The Dental Hygiene program was always a popular health career choice. 22 ▲ ▲ Faculty meetings would take place in the college’s academic classrooms. But before it could even think about moving into its second decade, the college faced huge obstacles, nearly all of which had to do with its facilities and ability to grow. Interestingly, in a 1980 history of the college written by six members of the administration, including then-Business Professor Carole Cowan, the authors wrote of the struggles facing the college in its earliest years and the ones to follow. They accompanied their review of the college’s first 10 years with a warning – “Stated simply: Unless there is support for and provisions for renovation, remodeling, restructuring, expansion, permanence….the very life of this institution is threatened.” But the authors wrote of the resolve and steel of the faculty and staff, crediting them for keeping the institution moving forward in the face of crushing budget constraints and the lack of visible physical growth: “Over the years, the back has been bent; the hope has diminished; but the work has gone on and the accomplishments have been substantial. All of this is possible because of the spirit which has prevailed at the institution from the beginning, because of the cooperation and the hope and the belief in the basic worth of what is being done and in what might yet be done.” In closing their paper, the six administrators – Cowan, Evelyn Clements, Margaret Cormier, Janet Dillon, Arthur Lavigne and Leah Knowlton – wrote: “We hope that we have provided a glimpse here in these pages of a small, volatile, creative, self-reflecting institution, beset by severe limitations of space and budget, haunted by the spectre of permanence and closing, strengthened by largeness of spirit and vision, prepared to meet the struggles and pressures of another decade and an uncertain future. This is Middlesex Community College.”