On July 1, 2015, Cleveland Community College will celebrate fifty years of providing a variety of accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community. With the official birthday less than a month away, we thought we’d share a few pieces of CCC trivia.
Did you know?
Cleveland Community College began as the Cleveland County Unit of Gaston College.
- When the doors opened, it was located in rented space at 118 North Morgan Street, Shelby.
- In the beginning, the Cleveland County Unit of Gaston College offered one course – Practical Nursing.
- More courses were added during the first year of operation, and more than 1,300 county residents took a course at the College during that year, according to the Shelby Daily Star.
- CCC once had a basketball team that played in a local recreational league.
- When the College moved to its current location in 1969, the property included barns, houses, tool sheds, storage building, dormitories, and other structures.
- In October 1967, the Cleveland County Unit of Gaston College gained independence and became Cleveland County Technical Institute.
- There was once an actual bridge on campus, and the saying “Crossing the Bridge” was used in reference to graduating.
- The College’s yearbook, titled The Bridge, was published from 1969 to 1991.
- On July 1, 1987 the College became Cleveland Community College.
While CCC was getting its start in Shelby, a world was still revolving around it. Here are a few facts from 1965:
- Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov was the first person to walk in space. Three months later, Ed White was the first American to walk in space.
- Diet Pepsi was introduced.
- A gallon of gas was $0.31.
- Bread was $0.21.
- The average cost of a new car was $2,650.