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August 17, 1966The Luzerne County Board of Commissioners request approval from the PA State Board of Education to sponsor a community college.

September 15, 1966Permission is granted from the PA Board of Education allowing the Luzerne County Board of Commissioners to establish and operate a community college.

November 7, 1966LCCC formally begins operation as the Trustees hold their first meeting and elect officers. Guy V. Ferrell is appointed the College’s first President.

October 2, 1967LCCC opens its doors for the first time with 836 students attending classes in Wilkes-Barre. Tuition is $12.50 per credit.

Fall of 1968Candidates for SGA offices present their campaign platforms before a full student body audience. The event was held in the JCC auditorium.

1968The freshmen and sophomore women of LCCC challenge each other to a game of “Powder Puff Football.” Kirby Park hosted the unique contest.

1968The LCCC Drama Club presents Edward Albee’s The American Dream. Newspaper reports state, “Critics’ reactions to the evening performance were favorable and considered the show quite a success for LCCC’s first dramatic offering.”

1969After weeks of using Kirby Park, the new LCCC student parking lot is located beneath the Kingston end of the Market Street Bridge.

1969Wrestler John Brominski represents LCCC in the National Jr. College Region 19 Tournament conducted in Worthington, MN.

May 1969The Honorable Daniel J. Flood gives the Commencement Address at ceremonies conducted at the Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre. 195 students received diplomas at LCCC’s first graduation.

1971The LCCC Hotel & Restaurant Management Program establishes a cooperative agreement with Cornell University.

1971Joel Kislin wins the NJCAA heavyweight championship in Worthington, MN. Also competing at the event were Tom Davis and Gary Alters. Coach of the wrestling team was W. Brooke Yeager, III.

June 23, 1972Flood waters caused by Hurricane Agnes severely destroy LCCC’s Wilkes-Barre facilities. Fall classes do not begin until October.

June 13, 1973Rep. Daniel J. Flood announces the awarding of a $632,756 grant to help fund the construction of two buildings on the new LCCC campus located in Nanticoke.

Spring, 1974LCCC opens permanent Main Campus site on 122-acres in Nanticoke. New facility consists of eight buildings.

Fall of 1973LCCC begins a two-year Associate Degree Program in Nursing.

Fall of 1974A newly-developed Day Care Center is now operational on LCCC’s campus. The center, operated by the Child Development Council of Northeastern PA, accommodates 15 pre-schoolers and 12 toddlers.

October 17, 1974The LCCC cross country team, under the guidance of Paul Kretschmer, extended its record to 7-3… the best mark in LCCC history.

November 30, 1974The men’s basketball team defeats PSU Hazleton to record its 38th consecutive home victory. Earlier in the week LCCC christened its new gymnasium with a win over Lackawanna Jr. College before 1,000 fans.

1975Circle K Club receives its Charter from the Nanticoke Kiwanis Club.

August 20, 1976A record group of nearly 600 new and transferring students attended LCCC’s orientation.

August 23, 1976LCCC begins its 10th year as classes begin for the fall term.

July 22, 1977Senior citizen’s organizations throughout the region host their “Candle Light Ball” in the Student Center.

August 5, 1977Groundbreaking ceremonies are conducted for construction of the $1.6 million Dental/Nursing facility (building 9).

November 11, 1977Alumni Association hosts its annual Dinner Dance at the Regency Room of the American Legion Post Home located on River Street in Wilkes-Barre.

December 7, 197734 LCCC female students model in the “Dressing for College” fashion show conducted at the Pomeroy’s Community Room.

December 1977LCCC makes a final payment of $604,000 on the overall cost of $8,832,084 for the purchase of the 122 acre campus and construction of either academic and student service buildings located in Nanticoke which opened in 1974.

February 23, 1978The women’s basketball team easily defeats the University of Scranton, 79-55, to finishes the regular season undefeated at 18-0.

March 20, 1978A huge crowd greets the women’s basketball team at the airport on its return home from Overland Park, Kansas after competing in the NJCAA National Tournament. The team, under the direction of Ruby Carmon, finished in 5th place after beating teams from Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, and Texas.

March 31, 1978LCCC hosts the PA forensics Association State Championships. LCCC is the only 2-year instititu9in participation among the 20 colleges entered.

May 1978In a move that runs contrary to the national trend in higher education, LCCC lowers its tuition cost from $21.50 a credit hour to $20.00 per credit. This change is due to LCCC’s “rapid upsurge in enrollment.

September 17, 1978Plans finalized to open off-campus site in Hazleton. Cost of tuition is $21.50 per credit hour.

Fall of 1978TACKLE program started at the College. Students may now receive credit for “life experiences.”

November 7, 1978Sharon Jarell, of Kingston, captures the EPCCAC Cross Country title with at time of 16:56 over the 2.5 mile course. The event was hosted by LCCC.

1978LCCC School of Nursing is awarded formal accreditation by the National League for Nursing. That year 94 students graduated from the nursing program.

February 4, 1979LCCC develops its Fire Science curriculum with one-and two-year degree programs.

April 26, 1979Medical Arts Complex (Building 9) formally dedicated and ribbon cutting ceremonies conducted.

