In 1961 the State Board allocated money from federal funds to construct buildings for vocational and adult education schools. Eau Claire was one of the first vocational schools to use those funds. Ground-breaking ceremonies for the Eau Claire Technical Institute, at 620 W. Clairemont Avenue, were held in September 1961.
Menomonie rents additional classroom space at Nevin Upholstery, South Side Auto Body, and the Bank of Menomonie.
Classes begin at River Falls High School.
Soviets launch first person into space.
State Board becomes Wisconsin Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education and is authorized to award associate degrees.
Eau Claire Technical Institute completed the first building at 620 West Clairemont Avenue, the first building in Eau Claire designed and built specifically for vocational education.
Warehouse is built next to the West Clairemont Avenue building.
Cecil Beede becomes Director of Eau Claire’s Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers “I Have a Dream” speech.
Menomonie’s vocational education offices move into River Heights Elementary School. A clothing lab is established for daytime and evening sewing classes. Space is still used at the high school.
U.S. troops sent to Vietnam.
State Board approves one-year Dental and Medical Assistant programs.
Higher Education Act authorizes significant financial aid funding and dramatically increases enrollment. Wisconsin requires statewide system of vocation education districts by 1970.
A two-story addition to the front of Eau Claire’s West Clairemont Avenue facility and an addition to the north open.
State enrollment tops 187,000.
West Clairemont Avenue facility becomes District One Technical Institute, one of 18 districts. Chippewa Falls and Menomonie schools named District One Vocational and Adult School.
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law.
First human, launched from a U.S. spaceflight, lands on the moon.