MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Career Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house Monday, 5-7 p.m.

The career center, known as the Joint Vocational School for many years, was established in 1966 with classes beginning two years later. KCCC currently offers 19 career technical programs to high school students and 17 programs to adult students through Knox Technical Center. The KCCC Schools District includes a five-star preschool and provides career technical assistance to any career programs offered at local high schools.

The school opened in 1968 with programs in agriculture, business, automotive, cosmetology, drafting, electricity, health, machine trades, and welding. English and Social Studies were the academic classes offered to high school students. Auto Technology classes were held in a rented facility on Sandusky Street beginning in September of 1968. The main school building opened Sept. 3, 1969, with 15 vocational programs and 324 students. Two adult education programs started that fall.

The open house is open to ninth, 10th and 11th grade students, alumni, businesses and community members. It will be held from 5-7 p.m. at KCCC.



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