Spring 1979Samuel J. Lesante, Board of Trustees, contacts Governor Richard Thonrburgh and offers LCCC’s facilities as a “temporary operational command post for you and your staff or any segment of the state government you designate” in wake of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant crisis near Harrisburg.

May 31, 1979Jessica Savitch, NBC Washington-based news correspondent, addresses the 1979 graduating class of 470 students.
December 1979For the first time in its history, LCCC will participate intercollegiately in men’s and women’s and co-ed volleyball. Coaching the team is Henry Westfield.

September 24, 1980Board of Trustees appoint Thomas J. Moran as LCCC’s third President. Moran served as President from 1980 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 1997.

October 5, 1980Newspaper article cites the LCCC campus bookstore as the “all department store on campus.”

October 20, 1980LCCC enters into a written articulation agreement with 11 four-year colleges for the purpose of allowing graduates to get a baccalaureate degree.

January 15, 1981LCCC welcomes 150 new students to campus during orientation activities conducted for the Spring ‘81 semester.

January 18, 1981The Dental Clinic is opened to the public. Fees for all services are adults $4.00, children $2.50, and Senior Citizens are served free of charge.

January 19, 1981A Fire Prevention Information Center House in the College’s Library is dedicated. The center houses films and printed materials relevant to fire prevention and safety.

Spring 1981LCCC establishes a full-tuition scholarship in memory of the late Francis P. Crossin, former LCCC trustee and County Commissioner.

July 1981The $2 Million Educational Conference Center opens its doors for the first time to the general public.

1982LCCC Foundation, Inc. is established.

January 1983LCCC begins offering credit, classes in journalism through its Print Media Program.

1983LCCC begins offering evening classes at the Tunkhannock Area High School and day classes at the Oblates of St. Joseph in Pittston.

December 11, 1984The first issue of the student newspaper, The Outlook, is published.

December 13, 1984LCCC receives approval for its Phlebotomy Training Program which is run through Continuing Education.

January 10, 1985LCCC’s Displaced Home maker Program wins Pennsylvania’s “Exemplary Program Award.”

April 25, 1985LCCC beings to offer weapons training program. This new program is being run through the Continuing Education Office.

May 18, 1985The Community College begins to offer telecourses broadcast on television though a joint agreement with WVIA.

November 19, 1985LCCC hosts a statewide crime protection conference entitled “War on Crime – The Pennsylvania Perspective.”

April 27, 1986Humanities instructor David Stout introduces the start of a “Spring Film Series” to be offered on campus.

August 20, 1987The Community College’s Career Planning and Placement Center opens with its facilities located in Building 9.

August 27, 1987The College breaks ground for construction of the $7.9 million Advanced Technology Center.

October 14, 1987The broadcast Communications Department announces it will be “going on the air!”

October 24, 1987The College celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

October, 1989LCCC Alumni Association holds its first annual Craft Fair

February 8, 1989Veteran basketball coach Jim Atherton wins his 500th career victory.

August 19, 1993LCCC establishes an off-campus site in Lackawanna County.

January 1, 1994LCCC goes “smoke free” in all of its buildings.

June 7, 1995Malcom S. Forbes, Jr. is the guest speaker for the LCCC foundation’s annual Corporate Dinner conducted at the Woodlands Inn and Resort.

July 1, 1995Brigid Murray O’Connor becomes first female chairperson of the LCCC Board of Trustees.

1998New logo introduced at LCCC. College colors change from red, white, and blue to teal and navy. LCCC sports teams name called the Trailblazers.

June, 1998LCCC builds it’s newest building, the 72,000 sq. ft. Campus Center, which holds the College’s President’s Office, College Bookstore, Student Clubs area, Cafeteria, and Counseling and Student Support offices.

September, 199815,000 sq. ft. addition is added to Building 4 to house five new science labs, associated prep and storage areas, new faculty offices, and science classrooms.

January, 1999Business and Industry Training Inst.

July, 1999Building 7 is renovated and dedicated as the new Business and Computer Center, housing CIS and Business programs and faculty.

April 26, 1999LCCC’s first dedicated site, Wilkes-Barre Center, opens in the renovated Pomeroy’s building on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

Fall, 1999Northumberland Regional Higher Education Center in Shamokin opens.

Fall, 2000Hazleton Center opens for classes.

October, 2001New site opens in Kulpmont dedicated to nursing program.

October, 2001College opens new greenhouse for Horticulture program.

February, 2003Center for Business Solutions developed to initiate customized training for business and industry.

2003Partners in Workforce Education program initiated.

Spring, 2003Berwick Center opens its dedicated site.

2006Two new student organizations NAACP and Amnesty International formed on campus.

October, 2006The Schulman Gallery, the College’s first named facility, opens in the Campus Center. The new gallery opens with student Old Masters art exhibit.

January, 2007LCCC offers new Weekender program with degrees offered at the WIlkes-Barre Center and hybrid Distance Education.

January 20, 2007Dedication for LCCC’s gymnasium to be renamed after Coach Jim Atherton, retired Director of Student Activities and Athletics and Men’s Basketball coach.