Timeline: 1915-1924 1925-1934 1935-1944 1945-1954 1955-1964 1965-1974 1975-1984 1985-1994 1995-2005


"The mid-thirties and early forties brought some growth and the inevitable impact of the war years.  In 1935 the college had 162 students and by the end of 1944 only 99 enrolled."

In December 1936 the chorus and orchestra performed with the high school on KROC radio.

In 1935 a literary edition of the Echo published. 

In 1937 terminal Business course is added and the first business student graduates in 1939.


Remodeling in 1940 led the doubling of classroom facilities and a new college library.  By the 1939-40 academic year, the library occupied the entire 3rd floor of the Coffman Building. 

The fall of 1940 brought the addition of new courses in general secretarialship, orientation and philosophy. Courses in radio were planned for in 1942.   


In 1943 the JC became the largest Civil Aeronautics Authority school with 88 students enrolled. 


Adult education programs known as “Evening College” begin in 1942.   
Arthur Swan, a member of RCTC’s Hall of Fame, comes to college as a student.  Swan later becomes a local attorney and the chair of the college‘s foundation in 1961 and First JC Advisory Committee Chair in 1964.   

Theatrical productions during this period included Our Town, Sweethearts Blossom Time and Hilarious Comedy.  Miss Jean Griffin starred with Harold Stewart in Hilarious Comedy.  Miss Griffin later was awarded a Golden R for 1942.



An International Relations Club (IRC) was formed at RJC in 1941 through the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

In sports, the 1940 men’s basketball squad won its 7th southern division title. The team won seven titles between 1921 and 1940 in the “Little Ten” Conference.  Organized hockey also made a brief appearance as a sport at RJC in 1941.

Emil Heintz is hired in 1944 to run Evening College.  Heintz later becomes first Director of Rochester Vocational Institute which opens in 1969.


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