Tulsa Community College 50 years

50 years of making our community stronger.

In almost five decades, Tulsa Community College has served nearly 450,000 Tulsans, awarded more than 70,000 degrees and certificates and had nearly four million course enrollments.

In the late 60s Tulsa’s aerospace industry was booming and there were opportunities for expansion, but the workforce wasn’t available. In April 1969, state lawmakers addressed the lack of a public post-secondary institution for Tulsa area residents by chartering Tulsa Junior College.

TJC’s doors opened to a first class of 2,796 students on Sept. 14, 1970. The original campus consisted of three floors of leased space in the Sinclair Oil Building at 909 South Boston. TJC opened its doors with 50 classrooms, 48 full-time and 106 part-time instructors and 15-hour class days.

Today, Tulsa Community College enrollment is almost 17,000 per semester, with 280 full-time and 536 part time faculty. We have 105 associate degree programs and 40 certificate programs.

TCC 50 Year Timeline

50 years of making our community stronger.

TCC - It starts here


Thank you to everyone who submitted photos, stories and artifacts showcasing our 50 years of making our community stronger. Be sure to visit the exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society Museum, 2435 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK.

Visit Exhibit

50 Notable Alumni

Beginning in mid-September, our 50 Notable Alumni will be announced once a week. Check in weekly and learn about these distinguished alumni and what they have accomplished since attending TCC.

The 50 Notables