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Celebrating 50 Years

Fify years logo Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will mark half a century of service to local students and the community as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. The college will commemorate the anniversary with several events throughout the year, including a luncheon for employees and retirees, a special community event at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center and a birthday bash for students.

The establishment of Caldwell Technical Institute was tentatively approved by the State Board of Education in January, 1964. The people of Caldwell County approved the college on March 28, 1964, through a bond vote of $600,000. The monies funded purchase of a site, construction of facilities, and up to five cents tax authorization for college operations. Final approval by the State Board of Education followed on April 2, 1964. The first president, Dr. H. Edwin Beam, was selected that fall and began work in November, 1964.

Over the years, the college has experienced tremendous growth in all areas and has expanded to offer service to Watauga County students on its campus in Boone. Today, the college offers hundreds of curriculum and continuing education programs, adult high school, high school equivalency, career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses, just to name a few. The college is continually working to meet the changing needs of the community.

“I hope that our commemoration of this very special anniversary will serve as a reminder to the community, our employees, alumni, students and future students that education is a powerful tool. Those who harness its power can make a positive difference for themselves, their families and their community. After 50 years of providing educational opportunities, I believe that the difference we’ve made in the lives of those we have served and in this community is worth celebrating,” CCC&TI President Dr. Ken Boham said. Happy Birthday, CCC&TI!