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Beaufort County Community College Archives: History and Timeline

Overview

Founded in 1967, Beaufort County Community College has a rich history that has been archived and is housed both in this library guide and in the library. BCCC began as Beaufort County Technical Institute with Mr. Charles H. Byrd as its first president. The first class graduated in 1968 and the college received full accreditation in 1973. In 1979, the college officially became Beaufort County Community College. This information and other materials about BCCC's history are held in the library and kept in archive box 1. 

Presidents

Dr. David Loope, 2017-present

Dr. Barbara Tansey, 2012-2017

Dr. David McLawhorn, 2001-2012

Dr. U. Ronald Champion, 1990-2001

Mr. James P. Blanton, 1971-1990

Mr. Charles H. Byrd, 1966-1971

Timeline

  • 1967 - Chartered as Beaufort County Technical Institute
  • 1968 - First graduating class
  • 1969 - Purchased permanent site and began construction on the first building, named for Graham Elliott
  • 1971 - Completed Elliott Building
  • 1973 - Received full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1974 - Completed Vocational/laboratory building named for Delmar Keech (#2)
  • 1977 - Completed Nursing/Allied Health building named for Katie G. Paul (#3)
  • 1978 - Completed Vocational building (#4)
  • 1978 - Earned reaffirmation of accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1979 - Added College Transfer program
  • 1979 - Changed name to Beaufort County Community College
  • 1982 - Completed Learning Resources building (#5)
  • 1983 - Adult Basic Education funded
  • 1984 - Created BCCC Foundation to unite community resources with BCCC needs
  • 1988 - Earned reaffirmation of accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1990 - Dr. U. Rob Champion becomes BCCC's third president
  • 1990 - Passed local bond referendum to fund construction of Continuing Education/Community Services building
  • 1992 - Completed Continuing Education/Community Services building (#8)
  • 1993 - Passed State bond referendum to fund construction of Student Services/Sciences building
  • 1996 - Completed Student Services/Science building
  • 1997 - NCCCS Reengineering completed with conversion to the semester system and Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with UNC System
  • 1997 - Purchased 13 additional acres of land for future expansion
  • 1998 - Earned reaffirmed of accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1998 - Opened a new maintenance building 
  • 1999 - Expanded distance Learning with implementation of BCCC Internet classes funded by USDA Distance Learning grant
  • 1999 - Completed BCCC Foundation 3-year campaign with assets topping $350,000
  • 1999 - Went online with BCCC classes
  • 1999 - Awarded $220,945 by Kate B. Reynolds Foundation for expansion of BCCC's ADN and PN programs in the Allied Health Division
  • 2000 - Statewide community college bond referendum is passed; BCCC received $7.2 million for construction and renovation
  • 2003 - Completed Public Safety building (#10) through 2000 bond referendum
  • 2003 - Building #7 replaced and upgraded to house HEATT program
  • 2006 - Public Services Technologies building (#11) completed with state bond money to house Cosmetology, Early Childhood, and Human Services program
  • 2007 - BCCC celebrated 40th anniversary on December 7, 2007
  • 2007 - BCCC became hub for Wachovia Partnership East Northeast Consortium for public school teacher training
  • 2008 - Beaufort County Early College High School established
  • 2009 - Earned reaffirmation of accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 2010 - Building 10 Annex completed
  • 2010 - Beaufort County Board of Commissioners receive federal grant and load to construct Allied Health and Nursing Building (#12)
  • 2011 - BCCC received $2.2 million for North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (NCAMA) Grant
  • 2012 - Building 12 completed to become new Katie G. Paul Allied Health and Nursing Building
  • 2012 - Dr. Barbara Tinsey installed as new BCCC President
  • 2016 - Fire training facility constructed
  • 2016 - Open house held for new culinary classroom as part of the continuing education program
  • 2017 - Dr. David Loope installed as new BCCC President

Yearbooks

One known yearbook for the school is housed in the archive and can be found in box 1, folder 3.

  • Beau-Tech, 1969 Volume 

                   

Milestones

Beaufort County Technical Institute Scrapbook (1967-1968)

This scrapbook chronicles the origins of Beaufort County Community College from 1967 to 1968 through news clippings, letters, and news releases. The condition of the item is very fragile, but it's been digitized and can be viewed in as PDF document. Below is an index containing titles of the materials it contains.

A/V Materials

Assorted audiovisual material are also available in the archive:

  • Video cassette of Dr. Champion's retirement
  • BCCC 50th Anniversary slide deck with audio recordings
  • Assorted photograph slides
  • "Beaufort Tech Girls" WDLX, January 17, 1989 cassette recording
  • 25th Anniversary VHS
  • Raw footage of campus VHS
  • Time capsule 1992 VHS

These materials can be found in archive boxes 11 and 12.