History

Located in the heart of Bangor, our 72-acre campus is adjacent to the Hogan Road exit off Interstate 95—just a short distance from Eastern Maine Medical Center, downtown Bangor, and the Bangor Mall—and is served by public transportation. Campus facilities include four buildings housing classroom, lab, and shop spaces; two residence halls; Johnston Gymnasium; and the Campus Center, a focal point of campus activities including the Enrollment Center, library, classrooms, and McCorkill Dining Hall.

Established in 1966 by the Maine State Legislature, under the authority of the State Board of Education, EMCC was originally known as Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (EMVTI). The college was moved in 1968 from temporary quarters in downtown Bangor to its present campus on Hogan Road. In 1986 the 112th Legislature created a quasi-independent system with a board of trustees to govern all six of Maine’s VTIs, and in 1989 another law changed the names of these institutions to more accurately reflect their purpose and activities; EMVTI thus became Eastern Maine Technical College (EMTC). The name of the College changed again in 2003 from “Technical” to “Community” to more accurately reflect its purpose.

“The basic mission of the Maine Community College System is to provide associate degree, diploma and certificate programs directed at the educational, occupational and technical needs of the State’s citizens and the workforce needs of the State’s employers . . . to create an educated, skilled and adaptable labor force which is responsive to the changing needs of the economy of the State and to promote local, regional and statewide economic development.” (Public Law, Chapter 431)