South Texas Junior College
|South Texas Junior College|
|Type||Private, junior college|
|President||William I. Dykes (1972–1974)|
|Location||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Athletics||Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (TJCAC)|
The YMCA opened STJC in 1948 and operated the two-year coeducational liberal arts school; no tax money supported the school. The YMCA pioneered the concept of night school, providing educational opportunities for people with full-time employment.
At first classes occurred in the Downtown YMCA building. In 1949, the school had 144 students. The classes moved to the Merchants and Manufacturers Building at One Main Street in 1967, when STJC ended its affiliation with the YMCA. The college had 2,737 students and 120 faculty members by 1973. The YMCA and YWCA buildings provided dormitories for students. At one time it was the largest private junior college in the United States, and in 1974, still ranked among the top ten.
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