Somerset Community College

Somerset Community College

Somerset Community College has opened a time capsule that was sealed into a wall when the school opened in 1965.  

The vault for the time capsule was in the blueprints for the building, but current school leaders only found out about it when they were interviewing alumni for a 50th anniversary story on the college.

SCC Director of Advancement Cindy Clouse said one thing that stood out about the 50-year-old items was the most common material of the day – paper.

"It kind of does kind of signify the times of 1965. You know, everything was probably a little bit simpler," said Clouse. "Technology wasn't around , so everything then was on paper. So most of the items we received were paper."

The time capsule included newspapers and brochures about the school, as well as the signatures of all the 16 members of the faculty and staff at the time. Those items from 1965 provide a clear comparison that shows the growth of the school. The faculty and staff now numbers more 300. The school opened with 275 students in 1965 and current enrollment is more than 7,000.

Clouse said the school is gathering items to re-load the  time capsule, which will be opened 50 years from now.

“We have a list of all the faculty and staff that we’re going to place inside. A lot of students put in pictures of their clubs. Our student government association wants to burn a CD of the music that people are listening to now,” said Clouse.

Students decided there’s one important item that has to go into the time capsule because it’s so symbolic of our time. That item is a cell phone.

Six Kentucky community colleges will share in $10 million in federal grant money to increase online learning programs for the computer and medical fields.  The grants are part of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) program, which is awarding more than $450 million in grants overall.  

Somerset Community College is among the schools receiving funds. Ivy Tech College in Indiana was also awarded $2.5 million dollars in grant money to pay for its new computing and informatics program.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says community colleges play an important role in the U.S. economy, calling them the “secret sauce”.

“What this really is, this is kind of like how Dwight Eisenhower built the highway infrastructure in the 50s.  We’re building the new infrastructure of adult training and education in the 21st century,” said Perez.

The next public forum over Kentucky's upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Wednesday in Somerset. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplace in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.