Some historians label the 1960s as one of the most creative periods in modern man’s history. It was a time of pivotal change—socially, politically and technologically. From the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights movement, as well as man walking on the moon for the first time to the first push-button phone, the 1960s paved the way for lots of new ideas. This was just the tip of the iceberg.
The Beatles, Batman, the Super Bowl, James Bond, “The Tonight Show”, the Boeing 727, and the Ford Mustang were all products of the 60s.
And so was Moraine Valley Community College.
The idea for establishing a community college in the southwest suburbs of Chicago was conceived by members of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club in 1965. Its members organized a steering committee and petition residents. Residents passed a voter’s referendum forming the college in 1967.
In the late ’60s, the college’s first board of trustees was elected, offices were established, the college was named and faculty members were hired. The first students–1,218 in total–attended classes beginning Sept. 16, 1968.
Click on the image to a gallery of photos from the 1960s.