Celebrations Will Span 2021-2022 as Eastern Shore Community College Acknowledges 50 Years Serving the Shore
A Message from President Jim Shaeffer
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.
President, Eastern Shore Community College
Friday, October 22, 2021
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.
50th Anniversary Oyster Roast
Friday, January 28, 2022
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.