The Founding of a Community College

Time Frame: 1962-1968

Here is an archive of newspaper articles discussing the planning for and birth of Western Piedmont Community College. These documents are in PDF format which can be accessed by the free Reader software from Adobe. If you are unable to access these documents and would like additional assistance, please contact the webmaster.


A Community College for Burke County: A Report on Community Service
(Letter from J.D. Fitz, Publisher of the Morganton News-Herald)


Phifer Advances Idea: Asks Community College Explored Morganton News-Herald Jan 8, 1962
Once in a Lifetime Chance (Editorial)Morganton News-HeraldNov. 1, 1963
State’s Approval Given for Two-Year Community College Morganton News-HeraldJan. 10, 1964
College Vote Set March 21Morganton News-HeraldJan. 13, 1964
Boards Provide LeadershipMorganton  News-HeraldJan. 14, 1964
C of C Directors Ask Bond SupportMorganton  News-HeraldJan. 14, 1964
Commissioners Okay College Bond VoteMorganton News-HeraldFeb. 5, 1964
No Opposition Raised at College HearingMorganton  News-HeraldFeb. 17, 1964
Registration to Open for College ElectionMorganton  News-HeraldFeb. 19, 1964
Phifer Honored as Man of Year for College Movement Morganton News-Herald Feb.  20, 1964
Why a Community College (Editorial)Morganton  News-HeraldMar. 3, 1964
Burke Steering Group Plans Community College DriveMorganton  News-HeraldMar. 5, 1964
Headquarters Opened for College CampaignMorganton  News-HeraldMar. 9, 1964
Community College Called a Vital Need for Burke County Morganton News-Herald Mar. 18, 1964
Ballot for a Community College for Burke County Morganton News-Herald Mar. 20, 1964
Questions and Answers on Community CollegeMorganton News-HeraldMar. 20, 1964
College Wins by Landslide 17 to 1 Vote Morganton News-Herald Mar. 23, 1964
Community College Vote is Certified Morganton News-HeraldMar. 25, 1964
Four Named to Board of Community College: School Boards Act Morganton News-Herald Apr. 7, 1964
Commissioners Pick Four College Trustees: Governor to Name Four Morganton News-Herald Apr. 13, 1964
Governor Names Four Trustees for College: To Complete 12- Man Board Morganton News-Herald May 13, 1964
Phifer is College ChairmanMorganton News-HeraldJune 2, 1964
Florida Man to Head Community College: President Chosen by Board  Morganton News-Herald Sep. 1, 1964
Community College Sets Goal for 1966Morganton News-HeraldOct. 6, 1964
What Name do You Like? (Editorial)Morganton News-HeraldOct. 14, 1964
Western Piedmont is Name for Community College Morganton News-Herald Oct. 23, 1964
Dr. Stallworth Outlines Community College PlanMorganton News-HeraldNov. 10. 1964
Conference Will Aid in College Planning: Consultants Coming Morganton News-Herald Nov. 25, 1964
Planning Burke College (Captioned Photo)  Morganton News-Herald Nov. 27, 1964
Burke College Selects Dean: Instruction ChiefMorganton News-HeraldJan. 28, 1965
Council of State Approves Sale of Site for CollegeMorganton News-HeraldJan. 29, 1965
A.G. Odell is Architect for Burke’s Community CollegeMorganton News-HeraldFeb. 5, 1965
Planning Session is Held Morganton News-HeraldSep. 21, 1965
Registration Tuesday for Adult EducationMorganton News-HeraldOct. 4, 1965
College Moves Into Old Central School Morganton News-Herald Oct. 6, 1965
Studying College Plans (Captioned Photo) Morganton News-Herald Nov. 15, 1965
Stallworth Reports College ProgressingMorganton News-HeraldNov. 19, 1965
Western Piedmont College Accepts its First Student Morganton News-HeraldDec. 1, 1965
College Courses to Start in March Morganton News-Herald Feb. 17, 1966
Registration is Brisk for College CoursesMorganton News-HeraldMar. 3, 1966
Nursing Program StartedMorganton News-HeraldJun. 17, 1966
Faculty Members Get Welcome at ReceptionMorganton News-HeraldAug. 29, 1966
College Registration 388, Classes Start on ThursdayMorganton News-HeraldSep. 7, 1966
Community College Holds First Fall Convocation Morganton News-Herald Sep. 8, 1966
Character is a Product of True Education (Conv. Address by Dr. E.W. Phifer)Morganton News-HeraldSep. 8, 1966
Bids for Community College are StudiedMorganton News-HeraldSep. 14, 1966
WPCC Opens Many Doors to its StudentsMorganton News-HeraldSep. 22, 1966
Survey Team Visits Community College: For Southern AssociationMorganton News-HeraldApril 26, 1967
Blank Confirmed WPCC President: By State BoardMorganton News-HeraldAug. 3, 1967
Lined Up for Registration (captioned photo)Morganton News-HeraldSep. 22, 1967
WPCC is Candidate for Accredidation: Recommendation ApprovedMorganton News-HeraldDec. 4, 1967
Western Piedmont Provides Opportunities for All PersonsThe Charlotte ObserverJan. 21, 1968
Adult Basic Education, H.S. Completion Classes Planned Morganton News-HeraldJan 25, 1968
College Moving Day SoonMorganton News-HeraldFeb. 8, 1968
College Starts Moving to its New Campus Near U.S. 64, I -40Morganton News-HeraldMar. 15, 1968
(WPCC) At work in New HomeMorganton News-HeraldMar. 26, 1968
Western Piedmont Building SiteMorganton News-HeraldApr. 19, 1968
Thousands Visited Western Piedmont Sunday (Open House)Morganton News-HeraldMay 8, 1968
Expert Team (SACS) Eying WPCC OperationsMorganton News-HeraldMay 16, 1968
First Nursing ClassMorganton News-HeraldMay 28, 1968
WPCC Adult Education Course: Summer Quarter 1968Morganton News-HeraldJun. 10, 1968
WPCC is Awarded Full AccreditationMorganton News-HeraldDec. 5, 1968