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1960s

  • 1967 McHenry County College is established by passage of referendum.
  • 1967 Organizational meeting of the First Board of Trustees held.
  • 1967 Forest D. Etheredge, vice president of Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, is appointed founding president of McHenry County College.
  • 1968 The first McHenry County College catalog (1968–1969) is published. It includes these programs of study:
    • Associate in Liberal Arts
    • Associate in Science
    • Associate in Applied Science
    • Agriculture Chemicals Technology
    • Accounting
    • Business Mid-Management
    • Business Data Processing Technology
    • Industrial Supervision Technology
    • Secretarial Science
    • Electronics Technology
    • Mechanical Technology; Design and Drafting Options
    • Associate in General Education
  • 1968 The Pure Oil Building in Crystal Lake (current Jewel shopping area) is established as an interim campus for the 1968-69 year.
  • 1968 MCC opens its doors at 8 a.m. to 312 full-time and 1,045 part-time students. Tuition is $5.60 per credit hour.
  • 1968 The MCC Tartan, the student newspaper, makes its debut.

1970s

  • 1970 MCC’s first commencement honors 42 graduates.
  • 1971 Dr. James R. Davis becomes the second president of the College.
  • 1971 Weber site on Route 14, northwest of Crystal Lake, selected for the permanent site recommendation.
  • 1972 Successful building bond referendum for $3,100,000 conducted for permanent campus. Vote totals were 7,745 Yes, 2,415 No.
  • 1972 Original 66.56 acres purchased from Weber Machines for $199,680.
  • 1973 Tuition is $12.50 per credit hour.
  • 1973 Approval of Joint Nursing Agreement and Cooperative Ag Program with Elgin Community College. This was the first cooperative agreement.
  • 1973 Release of state funds for college construction by State of Illinois, Office of Governor, $3.675 million.
  • 1974 Groundbreaking ceremony at construction site, for the Applied Science Building, now known as Building D.
  • 1975 MCC’s first student literary magazine, McScripsit, is published. The current award-winning student literary/arts journal, Voices, is published each spring.
  • 1975 The Pure Oil building is vacated and college operations are moved into permanent campus facilities.
  • 1975 Applied Science Building (Building D) occupied for fall classes.
  • 1977 Dr. Robert Harris becomes the third president of the College.
  • 1979 Board approves establishment of the first MCC licensed child care center (in an off-campus facility) to be opened Fall 1979.

1980s

  • 1980 Robert C. Bartlett becomes the fourth president of the College.
  • 1980 Groundbreaking for gym/multi-purpose building. Wight and Company were the architects.
  • 1981 MCC Foundation re-organized and renamed to McHenry County College Foundation.
  • 1983 Women’s volleyball team wins first of many conference championships.
  • 1987 Board approves Center for Business and Industry Employee Training, which eventually became the Shah Center.
  • 1988 George H.W. Bush visits MCC on campaign tour.
  • 1988 Tuition is $30.00 per credit hour.
  • 1989 Groundbreaking for Buildings B and C. Legat Architects was the architectural firm.
  • 1989 College purchases 43.9892 adjoining acres for $615,848.80.

1990s

  • 1990 Groundbreaking for Fire Science Building. Legat Architects was the architectural firm.
  • 1992 MCC celebrates 25 years. Adds crimson to its school colors as part of the celebration.
  • 1992 Grand Opening of Small Business Development Center, which is part of the current Shah Center.
  • 1993 MCC receives first Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring program grant from the Illinois Secretary of State Office.
  • 1994 MCC men’s tennis selected as an NJCAA National Qualifying Team for the first time.
  • 1995 Work begins on library addition. Legat Architects was the architectural firm.
  • 1995 Academy for High Performance (now known as Fast Track) begins.
  • 1996 Groundbreaking for Center for Advanced Technology (Building E). Legat Architects was the architectural firm.
  • 1996 MCC begins “Kids on Campus.” This program has expanded to students in grades 1–12.
  • 1996 Men’s baseball team wins first conference championship and are NJCAA Region IV Champions.
  • 1997 Dr. Daniel J. LaVista becomes the fifth president of the College.
  • 1998 Governor Jim Edgar visits the MCC campus to release the $1 million planning grant funds for a new Student Services and classroom building addition.
  • 1998 MCC receives a $100,000 grant from the Grace A. Bersted Foundation to be used for strategic planning, the largest private grant in the College’s history.
  • 1998 MCC women’s volleyball team advances to the NJCAA national tournament, becoming the first volleyball team in MCC history to compete at this level.
  • 1999 Women’s basketball team wins conference, its first of nine conference championships.
  • 1999 MCC receives an Award of Excellence in Learning-Centered Instruction from the Illinois Community College Board for its Plastics Academic Program.
  • 1999 Board approves $12.7 million student services and classroom addition—State of Illinois provides $9.5 million of the cost.

