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50th Anniversary


Celebrations Will Span 2021-2022 as Eastern Shore Community College Acknowledges 50 Years Serving the Shore

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A Message from President Jim Shaeffer

ESCC President Jim Shaeffer and Harry, Official 50th Anniversary Mascot

The history of higher education, and Eastern Shore Community College, began in the 1960s with the Eastern Shore Branch of the School of Continuing Studies of the University of Virginia at the U.S. Navy base near Wallops Island. A new era began July 1, 1971 when the branch campus of the University of Virginia became Eastern Shore Community College and joined the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

ESCC physically continued at Wallops which offered not only classroom space but also student housing. The first graduating class of ESCC in 1972 included seven students.

Over the next several months a priority was finding a new location for ESCC where the college could best serve the educational needs of both Northampton and Accomack counties.  The site chosen was the “Old Oliver Farm” just south of Melfa.  In July 1972, ground breaking for the new academic building occurred with the dedication in October 1974.

Driving by campus on Highway 13 today, you can’t help but note that ESCC and the Eastern Shore has a new $22 million academic building boasting of labs and classroom spaces all with cutting edge instructional technology.  The building is a show place and clearly the preeminent educational facility on the Eastern Shore.  

In addition to our new building, we continue to expand our programming developed in partnership with community businesses and based on the future needs of our workforce. 

As we celebrate 50 years of service, we’re excited to honor the accomplishments and successes that paved the way for today’s Eastern Shore Community College. 

Sincerely,
Jim Shaeffer
President, Eastern Shore Community College

Taylor Bank

We are proud to have Taylor Bank as the Official Sponsor of our 50th Anniversary activities!

Share Your ESCC Story!

We are YOUR Eastern Shore Community College, so we look to you to share your stories and let us know how ESCC played a part in your journey. Use the form below to submit your info and share your favorite memory of ESCC. With your permission, we’d even like to share these stories with others as we celebrate our 50 years on the Shore. Thanks for taking the time to contribute your thoughts to our celebration.


Anniversary Events

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Homecoming

Friday, October 22, 2021
11:30am–1:30pm

We’ll welcome alumni, students, friends, and the community on campus to celebrate ESCC’s 50th with food trucks, a special recognition for alumni, free giveaways, and tours of our buildings led by students. We’ll also have an official ribbon cutting of our new academic building completed in 2020. Free and open to the public.

Oyster Roast

50th Anniversary Oyster Roast

Friday, January 28, 2022
5-9pm

This will be our 3rd in a series of “Eastern Shore” style oyster roasts with live music, a variety of food and drink, and the opportunity to support our many scholarship efforts. This will be our 50th Anniversary edition, and as such, will include some very special elements to acknowledge our ESCC history.