Manatee Community College 1957-2007 Celebrating 50 Years

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50th Anniversary 1957-2007
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MCC 50th Anniversary logo 2006-07
Golden Anniversary Celebration
 
MCC graduates 2006
Enrollment tops 9,000 and graduates top 30,000.
 
Nursing Students 2005
SACS accreditation reaffirmed for 10 years.
MCC Awarded $2.5 million endowed chair in nursing at MCC Venice.
MCC Venice Professional Development Center Professional Development Center opens at MCC Venice.
 
Center for Innovation and Technology at MCC Lakewood Ranch 2003
Center for Innovation and Technology opens at MCC Lakewood Ranch.
Academic Resource Center at MCC Bradenton Academic Resource Center at MCC Bradenton named for original faculty member.
 
Family Heritage House

Dental Instructor, Student and Patient

2000
Family Heritage House and Dental Hygiene Program and clinic open at MCC Bradenton.
 
  1998
Student Services Center dedicated at MCC Bradenton.
 
Dr. Sarah H. Pappas 1997
Formal inauguration ceremony for Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, fourth president.
 
MCC Venice 1985
College's name changed to Manatee Community College.
MCC Venice dedicated by Gov. Bob Graham.
 
Dr. Stephen J. Korcheck 1980
Dr. Stephen J. Korcheck named third president.
 
  1978
Manatee Junior College Foundation Inc. created.
 
  1976
State Department of Education Report: MJC Grads Score Highest.
Dr. Wilson F. Wetzler Dr. Wilson F. Wetzler named second president.
 
  1973
First MJC classes offered in Venice at Venice High School.
 
  1966
Samuel R. Neel Auditorium dedicated.
 
1963 SACS accreditation 1963
Full accreditation granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
 
Nursing Faculty 1960
Department of Nursing established.
 
First MCC Graduates 1959
First three MJC graduates.
Baseball Team MJC Lancers win first baseball game.
 
  1958
First fall term starts in borrowed classrooms with 502 students.
 
Samuel R. Neel Jr. 1957
Samuel R. Neel Jr. named president
MCC Future Building Site Manatee Junior College chartered by Florida Legislature.
 

  Fun Facts
Department of Nursing established in 1960.