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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Groundbreaking ceremonies are held at the Midlothian Campus.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


In May 2014, Phase III of construction at Midlothian begins. In addition to an engineering lab, the nearly 70,000 square foot, three-story Phase III academic building will house an outdoor classroom and learning lab, a black box teaching theatre, a music room, a recording studio, computer labs, classrooms, faculty offices, student services offices, fitness and dance classrooms, and a small café. The Phase III project also includes the construction of a four-story, 351-space parking deck.

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the College celebrated the inauguration of Edward “Ted” Raspiller as the College’s seventh president.

On November 5, 2014, John Tyler Community College announced the College's first mascot, the Tyler Trailblazer. Trailblazers create new paths and boldly move forward. Horses are powerful, intelligent and kind creatures that have played a vital role in the history of our local service area.


In January 2016, the 70,000-square-foot T Building and a new parking garage opened on the Midlothian Campus. The T Building includes specialized instructional spaces, including a fitness classroom, a dance/performance classroom, an engineering classroom, and a music classroom complete with practice rooms. The Lynn Theatre  features a green room, dressing rooms, an area for set creation, and a box office.  The building also features a new area devoted to student services, such as counseling, career resources and testing, as well as faculty offices, an instructional technology area and a small cafe.  


John Tyler Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary. The college paid tribute to its anniversary during events and activities; reconnected with alumni; launched its Deeds Not Words initiative, connecting students and employees with community service and service learning projects; and built a time capsule. The John Tyler Community College Foundation also raised money for the creation of the JTCC 50th Anniversary Completion Scholarship.


After being completely renovated, Bird Hall reopened in August 2019. The newly renovated building houses the college’s nursing and EMS/paramedic programs; natural science labs; faculty offices; and student study collaboration spaces. In December 2019, the renovated Nicholas Center reopened. The updated space includes classrooms; large meeting room; bookstore with café; Student Activities office; fitness center; employee offices; and student study and lounge spaces. The newly added William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development also opened in December 2019. The 25,503-square-foot workforce center, attached to the Nicholas Center, houses Community College Workforce Alliance, a flex lab, and workforce training classrooms.


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