About Us
60th Anniversary
  • Educating the Community Since 1958
  • New Junior College Dedicated
  • PSC Cafeteria of the 60s
  • Prototype of Proposed New Main Campus
  • Construction Begins on Main Campus Building
  • CNC Programming Class
  • Music Class
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Keypunch Classroom
  • Nature Preserve Dedication
  • Conference Center
  • New Student Convocation - 1999
  • Happy Graduate


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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Register for the 60th Anniversary Community Events. Click here!

Event Dates:

Steger/South Chicago Heights - Thursday, March 29

Olympia Fields/Tinley Park - Thursday, April 12
ProvenIT Conference Room Ribbon Cutting
and Unveiling

Sauk Village/Ford Heights - Tuesday, May 15

Monee/University Park - Thursday, June 28

Matteson - Wednesday, July 18

Crete/Beecher - Thursday, Aug. 30

Richton Park/Park Forest - Wednesday, Sept. 12

Hazel Crest/Country Club Hills - Wednesday, Nov. 14