Monday, March 19, 2012

Junior College of Connecticut 1929

Pictured is the class of 1929 of the Junior College of Connecticut, the first such "college for the masses" in New England. Though there were simialr colleges out in the midwest, when E. Everett Cortright brought this idea to Bridgeport in the 1920s it was a little crazy. But it was supported by the president of Harvard, who bemoaned the level of writing and math (sound familiar) of freshmen students at the time. This was a way to prep unprepared students to go on to larger universities.

Of course, the Junior College became its own university, the University of Bridgeport, and with the institution of the G.I. Bill, did very well. But that is another story!

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