Bay College marks 50th year

ESCANABA – Bay College wrapped up its 50 anniversary celebration with a Golden Gala Friday evening.

The evening included the student musical performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” and an opening of the Robert Addison Legacy art show at the Besse Center.

“I am so proud Bay College recently ranked 30th among community colleges in the nation this year,” said Laura Coleman, Bay College president.

Bay College has grown from the first class of 133 students in the old Escanaba High School to today’s enrollment nearing 2,500. Classes are available on two campuses, as well as in Manistique and online.

Over the past 50 years, Bay de Noc Community College has awarded 13,539 certificates and associate degrees to 10,500 students. A total of 8,245 – nearly 80 percent of Bay graduates – live in the central Upper Peninsula.