Founded in 1957 as Bloom Township Junior College, Prairie State College’s first classes were held in 1958 in the basement of the First Christian Church. Originally established to offer only transfer liberal arts courses and occupational-technical courses, the College was reorganized in 1967 as a Class I junior college. With the combining of four high school districts into an enlarged territory, the College was renamed Prairie State College.
North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredited Bloom Community College Nursing Program Associate Degree in September 20, 1965 and the College began to admit students in September 1966.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the College, The Prairie State College Archives will be showcasing various photos taken during the Nursing Graduation Ceremonies this month. You may visit the archives to see these photographs from July 25, 2018 until August 25, 2018 in Room 1222.