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Welcome to the SUNY Orange History Trail!  As you tour this site you will find significant events in the history of Orange County Community College.  Below is a brief overview of SUNY Orange.

Orange County Community College opened its doors in 1950 to 160 students.  It consisted of two buildings, Morrison Hall and Horton Hall, on 14 acres. Today there are over 6,600 students enrolled.  The college now consists of 15 buildings on over 37 acres and is still growing!

These are exciting times for the College as the Newburgh Extension Center has been approved for Branch Campus status.  The Newburgh Campus is scheduled to be completed in 2011.  A new building, Kaplan Hall, is currently under construction.  Kaplan Hall is named in recognition of the Kaplan family for their generosity to and unwavering support of the College. The Tower Building that comprises SUNY Orange's current Newburgh Extension Center is undergoing major renovations.  In addition to our main campus at Middletown and our Branch Campus in Newburgh, the college also provides services at Central Valley, Port Jervis, and Warwick. 

A new Science, Engineering, and Technology center is also slated for the Middletown campus.  The recently completed Gilman Center for International Education is a new addition to the Middletown Campus. The center is named in tribute to Benjamin A. Gilman, a longtime Congressman who is recognized all over the world for his ability to foster and encourage international relationships. 

We hope you enjoy this walk through history!

Should you experience difficulties accessing or reading any of the following documents, on this Site, please contact John Wetzstein at 845-341-4762, so that we can provide you with a more readable/accessible version. Many of the news articles were inserted for their Headlines only.

If you have any questions or comments call:

John Wetzstein
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Institutional Planning, Assessment & Research