Over the years, community partnerships have taken shape in three forms: 1) RIT and companies created flexible programs for employees to attend classes; 2) the Extended Services Division of the College of Continuing Education offered classes in locations throughout Rochester and Monroe County; and 3) the Office of Community Development and Urban Affairs created programs that would directly benefit the urban community.
The third initiative was developed in 1969 by Harold Kentner and James Papero, director and assistant director of the Extended Services Division of CCE, who felt it necessary to create new types of programs based on the needs of the people, reaching out into the community to tailor educational opportunities to their needs as they changed and grew.
The Office of Community Development and Urban Affairs (OCDU) was created and centrally located in the Metropolitan Center.
Also established through the Extended Services Division was the Office of Continuing Education for Women in 1971 when women were seeking out educational opportunities in increasing numbers. The objectives were to assist in identifying the needs of women and to develop new programs to meet those needs; to provide necessary support to carry out these programs; and to provide an accessible agency through which organizations wanting to develop such programs could work.