A $750,000 capital fund-raising effort provided the money to construct the Ed Elias during construction of the Student Center
Student Center (now the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center) adjacent to the gymnasium in 1976. This construction completed the core campus buildings.
Associate degree programs were expanded with the addition of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 1968 and Computer Science in 1970. Associate degree students were now able to transfer to some baccalaureate programs and complete their degree requirements in two additional years.