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1980s: Technology Explosion

​Technology advanced inside District One Technical Institute, which became Chippewa Valley Technical College in 1987, and in every career field students were pursuing. CVTC stayed abreast of new technology and taught the necessary skills.

In machine tooling CVTC purchased its first Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) milling machines, which allow machinists to control milling tables electronically, instead of manually, to make precisely shaped metal parts. CVTC also bought a CNC turning center for making round parts, a CNC horizontal machine center, a Computerized Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), and a robot that interfaced with the turning center and machining center.


Student Health Services addition to West Clairemont Avenue facility completed.
River Falls classes move to Memorial Lutheran Church.
Chippewa Falls’ second permanent vocational school was built at 770 Scheidler Road.
River Falls classes move to a dentist’s office on Third Street through 1988.
Two storage buildings at the West Campus completed.
Hobbs Family Child Care Center built on the south side of Clairemont Avenue, south of the Health Building. It’s torn down in 2003 to make room for the expanded Health Education Center.
District One Technical Institute is renamed Chippewa Valley Technical College, which celebrates its 75th anniversary by creating time capsule to be opened in Centennial Year 2012.
Eau Claire’s West Campus Driver Safety Center dedicated.
River Falls shares space with an accounting firm in the former Pizza Hut, in addition to using high school classrooms.