This timeline is a window into the events that have helped shape Tacoma Community College. Discover the pictures, videos and words of those who have championed Tacoma, its Community and its College, for the last 50 years. Please share your stories and photographs by clicking on the ‘Share’ button in the menu.
60’s – 70’s
1963State Board of Education granted authorization for a new community college in Tacoma for the 1965-67 biennium. Read More
May 1964Tom Ford was appointed TCC's first President. Read More
September 27, 1965The first day of classes. Photo: Tacoma News Tribune Read More
Francie Messina Jordan - Beginnings 1965I attended TCC when it opened in 1965 and received my AA in 1967...
1966Construction of the Pearl A. Wanamaker Library (Bldg 7) and the Titan Physical Education Building (Bldg 20) completed. Read More
April 1966Board of Trustees Created: Frank Cooper, John H. Binns, Charles Edmunds, Lewis Hatfield, and Mrs. Robert T. (Maxine) Myers. Read More
March 24, 1967Community College Act of 1967 passed and community colleges were removed from school district control. Read More
Winter quarter, 1968TCC was accredited by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools (Photo of women at campus dedication reception). Read More
February 16, 1968Dr. Tom Ford, President of Tacoma Community College was formally installed in office and the TCC campus formally dedicated. Read More
May 1, 1969Students adopt new constitution. Read More
May 6, 1969Black students present 11 Demands to TCC President. Read More
Rosemary Dye - Art 1970-1975Photo: Rosemary Dye with bronze of her son and watercolor painting
March 6, 1971Men's basketball team wins state championship. Read More
October 4, 1973TCC faculty goes on strike. Read More
June 3, 1975Board of Trustees announce Dr. Larry Stevens selected as TCC president. Read More
June 9, 1977Gov. Dixy Lee Ray will speak at Commencement - Graduating 124 high school diplomas and 619 Assoc Degrees (160+ with honors) Read More
September 25, 1978TCC offers classes at McChord AFB for first time. Read More
January 25, 1979Ellen Pinto - TCC board of trustees chairperson - named President of the state trustees association for community colleges. Read More
80’s – 90’s
April 24, 1980 Final graduation for McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary - awarding 27 diplomas. Brings total of 210 academic and technical degrees awarded since start of program in 1967.
September 20, 1980 First continuing education classes offered at new Southeast College Center in Tacoma.
November 20, 1983 First Annual Tacoma-Pierce County Wine Festival. All proceeds benefit the TCC Scholarship Fund.
March 6, 1985 SPRUCE (Space Available to the Unemployed through College Education) program offering tuition waivers to the long-term unemployed begins.
00’s – Today
September 2007 The science building opened on the south side of campus just prior to the start of the 2007 school year.
November 9, 2007 The Japanese Friendship Garden opens. It was designed and built with input from Japanese landscape architects from Tacoma sister city Kitakyushu, Japan, and through generous support of local donors.
October 21, 2008 Early Learning Center Grand Opening (Pamela Transue looks on while Annette Weyerhaeuser speaks at the podium).
June 21, 2010 Men of Distinction, a college preparation program designed specifically for young African American men, launches.
September 2010 TCC is ranked 17th among the community colleges in the country—and number one in Washington State by Washington Monthly, an independent DC social research magazine.
Spring 2013 Vicci Martinez Arts Scholarship for Women announced.
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June, 2014 The TCC baseball team won 39 games in the 2014 season. More than any previous season in TCC history.