1969-1986: The Aurora Extension Years

On September 16, 1969, operations began at the new permanent campus in Sugar Grove. The following years could be termed the “Aurora Extension Era” because there was no permanent campus in Aurora; however, classes and services were provided at a number of venues in the city. In 1973 the Waubonsee Downtown Aurora Center was established at 63 ½ S. Broadway. This facility housed the Business Skills Training, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) programs. In 1977, these programs joined the Assessment Center and Reading Academy in the former Roncalli High School on Farnsworth Avenue, which became known as the “East Campus.” 

Also noteworthy, in 1972, the Waubonsee Hearing Impaired Program (WHIP) was founded. Though the students took classes at the Sugar Grove Campus, these students were housed in the Aurora University dorms and later at the Aurora YMCA. Eventually, WHIP transitioned into the current Interpreter Training Program (ITP), which has been centered in Aurora since 1986.

Aurora YMCA, 1967.  This building was used for Physical Education classes from 1967-1968.  The first Waubonsee Community College graduation was held in the Freeman Room in June, 1968.  In the early 1980s, students in the Waubonsee Hearing Impaired Program were housed here.Aurora's New England Congregational Church was one of the buildings used from 1967-1968.  Classes held here included the bulk of the History offerings, as well as English/Journalism/Speech, Business, Theatre, Social Sciences and Science courses.This facility was constructed in 1978 as the north campus of Aurora West High School.  In 1986, the facility became the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (which it remains today) when Waubonsee moved into the Carson-Pirie-Scott building which served as the main campus.  The interior of the building featured an unique, modern design.  This photograph is a bird's eye view of the Foreign Languages classroom, among others.The Reading Academy was located at 441 N Farnsworth Ave., Aurora, in the former Roncalli High School.  Currently, the building is Cowherd Middle School.  This was the site of major adult education efforts including the Right To Read program.In 1976 Waubonsee recieved a $68,000 grant to operate the Right To Read program, housed in the Reading Academy at 441 N Farnsworth Ave., Aurora. Tutors were certified to teach adult literacy after attending four training sessions.Students from the Waubonsee Hearing Impaired Program in front of Davis Hall, a dormitory at Aurora University.  From the mid 1970s to the early 1980s WHIP students were housed at Aurora University while they attended classes at Waubonsee's Sugar Grove campus.This facility was constructed in 1978 as the north campus of Aurora West High School.  In 1986, the facility became the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (which it remains today) when Waubonsee moved into the Carson-Pirie-Scott building which served as the main campus from 1986-2011.This facility was constructed in 1978 as the north campus of Aurora West High School.  In 1986, the facility became the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (which it remains today) when Waubonsee moved into the Carson-Pirie-Scott building which served as the main campus.  The interior of the building featured an unique, modern design.  This is a bird's eye view of the interior showing the divider walls.

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