In 1963 a group of educators, business/industry, and agricultural leaders formed a county-wide committee to explore the different options of building a “county-wide” area vocational-technical school. After positive results were obtained from all survey instruments, building construction was started in 1967 on the Guilford Springs site.
The school construction was completed in the Fall of 1969 with secondary students in grades 10, 11, and 12 enrolling in fourteen different programs. A total of 227 students from the six participating school districts consisting of Chambersburg, Fannett-Metal, Greencastle-Antrim, Shippensburg, Tuscarora, and Waynesboro started to use the new facilities. The total construction costs were 3.8 million dollars. Because of strong student interests and a local workforce requiring more students trained in vocational education, a major expansion was completed in 1976. This allowed for nine additional program offerings and the expansion of five existing programs. The student enrollment jumped to 1250 with some students on a “waiting list.”
Today, the Franklin County Career & Technology Center is a vital link in providing “quality’ vocational education training in 21 different trade areas of specialization. In addition, we are on the “cutting edge” of automation, mechanization, and technology with regard to industrial training.