PCCC College History

Passaic County Community College received its charter in 1968 to serve the residents of Passaic County with educational and cultural programs. The College opened its doors in October 1971, offering programs in both transfer and career areas, and graduated its first class in 1973.

Since its founding 50 years ago, the college has grown significantly. In 1971, PCCC enrolled 324 students in seven programs of study, which included liberal arts, business, and health sciences. PCCC now enrolls over 11,000 students in more than ninety (90) associate degree and certificate programs plus, an extensive program of English Language Studies, continuing education, and workforce development and training. The physical confines of the college have expanded over the years, from the original single building in Paterson to our expansion in various parts of the county. A general description of our facilities follows on the succeeding page.

Through all of the growth, PCCC has remained steadfast in its commitment to provide academic, cultural, and technological resources and experiences to the residents of Passaic County.