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.