Kudos of the Month: TCC for 50 Years


Tulsa Community College launches a year-long 50th Anniversary celebration in September.
By numbers alone, TCC has served nearly 450,000 students in five decades. But the story of this institution is more than numbers and reaches deep into the community.
“TCC has educated generations of Tulsans. And, in doing so, the College has helped to define Tulsa itself. From our beginning to our footprint today, the College meets students where they are, working to shape and develop them as they learn,” said TCC President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson.
What started as a call from Tulsa-area community and business leaders for access to public higher education led to the opening in 1970 of Tulsa Junior College, later changed to Tulsa Community College.
As with any start-up, the early years included stories of sacrifice and grit. With a larger than anticipated response and more students than classroom seats the first semester, students improvised and brought lawn chairs until enough seats could be ordered.
The College would grow from 2,800 and one campus to a multi-campus college serving more than 24,000 students each year.
“We celebrate the success our students have achieved through education. Since 90 percent of TCC’s graduates live and work in the greater Tulsa area, we also celebrate the contributions they make to our community,” said Goodson.