The Growth of Community Colleges

By mbloom
  • The Panic of 1894

    Because of small enrollment numbers, many Baptist colleges begin to offer only the first two years of instruction so that their locally-important but struggling institutions do not have to close. This begins the trend toward community-based colleges.
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    Shift toward the Workforce

    As a response to calls for workers that would be able to put into practice popular theories of economic growth during the Great Depression, junior colleges across the country become central to educating the workforce.
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    Postwar Enrollment Increase

    As Americans go about living their lives in the years after the Second World War, many Baby Boomers begin to enroll in community colleges. These local institutions become more and more crucial to the growth of the community.
  • Integration

    The supreme court decision in Brown v. Board of Education determines that it is inherently unfair to separate people in public schools. Integration spreads throughout the country and by the early 1970's virtually all segregation had disappeared.
  • Higher Education Act of 1965

    The progressive Democrats pass the Higher Education Act, which makes loans and scholarships widely available. This contributes to further growth in the college system. At the same time, many young people begin enrolling in community colleges in order to avoid the Vietnam war draft.
  • Scottsdale Gets its Own

    SCC opens up with almost one thousand students in order to provide service to a limited local area. As enrollment increases over the decade, Scottsdale CC adopts the mascot of the artichoke as a statement against questionable budget decisions.
  • 2012

    With the increased demand for education brought about by a slow economy, SCC continues to diversify its offerings by extending its service area literally all over the country by way of online classes.