Hancock County Vo-Tech Center was opened in 1973 by Pearl River Community College as a secondary and post-secondary school. The center started with five secondary programs (Auto Mechanics, Building Trades, Electricity, Metal Trades and Welding) and two post secondary programs (Licensed Practical Nursing and Clerical) housed in the three original buildings.
Hancock High School moved across the street in August of 1990. In the 1991-1992 school year, Hancock County School District took over operation of the Hancock County Vo-Tech Center from Pearl River Community College. Within a few short years the center grew to twelve secondary occupational programs with an average enrollment of about 450 students a year from Hancock and Bay High Schools.
The Food Service Building was completed in 1995 and it originally housed Culinary Arts, Drafting and Diversified Technology. The Discovery or E building was completed in 1996 and it housed 7 th grade Career Discovery, 8 th Grade Computer Discovery and 9 th grade Technology Discovery. In 2000 after the middle school was completed Career and Computer Discovery moved to the new school and Drafting, Cooperative Education, Early Childhood Education and the Hawk’s Nest moved into the E building. The three original buildings at the Vo- Tech received much needed renovations in the 1999-2000 school year.
In 1999 the Hancock County Vo-Tech Center affiliated with the Wheels to Learning program and sent three instructors from Building Trades, Metal Trades and Welding to certification classes. The name changed to the Contren Learning series and the vocational center has maintained that affiliation through the years. Through the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) which is affiliated with the University of Florida, students may earn national certifications that are industry recognized. Our center earned an Accredited Training and Education Facility (ATEF) certification through the NCCER in January 2008.
Weeks before school started in 2009-2010, Pass Christian School District joined our consortium for Vocational Education. Now students from three area school districts attend classes at our center.
Times were changing in Vocational Education, so to better reflect those changes on the local, state and national levels the Hancock Board of Education in May 2011, approved a name change for our center to the Hancock County Career Technical Center.
The Hancock High School 9th Grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program was transferred to the Career Tech Center in August 2011.
The Mississippi chapter of Associated Builder’s and Contractors (MABC) recognized the Hancock County Career Technical Center as Mississippi’s Center of Excellence for 2011.
For the start of 2014-15 school year, the new 8 classroom I Building was completed. All programs from the E building, Construction/Carpentry and Welding classrooms moved into this facility. The E building is no longer a Career Technical facility because the front of the building transformed into the Hancock County School District Alternative School and the back of the building will house District Curriculum and Special Education Offices.
Hancock County Career Technical Center
Career Technical Directors
Dr. James Sones 1973-1975
Alvin K. Bourgeois 1975-2000