In 1970, Edward Keane arrived at Housatonic Community College (HCC) to teach psychology and human services courses. The school had only become an independent institution in 1967 — it was previously a branch of Norwalk Community College — and the college setting that Keane discovered was somewhat eccentric.
“When I started, the college was located in Stratford, and all the faculty and administrators shared one room,” he recalled. “We had to share desks and coordinate schedules to use them. There were no permanent classrooms, we taught in rented space at Stratford Library and Grace Lutheran Church, among other places.”