Miles Community College Brief History
Miles Community College was founded in 1939. For almost 20
years, the College, then titled Custer County Junior College,
operated out of a few rooms in the local public high school. In
1957, the College moved into the former Milwaukee Railroad Depot
In June 1967, the College moved into a new building that was
constructed after passage of a bond issued by county voters. On
April 4, 1970, voters of the district elected the first
independent board of trustees for the College. In December 1971,
Miles Community College was granted accreditation by the
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
During academic year 1971-72, a new student center was
constructed. A grant of $1.5 million from the Montana Coal Board
in 1977 enabled the College to construct a new vocational
building and a library learning resource center classroom
addition. Construction of a physical education complex was
completed in November 1980. In August 1997, four new dormitory
buildings were added to the student housing complex; and in
October 2003, the College completed a new $2.3 million
Miles Community College Major Historical Events
- 1939 - College founded as Custer
County Junior College.
- 1957 - College moved from high
school facilities to former Milwaukee RR Depot Buildings.
- 1964 - College Endowment
- 1966 - Name changed to Miles
- 1967 - College moved to new
facilities on current campus location. (Federal grant/local
- 1968 - Auto Mechanics Technology and
Electronics Technology (AAS) programs established.
- 1969 - Associate Degree Registered
Nursing (ADRN) program established.
- 1970 - Independent Community College
District established, with newly elected Board of Trustees.
- 1971 - Full Accreditation awarded by
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
- 1972 - New Student Union Building
completed. (HUD subsidized loan)
- 1974 - All-Weather (rubberized
asphalt) Track and Field Complex completed. (Local fund-raising)
- 1976 - Adjacent land for future
campus expansion purchased by MCC Endowment.
- 1979 - New Library/Business
Classrooms and Vocational Education buildings completed.
(Funds from Montana Coal Board grant)
- 1980 - New HPE/Gymnasium/Community
Recreation building (CENTRA) completed.
(U.S. Farm & Home Administration --FmHA--loan)
- 1981 - New "Big Sky Dormitory" (46
residents) completed. (MCC Endowment investors)
- 1982 - 12-acre tract of land
acquired from Bureau of Land Management (BLM grant)
Rodeo Arena facility construction begins.
- 1983 - Data Processing Program (AAS)
established. MCC Education Center at Colstrip, MT opens.
Power Plant Technology Program (AAS) established. (Montana Coal
- 1986 - Automation of Student and
(Management Information System) implemented.
- 1987 - In-house "Simulated Distance
Learning Telecommunications Network" installed.
(Title III grant) --Instructors trained for interactive
telecommunications delivery of courses.
- 1990 - Library Automation completed.
(Title III grant)
- 1992 - Fully Interactive fiber-optic
Telecommunications Network implemented
(Long-term Lease) MCC’s ADRN Nursing Program linked to
classrooms in Dawson
Community College – Glendive, and Sidney.
- 1993 - MCC connected to Montana
Education Telecommunications Network -- "METNET"
- 1994 - MCC ADRN Nursing Program
awarded NLN accreditation
- 1996 - MCC linked to Service Area
high schools via Interactive fiber-optic
Telecommunications Network. (Rural Utilities System [RUS]
Building Technology Program (AAS) implemented.
- 1997 - New "family style
Dormitories" (48 residents) opened. (HUD subsidized loan through
four local banks)
- 2003 - College completed a new $2.3
Click below for a detailed account of our history through the decades