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History

From 1975 to 1994, Wor-Wic Community College was designated a "community college without walls". Classes were held in forty different locations throughout Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. It was virtual before its time!

A partnership was then formed with Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Faculty and students had full privileges to use SU's Blackwell Library and UMES's Frederick Douglass Library through cooperative agreements.

Wor-Wic Community College continued to grow throughout the next twenty-five years and construction began in 1993 on an 89,000 square foot academic and administration building. In 1994, construction was completed and doors were open to welcome faculty, staff and students. Due to space limitations Wor-Wic did not have plans to build a traditional library but created a computerized library, at times referred to as an electronic library, virtual library or Media Center, where student research would be conducted on computers.

With the addition of Henson Hall Resource Center, which opened in the fall of 1999, Guerrieri Hall Resource Center in fall of 2001, Workforce Development Resource Center (now Fulton-Owen Hall Resource Center) in fall of 2007, and Allied Health Resource Center (now Peninsula Regional Medical Center Resource Center) in summer of 2011, today Wor-Wic’s library services is comprised of five centers with web-based subscription research databases (also accessible off campus), specialized software applications, office applications, and Internet access.

Due to space limitations in 1993, Wor-Wic put itself on the cutting edge of information technology. In 1998, according to the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System Survey, Wor-Wic was the only community college in the United States that was 100% electronic.

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