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NTCC celebrates 90 years

Northshore Technical Community College celebrated its 90th year anniversary in a ceremony held Monday afternoon by putting a time capsule together that will be buried at the base of the flagpole that is located in front of the school.

Inside the time capsule are inspiring quotes from NTCC faculty and staff directed to the Class of 2050, a mask and Daily News editions that featured the election results and the column written by Northshore Technical Community College Chancellor Dr. William Wainwright from this past weekend’s edition.

Monday’s ceremony featured three speakers including, Wainwright, Longtime NTCC Dean Mickey Murphy and Retired Associate Dean Debra Taylor.

Murphy, who was with the school from Oct. 3, 1974 through Aug. 1, 2006, said that Monday was not about him. He added that he is humbled to be part of rich history that the campus has of providing service to citizens of this community and also the employers and other stake holders associated with the campus.

“The times that we live in are rapidly changing,” Murphy said. “The occupations that exist today, according to what I read, many of them won’t be around in a few years and there will be new and emerging occupations that will replace them. I’m just honored to have been a part of an organization that can have such an impact on our people.”

Over the years, the school has had several different names including, Sullivan Memorial Trade School, Sullivan Vocational Technical Institute, Sullivan Technical Institute, Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus, and now, Northshore Technical Community College.

Taylor was named the first African American female in the Louisiana Technical College System in administration when she was appointed assistant director in 1979.

“I’m very proud of that,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, I did not know for about a year that I was the first, but as I was made aware of it, then it made a difference because then I really really had to strive in my opinion to do a great job for those that I was paving the way for to come behind me. It made a difference.”

Taylor said it is wonderful feeling celebrating the school’s 90th anniversary.

“I’ve been retired for 12 years and I’ve spent a lot of time here and it’s just a blessing to see them continue the efforts that we’ve made to provide excellence and to provide the students with quality education. Now, quality looked a little different back then than it does now, but this day just means the world to me that I had a part in what has taken place today and that it’s continuing on and we’ll be looking at in 30 years and on and on and on, so I feel very privileged to be part of it.”

The capsule will be opened in 2050.

Retired Northshore Technical Community College Associate Dean Debra Taylor speaks at Monday’s ceremony. Taylor was named the first African American female in the Louisiana Technical College System in administration when she was appointed assistant director in 1979.

Northshore Technical Community College William Wainwright holds up the capsule that will be opened again in 2050.

Longtime NTCC Dean Mickey Murphy speaks at Monday’s ceremony.