2000s

  • 2000 Running Start—the first high school dual-enrollment program begins at MCC. Running Start is now under the umbrella of High School Plus, which offers several options for students to earn college credit while in high school.
  • 2000 November 7, 2000 referendum passed. Last referendum brought to voters.
  • 2001 MCC is recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence from the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This was the first of many.
  • 2001 Groundbreaking for Student Services building. Legat Architects was the architectural firm.
  • 2001 MCC women’s tennis team advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national tournament.
  • 2001 MCC’s Manufacturing Management Program wins national award.
  • 2003 McHenry County College wins the Spring Regional Tournament of the Academic College Bowl.
  • 2003 Dr. Walter J. Packard becomes the sixth president of the College.
  • 2004 MCC’s Center for Commerce and Economic Development receives $440,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the largest workforce training grant awarded to an Illinois community college at that time.
  • 2004 MCC’s Forensics team qualifies for nationals for the first time and takes third place.
  • 2004 The Friends of MCC Foundation kicks off the Corporate Training Center Campaign for the College’s first permanent satellite location primarily dedicated to serving the business community.
  • 2005 MCC receives $350,000 Workforce Training grant from the Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP), the largest ETIP grant awarded to an Illinois Community College.
  • 2005 Groundbreaking for the Shah Center for Corporate Training and the Illinois Small Business Development Center in McHenry, made possible by a lead gift of $25,000 from the Pratima N. Shah Family Foundation. Legat Architects was the architecture firm.
  • 2006 MCC offers first group of new courses that combine classroom and online instruction, now called blended courses.
  • 2006 Illinois Senator Barack Obama holds Town Hall at MCC.
  • 2008 The MCC Promise Scholarship is announced by the Friends of MCC Foundation to pay two years MCC tuition to graduating district high school seniors. The success of this program led to the largest increase of students that the College had seen.

2010s

  • 2010 Dr. Vicky Smith becomes the seventh president of the College.
  • 2012 The cafeteria and commons area go through a remodel, building a state-of-the-art culinary lab, as well as increasing student space.
  • 2014 MCC named as one of top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • 2014 MCC ranked one of the most affordable and successful community colleges in Illinois by CNN and College Measures.
  • 2014 MCC selected for an $825,000 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to help build an open online course.
  • 2014The arrival of six new manual mill and lathe machines expands the manufacturing lab at the College.
  • 2014 The new Black Box Theatre has opening night.
  • 2015 MCC receives a $199,612 National Science Foundation grant, which comes from the Advanced Technological Education grant program, to provide train faculty toward launching two new innovative certificate programs and a new associate degree in mobile application design and development.
  • 2015 Women’s volleyball win NJCAA Region IV Championship and qualifies for NJCAA National DII Tournament.
  • 2016 Dr. Clinton E. Gabbard becomes the eighth president of the College.
  • 2016 Men’s baseball team advances to the NJCAA national tournament for the first time.
  • 2016 MCC Board of Trustees approves building of a Science Center. MCC announces initial, large donor for Science Center project, officially naming the facility the Liebman Science Center.
  • 2016 Tuition is $104.00 per credit hour.
  • 2016 The McHenry County College 2016–2017 catalog is published. It includes these programs of study:
    • Associate in Arts
    • Associate in Science
    • Associate in Engineering Science
    • Associate in Fine Arts; Art or Music Option
    • Associate in Applied Science:
      • Accounting
      • Administrative Office Management
      • Automotive Technology
      • Automotive Technology, Management Option
      • Baking and Pastry Management
      • Business Management
      • Computer Information Systems
      • Construction Management
      • Criminal Justice
      • Culinary Management
      • Digital Media
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic
      • Engineering Technology
      • Fire Science
      • Graphic Arts
      • Health and Information Technology
      • Horticulture
      • Manufacturing Management
      • Marketing
      • Network Security
      • Nursing
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • Paralegal Studies
      • Robotics
      • Web Design and Development
    • 59 Certificate programs

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