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This timeline walks you through the significant advances made by Beacon College during its 27 year history.

Beacon College was incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) institution of higher learning on May 24, 1989. The concept for the College was put forth by a group of parents concerned about higher education opportunities for students with learning disabilities. Responding to this concern, the initial trustees founded Beacon College. The College embraces the student with learning disabilities and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder by providing educational opportunities that acknowledge individual learning differences.;xNLx;This timeline from the College’s founding in 1989 through the present provides a quick overview of the history and accomplishments of the College.;xNLx;;xNLx;

1989-05-24 00:00:00

Beacon College is Founded

A group of parents concerned about higher education opportunities for students with learning disabilities found Beacon College. The College is originally housed in the leased D’Addario and Stoer Buildings and offers a degree in Human Services. Thirty-five students enroll the first year.

1990-03-01 00:00:00

The D'Addario and Stoer Buildings are Purchased

The D'Addario and Stoer Buildings are the first to be acquired by the College. The D'Addario Building houses the Office of the President, Student Services and Marketing, Admissions, and the Counseling Center. The Stoer Building houses 3 classrooms, a lecture hall, dining hall, and faculty offices.

1990-05-12 00:00:00

Beacon's First Commencement Takes Place

On May 12, 1990, 9 seniors became the first graduating class from Beacon College. Everyone at Beacon College participates in this celebration of academic achievement.

1991-02-02 00:00:00

First Parent's Weekend is Celebrated

Beacon celebrates its first Parents’ Weekend on February 2 – 3, 1991.

1991-08-18 00:00:00

AA in Human Services is Offered

1992-03-01 00:00:00

General Studies Degree is Added to the Curriculum

1995-08-18 00:00:00

Academic Mentoring Program is Established

Now the Center for Student Success, the Academic Mentoring Program was first established in 1995. The Center for Student Success is home to the Learning Specialists and Peer Mentoring program.

1996-08-18 00:00:00

Beacon Submits its First Application for SACSCOC

The first application for regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), meets 12 of 13 criteria and makes a commitment to build a library and collection to meet the final criteria.

1997-08-18 00:00:00

Education Building is Purchased

The 11,986 sq ft Education Building is purchased, which houses the Beacon College Library, Math Lab, PC Lab, and five classrooms.

2003-03-01 00:00:00

Construction of the Village Apartments is Completed

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