••Teaching and Learning – They pride themselves on
emphasizing the importance of teaching and learning.
Brief History of the Community College
The first public two-year institution was founded in 1901 at
Joliet Junior College in Illinois. Community colleges, as we
know them today, grew in large numbers after World War II.
Early in 1947, President Harry S. Truman wanted to ensure
that the democratic ideals the U.S. fought for during the war
were ensured for future generations. With a committee of
community leaders and national specialists, it was decided
that a new type of institution would be established and that
it would be accessible to all people and would emphasize
civic responsibility. It was in the Truman Commission Report
where the term “community college” was fi