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.