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Hocking College has a rich history, dating back to 1968. Discover Hocking College's transformation and growth throughout the years.

Fall 1968

Hocking College, originally known as Tri-County Institute, opens. Tri-County Institute shared facilities with the current Tri-County Joint Vocational School and had 234 students and 28 instructors.


Tri-County Institute receives a charter from the Ohio Board of Regents to grant degrees in 13 technical programs

June 1970

Tri-County Institute holds its first commencement ceremony with 117 graduates. At the time, this is the largest graduating class from any technical institute in Ohio's history.


Tri-County Institute changes its name to Hocking Technical College.


Hocking Technical College reaches 1,055 students and is accredited by the Ohio College Association.

January 1975

Hocking Technical College moves to its new facility on Hocking Parkway.


Lang Hall, currently Hocking Heights, opens on campus, making Hocking Technical College the only two-year school in Ohio to have college-owned residence halls available to its students. "Lang" is derived from Hocking Technical College's four main service areas at the time: Logan, Athens, Nelsonville and Glouster.


Hocking Technical College is accredited by the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission.


Enrollment reaches 2,250 students.


Hocking Technical College Hotel/Restaurant students work the Lake Placid Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.


Hocking Technical College enrollment reaches 3,240.


Shaw Technical Lab is built.

April 1984

The Ohio Board of Regents grants Hocking Technical College four Program Excellence awards for Ceramic Engineering, Forestry Technology, Police Science Technology and Recreation and Wildlife Technology.


Hocking Woods Nature Center opens, built with the assistance of Natural Resources students.


The Day Care Connection childcare center opens on campus (now the Early Learning Center.)


Enrollment reaches over 4,000 students.

The District Scholars program begins for high school graduates residing in surrounding counties (Athens, Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Perry, Ross). Since its inception, the District Scholars program has sent over 6,500 local high school students to college.

February 1988

The new Student Center opens on Hocking Technical College's campus.


A satellite campus is established in Perry County with 61 students and seven programs.


Enrollment exceeds 5,500 students.

Hocking Technical College officially becomes Hocking College.


Hocking College students travel to Europe for the first Havering College Student Exchange program.


The Nursing building, currently Davidson Hall, is built.


Hocking College Perry Campus officially opens as a permanent facility.


Hocking College purchases Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio from the LeAx Water District.


Hocking College offers online courses for the first time.


Hocking College celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The new Public Safety Services building and fire tower open.

The First Annual Hockhocking Music Festival, now the Nelsonville Music Festival, takes place at Robbins Crossing.


Renovations begin on a new, .1 million recreation center.


Hocking College earns reaccreditation from the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission.


The McClenaghan Center for Hospitality Training opens.


The Energy Institute opens in Hocking County near Logan.

Dr. John Light retires after 42 years of serving as President of Hocking College.

Dr. Ron Erickson is hired as the new President.


First year Hocking College named to the "Military Friendly School" list.


Hocking College officially transitions from a four-quarter to a three-semester academic calendar.

The newly expanded Logan Campus opens, now the home to six complete degree programs.

The Visual Arts Center opens, home of the first hot glass studio in the region.

First annual Hocking College Homecoming held.