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Looking Back

Welcome to "Looking Back" - a place to reminisce about the days when you were a student at Genesee Community College. Take a moment to remember what it was like 10...20...even 30 years ago. We hope you enjoy your walk down memory lane.

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The Board of Supervisors voted on March 15, 1967, to purchase an existing commercial building on West Main Road, Batavia and the County began renovation of the building on June 12 as a temporary home for the college. The college opened its doors to its first students on September 28, 1967.
Genesee Community College held its first commencement ceremony in the spring of 1969. Pictured on left is Dr. Stuart Steiner with three members of the first graduating class.
In 1970, construction began to build a new college campus located at One College Road. The new campus was almost seven times the size of the old campus and contained many features, such as a swimming pool and gymnasium, that were lacking on the temporary West Main St. site. The new campus was dedicated in April 1972.
Members of the 1978 Cougars Baseball team wait eagerly for their turn to bat.
Finding new ways to raise money! In 1979, a snow mobile giveaway was held by students to benefit Student Activities.
WGCC, Genesee Community College’s own radio station goes on air for the first time on November 13, 1985.
Over the years, Genesee Community College has become known throughout the nation as a leader in technology… and it all began with the first computer class offered to students in 1985.
In 1989, construction began on a new Center for the Arts. The Center was not only designed to accommodate dramatic productions, concerts and lectures, but was also designed to house the Digital Art, Drafting and Theatre Arts programs.
Genesee’s new Center for the Arts opened its doors in 1991. At the heart of the Arts Center is the Stuart Steiner Theatre, a beautiful 328-seat facility that is accessible for special needs audiences and host to a wide array of performances throughout the year.
Construction begins in 2000 on the Conable Technology Building designed to house critically needed computer labs, media facilities and instructional space for students and area businesses and industries.