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fordable higher education in the community college system and now A l Owensboro area. Henderson Commu- UK’s interim president, Charles nity College was over 30 miles away, Wethington, used his influence with y and the tuition rates for the two pri- legislators to get funding for the ex- i; A vate collegesin Owensboro were pro- tension project. E » Q , 4 . .. - `?~‘> fw h1b1t1ve for most people. In 21 speech at 21 méetlng of th€ j The seeds for a community col- Ownesboro-Daviess CountyChamber V lege in Owensboro were planted in of Commerce, Otis Singletary, then if ,3;;/ &` ,35*% " Se tember 1983 t a blic bud et resident of UK ur ed citizens not -*2 * n Q fi l P 3 Pu S P » S 1.. _ , M l committee hearing of the Council on to "trade awayyour youngster’s future. I Y ‘ Higher Education, when a group of Getting by is possible somehow, but about 30 citizens gathered to discuss you might barter away the competitive °W°”$h°"° 1 the future of higher education in the future of your children.” communi', c°"°g° g area. At that meeting the community Classes began in 1984 in the DN", Mh Pow"., was challenged by Council members Longfellow Adult Learning Center vg; gh, .5. •| QQ | hgyg to decide "whatit is Owensboro really and in space leased from Owensboro been able to assume a new A l wants." As a result of that challenge High School for evening classes. Bill "°I° ' ""'“Yr I ""' ' ‘°I' an ad hoc committee was formed by Chandler "75, associate superinten- L¥:n::;:;•::I;:°1n;::;:°n'Iy _ businessman Roger McCormick, and dent of the Owensboro school system owunbaro campus °* ul. l editor and co-publisher of the paper, and a member ofthe citizens commit- ||n§y•"i|y gf |(·n|q;|;y·; l ‘ john Hager. The mission of that com- tee, says the committee had anticipat- llenderson Community Col- A mittee was to develop away to deliver ed a large enrollment, but never ex- I°9°• I l°" ' ‘I°°P ‘°"'° °' p state-supported undergraduate cours— pected what happened. P."°".I °b“’."°n M I., you know how grateful I am es and programs to Owensboro. The They expected thatoveratwo year N", un ulmdys presume in goal the committee adopted for the period the school should attract 250 Qwgngbgpg, 11.}; |•||,; |; I 1 community was to raise the percent- students. The first semester over 500 certalnly not a requlrement. l age of high school seniors going on people enrolled; the second semester urhh “'*°°! l' MY 'Y°I' to college to 55 percent. over 700 students enrolled, and by the ::`::k:-mloalh Because of its statewide mission, third semester over 1,000 students had ru". hl, nylon; _ dune. l its low cost, and its expected appeal enrolled for classes. fg.- ;•||.§mI"·•y•m•n|·, 11...-. l to a different clientele than that of Chandler remarks that the most are several aspects et the 1 the liberal arts colleges, a community rewarding thing to him about the pro- “l'°°l "'ll "’ °P°"'“°"‘· Q 1 college was thought to be the most ject is that “It has been a community gm. hav. mad. bang - sw- { _ _ , _ _ ent here a pleasurable ox- p reasonable option available — and lt grassroots effort that has materialized Park"'.: U ul. uu, I, M', . was in the mainstream of Kentucky into something that will have an im- I“·.|.i|;“iy•' uy my |qm||y*; higher education. pact on this community long pastour llnanclal status ls secure; 2) 1 (To handle graduate education lifetime." ll" 'd"'l"l’l"""°” °""’ needs in the area, the Owensboro In january 1985 Don Blandford m-{nigh, an °P°n`d°°' . . , pellcy - the school admln- V; Consortiumwasformedin1969.Itwas was elected Speaker of Kentucky s inrahn and umn ann, " a coalition of private and public in- House ofRepresentatives. With Bland- P·"•m.•| gy-. .y¤||.|,|• M l stitutions: Brescia College, Kentucky ford in that leadership position, and students and seem eager to A l Wesleyan College, the University of the success ofthe HCC extension class- °”l’* “"”‘ In mw ‘*'“Y? N". Kentucky, Western Kentucky Univer- es, the committee became more and 3, un Inuumhn an - "n° . . . . . . example ol what educators l sity, and Murray State University. The more optimistic aboutwhat the future in nl, c°n"n•m'•-nh oi l consortium was placed under the con- mighthold. By thatfall the enrollment Kgnfugky ;|.•u|;| 5. .. ||.•y . trol of Western Kentucky University in the school was 1,023, making the are concerned wlth the edu- _ in 1980.) Owensboro branch of Henderson ‘*“:"°l "‘•l" '“’d*""• i Since bringing in a community Community College larger than the Tm. "•wIy"°"“•d . . . . , school ls, as I am, teellng l college would requirelegislation from enrollment at Henderson itself. I".]; gn"', and nl. ‘••“n’ the General Assembly, the committee With positive results from a Leg- •| gyqwgh i; ;• •;;|||ng§· decided to try to establish a commu- islative Research Commission report, nity college curriculum with exten- and a resolution from Henderson The ¤*>¤ve*¤<§'<-=**¤**¤1¤¤··¤= P¢Yf°¤ · sion classes through Henderson Com- Community College to be separate gl lh? L°9'$l°hv° Rewnrch C°mm'$` _ _ sion rom S¤ndr¤ K. Young, who was l munity College. UK was contacted, from any future community college 0 smdemmccc when the lem, WGS and as a result, then chancellor ofthe in Owensboro, Harry Snyder, then the wrmen in 1935_ Fall 1990 Kentucky Alumnus 7