Cleveland YMCA begins offering free classesFenn College can rightfully look back as far as 1881 for its beginnings. It was started as the educational program of the Cleveland Young Men's Christian Association, or YMCA, with a curriculum...
Association Institute1906: YMCA program is reorganized as the “Association Institute.”
Y-Tech Naming1921: Renamed Cleveland YMCA School of Technology, or “Y-Tech” for short.
Engineering and Business Lead to Bachelor’s Degree“Y-Tech” offers first courses toward a bachelor's degree in the disciplines of Engineering, Accounting and Commerce (also known as business). 1923 becomes the official, claimed founding date of...
Start of Fraternities and Student Clubs
1927 marked the year that fraternities and clubs at started Y-Tech. The first included The Cleveland Cooperative Engineers and two fraternities in the Business Administration School.
First Business Graduates
The first group of six men to complete the four-year Business Administration School degree program graduated. Col. Leonard P.
First School Banquet
The first Annual School Banquet is held in the ballroom of the Hotel Statler. 916 people attended and at that time, it was the largest educational banquet ever held in Cleveland.
First Athletic Carnival
The first athletic carnival is held by Student Council and the Athletic Commission. Events in boxing, wrestling, basketball and foul-shooting events took place.
Fenn College Gets A Yearbook
The first student annual yearbook, edited by the Student Council is published showing pictures of students and their activities.
First Library and Librarian
In the Fall of 1928, the first librarian, Miss Elizabeth Willingham was hired and the first floor of The Fenn Building housed the first library.
First Alumni Reunion
In June of 1929, the first alumni reunion was held after the commencement ceremonies. The first officers included:
The Name Fenn College Becomes Official
The name "Fenn College" becomes official! On October 23, 1929 the Board of Governors vote unanimously that the college-level work be givn collegiate recognition.
Nash Junior College Is Created
Nash Junior College was created to serve as a "feeder" for Fenn College.
Fenn & The Ohio Bar
At the Board of Governors meeting on April 23, 1930, they reported that the Supreme Court of Ohio approved accreditation of Fenn College as an institution qualified to prepare students to take the...
The First Fenn Engineering Co-op Graduates
The first group of Fenn Engineering Co-op students to complete the five year program graduate in JUne of 1930. Ten receive their Bachelor of Science degrees.
Fraternities Inhabit Prospect Avenue
In 1931 Fenn fraternities move into buildings on Prospect Avenue including a co-op fraternity and two others, Pi Sigma Tau and Phi Sigma Delta.
First Student Loan Fund
The first Student Loan Fund was established in October of 1931 to help students unable to pay their tuition and unable to find work.
Fenn Tower Is Acquired
In need of more classroom, lab and administrative space, Fenn College purchased the National Town & Country Club building at East 24th St.
Fenn Tower Gets It's Name - Officially
The National Town & Country Club building at East 24th St.
Fenn College Earns Accreditation
In April of 1940, Fenn College became accredited by the North Central Association officially recognizing and putting the College on equal footing with other Ohio Colleges.
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