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Bliss Electrical School, Takoma Park

The Bliss Electrical School in Takoma Park becomes the site of Montgomery College’s first campus.


On September 16, 1946, the first Montgomery College classes were held in the evenings at a local high school with a student body of 186 men and women.

Today, the College has grown to a multi-campus institution and serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

Pictured here is an April 1964 tent theater production on the Takoma Park Campus. Learn more about the College's beginnings in "Veterans Welcome at 'First Junior College in the State,'" part one of a two-part series published in the College's alumni magazine celebrating the College's 70th Anniversary.

MC Timeline Highlights

On September 16, Montgomery Junior College opens at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, offering classes in the evenings and on Saturdays. Hugh Price becomes the College's administrator, heading a full-time faculty of eight and a handful of staff.

The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The undefeated Fightin' Knights play in a national bowl game in North Carolina.

The College purchases the Spitz Co. Planetarium. The College is the only area college that has a planetarium used in conjunction with teaching.

The Rockville Campus opens.

There are now 8,000 students and nearly 500 full- and part-time faculty.

The Germantown Campus opens, reflecting an even farther shift to the north by Montgomery County residents.

18,000 students are taught by more than 900 full- and part-time faculty. Cable Channel 51, the College's station on Montgomery County Cable, begins broadcasting.

Presidential candidate Bill Clinton delivers an educational address at the College.

Enrollment tops 22,300 students. More than 445 full-time and 725 part-time faculty members teach collegewide.

In partnership with University System of Maryland, Montgomery College helps to launch "The Universities at Shady Grove," offering upper-level courses for transferring Montgomery College students.

Montgomery College’s Montgomery Scholars honors program is named one of the nation’s top educational programs that make a difference in the achievement of Latino students.

Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard and the College’s Board of Trustees dedicated the new Bioscience Education Center on September 10, 2014. The three-story building represents an $87.9 million investment in STEM education and workforce development.


In June, the College’s second community engagement center, the Silver Spring/East County Community Engagement Center, opens in the Briggs Chaney Community Center.


On September 16, 2016, Montgomery College marks 70 years of enriching lives in Montgomery County with celebrations in September on all three campuses.


Montgomery College holds a groundbreaking ceremony on the Rockville Campus in June, marking the start of construction for the new Student Services Center. The 130,000-square-foot building will provide a centralized location for all student services at the campus.