BRCC 25th

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is thrilled to announce its momentous 25th anniversary, marking a quarter-century of dedication to providing quality education and fostering a vibrant learning community. Since its establishment in 1998, BRCC has been committed to empowering individuals, strengthening the local workforce, and contributing to the overall development of the Baton Rouge community.

Sponsors of BRCC 25th Anniversary Events

December 13, 1994


Community representative meet to discuss community college in the Mid City area of Baton Rouge.


First BRCC Chancellor

January 1996

Dr. Marion Bonaparte becomes first BRCC Chancellor.

May 2, 1996

Site Proposed

Site proposed to build campus.

May 1, 1997

Land Purchase

Deal finalized to purchase land.

May 21, 1997

Judge Approves

Judge approves 1998 opening for BRCC.

LSU & Southern

February 27, 1998

BRCC sign agreement with LSU & Southern for cross-enrollment.

March 28, 1998

750 Applications

More than 750 enrollment applications surpass expectations.

First Student

March 28, 1998

First BRCC student, Elizabeth Nicholson, enrolls for fall classes.

April 16, 1998

BRCC Foundation

The BRCC Foundation officially established.

June 1, 1998


Chancellor gets keys to facility.

July 17, 1998


Governors Building grand opening celebration tour brings 500 visitors to campus.

First Day

August 20, 1998

BRCC opens for first day of classes.

August 27, 1998

1,866 Students

Fall enrollment first semester final tally is 1,866 students.

July 1, 1999


The Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) becomes BRCC's governing board.

July 16, 1999

Frazier Site

Approval to expand to Frazier site location a 60,000 sq. ft. building.

First Graduating Class

May 13, 2000

First graduating class of 17 students; Mark Drennen serves as commencement speaker.

Dr. Walter Bumphus

September 26, 2000

Dr. Walter Bumphus named second Chancellor.

May 20, 2001

Second Commencement

69 students earn degrees at second commencement.

February 5, 2002

EBR School System

BRCC and EBR School System move to expand pilot program for high school students to take courses for college credit.

Marc Morial

May 9, 2002

Marc Morial serves as 3rd commencement speaker to 140 graduates. Also, Sean and Jennifer Eplett Reilly recognized for helping to establish college’s first endowed professorship.

May 16, 2002

$65 Million

Funding approved for $65 million campus expansion.

Dr. Myrtle Dorsey

June 15, 2002

Dr. Myrtle Dorsey named third Chancellor during press conference.

September 2002

Louisiana Building

Louisiana Building opens for students during fall semester.

October 8, 2002

Million Dollar

BRCC partners with local industry to launch million-dollar training facility.

August 23, 2003


Enrollment nearing 5,000 for fifth year.

April 14, 2003

Financial Aid

First time Pell grants and Financial Aid offered due to progress made in the accreditation process.

January 1, 2004

Initial Accreditation

SACSCOC Board awarded initial accreditation to BRCC.

September 8, 2004


Bienvenue Student Center opens.

February 14, 2004


Funding begins to support and start athletics program.

April 8, 2004

PTK's Honor Society

BRCC welcomes PTK's Honor Society during inaugural induction ceremony with 79 students being honored.

December 6, 2004

Full Accreditation

BRCC earns full accreditation and full membership in SACS.

February 5, 2005


First baseball game against LSU-E.

April 15, 2005

Partnered With EBR

Partnered with EBR School System to offer students college courses.

May 2005

Cypress Building

Cypress Building completed with state-of-the-art science labs and computer classroom and a greenhouse.

August 2005

Theatre Opened

Magnolia Library and Theatre opened to host theatrical and musical productions.

Maya Angelou

December 8, 2005

An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou as first guest in the Magnolia Theatre.

Lou Gossett, Jr.

May 18, 2006

Lou Gossett, Jr. commencement speaker at 7th graduation ceremony.

August 20, 2007

Nursing Class

First nursing class with 60 students begins. BRCC becomes the first public college in Baton Rouge to offer LPN program.

September 7, 2007

7,014 Mark

Enrollment hits 7,014 mark.

Jay Leno

December 8, 2007

An Evening with Jay Leno in the Magnolia Theatre.

Community College Drive

February 27, 2008

Campus main street renamed to Community College Drive, formerly Rebel Drive.

August 28, 2009

Construction Management

Approval to start a Construction Management program.

September 10, 2009

8,104 Students

BRCC becomes the second largest college in Baton Rouge with an enrollment of 8,104 students.

November 2, 2009


Men's & Women's basketball teams play their first games.

March 2, 2010

Women's Basketball

In their first year, the Women's basketball team was ranked 24th in the nation for the NJCAA.

Andrea Miller

December 14, 2011

Andrea Miller named fourth chancellor of BRCC by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors.

North Baton Rouge Training Initiative (NBRITI)

October 1, 2012

BRCC and ExxonMobil launch North Baton Rouge Training Initiative (NBRITI)

Flight Training

October 18, 2013

BRCC becomes the first and only collegiate helicopter flight training program in Louisiana.

Larissa Littleton-Steib

December 14, 2016

Larissa Littleton-Steib selected as the fifth chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors.

December 6, 2015


SACSCOC Board approved merger with the former Capital Area Technical College and recognized the College's change in status.

Automotive Training Center

March 16, 2017

BRCC and partners cut ribbon on state-of-the-art Automotive Training Center.

Automotive Collision Training Center

September 19, 2018

BRCC holds ribbon cutting for new Automotive Collision Training Center.


March 30, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BRCC transitions to online courses for the semester.

Willie E. Smith, Sr.

May 6, 2020

Willie E. Smith, Sr. selected as the sixth chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors.


Virtual Commencement

May 29, 2020

BRCC Celebrates Graduates During Pandemic With Virtual Commencement and Drive-Thru Celebration

December 21, 2021

Economic Impact

BRCC Releases Study Detailing Regional Economic Impact of $300 Million.

$12 Million

February 25, 2022

$12 million the largest investment in college history from partner Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.


Food Pantry

June 10, 2022

BRCC Partners with Healthy Blue and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to open food pantry and address food insecurity for students.

Nursing And Allied Health Building

August 3, 2023

BRCC and Our Lady of the Lake Health Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Nursing and Allied Health Building