Founded in 1957 as Bloom Township Junior College, Prairie State College was originally
established to offer only transfer liberal arts courses and occupational-technical
courses. The college was reorganized in 1967 as a Class I junior college and renamed
Prairie State College. Prairie State College now is a two-year community college offering
associate degrees, technical and career certificates, and adult, corporate, and continuing
education. In 2018, Prairie State College is celebrating 60 years of educating the
community. We welcome you to become a part of our history.
"I remember well how the institution began. After numerous studies and much discussion, in 1957 the citizens of the Bloom Township area voted to support a college designed to meet the post-high school and adult education needs of the people of the community. A small professional, part-time staff spent the summer of 1958 bringing Bloom Township Community College (in the summer of 1966 renamed Prairie State College) into being." Albert H. Martin, first Dean and later President.
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