Join us on our
50th Anniversary!

This year, Cumberland County College (CCC) marks a half-century of being a catalyst for propelling students and alumni-from all walks of life-to successful, impactful careers and meaningful lives, near and far.


Welcome from the President

This year, we celebrate our 50th anniversary. What a milestone! As we look to the next half century of serving the youth and adults of Cumberland county, of working with our partners to advance economic opportunities and workforce development in the region, we thank all who have helped us achieve 50 years of immeasurable success. We have a great future ahead of us at Cumberland County College. We have a great legacy to be proud of. Many of our legends-our students, our faculty and staff-are still forging ahead or propelling the current and next generation of leaders forward. Our donors, supporters, current and former Board of Trustees and Foundation Board members are deeply committed to our mission and to serving our community. We look forward to 50 more years of achievements and impact on the communities we serve.

All the best,


Fun Facts

Some fun facts of the times.

Gallon of Gas 32 cents

Popular Quote:
"Beam me up Scotty"

New Car $2,650

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series

Pampers created the first
disposable diaper

The television show
Batman premiered

First Class Stamp 5 cents

Elizabeth Taylor won best actress for
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf

The 8-Track was a new
option on Ford cars

It's a Small World opens in Disneyland

A dozen eggs cost 60 cents

No.1 T.V. Show was Bonanza

The top film was Hawaii

Popular Toys: Spirograph, Twister,
Barrel of Monkeys, & Crazy Maze.

CCC Student Population - 350



The State of New Jersey passed the New Jersey County College Act.


The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the founding of a community college.


The Cumberland County Board of Trustees organized.


Dr. William J. Sample was appointed College President. A c groundbreaking ceremony was held in December.


Cumberland County College was the first community college in New Jersey to open its own campus on October 17, with about 350 students enrolling. The College offered nine associate degree programs of study.


The College’s campus, which cost $2.7 million to construct, was dedicated.


Commencement was held for Cumberland’s first graduating class, which totaled 151 students.


Cumberland County College was granted full accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


The College’s student activities building was named the Dr. Charles Cunningham Student Center.


Dr. Philip S. Phelon was appointed College President.


The Phillip Alampi Agriculture Building opened.


The Lorraine Cunningham Nursing Laboratory was dedicated.


The Frank H. Wheaton Jr. Technology Building opened.


Dr. Roland J. Chapdelaine was appointed College President. The Community and Business Services Division began operations.


The College’s card catalog was replaced Online Public Access Catalog terminals. The College installed a broadcast-quality television studio.


The Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center opened.


The College made its debut on the Internet at: A 32-foot Mobile Learning Center van began providing employee training services for area companies.


Dr. Kenneth L. Ender was appointed college president.


Cumberland’s School Counts! scholarship program was established.


The Clay College opened in Millville’s Arts District.


The Aquaculture Production Demonstration Facility opened. The Distance Learning Center opened. One Book-One College reading initiative was established.


The Student and Enrollment Services Center opened. The George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership opened.


The College offered more than 90 transfer and career programs.


Paul Navone Healthcare Education Center was dedicated. First class of 22 School Counts! students graduate from CCC.


Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center opened.


Practical Nursing program approved by NJ Board of Nursing. College launched its official Facebook page.


Dr. Thomas A. Isekenegbe was appointed College President.


Middle States Commission reaffirms College’s accreditation.


College began first phase of its ambitious Facilities Master Plan to improve campus infrastructure. Paula J. Ring Education Center opened in Millville.


“Washington Monthly” ranked Cumberland County College as No. 29 best community college in the nation. Dukes Baseball ranked No. 1 in the nation and competed in World Series.


STEAMWorks makerspace facility established in downtown Bridgeton. Women’s basketball and softball teams earn first trips to national championships. Construction started on College’s Arts and Innovation building in downtown Millville.


Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez was appointed College President. Cumberland County College marks its 50th Anniversary on October 17.

First community college in NJ

Cumberland County College has been making history for 50 years. It was the first community college in New Jersey to open its own campus in October 1966, enrolling approximately 350 students.

Since that time, thousands of graduates have gone on to excel at four-year universities, in their chosen professions, and as civic leaders. Each year, some 70 percent of Cumberland’s graduates become the very first in their families to earn a college degree.

Cumberland County College is truly a community college. Members of the community have benefited from its services and contributed to its many successes. That’s why I am so proud to be celebrating a half century of the accomplishments and rich history that is Cumberland County College.


Success Stories

Student & Alumni Testimonials.


Watch Video

Cumberland County College - The Beginning

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