Through the Years 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 1970s 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 146