Mary Tom Bass: ECC celebrates 50th anniversary


Mary Tom Bass is director of public Information for Edgecombe Community College.


Edgecombe Community College

Sunday, September 10, 2017

October marks 50 years since the establishment of Edgecombe Community College.

The institution was founded Oct. 5, 1967. In August 1968, 64 students and 14 faculty members began the first classes at Edgecombe Technical Institute. Students enrolled in auto mechanics, cosmetology, welding and a handful of other courses. The first graduating class had fewer than 30 members.

Since then, the college’s academic offerings have expanded to more than 130 degree, diploma and certificate programs. Last May, ECC awarded 570 associate degrees, diplomas and certificates to a total of 460 graduates.

Tied to the theme “Giving Our Community an Edge for 50 Years,” daily activities are planned Oct. 2-6 to celebrate the college’s mission of being dedicated to fulfilling the educational, training, and cultural needs of the community.

Planning is under way for an event on Oct. 2, that will focus on teaching and learning.

On Oct. 3, a special afternoon concert that is free and open to the public will highlight cultural opportunities.

Join the college for songs and stories from singer, historian, and multi-instrumentalist Lightnin’ Wells and ECC’s own Eric Greene, director of cultural arts and a talented singer and musician, who will perform at 1 p.m. in Keihin Auditorium. Bring lunch to Mobley Atrium prior to the concert, beginning at noon.

The 50th celebration will continue on Oct. 4, with a focus on students. College faculty and staff will cook and serve lunch to students on the Tarboro campus from noon tol 2 p.m. Games and special activities are being planned. A shuttle will transport students from the Rocky Mount campus to Tarboro.

On Oct. 5, the expanding footprint of Edgecombe Community College will be underscored through the groundbreaking for the Center of Innovation at 11 a.m. on the Tarboro campus, followed by a luncheon at noon for college retirees and other stakeholders.

A celebration of employees will close the week on Oct. 6, when employees will be treated to a catered lunch.

Edgecombe Community College is a robust, thriving institution that serves as a beacon of light and hope for Edgecombe County. Our community is stronger and more successful because of the College.

Happy Birthday, ECC!