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Admission Testing Program - 1st Counseling tests given to students at Livonia Bentley High School to assure admission into the college, 1964On October 24, 1961, residents of the Livonia, Plymouth-Canton, Garden City and Clarenceville school districts voted to the establish a community college in an effort to create an environment for individuals seeking the opportunity to grow intellectually and strengthen their economic independence. (Northville Public Schools joined the district in 1963.)

Originally called Northwest Wayne Community College to reflect the communities that encompassed the college’s district and primary areas of service, the name was changed in February 1963 to Schoolcraft College in honor of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a 19th century explorer, scholar and Indian agent who played a part in the early development of Michigan.

Construction of the original three buildings on the main campus in Livonia began in June 1963 and August 31, 1964 was the first day of classes for the first group of students to attend Schoolcraft College.

Since our creation more than 50 years ago, Schoolcraft College has been focused on progressive innovation, educational excellence and academic success. You can enjoy highlights of our memorable achievements throughout the years, demonstrating our commitment to expanding the value of your education with the Schoolcraft College Timeline. The searchable Digital Archive Collection also provides a deeper look at our education roots.

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