Tulsa Community College was founded in response to community demand. In April 1969, state lawmakers addressed the lack of a public post-secondary institution for Tulsa area residents by chartering Tulsa Junior College. The creation of TJC, a two-year college, provided access to public higher education for thousands of people.
TCC is governed by a Board of Regents consisting of seven members who are appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma. Among its responsibilities, the board decides on property purchases, approves professional staff and faculty, determines tuition rates and adopts annual operating budgets.