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
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 in fall of 2007,
and Allied Health Resource Center in summer of 2011, today Wor-Wic’s electronic 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.
It's more than a Media Center. 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.