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Gloucester County College has become Rowan College at Gloucester County. Our website has moved from www.gccnj.edu to www.rcgc.edu.
History

During the past four decades, Gloucester County College has grown to become a valuable asset to the community providing quality academic programs, cultural enrichment, and professional development.

 

The 1960s

  • The Board of Chosen Freeholders establishes a citizens’ committee to determine the need for a community college in Gloucester County
  • The county electorate approves a community college by an overwhelming vote
  • The New Jersey State Department of Education gives the county permission to proceed with the college
  • The first Board of Trustees appointed
  • Dr. William L. Apetz hired as Gloucester County College’s first president • GCC is declared officially “open for business”
  • Board of Trustees purchases 270 acres at Tanyard and Salina Roads in Deptford Township for $4,650
  • In June, the first classes are held at the Monogahela Jr. High School for 150 pre-college freshmen in Math and English
  • Fall enrollment for GCC’s first freshman class is 371 full-time and 206 part-time students
  • Groundbreaking Ceremonies held for first buildings on the new campus - College Center, Fine Arts Center, Physical Education Center and Instructional Center

 

The 1970s

  • GCC receives its first official Middle States Accreditation
  • Student enrollment hits an all-time high
  • In May, GCC celebrates its first graduation class of 180 students
  • Nursing program accredited by the National League of Nursing
  • A daycare center is established on campus

 

The 1980s 

  • Dr. Gary L. Reddig becomes second president
  • The Board of Higher Education of the State of New Jersey authorizes Gloucester County College to award an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • GCC receives notice of five-year accreditation
  • People in Transition, a displaced homemaker program, is offered at GCC
  • The Business and Industry Training program at GCC opens
  • Dr. Richard H. Jones inaugurated as third President
  • Board of Trustees approves development of the Gloucester County Police Academy
  • Library and Student Services buildings dedicated
  • Gloucester County Police Academy holds first ceremony for Special Officer II Training School and honors the first Basic Police Officer Training graduates

 

The 1990s 

  • GCC embarks on a new $5.2 million physical expansion project, including the Early Childhood Education Center, Health Sciences building and Technology Center
  • Included in the expansion program is an addition to the Physical Education Center housing the Police Academy, Fitness Center, and Physical Education and Law Enforcement programs
  • Phi Theta Kappa invites GCC to become the 1,096th chapter of the International Honor Society of two-year colleges
  • Dedication ceremony for the Learning Resource Center and Barnes & Noble College Store
  • Dr. Gail O. Mellow inaugurated as fourth President of GCC
  • Gloucester County Volunteer Center comes to the GCC campus

 

The 2000s

  • GCC celebrates 30 years of nursing excellence
  • William F. Anderson appointed fifth president of the college
  • GCC’s first learning community - Teachers 2000 - graduates its first class
  • Scott Hall Science & Technology building dedicated
  • Plaza is converted into a gently sloping green area, with walkways linking major campus buildings
  • GCC enrolls 6,022 students in the fall semester, the largest number in College history
  • The Business & Industry Training Center facility celebrates 50,000 contractors trained
  • Gloucester County Fire Academy and fire-training facility become part of GCC
  • The Permanent Art Collection reaches 300 plus pieces, the largest of any community college in New Jersey
  • GCC celebrates 40 years of student success
  • Dr. Russell A. Davis appointed sixth president of the college
  • Dual enrollment relationships with four-year universities established providing seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree
  • New STEM Division links programs of study with four-year universities and local K-12 districts to form a continuous partnership 
  • Frederick Keating inaugurated as seventh president of the college
  • University Center building opens accommodating both the college’s expanding student population and on-campus, advanced degree options with partnering universities
  • Gloucester County College changes it name to Rowan College at Gloucester County on July 1, 2014 after forming a premier partnership with Rowan University