection Experience, an immersive academic
pathway program for first-time college students with wrap-around support services
encompass all years of a student’s career at the College.
held its first pride-flag-raising ceremonies on National Diversity Day during Global
Diversity Awareness Month.
College earned Gold Seal status from the ALL In Challenge for its campus-voting rate
College was one of 560 institutions to earn this national award).
Forbes recognized MCCC as one of the top 60 employers in Pennsylvania.
MCCC earned the inaugural PNGAS Guard-Friendly School designation by the Pennsylvania
National Guard Associations.
The College began hosting a chapter of Psi Beta, the Community College National Honor
Society in Psychology.
The College kicked off its new inclusive, co-ed athletic program—Mustangs
eSports (electronic sports). Students competed in the game of Rocket League at esports
at Central and West Campuses.
MCCC earned Achieving the Dream’s
highest recognition for achievement, the Leader College of Distinction designation,
for the College’s
collective efforts in improving student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps. MCCC is
one of only 11
community colleges in the country to receive this prominent designation.
The College was selected as one of
the top 10 Bellwether finalists in the Planning, Governance & Finance category for
Anywhere: An Equitable, Scalable & Impactful Approach to Academic Support” initiative
additive academic support of 24/7 online tutoring).
The men’s basketball team won its
first-ever Regional XIX Championship Title and competed at the National Junior College
Association championship tournament where the seventh-seeded Mustangs lost after two
MCCC successfully pivoted to remote
learning for all students during the spring 2020 semester due to the global COVID-19
The campuses were renamed, from
Central Campus and West Campus to Blue Bell Campus and Pottstown Campus, respectively.
A collaboration with Challenger Center to open the first Challenger
Learning Center in Pennsylvania at the Pottstown Campus was announced.
MCCC received its largest gift to date of
$3 million from Kenneth D. Baker, a dedicated advocate of the College and its mission,
for the creation
of the Baker Center of Excellence for Employee Ownership and Business Transformation.
Victoria Bastecki-Perez was inaugurated as the sixth president of MCCC.