Our Past: 50 Milestones
- Charles County Junior College established with evening classes beginning September 17 at La Plata High School.
- Bruce Jenkins appointed as College Dean.
- First scholarship awarded by the Women’s Club of Southern Maryland.
- The College receives accreditation from Maryland Department of Education.
- First basketball game held at La Plata High School gym (vs. Hagerstown).
- Apprenticeship program established at Naval Ordnance Station in Indian Head.
- First Commencement ceremony held on June 1, 1960. There were four graduates.
- Maryland legislation requires title change from “Dean” to “President;" also requires title “Community College” instead of “Junior College.”
- Nike Missile Site approved as interim campus (Bumpy Oak Road).
- Dr. Julian N. Carsey becomes first appointed President of Charles County Community College.
- In September, the college offers full daytime program.
- Construction begins at the new La Plata Campus’s permanent 173-acre site on Mitchell Road with the Career Education and Administration Building.
- CCCC offers first pollution abatement program in the nation.
- First faculty senate meeting, March 7.
- College accredited by Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education.
- A separate Board of Trustees is created.
- CCCC Foundation approved and incorporated on January 30.
- Student Government Association charter approved.
- Alumni Association created.
- Indoor swimming pool at the La Plata Campus opens to public.
- August 22, the first issue of The Friday Report is printed (a weekly newsletter for faculty and staff).
- Charles the Hawk (a red-shouldered hawk) becomes first mascot of Charles County Community College.
- First nursing students graduate.
- First athletic scholarship awarded.
- Friendship House, one of the oldest surviving structures in Charles County, reconstructed on La Plata Campus.
- Community College at St. Mary’s established at Great Mills High School.
- Community College at Calvert County established.
- Dr. John Sine appointed as the second president.
- Lady Hawks volleyball brings in first Maryland State JUCO championship.
- Continuing Education program established.
- First musical, Peter Pan, presented at the new Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus, sells out.
- Smallwood Village Center used for college’s Waldorf facility.
- Fitness Membership Program first offered.
- New smoking policy adopted in an attempt to move the college towards a smoke-free environment (smoking permitted only outdoors and in designated areas).
- 8730 Mitchell Road becomes the college’s official street address, due to an enhanced 911 emergency system developed in Maryland.
- Center for Business and Industry constructed, offering conference services to the Tri-County area.
- College launches new Web site on December 21; update performed in 1998.
- CCCC Opens the Waldorf Center at its present location, in partnership with UMUC, offering bachelor’s degree programs that students can complete without leaving Southern Maryland.
- The Leonardtown Campus is established at its current location with buildings A & B.
- Dr. Elaine Ryan appointed as the third president.
- CCCC and UMUC offer a Maryland in Europe Program to Department of Defense personnel stationed abroad.
- College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is established, joining all three campuses as a regional college serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.
- First Winter Graduation ceremony held.
- First online registration offered in July.
- CSM earns first Workplace Excellence Award.
- The new Prince Frederick Campus opens at its J.W. Williams Road location with its flagship building.
- Construction completed of CSM’s Children’s Learning Center on the La Plata Campus.
- Dr. Bradley Gottfried appointed as fourth president.
- CSM Foundation five-year community campaign to begin goal of raising $5 million.
- College recognizes the milestone of graduating over 15,000 students in its history, as nursing graduate Kristin McVerry crosses the stage.