Waubonsee Community College began in Aurora in 1967, utilizing various buildings including the old Jewel Tea building, East and West Aurora High School, Batavia High School, the Aurora YMCA, Aurora New England Congregational Church, Aurora Automotive Building, and Aurora Administrative Building prior to the construction of the Sugar Grove Campus. After the completion of the Sugar Grove Campus, some facilities continued to be used as extension centers, primarily focused on Adult Basic Education (ABE). In 1977 the main extension center moved to the former Aurora Central Catholic High School.
The first permanent Aurora Campus was opened August 15, 1986. Previously, this facility had been the Carson Pirie Scott Department Store Building, located on the corner of Galena Boulevard and Stolp Avenue. Renovations were coordinated by Prisco, Duffy, and Associates, Ltd. of Batavia, Illinois. The Stanley Building, immediately adjacent, was dedicated in September of 1988.
The new Aurora Campus is located at 18 S River Street, within sight of the old campus. This building opened on June 1, 2011.