Operating Hours October 3 & October 7 - College offices will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3; afternoon classes are not cancelled unless you’ve been directly notified otherwise by your instructor. On Tuesday, October 7, offices will be closed, and classes will not be held. More.

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Milestones

1966

Ground-breaking ceremonies of John Tyler Community College's Chester Campus, the first technical college to be constructed in Virginia.

1967

Classes begin, and the College is dedicated by Mills E. Godwin, Jr., governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1969

First graduation exercises are held. Sixty-one students receive various degrees and certificates.

1975

John Tyler Community College expands by constructing an extension of the engineering technology laboratories and classrooms in Godwin Hall and by adding Moyar Hall, a new two-story "Learning Resources" building that housed the library, audio-visual facilities, classrooms, laboratories and student services administrative offices.

1980

John Tyler opens an annex at Fort Lee to further serve the public.

1981

John Tyler opens a Midlothian Outreach Office to meet the increasing needs in the service region. Classes are taught at multiple schools and community centers in the Midlothian area.

1984

The College is given permission by Chesterfield County Schools to offer classes at Watkins Annex.

1988

The College moves to the Featherstone Professional Center, where it will stay for 12 years.


A fire destroys a large portion of Bird Hall on the Chester Campus.

1991

The Featherstone location gains campus designation within the Virginia Community College System.


The College and the Louis Reynolds Marital Trust begin discussions about the possibility of the Trust providing land for John Tyler to construct a permanent Midlothian Campus.

1993

The Chester Campus opens the Nicholas Student Center, which houses the student lounge, bookstore, cafeteria, classrooms and a large multi-purpose room.

1994

An agreement is signed between the College and the Louis Reynolds Marital Trust committing the donation of 126 acres of land for the new campus.

1997

Groundbreaking ceremonies are held at the Midlothian Campus.

2000

John Tyler's Midlothian Campus is opened for summer classes and is dedicated.

2001

The College's Commencement exercises are held at the Midlothian Campus for the first time.


John Tyler's Business, Industry and Government Services (BIGS) Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with the renovation and expansion of its Featherstone location.

2003

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College join forces to create a new workforce development entity, the Community College Workforce Alliance, in an effort to provide business, industry and government in the greater Richmond area with a single source for workforce development.

2006

John Tyler Community College’s Nursing Program moves to a new home in time for the start of the fall 2006 semester, thanks to a donation valued at $1,762,303 from CJW Medical Center. The hospital gave the John Tyler Community College Foundation approximately 15,000 square feet in a new building located on CJW’s Johnston-Willis campus. The donation allowed the College to expand its nursing program, helping to alleviate the critical nursing shortage in Virginia.


The General Assembly of Virginia approves funds for a new academic building at John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian Campus. The new building will alleviate crowded conditions at the campus, which reached capacity five years sooner than expected. The new building will house a larger library, more classroom space and faculty offices. A groundbreaking is scheduled for October 2007.

2007

John Tyler Community College celebrates its 40th anniversary with a year of special community events and activities.

2009

The College opens a new Science Building on the Midlothian Campus. The project is first VCCS building to be registered under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

2010

In July 2010, the College received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for the Science Building on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition.

2012

During the 2012 Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Marshall W. Smith made a surprise announcement that the academic buildings on the Midlothian Campus would be renamed. Hamel Hall, formerly known as the Science Building, was named in honor of Dr. Dana Hamel, the first chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Eliades Hall, formerly known as the Academic Building, was named in honor of Mr. Homer Eliades, a member of the founding College Board of John Tyler Community College and a founding member of the John Tyler Community College Foundation Board, who, at the time, had given 45 years of uninterrupted service to the College.


In November 2012, Dr. Marshall W. Smith, the sixth – and longest-serving – president of John Tyler Community College, announced he would retire on August 1, 2013, after 23 years of service to the College and more than 45 years in higher education. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the College grew to two campuses; added a Nursing Education Center; nearly doubled in enrollment; became the first Virginia community college to construct an environmentally friendly building that received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification; expanded its offerings, dual enrollment program and workforce efforts; built new business partnerships with companies such as CJW and Rolls-Royce; added online classes and a myriad of scheduling options; and more.

2013

On May 6, 2013, Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s community colleges, announced that Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller would become the 7th president of John Tyler Community College on August 5, 2013.

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