The N.C. General Assembly initially authorized Martin Community College as "Martin Technical Institute" during the 1967 session. Exercising authority given by state lawmakers, the State Board of Education contracted with the Martin County Board of Education to establish a unit of the N.C. Community College System. This action was fi nalized on September 7, 1967.
Martin County Commissioners and the local Board of Education then appointed an eight-member board of trustees for the college. The trustees selected and appointed the college’s fi rst president with approval coming from the State Board of Education. An administrative staff was appointed, and extension courses were initiated during the 1968 summer quarter. That same year, vocational and technical curriculum programs were started during the fall quarter. Administrative headquarters and classrooms were temporarily located in Everetts in an old public school building remodeled for that purpose.
In June 1969, a favorable county-wide vote enabled the institute to apply for independent status. The change was completed a month later on July 21, and the original contract with the county Board of Education terminated. Local and federal funds were secured to construct new facilities on a 65-acre tract just west of Williamston. The facilities were to be completed April 1, 1971. The college moved into its new home the week of May 24, 1971, and an open house and graduation exercises were held just days later on Sunday, May 30.
A bond election was held November 7, 1972, and a million dollars of matching funds for construction were approved. The 1973 General Assembly awarded $570,000 of capital construction funds to build a Learning Resources Center (Building 2), Automotive Shop/ Classroom Building (Building 3), and Business/College Transfer Building (Building 4). The Learning Resources Center was completed in the fall of 1974, and the Library and Learning Laboratory were moved from the original facilities. Numerous instructors moved their offi ces to the new building along with the Division of Continuing Education. The Automotive Shop/Classroom Building and the Business/ College Transfer buildings were ready for occupancy in December 1975.
The General Assembly granted Martin Technical Institute community college status on June 26, 1975, with funding for a two-year college transfer program appropriated fi ve days later. The college’s name was offi cially changed to Martin Community College on July 1, 1976.
Construction of a Shipping and Receiving building began in July 1982. This 3,840 square foot building was completed and operational in the fall of 1983.
Since the college’s establishment in 1968, various off-campus facilities have been opened to make MCC more accessible to service area residents and to combine with the Martin campus to better serve the educational needs of citizens. These facilities include the following:
- Bertie Campus - Located on Granville Street in Windsor and renovated in January 1998, this 12,000 square foot facility includes a 20-seat networked computer lab and a multipurpose room with a 175-person seating capacity. Services provided at this multi-use center include adult basic skills, adult high school education, and occupational and technical programming.
- Roper Learning Center - Opened in 1986 in Roper, the center provides adult basic skills and adult high school education.
The first Equine facility -- consisting of an 18-stall barn, breeding shed, and a riding ring -- was added in the summer of 1984. Two years later, an additional barn with a covered riding ring was added. In an effort to meet the needs of this program and the community, plans for an expanded MCC equine facility were developed with ground breaking held in the fall of 1987. Phase I was completed in 1989 and Phase II the next year. Phase III began August 1995 and was finished in July of the following year.
Building 3 was renovated in 1986 to meet the needs of changing curriculum offerings and additional special support services. Renovations included a child care center, Physical Therapist Assistant lecture/laboratory, Automotive Systems Technology specialized training areas, and Commercial Refrigeration laboratory. The Medical Assisting program was moved to Building 3 in the fall of 1990.
Opened in August 1997, the 3,700 square foot Telecommunications Classroom accommodates 60 students. The facility is located in Building 1, Room 10 and provides two-way interactive communications through the North Carolina Information Highway.