An open house is set for April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Roane-Jackson Technical Center on US 33, Roane-Jackson line.

The event will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the school.

Planning for what became Roane-Jackson Technical Center began in February 1968 when representatives from Roane and Jackson County met with representatives from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Within a year, both Roane County's and Jackson County's Boards of Education had adopted a resolution of commitment to the development of the joint Vocational-Technical Center.

In 1971 the William Sparr farm in Frozen Camp was selected as the site for the joint vocational-technical school. In June 1972, the contract was awarded to build a Vocational Center with over 43,000 square feet for $1.096 million.

In July 1973, Director Raymon Cunningham, along with 18 instructors and two secretaries began finalizing all preparations for the opening of the school. Finally, on September 2, 1973.

Through the years, many changes have been made to continue to offer the citizens of Jackson and Roane County excellent career technical education opportunities.

The school was designated as a West Virginia School of Excellence in the 2001-2002 school year.

In 2004, the Raymon Cunningham Assembly Hall was dedicated in honor of the first director, and work began on Building D to provide more classroom space.

The campus continues to be updated and renovated as RJTC strives to provide classrooms and facilities to meet the changing needs of the student population.

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