The Community College of Vermont is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With twelve locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access twenty degree and six certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
The Community College of Vermont, a Vermont State College, supports and challenges all students in meeting their educational goals through an abiding commitment to access, affordability, and student success.
CCV is a learning community dedicated to the conviction that education enriches lives and strengthens Vermont communities.
Access: CCV welcomes all who can benefit from its academic programs and student support services.
Affordability: CCV commits to keeping college affordable to Vermonters.
Accountability: CCV develops and publishes data to demonstrate success and excellence in teaching and learning.
Empowerment: CCV empowers its students, faculty, and staff to change their lives in positive ways and become active members in local and global communities.
Engagement: Small classes and active student engagement are at the center of CCV’s teaching and learning environment.
Inclusion: CCV is defined by its diverse community, whose members represent the rich experiences and backgrounds of those born in or drawn to Vermont.
Innovation: CCV utilizes the most current information and learning technologies to provide meaningful and relevant programs and services to students.
Partnership: CCV develops beneficial partnerships that contribute to the quality and scope of programs and services.
Respect: CCV holds all students, faculty, and staff to the highest standards of personal behavior and honest communication in maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
Success: CCV is committed to supporting, increasing, documenting, and celebrating student success.
The Community College of Vermont was founded in 1970, and in 1972 merged with the Vermont State Colleges.
CCV has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1975. Over the years, CCV has received national recognition for its innovative programs and its unique way of bringing college learning to residents in all parts of the state.
Today, CCV serves over 7,000 students each semester, making its enrollment the second largest of any college in the state.
1970 – Governor Dean Davis creates the Vermont Regional Community College Commission (VRCCC). Peter Smith is hired as the first president, and VRCCC opens its doors in Montpelier with 10 courses and 50 students.
1972 – VRCC becomes the fifth member of the Vermont State Colleges system and is renamed Community College of Vermont.
1973 – CCV holds its first commencement, awarding eight associate degrees.
1975 – CCV earns its first accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
1979 – CCV weathers a legislative budget crisis with grassroots and media support, and the College escapes a narrow brush with dissolution.
1980 – CCV receives its first Title III and Special Services grants from the U.S. Department of Education to expand six sites and services to students.
1983 – CCV joins the information age with the installation of microcomputer labs in site offices.
1984 – CCV’s commencement tops 100 graduates; CCV’s 12th site is opened in Middlebury.
1985 – Spring semester enrollment nears the 3,000 mark; library system automation begins.
1986 – CCV offers its first summer residency course, Exploring the Humanities, at Trinity College in Burlington; a precursor to study abroad, hybrid courses, and intensive course delivery models of the future.
1992 – CCV deploys the “Virtual Campus,” linking its twelve statewide locations and its administrative offices via networked computers.
1993 – CCV enrollment tops 5,000.
1995 – CCV awards three hundred associate degrees as the College celebrates its 25th anniversary.
1996 – CCV offers its first online course, Introduction to Political Science.
1998 – CCV and the University of Vermont sign a long-awaited articulation agreement, guaranteeing CCV graduates admission to UVM College of Arts and Sciences.
1999 – CCV hosts its first Student Leadership Conference and unveils “Great Beginnings,” am instructional development workshop provided for all new faculty members.
2000 – Online Learning reaches 5% of all-college enrollment; CCV and VTC consolidate library services.
2001 – CCV Dean of Administrative Services Timothy J. Donovan is installed as president.
2002 – First CCV Study Abroad class treks to Ireland to study Folklore; CCV honored by the Met Life Foundation as one of six colleges in the nation for innovative practices that reach underserved populations. Online Learning reaches 10% of all-college enrollment.
2003 – Students age 22 years and younger reach 33% of CCV population.
2004 – CCV’s faculty handbook is selected for publication by the American Association of Community Colleges Press.
2005 – CCV’s first built-to-own facility in Wilder is dedicated by Governor James Douglas. CCV celebrates its 35th anniversary with 437 graduates. A full 31% of students taking CCV courses take one or more online courses.
2006 – 20% of CCV’s enrollment is in online classes. 6,000 students enroll for fall classes.
2007 – Students age 22 and under represent 40% of CCV’s enrollment.
2009 – CCV’s enrollment reaches 7,000.
2010 – CCV celebrates its 40th anniversary and the opening of a 65,000 sq. ft. energy-efficient facility in Winooski. Online classes comprise 27% of all college enrollment. 490 graduates receive their associate degree.
2011 – 531 students graduate from CCV.
2012 – CCV welcomed students to a larger, more modern 32,000 sq. ft. leased facility in Rutland. NEASC completes a successful reaccreditation visit. CCV Montpelier moves its academic center to an expanded facility at 660 Elm Street, to join the College’s central administrative offices, housed there since 2009. 527 CCV students receive their associate degree.
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