June 19, 2021

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LISD marks 50 years of education and instruction at its Tech Center

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ADRIAN — Fifty years ago, the Lenawee County community showed its support for the creation of an educational center that would not only enhance a student’s career and technical skills but would also serve as a stepping stone out of school and onto the next chapter of their life.

The Lenawee Intermediate School District and its Tech Center continue to celebrate 50-plus years of educational service in Lenawee County this year.

The origins of the then-Lenawee Area Vocational Technical Center began in 1965, when the LISD hired a consultant to prepare for construction of an educational vocational center in Lenawee County. A citizen advisory committee was formed, which called for the center to be centrally located in the county. Adrian was selected as the location.

By 1968, county voters approved a bond issue and a charter millage to construct, equip and operate the centrally located vocational center. Initial technical education programs consisted of auto mechanics, retailing and machine shop. Some of them were held off campus at temporary sites.

In the late summer/early fall of the 1970-71 school year, the Tech Center opened, housing 20 programs with 1,000 students enrolled. Additional highlights were marked years and years down the road, but the beginnings of the Tech Center had taken shape.

In this 1970 photo, students and staff walk into the Lenawee Area Vocational Technical Center during the opening days of classes offered at the center. In the late summer/early fall of the 1970-71 school year, the Tech Center opened with 20 programs and 1,000 students enrolled.

“When you go back 50 years ago, the community saw value in career and technical education, and developing students in those skill-set areas,” Kyle Griffith, the assistant superintendent for instruction and general services for the LISD, said. “They have funded that through a millage that goes back 50 years. And since then, they have had some renewals and some upgrade millages that they have supported. For our community to show the support that they do, that comes with great responsibility. We are doing great things here.”