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HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTION

Between 1979-1980, the Florida legislature appropriated money for a technical center and the Santa Rosa County School Board authorized plans for Phase I of Radford M. Locklin Technical Center on August 28, 1980. Phase I (six buildings) was complete by spring 1982. A dedication ceremony was held March 6, 1982, naming the school in honor of Radford M. Locklin, who had been the Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools for twenty-three years.

In August 1982, both secondary high school and post-secondary adult students were provided an opportunity for career and technical training with program offerings such as Secretarial & Word Processing, Accounting with Computers, Health Service Aide, Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Plumbing, Introduction to Computers and Masonry. Radford M. Locklin Technical Center's first program completers received certificates in June of 1983.

Phase II was completed in 1989, adding three buildings to the campus. Diversified Cooperative Training (DCT), Industrial Cooperative Education, Occupational Training for Learning Disabled, Power Sewing, Welding, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating, Word Processing & Machine Transcription, Automated Accounting, Medical Terminology, Child Care, Culinary Arts and Printing & Graphic Communications were added to the program offerings.

1994 brought about completion of Phase III, including the construction of two additional buildings and expansion of existing office space. Computer Electronics and Automotive Service Technology programs were added as additional offerings to students. In 2002, the New Media Technology program was added and students began construction of the Russell Center conference facility in 2002. The facility opened in 2004 and was made available to the community as a venue for many different occasions.

In 2005, as a response to the increased demand for information technology professionals, the Networking and Web Design programs were added as program offerings to students, as well as the opportunity to attain information technology related certifications. In 2010, to meet regional workforce demands, the Pharmacy Technician program was added in response to new state requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians. In January 2011, after receiving rigorous approval from the Board of Nursing, Locklin Tech began its Practical Nursing program. January of 2014 brought about another program offering to meet the ever-changing demands of information technology with the Applied Cybersecurity program. Most recently, upon receiving approval from the Board of Massage Therapy, Locklin Tech broke ground on the therapeutic spa-type facility and began the Massage Therapy program in the Fall of 2014. The Fall of 2015 brings about more excitement with the start of a new program titled Electrical & Instrumentation Technology due to the high demand for employment in our local area.

Year Mile Stones
1981 Ground was broken for R. M. Locklin Tech.
1982 Alice Guidy became Locklin Tech's Principal with Raymond Rogers, Assistant Principal.
1982 The first students entered Locklin Tech. Phase 1 of construction was completed. Locklin Tech consisted of 6 buildings with 7 programs, 350 students, and 13 staff persons.
1988 Locklin Tech accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
1989 Locklin Tech received $1.2 million for Phase 2 expansion plans.  Phase 2 began to include the Business Education, Power Sewing, and Culinary Arts programs and additional administrative offices.
1990 Raymond Rogers became Principal with Jane Allen as Assistant Principal. 
The Childcare program was added.
1993 Locklin Tech was awarded a grant for retrofit, initiating networking and Instructional Television (ITV) throughout the school campus. Phase 3 was initiated to include the Computer Electronics, Printing/Graphic Arts, and Automotive Technology programs.
1995 Jane Allen became Principal with Charlie Etheredge as Assistant Principal. The Welding Technology program was added.
1997 Charlie Etheredge became Principal with Cheryl Smith as Assistant Principal.
2003 Locklin Tech has 16 programs, 40+ staff persons and 400+ students.
2005 Information Technology Academy added, offering the following industry certified programs: Cisco Networking; Computer Electronics, with CompTIA A+ / Network+ preparation; and Macromedia Web Design.
2007 Construction Technology Academy added, giving students the opportunity to gain industry recognized credentials through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
January 2008 Web Design class implements Certified Internet Web CIW© Industry Certification and becomes Academic Training Partner.
February 2008 Charlin Knight became Assistant Principal.
April 2008 Automotive Service Technology achieved ASE certification.
June 2008 Culinary Operations adopted ProStart curriculum.
July 2010 New Media and Pharmacy Technician Programs added.
January 2011 Received approval from the Board of Nursing and began the Practical Nursing program.
July 2011 Charlin Knight became Principal.
Sept 2011 Maria LaDouceur became Assistant Principal.
July 2012 Online Legal and Medical Administrative Programs added.
January 2013 Maria LaDouceur became Principal.
January 2014 Applied Cybersecurity program added to program offerings.
Summer 2014 Received approval from the Board of Massage Therapy and broke ground on the therapeutic spa-type facility with Massage Therapy students beginning in August 2014.
June 2015 Keith Hines became Assistant Principal.
August 2015 Electrical & Instrumentation Technology program begins.
   

 

 

 
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