The 1990's

Historical Notes of Interest

1990 to 2002
Capital construction and renovations at the college from totaled in excess of $84.6 million.

The Arts Center main theater is used for the first time. The college's Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra conducts the first public cultural event in the center.

The Arts Center Complex opens. The first classes are held in the Art and Music Wings.

The Positive Retirement through Imaginative Education (Prime Time) is established and serves approximately 700 senior citizens annually with non-credit continuing education opportunities.

Raider men's basketball team won the National Junior College Basketball title. That same year the women's basketball team finished third in the nation.

The Robert L.F. Sikes Center opens in Crestview.

The Fort Walton Beach Campus opens effective Fall semester

The college received a gift of a collection of more than 350 pieces of art by Emil Holzhauer in The collection today is valued at approximately $8 million and is housed in the Art Center Galleries. The Galleries also house important Holzhauer memorabilia and resource materials.

August 1990
Groundbreaking for the Fort Walton Beach Campus.

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Homecoming John Leatherwood Arts Center Construction Arts Center Construction 2 OWCC Students Niceville Robert LF Sikes Dedication 95 Homecoming Arts Center Construction 3 OWCC Dance Line Big River 96 Women's Basketball Champs 96 Homecoming Senator Bob Graham Raider Fans Forensics 97 Homecoming Student Government Arts Center Grand Opening Seven Dancers Installation Ann James