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Mountain View Timeline

1970s

  • 1970

    • Mountain View College opens for classes under the leadership of founding President Erwin Dale Douglas, with 77 founding faculty members and an enrollment of 2,060.
      Sign that reads 'Welcome to Mountain View College' The entrance sign to Mountain View College.
    • The first classes at the new college are held in tents and trailers while construction is completed.
  • 1971

    • In January, faculty, staff and students finally move into their permanent new home.
    • The formal dedication of  Mountain View College is held April 18, with U.S. Senator John Tower serving as keynote speaker.
      Students at Eastfield and Mountain View show off their school banners
    • In August, Dr. David Sims becomes MVC's second president.
  • 1972

  • 1973

    • Drs. Paul Benson and Geoff Grimes create the first international education programs.
  • 1974

    • MVC's outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool is completed.
  • 1979

    • In January, Dr. Bill Jordan becomes the college's third president.
    • In June, MVC student Rosalyn Sample, 55, delivers a lecture on the student perspective on the community college experience at the International American Studies Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

1980s

  • 1980

  • 1981

    • Dr. Kathryn Hegar is named Teacher of the Year in Junior and Community Colleges by the National Business Education Association for her work teaching business classes.
  • 1982

    • Lightning strikes the southwest corner of the Mountain View College campus April 19.
  • 1986

    • Dr. Paul Benson is named MVC's first-ever National Innovator of the Year by the League for Innovation.
    • Drama program director Rod Wilson creates the Performing Artists Musical Theater Conservatory (PAMTC).

1990s

  • 1992

    • Dr. Rodger Pool becomes MVC's fourth president.
  • 1994

    • Dr. Monique Amerman becomes MVC's fifth president.
  • 1996

  • 1997

    • In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration, Organization of Black Airline Pilots and Frontiers of Flight Museum, Mountain View offers the first free aviation summer camp in Dallas to encourage teenagers to prepare for a career in the skies.
  • 1998

    • Renovations are completed on the west side of the Mountain View College campus to enhance student services.
  • 1999

    • MVC celebrates its first Trick or Treat with Bethune Elementary School, a tradition which continues to this day.
    • Mountain View College welcomes the first group of students into the Rising Star program.
    • The Mountain View College Garden of Learning is dedicated.
      A photo of the Garden of Learning A view of the Garden of Learning.

2000s

  • 2000

    • As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Mountain View College creates an urban wildlife sanctuary that becomes the first one certified on a college campus by the Humane Society of the U.S.
      Picture of turtles on rocks Turtles sunning themselves on campus.
    • In partnership with Dallas County Health and Human Services, the MVC Emeritus Center opens its doors to local senior citizens.
  • 2004

    • Felix Zamora becomes MVC's sixth president.
    • In October, the League of Women Voters hosts a congressional debate between Martin Frost and Pete Sessions, candidates for the United States House of Representatives in Texas District 32.
  • 2005

    • Mountain View College celebrates its 35th anniversary with a gala featuring entertainer Harry Belafonte as the guest speaker.
  • 2006

    • Trinidad Garza Early College High School opens at Mountain View College.
  • 2007

    • Mountain View College begins its Common Book Project with the novel “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.
  • 2008

  • 2009

    • The new Student Services, Economic Workforce Development, and Science and Allied Health Buildings open, as well as the remodeled Performance Hall.
      Picture of Student Services building The new Student Services building.

2010s

  • 2010

    • Mountain View College celebrates its 40th anniversary with guest speaker Donna Brazile.
    • Mountain View College opens the Business Incubator in its Economic Workforce Development Building.
    • The MVC Fitness Center opens its doors to the community.
  • 2011

    • Mountain View College’s men’s basketball team is NJCAA Division III National Champion.
    • Mountain View College opens its nursing program.
      Picture of a basketball player shooting An MVC Lion takes practice.
  • 2013

    • MVC hosts the first DCCCD Sustainability Summit in March.
    • The first graduating class of nurses participates in commencement, having achieved a 95% passing rate on their state nursing exams.
  • 2014

    • Dr. Preston Pulliams becomes interim president of the college.
    • Mountain View College opens its community garden.
  • 2015

  • 2017

    • The first cohort of Occupational Therapy Assistant students begin their classes.
  • 2018

    • Dr. Sharon Davis is named interim president of MVC.
    • The "Feed the Lions" Food Pantry opens to serve students and the community. The college coordinates a Pack the Pantry benefit drive to stock the new space.
  • 2019

    • In an effort to eliminate barriers for students, MVC creates a child care initiative to help single-parent students pay for child care.
    • Dr. Beatriz Joseph becomes the college's eighth president.