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Principal's Corner

Fifty years of Success at Tazewell County Career and Technical Center

During this school year, the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center marks 50 years of service to Tazewell County and all of Southwest Virginia . . . and what a difference fifty years makes! From a dream held by local leaders in the mid 1960’s who planned the Tazewell County Vocational School (as it was originally called) to provide high quality educational opportunities for the students of Tazewell County Public Schools, to the present facility and programs being offered, TCCTC has grown exponentially. Throughout this academic year, we will highlight our 50th anniversary celebration with exciting events, activities, and speakers.

After year(s) of planning under the guidance of Mr. Lester Jones, TCPS School Superintendent, and the School Board, Tazewell County Vocational School opened its doors with a one building campus in the fall of 1968 under the administration of Mr. Henry Nickels and Mr. Bill Rasnick.

The facilities have since grown from one building to an impressive three wing structure which also includes a multipurpose Student Center which was built entirely by TCCTC students in 2004. We currently have 308 students enrolled in instructional programs in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair/Auto Body, Heavy Duty Equipment Diesel Technology, Small Engine/ Motorcycle/Marine Technology, Building Management, Masonry, Carpentry and Cabinetmaking, Welding, Certified Nursing Assistant, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, English 9, 10, and 12, and Economics and Personal Finance. We also offer alternative education through our Alternative Placement Academy and/or the ISAEP program. The ISAEP program allows minors the opportunity to earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Over the last fifty years, TCCTC has emerged as one of the highest performing public schools in Virginia and was selected in the October, 2018 edition of Virginia Living magazine as one of the top ten high schools in the Commonwealth. Our graduating students perform impressively in the workplace, having earned numerous credentials as well as passing their national assessments and board exams for their chosen careers. In this current school year, students have already earned over 35 credentials and placed in several outside competitions. Current and past successes such as these are attributable to the support of the TCSB, our community business partners, the dedication of extraordinary and gifted faculties and staffs, implementation of quality educational programs, and commitment to meeting the trade and vocational training challenges by our participating students.

This year, we celebrate 50 years of growth – changing lives and enriching our community, a heritage that is truly worth celebrating!