SCTC History

  • Construction of the original Spotsylvania Vocational Center began in 1979 and the facility opened in August 1980. Original programs included Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Auto Collision Repair, Auto Servicing, Agriculture, Data Processing, Business Education, Printing, Marketing, Metal Trades, Alternative Education, Electricity, Carpentry, Masonry, and Culinary Arts. The Fredericksburg Area School of Practical Nursing moved into the center that same year from Mary Washington Hospital. First year enrollment was approximately 385 students.
    Programs that were added later included Drafting/Design, Technology Education, the Career and Technical Education Assessment Center, and Career Guidance Center. Evening adult programs included the Regional Adult Education Office, Women in Technology Studies (WITS), Regional Apprenticeship Related Instruction Program, and various adult career and technical courses. The center has facilitated many training and continuing education programs for business and industry as well as hosted various community, school, and government meetings.
    Planning began in 1987 for an addition that would serve the career and technical education needs of Spotsylvania County into the 21st century. Approximately 58,000 square feet were included in the plans for the addition and construction began in August, 1992. The Spotsylvania Vocational Center addition was completed in August, 1993. Two former Spotsylvania County Public Schools administrators had the vision and perseverance that were responsible for the planning and construction of this addition. In December 2001 the Spotsylvania School Board named this addition "The John D. Galyean Addition" and the addition’s multipurpose room "The Bernice F. Covert, III Multipurpose Room." Mr. Galyean was Director of Vocational and Adult Education during the planning and implementation phase of this project. Mr. Covert was Principal at SCTC from 1980 until June 30, 2000.
    New programs that began in 1993 included Dental Careers, Radio/Television Broadcasting, and Electronics. The LPN and Drafting programs moved into the new addition as well asCosmetology, which was previously located at Spotsylvania High School.  A Training and Development Center to include a 200 seat multipurpose room was included in this addition that serves training and continuing education needs for the school division, business and industry, and the community at large.
    The Spotsylvania Site of the Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS) opened at SCTC and began serving students in 1998. CGS was the first Governor’s School program in Virginia to have distance learning as an integral part of instruction.  CGS moved to Riverbend High School in 2004.
    In September 2001, Spotsylvania County Schools and Capital One created the Customer Relations Training Program to give talented, motivated students from the career and technical classes in the county a chance to explore a new career and to equip students with the tools to achieve their current career goals.   After Capital One moved out of the area in 2003 the funding for this program ended and customer relations activities have since been incorporated into all Career & Technical program competencies.
    In November 2001, The Spotsylvania County School Board voted to change the official name of the school to the "Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center".
    In 2002 a new Technology Foundations lab opened. This lab upgraded the current Technology Education program with the latest equipment.  New SCTC programs that opened in 2002 included a second Auto Servicing program, a Computer Networking program, and an EMT/Firefighter program.
    An Early Childhood Education program was added in 2004.   This program is designed to train students for careers in private, public, or commercial day care and pre-school centers and schools.
    In 2006, the County adopted a block schedule with alternating days, which we refer to as A/B days. This allowed us to expand our offerings and 8 new classes were added as “Pathways” classes which allowed 10th graders the opportunity to explore new areas in Construction & Mechanical Trades, Information Technologies, and Mass Media Communications. The hope was that this would allow those students to have exposure to areas of study that they might consider taking as juniors and in making career plans.
    2006 also saw the addition of a Army JROTC Program that serves Riverbend, Courtland and Chancellor High School students.  
    In 2018 the Center closed its graphics program and added a Veterinary Science program that opened in Fall of 2019.