Imagine campus life at SCC in the late 1960s:
SCC competed in cross country, basketball, track, and baseball (1966) and added football in 1967. Golf, tennis, and wrestling
came later when athletic facilities were completed at SFCC. Teams were identified by campus - SCC was home to the mighty
Sasquatch and The Falls to the Spartans. The cross-town rivalry was INTENSE.
There were cheerleaders and formal dances. Homecoming was a week-long event. Students and staff performed in quarterly plays
AND musicals. A pep band was established in 1967.
SCC's "evening school" catered to up to 8,000 students annually, offering everything from drama classes to sales and
supermarket checker training. Summer school was equally robust with classes in photography, fashion illustration, nurse aide,
accounting, and welding.
Student life wasn't always a bed of roses, however.
In October 1966, SCC's campus newsletter, The Spartan Extra,
reported "the mod look, sandals with no socks, extended haircuts, cafeteria bums and chronic complainers send dean of students,
C. William Anderson, into orbit."
Right on, Dean Anderson!
As SCC became a well-established fixture in the community, it began to assume a greater role in economic development, a role
that continues today.
In 1967, for example, Washington Water Power (today's Avista), SCC and Spokane business leaders combined forces to recruit Pacific
Trails, Inc., a national garment manufacturer, to Spokane. SCC trained its power sewing machine operators.
Based on industry input, SCC also continued to add degree and certificate programs: Photography and hotel-motel management (1964);
inhalation therapy and medical record technician (1965); nursing home management (1966); cardiopulmonary technology, construction
electrician, construction technology, law enforcement technology and parts merchandising (1967); agribusiness, cosmetology and
transportation technology (1968); and associate degree nursing (1969).
Liberal arts options for students expanded as well. Drama, bacteriology, physical education, and athletics arrived on the scene
in 1964, followed by political science and education (1965); physiology and radio-TV studio production (1966); music and German
(1967); agriculture, engineering, recreation, technical report writing, and physical science (1968); and in 1969, geology and
By 1968, tuition at SCC bumped up to $70 a quarter for students taking 12 credits. A $5 application fee was still collected.
Just over 4,400 students were enrolled in day school and an estimated 10,000 students would take evening classes throughout the
According to a college fact sheet, "The faculty of 215 members is thoroughly cosmopolitan, bringing to the student body a rich
background of knowledge and experience."
Are we feeling "cosmopolitan" today?