Clovis Community College History

1961
Eastern New Mexico University, in cooperation with the Clovis Municipal Schools, forms a branch campus to offer evening college level courses at Clovis High School.


1970
Clovis voters support a property tax levy, reaffirmed in 1987, to provide local operating funds for the campus.


1971
The campus moves to the former Eugene Field Elementary School building and adds vocational courses.


1978
Citizens of Clovis support a $2.4 million bond issue to construct a new campus on 25 acres of land donated in 1970 by the late Ervin Schepps. The bond issue, combined with state and federal funds, provides $5.5 million dollars.


1979
Groundbreaking ceremonies launch the beginning of construction.


1980
Clovis Community College offers its first classes at the new campus.
1981
Vocational programs are held at the new campus.
1984
A student activities center is completed.
1987
A $1.7 million computer facility is completed.
1989
Clovis Community College adds an instructional facility for art and general classrooms.
1990
August - Feasibility study, completed in June, was presented to the Commission on Higher Education. As a result of the study, and with approval of the CHE, an election was set for September 18, 1990, for a 1-mil property tax increase to support the Clovis institution as an independent community college.

September 18 - By a narrow 42-vote margin, voters pass the issue for a $1 million property tax increase for a total of $2 million. Local Board of Trustees is appointed to govern the College; the Board appoints Dr. Jay Gurley as the College's first president.


1991
January - CCC begins broadcasting interactive television classes to nine rural school districts in northeastern New Mexico.

July 1 - ENMU-Clovis officially separates from ENMU and becomes Clovis Community College.


1993
August 1993 - Classroom South, a stand-alone classroom building southeast of the main building, is built.


1995
A $1.4 million expansion of the Skills Development Center and new classrooms begins.

March - Sixth major campus construction project is completed. Phase VI: Houses the Nursing and Radiologic Technology programs, the Instructional Television, testing, multimedia, computer labs, and a fitness lap pool with supporting locker rooms.


1996
Center for Student Success is built.


1996
May 1996 - An addition to the Phase II structure is completed, featuring the Skills Development Center and more classrooms.


1997
CCC Foundation filed Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws with State Corporation Committee.


1998
January - The Board of Trustees announces it has accepted Dr. Jay Gurley's resignation.

April - Dr. James H. Turner is appointed to serve as interim president.

June - Dr. Jay Gurley retires as first CCC president.

July - A cosmetology clinic and additional classrooms are added to Classroom South building.

November - Workforce Training Center, located at 14th and Main Street, opens.


1999
Workforce Training Center partnership.

February 1, 1999 - Dr. Beverlee J. McClure named the second president of CCC.

June 1999 - Dr. James H. Turner retires after 30 years of service to CCC.


2000
July - CCC is named a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution.

May - CCC Foundation receives a donation of $270.000 in property and cash from the estate of Mabel Lee Hawkins.


2002
April - Groundbreaking for the W. D. Dabbs Library/Technology Center.


2003
Dr. W.D. Dabbs Library opens.

August 2003 - CCC is presented a check by Mr. Lynell Skarda, chairman of the board of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, on behalf of the W. D. Dabbs Trust, for $747,242 for the construction of the Dr. W. D. Dabbs Library/Technology Center.

2004
March - Mesa Theater is donated to the College by Mr. Lyle Walker, Mr. Kenneth Broad, Mr. Julian Bivins and the Estate of Violet "Vi" Petty. The theater will be named the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center.

October - The Dr. H. A. Miller Student Services Center opens. A gift of $92,000 from a trust fund established by Dr. Miller assists in the completion of the Center, providing students a convenient, centralized location with access to all admission services.


2005
August - Board of Trustees accept Dr. Beverlee McClure's resignation.

September - Center for Student Success is renamed The Mabel Lee Hawkins Center for Student Success, in honor of Ms. Hawkins' bequest.

September 19 - Dr. Becky Rowley is appointed interim president by the Board of Trustees.


2006
June 26 - Dr. John Neibling becomes the third president.

November - G. O. Bond proposition B passes and provides $3 million to help build Phase I of the Allied Health Building.


2007
January - CCC receives a $1.2 million Community-Based Job Training grant from U. S. Department of Labor to develop the Industrial Technology programs to partner with Southwest Cheese, Cargill, and other local partners.

September - Clovis Community College is awarded $2.8 million Title V "Access and Success for All" grant, to focus on educational needs of underserved and rural populations.

December - Dr. and Mrs. Elwin Crume donate downtown property to the College that is directly west of the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center.


2008
February - College implements emergency notification system.

November - G. O. Bond proposition C passes. It provides $4 million for construction of Phase I and II of the Allied Health Building.


2009
Allied Health Center opens for Fall Term.

September - CCC and ENMU receive a $3.5 million Academic Preparedness for Educational and Career Success cooperative Title V grant focusing on enhancing student developmental courses and creating easy transferability of graduating registered nurses to a four-year bachelor program.

October - Dedication of the Don and Gustenia Bonner Allied Health Nursing Education Building.


2010
April - Clovis Community College receives its largest individual donation of $1.76 million from the Joe and Charlene Sisler Foundation. As a result, CCC will complete Phase II of the Allied Health Building by 2012 and provide additional classrooms and advanced technology.

September - Sisler donation of $500,000 was donated to the College for improvement and reconstruction of The Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center.

November - CCC Town Hall is named the Dr. Jay Gurley Town Hall in honor of the first CCC president. Also dedicated was The Dr. James H. Turner Business and Technology Center in honor of Dr. Turner for his years of service.

December - The Sisler Foundation donated $500,00 to the college for improvement and reconstruction of the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center.


2011
June - Dr. John Neibling retires as third CCC president.

July 2011 - Dr. Becky Rowley is appointed as fourth CCC president.


2012
July - CCC named one of the Top 10 Places to Work in New Mexico by the Albuquerque Journal's Business Weekly.

September - CCC holds a dedication ceremony of the Joe and Charlyne Sisler Allied Health Building. Mr. Lynell Skarda donates $318,000 to equip the Kathryn B. Skarda, R. N. Simulation Lab within the building.


2013
September - The Joe and Charlene Sisler Allied Health Building is completed.

September - CCC dedicated the Kathryn Skarda Nursing Lab.


2014
November - Phase VI and Health and Fitness Center renovation is completed.

For more information contact
Lisa Spencer
lisa.spencer@clovis.edu
575.769.4115