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Profiles
1970s
1970
Middlesex opens doors in two leased buildings at Bedford VA Hospital
Dr. James E. Houlihan Jr. first/founding president
Fall '70 enrollment: 573 day students; 283 evening students
Student Government Association founded
1971
Continuing Education courses offered at the Bedford campus, Arlington and Woburn high schools,
and Hanscom Air Force Base
Student Clubs founded: Humanities, Hypnosis & Psychic Phenomenon, Outing, Photography, Radio,
Secretarial and Ski
1972
To accommodate growing enrollment, two buildings leased on Marist Brothers property, 1.5 miles
north of VA Bedford campus
First Commencement 230 graduates
Women's Opportunity Research Center (WORC) founded
1973
MCC accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges
Enrollment: 1,000+ day students, 1,700 evening students
1974
Enrollment in Continuing Education courses grows to 3,910
MCC has largest noncredit numbers of all Massachusetts community colleges
1975
Dental Hygiene Clinic on Bedford campus provides low-cost services: teeth cleaning ($2) and
complete set of dental X-rays ($3)
Tuition: $150 per semester
1976
Fifth commencement 544 graduates; speaker: Gov. Michael S. Dukakis
Women's Opportunity Research Center (WORC) name changed to Widening Opportunity Research
Center to reflect growing service to entire community
1977
First TV courses,
The Community College on the Air, offered on WGBH, WGBX and WGBY
MCC has 26 men's and women's sports teams
1978
State buys Marist Brothers property for permanent Bedford campus
MCC Health Service Center opens
Community Service Division launched to meet local employment, recreational and personal-
enrichment needs
1979
MCC leads all other Massachusetts community colleges in percentage of admitted students that
graduate
Applications to MCC increase more than 30 percent
Through the Years